Newsletter July 2010

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Winter Symphony Season brings warm sounds for all tastes

The music included in the Orchestra’s Winter Symphony Season, which starts on Thursday 29 July in the City Hall, has something for everyone with some standard masterpieces as well as less frequently-performed works on the programmes. Well-known works include among others Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, Brahms’ Second Piano Concerto, Wagner’s Flying Dutchman Overture andStravinsky’s The Firebird , while seldom-heard works include Bruch’sConcerto for Two Clarinets in E minor, John Simon’s A Peal of Bells, Johann Wagenaar’s Overture The Taming of the Shrew and Pijper’s

Piano Concerto.

Other works to chase away the winter cold are Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole, Falla’s Nights in the Gardens of Spain,Saint-Saëns’Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Shostakovich’s Ninth Symphony and Dvořák’s Sixth Symphony.
The season consists of four concerts (July 29 and August 12, 19 and 26) under three conductors (Principal Guest Conductor Owain Arwel Hughes (Aug 12), the highly rated German conductor Martin Wettges (July 29) and South African-born Conrad van Alphen (August 19 and 26).
The award-winning violist Natasha Korsakova, a descendant of the composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakovperforms Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole on 29 July. The programme also includesWagner’s Flying Dutchman Overture and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5.
The young twins Daniel and Alexander Gurfinkel perform Bruch’s Concerto for Two Clarinets in E minor on 12 August. The programme also includes John Simon’s A Peal of Bells, Saint-Saëns’ Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 6.
The soloist on 19 August is pianist and musicologist Ralph van Raat, who has a busy schedule performing all over the world. The programme consists of Stravinsky’s Song of The Nightingale, Falla’s Nights in the Gardens of Spain, Pijper’s Piano Concerto and Stravinsky’s The Firebird.
The soloist on 29 August is the award-winning South African pianist Ben Schoeman. He performs Brahms’ Second Piano Concerto and the programme also includes Johann Wagenaar’s Overture The Taming of the Shrew and Shostakovich’sNinth Symphony. The Cape Philharmonic Youth Orchestra under Brandon Phillips, winner of the inaugural 2010 Len van Zyl Conductors’ Competition, performs the curtain-raiser for this concert, namely Hector Berlioz’ Hungarian March from The Damnation of Faust.
Book at Computicket or Artscape Dial-a-Seat at 021 421 7695 and find more details here.

Nagasaki Peace Concert

The CPO’s special Nagasaki Peace Concert will be broadcast live to Japan on Monday 9 August from Artscape (14:00 Artscape Theatre). It pays tribute to the people who died when the plutonium bomb nicknamed “Fat Man” destroyed Nagasaki on 9th August.. One of the reasons a South African orchestra was chosen for this honour is the fact that South Africa was the first country voluntarily to abandon its nuclear weapons programme.
The main work on the programme is Alfred Schnittke’s Oratorio Nagasaki, the work that had its world première with the CPO during the first Cape Town International Summer Music Festival under conductor, Owain Arwel Hughes, with mezzo soprano Hanneli Rupert as soloist and the New Apostolic Church Choir. One the programme is the South African anthem, as well as two works by Japanese composers: Memory of the Last Summer by Hozue Shimoda and Nagasaki No-kane by Hachiro Sato and Yuji Koseki.
Book for this unique afternoon concert at Computicket or Artscape Dial-a-Seat (021 421 7695). Please note that this concert does not form part of the CPO’s Winter Symphony Season.

Also on our calendar…

In addition to the Winter Symphony Season and the Nagasaki Peace Concert, the Orchestra’s plans for the next few months include:
· The Youth Music Festival at Artscape with young soloists and Conrad van Alphen conducting (21 August, Artscape Theatre).
· Participation in Klein Karoo Klassique, where the orchestra will give a symphony concert on 2 October conducted by Brandon Phillips, followed by highlights from Handel’s Messiah with the St George’s Singers conducted by Barry Smith on 3 October.
· The National Youth Music Competition with Victor Yampolsky conducting the final concert of the competition (9 October, Artscape Theatre).
· Cape Town Opera’s production of Donizetti’s grand opera Lucia di Lammermoor (October 16 to 27 at the Opera House, Artscape).
· A Choral Concert of Haydn’s “The Creation” with the New Apostolic Church Choir. The conductor is Brandon Phillips.
· The Spring Symphony Season starts on 28 October and continues until 3 December. Booking will open on 20 September.
More details about these events are available here.

Youth Orchestra and Development news

· The CPO Education programme has extended its projects into the communities of Goedverwacht and Wittewater on the West Coast. In June, young instrumentalists from these communities attended workshops facilitated by Sean Kierman (retired Head of Brass, UCT who conducts the CPYWE), Anel Galvin (teacher and coach in the CPO Education programme) and two members of the CPYO and CPYWE, Curvin Engel (trumpet) and Ryan van der Rheede (trombone). The participants will now be transported to Cape Town on Saturdays and incorporated into the CPO teaching programme.
· New music training workshops are starting soon. These will include conductors’ training and conductors’ master classes, brass training for individuals and big brass bands, and also training for violinists who want to become teachers using the Suzuki training method. Prospective participants could come to the Good Hope Seminary School in Gardens on Saturday 17 July at 11:00 for detailed information. They could also register for training immediately.
· The CPYO and CPYWE present two Showcase concerts in September: on 18 September at Parklands College and on 19 September at the Bellville campus of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. For tickets and more details, contact Henriette Weber at

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The CPO’s Masidlale initiative for the training of young strings players was very successfully launched on Table Mountain on Friday 21 May. Some of the children from Nyanga and Gugulethu who are already being trained participated in the launch which was attended by top representatives from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund and other donors, Cape Town Tourism, Artscape, The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway and the CPO Endowment Trust. Read more about this project and the launch here

The CPO’s concert tour to the US in 2011

The Orchestra has been invited to undertake a concert tour along the East Coast of the US from February 11 to March 7 2011. This tour will comprise of 18 concerts and it is estimated that it will attract almost 30,000 people at top venues. The CPO is the first ever orchestra from the African continent to be invited, which attests to its good reputation and excellent performance standards.
This also presents a fantastic marketing opportunity to be showcased as a top export product of South Africa to an international audience, adding to the scope of the City of Cape Town, the Western Cape and South Africa and acting as cultural and social ambassadors for South Africa.
A quarter of the orchestra members on this tour will be development musicians receiving a unique opportunity to travel, play with the professional orchestra, benefit from the additional income and gain invaluable experience and exposure via this tour.
The CPO needs one million rand to finance this USA TOUR and we need your donations. Your funding could be instrumental in making this opportunity of a lifetime a reality.
Call Karin Blumer at 021 410 9826 or e-mail

Support the Endowment Trust

Dear CPO enthusiast,
The symphony concerts and other performances of the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra are the cherry on the cake of this hard-working organisation. Ongoing donations and tight fiscal management ensure that these continue.
However, a huge amount of work taking place to support this “cherry”: dedicated efforts to ensure that we always have a world-class orchestra and broader, supportive audiences to take us through the 21st century.
Watch the videos of the CPO’s training programme here – starting in the townships with 6 to 10 year-old violinists, through to the Cape Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.
These efforts will provide the true legacy to the CPO. Please keep them going by supporting the Cape Philharmonic Endowment Trust (CPET).
The CPET aims to build a capital asset of R100 million, from which the CPO can draw the interest if and when it is required. Your donation will remain intact in the Trust, thereby providing a perpetual mechanism of income for the CPO.
Support our Trust now via a monthly debit order, a one-off donation or a bequest. To discuss your plans, please contact me.
Yours sincerely
Susan Murray
Chief Executive
Cape Philharmonic Endowment Trust (CPET)
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Trustees: Mr Ton Vosloo (Chairman), Mrs Wendy Ackerman, Mr Louis Heyneman, Dr Wilmot James, Ms Susan Murray, Mr Christoff Pauw and Mr Ben Rabinowitz. Registration: Cape Philharmonic Endowment Trust Exemption No: 930

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