CPO’s new symphony season opens in November
The Cape Philharmonic’s November/December Symphony Season opens on Thursday, 17 November. The internationally acclaimed conductor and composer Martin Panteleev, who conducted the Cape Philharmonic during its marathon music tour of 18 cities in the United States of America in February/March, returns to Cape Town to conduct all five concerts this season.
One of the Germany’s leading cellists will perform Dvořák’s Cello Concerto in the first concert of the series. Other exciting works in the programme includes The Hebrides by Mendelssohn and Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2. The soloists in Brahm’s Ein deutsches Requiem on Thursday, 24 November are Friedel Mitas (soprano)and Conroy Scott (baritone); with the New Apostolic Church Choir and Philharmonia Choir of Cape Town. The young award winning piano virtuoso Lukáš Vondráček returns to the city to perform Beethoven’s exciting Piano Concerto with the orchestra. The young violinist Liza Ferschtman is the soloist in Sibelius Violin Concerto on Thursday, 1 December. Other works in this exciting programme are Rossini’s La Cenerentola Overture and Symphony No. 6 by Tchaikovsky.
The last concert on Thursday, 8 December will feature the young soloist Andre van Daalen who will perform Mozart’s Oboe Concerto with the orchestra. This concert, which will be repeated at the Endler Hall in Stellenbosch on Friday, 9 December, includes other stimulating works such as Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet and Franck’s Symphony in D minor. The repeat concert is held in honour of the late Mrs Huberte Rupert, who was a patron of music in South Africa. The Trust sponsors South African musicians living abroad to perform with the CPO.
Elsies river youth wins 2011 Artscape National Youth Music Competition
The young Elsies River pianist Eben Wagenstroom was this year’s Artscape National Youth Music Competition winner which was held at the Artscape Theatre from 11 to 15 October. The 19-year-old Wagenstroom won a gold medal and R25 000 prize money.
Wagenstroom performed Beethoven’s Second Piano Concerto with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra at the glamorous gala concert where the winners of the competition were announced. Donne de Kock (17) from Kuils River was the winner in the strings category and Myles Roberts (19) of Kraaifontein won in the wind category. They each received silver medals and R 5000. De Kock also won the best performance of a South African composition for her performance of Peter Klatzow’s Solo Sonata. She received R 2000.
Eben Wagenstroom, Donne de Kock and Myles Roberts
Do not miss the CPO in the last two performances of Verdi’s La Traviata on Friday, 21 and Saturday, 22 October in the Artscape Opera House at 19:30. This Cape Town Opera production is conducted by Albert Horne.
Thereafter the CPO will perform in Cape Town Opera’s production of Mozart’s Die Entfuehrung aus dem Serail which opens on 6 November in the Artscape Theatre at 18:00. Other performances are on 8, 10, 11, 12 November at 19:30.
CPO travels in style
The CPO’s new vehicle, which was generously funded by Australian Aid, will play a major role in transporting children and the youth who are part of the orchestra’s music education outreach projects. The colourful corporate branding of the new vehicle enhances the CPO’s vision of bringing music to all communities in the Western Cape.
Nederburg Concert Series
The Cape Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (CPYO) and the Cape Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensemble (CPYWE) will perform pop classics as part of the Nederburg’s Picnic Concert Series at the Nederburg Manor House in Paarl on 26 November. The concert will also feature the Port Elizabeth jazz band MoJazz. The picnic concert starts at 17h00, but the gates will open at 15h00 so swing by a little early, find a good picnic spot, and enjoy the gorgeous gardens in full summer bloom.
Tickets for the concert are R60 and children under 12 years will be admitted free of charge. Patrons can bring their own picnic hampers or pre-order delectable Nederburg picnic platters at R120 per person.
Bookings are essential.
Cape Philharmonic performs Christmas Carols
The CPO will perform Christmas carols at the “Celebrating Christmas with God TV” concert with some well-known singers including Ivan Siegelaar, Courtney Jonas, Rouchelle Liedemann, Zwai Bala and Neville D on 3 December at the His People Church N1, Goodwood from 19:00. Booking at Computicket.
Organ Recitals in the Groote Kerk
Lovers of organ music will not want to miss three recitals in the Groote Kerk.
Roucher du Toit will perform music by Bach and Mendelssohn on Sunday 23 October at 16:00.
Maurice Clerc, regarded as one of the greatest living organists in the world today, presents a programme of music by French composers on Saturday, 29 October at 18:00 and Alessandro Bianchi, leading organist in Italy performs the final recital on Sunday, 6 November at 16:00 with a programme of well-loved and popular works.
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