Newsletter March 2011
CPO’s US tour a huge success
The CPO has been winning hearts and admiration among an enthusiastic music-loving public during their current 18-concert tour to the United States.
The concerts are being received with standing ovations and positive reaction in the US media, proving that the orchestra is indeed a worthy cultural ambassador for Cape Town and South Africa.
Follow the tour online through the blog on the website at https://www.cpo.org.za/new.
Celebrity concert with Ronald Corp and the London Chorus
After the Orchestra’s return from the United States, one of the first engagements is a special concert with the London Chorus on 31 March in the City Hall under the celebrated conductor Ronald Corp. Maestro Corp is the founder and artistic director of the New London Orchestra and the Musical Director of the New London Children’s Choir, the London Chorus as well as the Highgate Choral Society.
The soloists are the Japanese pianist Kotaro Fukuma, soprano Filipa van Eck and baritone Conroy Scott. The works on the programme include Glinka’s Russlan and Ludmilla Overture, Saint-Saëns’ fifth piano concerto and RalphVaughn Williams’ big Symphony No. 1 (a “Sea Symphony”) which calls for a choir throughout. In addition to the London Chorus, the massed choir will consist of the Fezeka High School and the Cape Town Symphony Choirs.
Booking for this concert is already open at Computicket or Artscape Dial-a-Seat (021 421 7695).
From left to right: Conductor Ronald Corp and Soloists Kotaro Fukuma, Filipa van Eck and Conroy Scott
Kaapse Skouspel and Kirstenbosch
Prior to the 31 March concert, the Orchestra has engagements at
Kaapse Skouspel at Grand West Casino (19 March at 13:00 and 20:00 and 20 March at 13:00). The conductor is Graham Scott and booking is at Computicket
A concert at Kirstenbosch, conducted by Maestro Ronald Corp with soloists Nelmari Reyneke (soprano) and Monica Voysey (mezzo). On programme are Rossini’s Semiramide: Overture, Beethoven’s: Sixth Symphony (the “Pastorale”) and Vivaldi’s “Gloria”.Booking www.webtickets.co.za
The Winter Symphony Season consisting of eight concerts starts on 5 May and continues until 23 June.
There are four conductors, each conducting two concerts: the Latvian-born Gints Glinka (5 and 12 May), Japanese maestro Yasuo Shinozaki (19 and 26 May), the well-known Dutch conductor Arjan Tien (2 and 9 June) and the celebrated Thomas Sanderling (16 and 23 June).
The soloists are cellist Dmitri Kouzov (Lalo’s cello concerto, 5 May), violinist Roman Simovic (Beethoven’s violin concerto, 12 May), pianist Claire Huangchi (Chopin’s first piano concerto, 19 May) pianist Jonathan Oshry (Saint-Saëns’ second piano concerto, 26 May), violinist Andrey Baranov (Prokoviev’s second violin concerto, 2 June), cellist Nicholas Altstaedt (Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations, 9 June), violinists Farida Bacharova and Suzanne Martens (local composer David Earl’s double concerto, 16 June) and pianist Melvyn Tan (Beethoven’s second piano concerto, 23 June).
Some of the soloists in the Winter Season: Top left to right: Dmitri Kouzov; Roman Simovic; Claire Huangchi and Jonathan Oshry. Bottom left to right: Andrey Baranov; Nicholas Altstaedt; Farida Bacharova and Melvyn Tan