Cape Town International Summer Music Festival
01 June 2006
The first Cape Town International Summer Music Festival takes place from 16 November to 7 December 2006.
World famous conductors (including Owain Arwel Hughes and Vladimir Kern) and soloists (including Benjamin Schmid, Olga Kern, Mischa Maisky, Nettle & Markham with Evita Bezuidenhout and local pop diva Yvonne Chaka Chaka) present a feast of music with the CPO and CPYO at various venues.
Three weeks of music with a festival programme that includes Mischa Maisky playing Dvorak’s Cello Concerto Op.104 in B minor; Olga Kern playing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No 1, Op.23 in B flat minor, and Benjamin Schmid playing Brahms’ Violin Concerto, Op. 77 in D major, mean that Capetonians and visitors from all over the country and the world will enjoy music of the highest quality.
Further highlights will include the world premiere of Schnittke’s Oratorio “Nagasaki” with mezzo soprano Hanneli Rupert as soloist; a performance of Mozart’s seldom-performed triple piano concerto by three of South Africa’s leading pianists – Francois du Toit, Albie van Schalkwyk and Wessel van Wyk – and the debut of the young South African pianist John Ntsepe, playing Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major.
The international star piano duo Nettle and Markham will be joined by Evita Bezuidenhout – as the narrator – for a performance of Saint Saëns’ “Carnival of the Animals”.
The Cape Philharmonic Youth Orchestra will perform the curtain raiser for the first concert of the festival and will also present their own full-length Festival Concert on 25 November.
On a lighter note, Yvonne Chaka Chaka will doubtlessly delight the audience when she appears in a Festival Pops concert with popular conductor George Michie.
BOOKING FOR THE FESTIVAL OPENED ON 1 June