Newsletter August & September 2011

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The CPO’s July / August Symphony Season ends on a high note!

prettyyendeThe symphony concert where the multi award-winning singer Pretty Yende sung Canteloube’s Songs of the Auvergne was one of the highlights of the July/August season. Pretty had just returned from Moscow, where she scooped a top award at the prestigious Operalia 2011 competition. Ms Yende received a standing ovation from a full-house audience at Artscape Opera House. In Moscow she also won the Zarzuela Award and the Audience’s Choice Prize. The line-up for the second semester was exciting indeed. Apart from the array of first class soloists such as the Russian violinist Maria Solozobova and bandoneon player Lothar Hensel, South African born pianists Jan Hugo and Nina Schumann (who replaced Petronel Malan who fell ill before her South African concert tour) offered exhilarating performances under the batons of world-class conductors Nicholas Cleobury and Conrad van Alphen.
CPO performs exciting Operas and productions in September

The orchestra will welcome spring with great music as it performs Fiddler on the Roof, a musical by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick. This production which is presented by the Gilbert and Sullivan Society, opens on 9 September at 19:30 and runs until 1 October at 19:30 at the Opera House, Artscape. Alastair Cockburn will be on the podium.

The orchestra performs Verdi’s La Traviata under the baton of Albert Horne on 11, 13, 21 and 22 October at 19:30. Martin Wettges will conduct the orchestra at the annual Artscape National Music Competition at Artscape Theatre on 15 September at 19:30. This exciting programme showcases young contestants who perform with the orchestra and win prestigious prizes. The orchestra will not be travelling to Mauritius, this year, instead they will perform in Mozart’s Die Entfuehrung aus dem Serail in November. Kamal Khan will be on the podium.

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CPYO and CPYWE Spring Concert

The youth orchestras will perform exciting works which include Samuel Hazo’s Rush, Frank Ticheli’s Simple Gifts and the Original Dixieland Concerto by John Warrington on 24 September at Rondebosch Boys High School from 19:00. Tickets will be available at the door.
Thank you

Our mission is to create the Orchestra for all People, which will reflect the cultural diversity of our country. We also “take the music to the people” by performing concerts at venues in the suburbs, townships and rural areas of the Greater Cape Town vicinity.

A sincere thank you goes out to our main funder, the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, for the past three years, invaluable funding for the Orchestra and its Outreach and Education programmes. The Transformation of the orchestra is proceeding at a rapid pace to comply with our public funders’ vision of creating a demographically representative orchestra. To the Department of Arts & Culture we convey our thanks for their funding which has sustained the CPO’s operational activities the past ten years.

The Cape Philharmonic Orchestra is delighted to acknowledge “new” donors who joined the illustrious group of funders of fine music in Cape Town in 2011: Sanlam, Berco Express, Consol and the Rolf-Stephan Nussbaum Foundation. A word of gratitude is extended to the Bruno-Frey Musikschule Biberach and Mr Schmocker who generously supported our Masidlale Music Projects in Nyanga, Langa and Gugulethu.

Support the CPO

“If music be the food of love, play on!”

We call upon you to become a sponsor of the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra. A donation of R150, 000.00 will secure the naming rights to a concert and your company logo will be featured our concert programmes, website, newsletter, brochures and mentioned in radio advertisements. Further you will receive 50 complimentary tickets to the concert to invite VIP guests and opportunity to display your marketing materials.

Help us to keep the excellent music tradition alive!

CPO Banking Details

Account number: 406 582 7384
Bank: ABSA – Western Cape Business
Branch: Cape Town
Branch Code: 632005
Account Name: Cape Philharmonic Orchestra
Reference: Your name (donor)
Cape Philharmonic Orchestra NPO Registration: 050-787-NPO

Please contact Karin Blumer at 021 410 9826 or 082 4144 614 or to confirm your donation.

Staff News

staffnewsLaurika Steenkamp, Caroline van Renen, Ryan van der Rheede and Marvin Weavers

Laurika Steenkamp was appointed Outreach and Education Manager. She took over from Henriette Weber in July. She will manage all CPO’s outreach projects. Ms Steenkamp holds a degree in music from the University of Stellenbosch and has twenty years’ experience in music education. She has received various awards, including an Award of Excellence in Primary School Teaching from the Western Cape Education Department. She established the Cool Classic Kidz, a radio programme for kids in collaboration with Fine Music Radio and has been nominated for a BASA award for this programme. She also started Music@Work, a recording label and studio.

Caroline van Renen was appointed Principal Horn in August. She holds a degree in music from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth.She completed a Masters degree in Concert Performance at Haute Ecole de Musique de Geneve in Switzerland. Caroline was a part-time brass music teacher at the Summerwood Primary School and St George’s Preparatory School in Port Elizabeth.

Ryan van der Rheede was appointed second Trombone in August. He matriculated at Settlers High School in Bellville and attended classes at the Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre for five years. Ryan is currently in his final year of BMus at the at the College of Music at the University of Cape Town. He has been a dedicated member of the Cape Philharmonic Youth Orchestra for many years. Ryan was one of the young developmental musicians who toured the South Coast of America with CPO this year.

Marvin Weavers joined the administration staff as a student intern in August. He is also a viola-player in the Cape Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.

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