Newsletter July & August 2007
Newsletter July 2007
In this edition:
- Classical New Music Festival
- Youth Music Festival
- Sunday Soirées
- Benjamin Zander Symphonic Fanafre
- Winter Symphony Season
- Booking for the Cape Town International Summer Music Festival
- MacMcKenzie’s Ghoema Workshop
- Marketing Manager for the CPO
- Cape Philharmonic Youth Orchestra
- Friends of Orchestral Music
Classical New Music Festival
The “Who’s Afraid of Karlheinz Stockhausen” (WAKS)Classical New Music Festival takes place from 27 to 29 July at the Kawai Piano Studio at 13 Palmer Rd, Muizenberg, with the closing concert at 18:30 on 29 July at St Cyprian’s School, Gorge Rd, Oranjezicht. This festival, exploring the world of classical new music features composers Peter Klatzow, Hendrik Hofmeyr, Matthijs van Dijk, Adrian More and Braam du Toit as well as an array of prominent artists including among others Jill Richards, Marc Uys, François du Toit, Graham Fitch, Anmarie van der Westhuizen, Farida Bacharova, André Howard and the Stanley Magafta String Quartet. Booking and programme details at http://www.ianburgess-simpson.co.za or tel 021 788 3720.
Youth Music Festival
On 4 AugustArtscape and the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra host the 36th annual Youth MusicFestivalat Artscape, where young singers and solo instrumentalists are offered the opportunity to perform with a professional orchestra.
Sunday Soirées at Centre for the Book
On 5 August there is the first of the Sunday Soirées. The CPOis proud to be associated, in collaboration with Pianoforte(sole South African Importers of Steinway & Sons, Boston & Essex Pianos)and Fine Music Radio (FMR), with an initiative of Sunday afternoon chamber music and recitals at the Centre for the Book at 62 Queen Victoria Street in Cape Town. Concertgoers will be able to listen to top musicians performing on the best grand piano available in an intimate and beautiful concert venue that is very well suited for soirées.
These events, which take place on Sunday afternoons at 16:00, start with two recitals, on 5 and 19 August, by the celebrated pianist and Steinway virtuoso, Gustavo Romero. These two recitals form part of a major project: a seven-recital cycle during which Mr Romero will be playing all 32 of the Beethoven piano sonatas. The complete cycle will be played over a period of three years in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Palm Springs. The programme for 5 August includes among others the Sonata in F minor, Opus 57 (the “Appassionata”) and the 19 August programme includes the Sonata in C Major, Opus 53 (the “Waldstein”). More details about these recitals are available on the CPO web page.
Benjamin Zander “Symphonic Fanfare”
On 5 August, the Orchestra will be performing at Artscape when the internationally renowned conductor, pianist, inspirational speaker and best-selling author of the book “The Art of Possibility”, Benjamin Zander, presents a music appreciation workshop at Artscape Opera House conducting the CPO during his workshop.
Winter Symphony Season
The second Winter Symphony Season consists of four concerts in the City Hall. The dates are Thursday 9 August, Thursday 16 August, Thursday 23 August and Thursday 20 August. Details are available on the CPO Website. Book at Computicket or Artscape Dial-a-Seat (021) 421 7695.
Booking has opened for the second Cape Town International Summer Music Festival which takes place from 14 November to 9 December.
Special booking packages are available for people who want to attend more than one concert. Details about these packages are available under “News” on the website. The website also contains details about all the concerts forming part of the Festival.
On 30 June a public workshop of a new Ghoema Symphony, called “Symphony Number 1 – The Journey”, composed by Mac McKenzie of the all star band The Ghoema Captains of Cape Town. The symphonic and ghoema fusion experiment was held in the Orchestra Rehearsal Room at Artscape. George Michie conducted the workshop, which was attended by a number of prominent music experts from the Cape.
Marketing Manager appointed
Luvuyo Kakaze, senior writer and editor for a Cape Town communications company, has been appointed to the position of PR and Marketing Manager at the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra. Luvuyo, who has extensive experience in writing and reporting about the arts for various South African publications, will join the CPO in August.
In 1993 Luvuyo wrote and produced a play called Entwined Lives which won the Young Writers Festival Award at the Baxter Theatre. The following year Entwined Lives travelled to Toronto where it received a two week run at the Young People’s Theatre. Luvuyo will be responsible for many of the CPO’s marketing and outreach initiatives. We welcome Luvuyo to our team!
Youth Orchestra News
The Education and Outreach programme has been very busy during this winter. The showcase concert on 24 June in the City Hall was a major highlight, with Alexander Fokkens (CPYO), Brandon Phillips (CPYO & CPYWE) and Sean Kierman (CPYWE) conducting.
An education camp was held for the CPYO and CPYWE from 15–17 June, when the well-known international conductor and music pedagogue Victor Yampolsky worked with the youth orchestras and presented master classes for trainee conductors.
40th Anniversary for Friends
Gaby Dahl, Chairman of the Friends of Orchestral Music, reports as follows:
“The Friends of Orchestral Music are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year. What started as the Ladies’ Committee and later became the CTSO Club in the late sixties in the last century, is today a Music Society with over 400 members. The aim of the Friends has not changed over the decades: namely to assist the Orchestra financially through fundraisers, running a shop and selling wine to the audience during concerts and bonding audience and musicians, conductors and soloists through receptions after the concerts.
“Anniversary celebrations will start on Sept. 27th at the Centre for the Book with a star-studded evening of our talented local musicians and on Nov 25th the Orchestra will give a Gala Concert for the Friends at the City Hall.
“We hope to see you all and celebrate with us.”