In this edition:
Events in September; events October–December; Outreach and Education news and People News
- Events in September
During the first part of September, opera is the main item on the Orchestra’s agenda with William Kentridge’s production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute at the Artscape Opera House and Cape Town audience will have the pleasure of welcoming back well-known singers, Angela Kerrison, Kaiser Nkosi and Musa Nkuna. The conductor is Piers Maxim. It starts on 8 September and runs until 14 September.
- On 21 September the CPO presents a concert in Oudtshoorn with conductor Alexander Fokkens and soloist John Theodore (piano).
The CPO Education Spring Showcase Concert featuring the CPYO and CPYWE takes place on Saturday 22 September at 19:30 at the Sid G. Rule Primary School, 7th Avenue, Grassy Park. This concert is hosted by the Grasslow-Park Development Desk. Tickets cost R25. Enquiries should be directed to Henriette Weber at 021 410 9982 or email@example.com
- The first concert of the Friends of Orchestral Music’s 40th anniversary year is on 27 September at 20:00 at the
Centre for the Book. The artists for this evening of chamber music are Gabriele vonDürckheim (flute), Esté Visser (piano), Roucher du Toit (piano), Elizabeth du Toit (soprano), the Amici String Quartet, Judith Rhodes-Harrison (piano) and our local Three Tenors (Ronald Theys, Nicola Cencherle and Frankie Sawyer) with Marc Murray as accompanist. The ticket price of R200 per person includes refreshments during interval and a finger supper after the concert. Enquiries & booking: Burger Dreyer, 084 403 7634, fax 086 671 7317, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
- A concert by the CPO with the New Apostolic Choir takes place in the Silvertown Auditorium (21 and 25 October) with Beat Frischi conducting and soloist Franklin Larey (piano).
- A highlight event in October will be the Lionel Bowman Memorial Concert, celebrating the life of one of South Africa’s finest pianists and teachers. This concert takes place in the City Hall on Tuesday 23 October withDavid Nettle conducting and soloist Richard Markham – a new collaboration between these two artists, who are better known to Cape Town audiences as the piano duo Nettle & Markham. The programme for this concert includes Mendelssohn’s The Hebrides Overture, Rachmaninov’s Piano concerto No 2 and Tchailovsky’s Symphony No 4.
November also starts with opera, with Massenet’s Manon (presented by Cape Town Opera in collaboration with UCT Opera School, with Chris Dowdeswell conducting) starting on 1 November, until 10 November.
- November also brings the excitement of the second Cape Town International Summer Music Festival starting on 14 November and lasting until 9 December. Book now at Computicket to ensure good seats. Details about the Festival and other events appear on our website at http://www.cpo.org.za
Outreach & Education news
Two of our young musicians are going overseas to further their music studies. Travis Moore (15, flute and piccolo) who joined the CPYO in 2006, leaves in September to study at the famous Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris, France for the next 7 years, while Beata Smith (14, flute), a member of the CPYWE and student at the Beau Soleil Music Centre, has been awarded a four-year scholarship to study at the prestigious Sedbergh School in England’s “Book Town”, Sedbergh (in the western dales of the Yorkshire Dales National Park). We wish both Travis and Beata well for their future studies and look forward to updates on their progress.
- Patrick Goodwin, who recently obtained his master’s degree in violin performance with distinction from the De Paul University in Chicago, has been appointed as the new Deputy Concert Master of the CPO.
- Christof Spies (bass trombone) has returned to the orchestra after completing a year’s study in Holland at the Rotterdam Conservatorium with Ben van Dijk, currently one of the most sought-after teachers in Europe.
- Maria du Toit, the CPO’s principal clarinet player, who is also making a name for herself as soloist, will be competing in the Geneva Concours in Switzerland, one of the foremost music competitions in the world.
- Mariette Uys from Bloemfontein, a freelance violinist who played for the JPO, KZN Philharmonic and Free State Symphony orchestras, has been appointed as tutti violinist.