Newsletter November 2005

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Newsletter 15 November 2005

Summer Symphony Season Ends With Tribute to Mrs Rupert

The third and last concert of the Summer Symphony Season on 17 November of the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra will be dedicated to the memory of Mrs Huberte Rupert, who passed away late in October.

Mrs Rupert was a major benefactress of the arts and one of the CPO’s main sponsors.

“She was a great music lover and did much to further the performing arts,” says Louis Heyneman, CEO of the CPO.

He says Mrs Rupert had had a clear vision and deep insight into cultural issues. “Although she was passionate about this and helped a large number of young local artists, she did it all without telling everybody about it or expecting public acclaim. We wish to honour the memory of this extraordinary woman in a fitting manner – through music.”

The programme includes the Cello Concerto by Elgar performed by the French cellist Jérôme Pernoo. The rest of the programme consists of Verdi’s Overture to I Vespri Siciliani and Richard Strauss’ Aus Italien The orchestra is again conducted by Maestro Victor Yampolsky.
The Cape Philharmonic Youth Orchestra celebrated its second year of existence on 12 November in the Joseph Stone Theatre. This concert was well attended and it was clear that the hard over this period has paid off.

Prior to this concert, Maestro Victor Yampolsky, who has been conducting the CPO for the Summer Symphony Series, worked extensively with the CPYO and also gave master classes to some up-and-coming young conductors. The involvement of a conductor of his international standing with the youth orchestra is invaluable – ensuring that the musicians of tomorrow already gain the necessary experience today.

A Busy Summer season

Our recent special notice to Newsletter readers included references to the Olga Kern Gala (15 December), the Big Band Swing concerts (22 and 23 December) and our new exciting, glamorous production for the Festive Season, Bring on Broadway (29 December to 8 January 2006).

In addition, the orchestra is currently rehearsing for Gianni Schicchi/Cavalleria Rusticana, which is being presented by Cape Town Opera from 19 November to 3 December in the Joseph Stone Theatre. There are also school concerts (at the Joseph Stone on 23 and 25 November) and the Aids Charity Gala Concert (on 1 December in the Cape Town International Convention Centre) to look forward to.
Booking is open for all these events and many are selling out fast.

Sponsorship News

Our Corporate Affairs and Fundraising Executive, Susan Murray, reports that Anglo American has agreed to sponsor the Olga Kern gala concert on 15 December and another special concert on 16 March 2006. These will be known as the first two Anglo American Celebrity Galas. We are looking forward to a long and exciting partnership with Anglo American on these Celebrity Galas.
Join our Concert Champions – an invitation to all companies
The Cape Philharmonic Orchestra invites your company to join our elite new group of Concert Champions. The Champions consist of companies who are symphony concert fans, identify with our target audiences and would like to support us, but are not in a position to sponsor an entire concert.
In an average calendar year we usually present four symphony seasons, each one normally consisting of three to five concerts. There are also a number of gala concerts every year.
CPO Concert Champions are entitled to:
display of their company logo in our publicity material, as well as a company mention under ‘benefactors’ in the symphony programmes;
season tickets for the symphony season concerts during the year, plus one gala concert. This will include programmes, a chocolate gift and entrance to the cocktail reception after the concert;
hospitality related to the concerts: once a year, companies taking up this sponsorship package will be invited with their concert guests to attend a pre-concert private cocktail party upstairs in the Abe Bloomberg Parlour in the City Hall. They will also enjoy refreshments during interval in the Abe Bloomberg Parlour and as well as the standard invitation to post-concert receptions in the David Bloomberg Parlour; and
our monthly CPO e-mailed newsletter.
Pricing will depend on the number of season tickets required per year. The packages cost R15,000 for two people, R20,000 for four people and R25,000 for six people. Larger packages may also be negotiated.
Contact Sue Murray at for more details or to join the Concert Champions.

Library News

Our librarian Daniel Neal reports as follows:

“Recently, the South African College of Music at UCT hosted the annual meeting of the South African Musicological Association. The Chief Music Librarian at the SACM, Julie Strauss, arranged for music librarians to have a parallel meeting lasting three days.

“Julie was most generous in inviting the few remaining orchestra librarians to join in what was primarily an academic discussion. Daphne Kramers from the SABC library in Auckland Park joined me in presenting a seminar on orchestra library status in South Africa today, and our views on the road forward.

“I came away from the meeting realising the importance of technology: I will have to ‘upgrade’ my abilities on the computer so that I can begin to share catalogue information with all the other South African music libraries.

“I also hope that some day I’ll be able to host a graduate student in library work, especially in cataloguing, to assist in the development of the CPO library.

“All in all, a massive thank you to Julie Strauss for keeping serious music library work going.”

In Our Next Edition

… we will be lifting the veil on some of the items on our programme for 2006. We will also start with a series of short profiles of members of the orchestra.

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