Newsletter November 2007
The Festival is almost here!
The CPO’s most recent events before th
e start of the Second International Summer Music Festival were the concerts with the New Apostolic Choir in Silvertown Auditorium (21 and 25 October) and the Lionel Bowman Memorial Concert on 23 October at the City Hall withDavid Nettle conducting and soloist Richard Markham.
One major engagement before the start of the Festival is Massenet’s Manon presented by Cape Town Opera in collaboration with UCT Opera School, Chris Dowdeswell conducting the CPO. Manon runs from 1 November to 10 November 2007.
The second Cape Town International Summer Music Festival starts on 14 November and runs until 9 December 2007.
This year’s festival consists of five Symphony Concerts featuring the CPO in the Cape Town City Hall, one symphony concert by the Cape Philharmonic Youth Orchestra in the Joseph Stone Auditorium, Athlone, a choral concert by the CPO in the New Apostolic Auditorium, Silvertown, the Huberte Rupert Memorial Concert in the Endler Hall in Stellenbosch, three recitals by major international artists and a Friends of the Orchestra Anniversary Gala in the City Hall.
Details about the Festival and other events appear on our website at http://www.cpo.org.za, but here are some of the highlights of the Festival:
·The brilliant international cellist Maria Kliegel presents the first recital of the festival on 14 November in the Baxter Concert Hall, accompanied by the South African pianist, Elna van der Merwe. Ms Kliegel also performs with the CPO on
22 November in the City Hall, playing Elgar’s Cello Concerto.
· Olga Kern, the Russian pianist and favourite with Cape Town audiences, is the soloist for the first symphony concert of the festival on 15 November and will be performing both Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 and the piano part for his Choral Fantasy, Op. 90 (with the New Apostolic Church Choir, Caryn Wolff, Pretty Yende, Angela Turner, Conroy Scott , Kwakhanya Mavuka & Edward Athertonjoining Ms Kern and the CPO). What is more, it has just been announced that Ms Kern’s 9-year old son Vladislav Kern will also perform during this concert and will play Bach’s Piano Concerto in F minor, BWV 1056. Also on the programme are Hankinson’s Mandela Portrait (with Primrose Mrwebi as narrator)and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. The Cape Philharmonic Youth Orchestra will be performing with the CPO for the latter two works.
This concert is conducted by Theodore Kuchar, one of the most prolifically recorded conductors of the past decade, who has collaborated with soloists such as James Galway, Jessye Norman, Lynn Harrell, Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Sarah Chang, Mstislav Rostropovich and Frederica von Stade.
· The celebrated British pianist John Lill playsBrahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2 on 29 November in the City Hall, with Owain Arwel Hughes conducting the CPO. John Lill’s solo piano recital takes place in the City Hall on 1 December.
· South African-born pianist and composer David Earl performs the world première of his own Piano Concerto No. 2 on 18 November. Grammy Award-nominee violinist Philippe Quint, plays Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto during the same concert, which is conducted by the Vladimir Kern,Olga Kern’s brother.
· The CPO’s principal guest conductor Owain Arwel Hughes conducts the CPO for four of the festival concerts, including the concert in the City Hall on 6 December when the CPO, a large choir and some of South Africa’s best known voices (Virginia Davids, Sibongile Khumalo, Sidwill Hartman, and Otto Maidi) perform Verdi’s Missa da Requiem . This concert is repeated in the Silvertown Auditorium on 9 December with soloists Arlene Jaftha (soprano), Elizabeth Frandsen (mezzo soprano), Matthew Overmeyer (tenor) and Ebenezer Sawula (bass)
· Stellenbosch-born violinist Zoë Beyers, who has performed throughout South Africa and Europe with many distinguished conductors, including Vladimir Verbitsky, Bernhard Gueller and Saulius Sondeckis, playsElgar’s Violin Concerto in B minor, Op. 61during the Huberte Rupert Memorial Concert in the Endler Hall in Stellenbosch on 30 November. This concert also includes Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 43 and the conductor is Owain Arwel Hughes.
· The Cape Philharmonic Youth Orchestra performs together with the CPO during the first Festival Concert on 15 November and will play two works: Mandela Portrait by conductor/composer Michael Hankinson and the Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. Alexander Fokkens conducts the CPYO during their full-length Festival concert in the Stone Auditorium on 24 November.
· The Friends of Orchestral Music Anniversary Gala on 25 November in the City Hall will be conducted by George Michie. The programme will consist of a selection of much-loved short orchestral masterpieces.
In memory of the late Solomon Makosana, CPO’s board member who passed away last year, the CPO decided to make the Solomon Makosana Award to benefit a needy, hard-working, and dedicated member of the CPYO.This award will be presented to Katlego Taunyane at the symphony concert on 15 November.
Book now at Computicket to ensure good seats. Note that the Olga Kern recital of 16 November is already sold out.