Newsletter December 2006

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Newsletter 13 December 2006

“We are already working on the 2007 Festival”

“Our first International Summer Music Festival was a great success: this is evident from the fact that all but two of the concerts were completely sold out,” says the CEO of the CPO, Louis Heyneman.
“I see this as clear proof of the need for good music among local music lovers,” he continues.
“The biggest challenge of such a festival is to make it financially viable and I believe we have found the formula to stage a festival of international standard with a limited budget. We have been encouraged by this success to such an extent that we are already working on the 2007 Festival.”
The photographs show scenes during some of the Festival concerts.

Orchestra diary
The orchestra is currently accompanying the Cape Town City Ballet, in presenting the acclaimed Bolshoi version of The Nutcracker until the end of December. On 16 December there is Die Burger Klassieke Kerskonsert in the City Hall, with Zanne Stapelberg and Brandon October as soloists performing popular opera and operetta arias.
The new year starts with three performances of Kaapse Jol at the Bellville Velodrome (13 and 14 January).

Summer Symphony Season
The first symphony season of 2007 is filled with exciting works and performers. The series consists of four concerts:
The first concert, with the warm Latin-American theme of “Tango Sinfonico” takes place on 18 January in the City Hall. The exciting young Israeli conductor and composer Ori Leshman will be on the podium, while the soloist will be Lothar Hensel (bandoneon). Henselis one of the most sought after bandoneon soloists in the music world and has performed with well-known symphony orchestras, includiung the Berlin Philharmonic. He has played the “Concierto para bandoneon” by Astor Piazzolla more often than the composer himself. This concerto is included in the programme, together with other works by Piazzolla and Hensel himself. This concert will be repeated on Sunday 21 January in the Oude Libertas Amphitheatre.
The second concert (25 January, City Hall) is again conducted by Ori Leshman with Vladimir Milošević (piano) as soloist. This young Serbian pianist is the recipient of major international prizes and made his Carnegie Hall debut in April 2005, after which he began teaching at the Faculty of Music at the Art University in Belgrade. He will be playing Brahms’Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor. Other works on the programme are Weber’s“Oberon” Overture and Schubert’sSymphony No. 3 in D major.
The third concert (1 February, City Hall) sees the return to the podium of Maestro Owain Arwel Hughes. Maestro Hughes, who played such a key role in the success of the first Cape Town International Summer Music Festival, will be conducting a programme consisting of Rossini’s “La gazza ladra” Overture, Paganini’sViolin concerto No. 1 in D major and Brahms’Symphony No. 4 in E minor. The soloist is the acclaimed Korean violinist Chin Kim, who is much admired for his deep musicality and virtuosity. He is one of the most versatile and sought-after young violinists of today, and in constant demand for concerts in North America, Asia and Europe.
The fourth concert (8 February, City Hall) is also conducted by Owain Arwel Hughes, with Florian Uhlig (piano) as soloist performing Mendelssohn’s Piano concerto No. 1 in G minor. Ulhlig is described as “one of the most individual and imaginative young pianists of our time”. He has won numerous international music prizes and has played with some of the world’s leading orchestras and conductors. He is renowned for his creative resourcefulness and his wide-ranging repertoire from Bach to contemporary composers. The programme also includes Britten’s “Four Sea Interludes” from Peter Grimes and concludes with a performance of Holst’s “The Planets”. This exciting and popular work has not been performed by a large orchestra in Cape Town for a while and will be a fitting end to a symphony series containing many highlights.

We wish all the readers of our Newsletter a safe and happy year-end holiday period.

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