Autumn 2012 News

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Social Evening With The Cape Philharmonic

The Cape Philharmonic Orchestra will perform short illustrative music pieces on 17 April at 19:30, as part of the exciting social evening of interactive fun and learning, entitled: “All you ever wanted to know about the orchestra, but were too afraid to ask”.
fugardFine Music Radio presenter Rodney Trudgeon will host the evening constructed around your questions about the orchestra, instruments, symphonic music, music scores. This initiative by the Cape Philharmonic in collaboration with The Fugard Theatre will give the audience a chance to ask questions about the modern symphony orchestra. Members of the Cape Philharmonic will be on stage with Rodney to describe their instruments and to play a selection of illustrative music. This exciting music education social evening which was made possible by the L&S Chiappini Trust is the first of its kind to take place and many more are planned in future.

Autumn Symphony Season


The CPO’s exciting Autumn Season consists of four concerts which start on 10 May and run until
31 May.

The programme for the concert on 10 May has been changed. The Cape Philharmonic Orchestra is presenting two soloists at this concert, the award winning Spencer Myer who will perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor. He will be followed by the young Russian cellist Alexander Ramm who will perform Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E minor, Op 85. Added to this exquisite programme is Elgar’s Serenade for Strings Op. 20 and Tragic Overture by Brahms will be the first work on the programme. Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A major will no longer be performed. Brandon Phillips, the winner of the very first Len van Zyl Conductors’ Competition in 2010 will be on the podium.

Esteemed teacher and conductor Victor Yampolsky returns to Cape Town to conduct three concerts in the Autumn Season. The internationally acclaimed French violinist Olivier Charlier who undoubtedly counts among one of the great violinists of his generation, is the soloist in Brahms’ Violin Concerto on 17 May. The CPO will also perform Haydn’s Symphony No. 49 ( La Passione) in F minor and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 1 in F minor.

South African pianist François du Toit performs Xaver Scharwenka’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in F minor on 24 May. Other exciting works in this programme include The Bartered Bride Overture by Smetana and Brahms’ Symphony No. 4 in E minor.

American pianist Bryan Wallick is the soloist in Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15. The programme on 31 May will start with Berlioz’s Roman Carnival and ends with Dvorak’s well-loved Symphony No. 9.

Fundraising News

The orchestra is still fighting the donor fatigue that set in last year. Its main donor, the National Lotteries Distribution Trust Fund, is experiencing extreme paralysis as our application submitted last April, has still not been adjudicated. In general Lotteries funding recipients in the Arts & Culture sector have been extremely hard hit by the NLDTF’s reticent attitude. It is therefore crucial that our corporate, business and individual supporters and audience should be aware of these circumstances and come to the fore to assist us in the quest to save the orchestra for future generations. We need your donations please. Call Karin Blumer at 021-410 9826 or e-mail

To all supporters who contributed during the past financial year a huge thank-you for making our existence a priority. I am delighted to mention Sanlam, and Dr Yvonne Muthien, who has committed to concert sponsorships for two years. Blastrite is a new donor and our gratitude to Mr and Mrs Haldane for their generosity. Hannarie Wenhold has come on board as donor in February and deserves a very special mention. We also honour the Rolf-Stephan Nussbaum Foundation for their commitment to the CPO for the past two years as well as the Philip Schock Charitable and Educational Trust for their long-term contributions. Thank you to St Ola’s Trust, the A & Y Galombik Charity Trust, Schmidhauser Electrical, the Van Ewijk Stigting, Eliot & Myra Osrin Charitable Trust, Ariel & Moyra Fine Foundation, Peter and Gisela Voss, Dr Chris Eedes, Dave Wolfaardt, Peter Soal, Dr G Wolman, PB Shone, Bridella Reddie and the AA Newman Trust for your donations. Last but not least we thank Appletiser for their in kind donations to support the youth orchestras and the CPO Academy. We are truly grateful for your support.

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Infecting The City With Light Classics

The Cape Philharmonic Orchestra and the Cape Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensemble took part in the exciting outdoor festival in February. Infecting the City is presented by the Africa Centre and provides a platform for exploring contemporary art forms and cultural practice as a catalyst for social change.cityconcerts





Performances At Cavendish Square


The Cape Philharmonic Orchestra’s Brass Quintet performed light Classics at Cavendish Square on 17 and 31 March as part of Cavendish Square’s LIFTED art project.
Over the next months, Cavendish Square is upgrading various escalators and visitors to the centre will be able to view artwork created by some of the country’s designers and local school children.
In addition to the entertainment, the Cape Philharmonic Brass Quintet and the Cape Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensemble will entertain shoppers on 5 and 19 May from 12 noon to 13:00

Upcoming performances are at Cavendish Square:

5 May: Cape Philharmonic Orchestra – Brass Quintet
19 May: Cape Philharmonic Orchestra – Brass Quintet

Staff News

Oscar Kitten has been appointed to the post of Sub-Principal Clarinet with effect from 1 April 2012. He joins the orchestra from the South African Navy Band and has been a regular ad hoc player who recently went on the US concert tour with the orchestra. Oscar Kitten was one of the young musicians who joined the orchestra on the international concert tour to the US last year.

Colette Niemand (2nd violin) and her husband Louis have a second addition to their family. Their son Alain Louis was born on 19 March.

Our CD Releases and DOWNLOADS

neworch_cd_covers The CPO has also released a double CD of short orchestral masterpieces on the DUX label. The conductor on this CD is Owain Arwel Hughes. The Allan Stephenson CD with the Cape Philharmonic conducted by him consists of his compositions, Burlesque for Double Bass and Small Orchestra (1974), Concerto for Double Bass and Small Orchestra (2005) and Concerto for Cello and Full Orchestra (2004). The soloists are Leon Bosch (Double Bass) and Peter Martens (Cello).
alex_cd_coversOn this new CD with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Perry So, Alexander recorded the concertos of S. Barber and E. W. Korngold, the Carmen Fantasie by F. Waxman and the Theme from Steven Spielberg´s Movie “Schindlers List” by J. Williams.This CD was released on OEHMS Classics label and was recently nominated as the Classical CD of the week in the Financial Times Germany.
To order any of our CD’s, please call +27 21 410 9809

The Cape Philharmonic Orchestra’s Schnittke recordings on the BIS label can now be purchase by visiting eclassical website.

You can click on the link and find the CPO’s music by clicking on orchestras.

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