Newsletter January & February 2011
Anniversary gala concert
The Cape Philharmonic Orchestra’s (CPO)10th anniversary gala concert on 29 December 2010 at the Opera House at Artscape was a sell-out success and one of the most popular events in Cape Town during the end-of-year holiday season.
The sensational soprano Pretty Yende and tenor Given Nkosi, with the CPO conducted by Richard Cock, had members of the audience on their feet after their performances of opera arias and duets. At the end of the concert they were called back repeatedly for encores.
The CPO is today recognised as an important part of the city’s cultural life and the quality of its performances is acknowledged among others through invitations to perform overseas, including becoming the first symphony orchestra from the African continent to undertake a full concert tour of 18 cities in United States in February and March.
5th International Summer Music Festival
The 10th Anniversary gala concert was the first event on the programme for the 5th Cape Town International Summer Music Festival. The remaining concerts of the Festival will feature the award-winning Bulgarian conductor Martin Panteleev and Russian/American violinist Philippe Quint. The programmes include among others the violin concertos by Tchaikovsky and Korngold and some of the other works they will perform with the CPO on the tour of the USA. Olga Kern the darling of Cape Town audiences will perform exciting works: Totentanz by Liszt and Rachmaninov’s Paganini Variations. Ms Kern’s brother Vladimir Kern will be on the podium.
Special symphony concert with 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.
The conductor on that occasion will be the celebrated Ronald Corp, 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 (the “Sea Symphony”) which calls for a choir throughout. In addition to the London Chorus, the massed choir will consist of the Fezeka Choir and the Cape Town Symphony Choir.
Booking for this concert is open at Computicket or Artscape Dial-a-Seat (021 421 7695).
Outreach and education: CPYO members on CPO’s tour to the USA
One of the reasons why the Orchestra is proud of its upcoming tour of the United States of America, is the fact that it also proves that its Outreach and Education programmes are working. 18 members of the touring party will be development musicians receiving a unique opportunity to play with the professional orchestra and gain invaluable experience and exposure via this tour.
Some of these young musicians includes Dane Coetzee (cello), Charl van der Merwe (Bassoon) and Stephan Galvin (timpani & percussion) are founder members of the Cape Philharmonic Youth Orchestras (2004) while Ryan van der Rheede (trombone) joined the Cape Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (CPYO) and Cape Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensemble (CPYWE) in 2008.
At present, these young musicians all hold principal positions in the ensembles. Dane, Charl and Ryan are full-time music students at the University of Cape Town, while Stephan Galvin is a music student at UNISA.
Ryan van der Rheede (trombone), Dane Coetzee (cello) and Charl van de Merwe (basson)are some of the young development students who will take part in the USA concert tour.
The Cape Town Philharmonic gratefully acknowledges and thanks the Wurth Group of North American Inc. and MPDV Mikrolab GmbH for its generous sponsorship toward the partial funding of its inaugural United States tour.