Newsletter 26 September 2008
Spring Showcase concerts
The annual education Spring Showcase concerts are being hosted by Parklands College (Table View) at 19:30 on Friday 26 September and by Gordon High School (Somerset West) at 19:30 on Saturday 27 September. The CPYO is conducted by Alexander Fokkens and the CPYWE by German guest conductor Christian Köhler. The programme includes highlights from Bernstein’s West Side Story, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita, Songs of Sailor and Sea by Robert W. Smith as well as the ballet music from Gounod’s Faust and Massenet’s Le Cid. Tickets cost R30 and are available from Parklands College (tel 021 521 2709 ) and Gordon High School (tel 021 852 2540 ).
Parklands College has become a donor of the CPO and say that they “look forward to a long and happy association with the CPO and CPYO”.
* Visiting German conductor Christian Köhler’s visit is supported by the Goethe-Institut and the Federal Foreign Office of Germany
Youth Music Competition
The Artscape National Youth Music Competition (open to pianists and orchestral instrumentalists) takes place during the afternoons from 6-10 October (see the Artscape website for further details). The CPO will be performing with the finalists under Victor Yampolsky during the Gala Concert at 19:30 on 11 October 2008 in the Artscape Theatre. Tickets cost R60 (R30 for pensioners and students) and are available from Computicket.
Opera in October and November
Until the start of the Third Cape Town International Summer Music Festival on 20 November, there are no symphony concerts in the City Hall. The CPO will be playing for Cape Town Opera’s productions of
Verdi’s Aida(October 2, 4, 8 and 10 at 19:30 in the Artscape Opera House) – with the sensational South African tenor Johan Botha(singing at the 4 October performance only) as well as Angela Brown, Sidwill Hartman, Fikile Mvinjelwa, Sibongile Khumalo and Golda Schultz; and
Mats Larsson Gothe’s Poet & Prophetess (October 30, November 1, 5, 8 at 19h30 at the Artscape Theatre). The opera is based on the Xhosa story and is about the prophecy by Nongqawuse. It is a Swedish-South African partnership with international artists, director and design team. It is sung in English, Xhosa, Swedish with English surtitles.
Booking for these productions are at Computicket.
Third Cape Town International Summer Music Festival
The Festival taking place from 20 November until 18 December consists of a total of 18 concerts and will feature excellent international and local conductors and soloists. The conductors include Krzysztof Penderecki, Owain Arwel Hughes, Arjan Tien and Dmitry Sitkovetsky and the soloists are among othersSharon Bezaly, Olga Kern, Alexander Ivashkin, Florian Uhlig, Konstantin Lifshitz, Thomas Rajna, Gary Hoffman, Jill Richards,Ben Schoeman and Jan Hugo.
Full details about the Festival are available on our website. Click here for the full programme.
Witzenberg Trust Pops Concert
The Witzenberg Trust Pops Concert under the baton of Richard Cock and featuring soprano Golda Schultz, will take place at Wolwekloof outside Ceres at 16:00 on 18October. The CPO is delighted to have an opportunity to take its music out into the lovely outdoor setting in the mountains at Wolwekloof, off the R43 between Wolseley and Ceres. The Witzenberg Trust founded by Vuya Investments was set up to create a bursary fund for school-leavers in the Witzenberg, Ceres and Tulbagh districts, to assist with the social health of the elderly in the area and to develop small sustainable businesses for the empowerment of women.
The CPO hopes that this fundraising concert will become an annual event and that a strong partnership will develop between the Cape Philharmonic Youth Orchestras and the youngsters that the Trust enables with bursaries.
Ticket price: R85 per person (R40 for children). Booking is at Computicket or through Avista’s call centre ( 083 915 8000 ). In case of bad weather on 18 October, the concert will be held over until the Sunday, 19 October.
Songs under the Summer Stars
Songs under the Summer Stars, an international benefit gala concert, takes place at Spier’s Amphitheatre on Thursday 6 November at 20:15. The CPO under Richard Cock, with Cape Town Opera’s Voice of the Nation, will perform music from operas by Verdi, Bizet and Giordano and from musicals such as Les Misérables. The soloists are Pretty Yende (soprano), Anna Skibinsky (soprano), Given Nkosi (tenor), Bonaventura Bottone (tenor) and Colin Schachat (baritone).
The concert is the brainchild of Stonehage, an international wealth management and fiduciary services company, who are presenting the concert as a fundraiser in aid of the CPYO and to provide an overseas bursary to an outstanding music student at Stellenbosch University. Tickets will be available from Computicket.
Cape Town City Hall news
Concertgoers frequently raise questions about the condition of the City Hall and the need for improvements. During the past two years, members of the CPO Board and management have been involved in renovation planning meetings under the auspices of the Cape Town Partnership and the Cape Heritage Trust. This has led to the formation of a Section 21 company called City Hall Redevelopment and Management, which will have a 50-year lease on the City Hall. Although the City will retain ownership of the City Hall, the new company will be responsible for renovating, redeveloping and managing the building and will take over responsibility for security, cleansing and maintenance.
According to the business plan being considered by the council, it is estimated that internal restorations could cost as much as R40 million. The model proposes that the building will become a premier cultural centre with a focus on the training and performance of acoustic music and tourism. The CPO is excited at the prospect of the City Hall – one of Cape Town’s most significant public facilities and a major national heritage site – being restored to its former glory. We will keep you posted on developments regarding this project.
Malixole Thomas was recently appointed as Fundraising Coordinator. Malixole, who has a degree in Public Administration and a post-graduate diploma in African Studies, joins the CPO from the Department of Private Law at UCT. His role will be to assist Fundraising Executive Sue Murray on the vitally important public sector funding. This sector consists of the Department of Arts & Culture, the National Arts Council, the Western Cape Government and Cultural Commission, the City of Cape Town and the National Lottery, and accounts for over 80 percent of the donated income of the orchestra.