Spring 2012 News
Don’t Miss the CPO’s November Symphony Season
1 November – 22 November 2012
Alexander Gilman, the young Swiss-based violinist whose new CD with the CPO recently won the prestigious Diapason d´Or award, is one of the attractions in the November Symphony Season. Gilman, who will launch his CD with the CPO in November, is the soloist in Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 on Thursday 15 November in the City Hall. The South African-born conductor Conrad van Alphen will be on the podium.
One of South Africa’s top cellists, Peter Martens, is the soloist in local composer Allan Stephenson’s Cello Concerto on 1 November. Four young South African soloists – Arlene Jaftha (soprano), Elizabeth Frandsen (mezzo), Lukhanyo Moyake (tenor) and Thato Machona (bass) – will perform Beethoven’s famous Symphony No. 9 with the orchestra and the New Apostolic Church Choir on 8 November. The international Russian conductor Konstantin Scherbakov will be on the podium.
The award-winning pianist Inon Barnatan makes his debut with the CPO as a soloist in Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto no.2, op 22, in G minor on 22 November. Conrad van Alphen will once again conduct the orchestra.
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Apart from the regular symphony concerts, the CPO is committed to taking classical music to previously disadvantaged communities. This venture has been made possible by the generous support of the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund.
In September the CPO performed at Isiphiwo Primary (Khayelitsha), Capricorn Primary (Vrygrond), Astra School (Montana), Valhalla Secondary (Elsies Rivier) and Alexander Sinton High (Athlone), and Manenberg.
The CPO also performed at the historic Moravian Church in Mamre as part of the annual Mamre Wild Flower Show.
YOUTH ORCHESTRA CELEBRATES HERITAGE DAY
Youth Orchestra Celebrates Heritage Day
The Cape Philharmonic Youth Orchestra will perform at the Sundowner Concert in the Amphitheatre, Iziko Museum, on 24 September at 4:30pm. This concert is part of the Heritage celebration, which has been made possible by Creative Cape Town and offers families and friends the opportunity to picnic on the lawns in a relaxed atmosphere. Other entertainment will be provided by the poet Toni Stuart and the Cape Town jazz band Hasain Adas, among others.
Funding For The Orchestra
Mellon Foundation Funds Orchestra
It is with great pleasure to announce that the Mellon Foundation in New York has approved CPO’s application for funding. The generous sponsorship of $440 000 (about R3,6 mil) will help the orchestra to take orchestral music to all communities in the Western Cape.
Social Evening With The Cape Philharmonic’s Brass And Percussion Sections
This exciting concert is a second one of its kind and was held at the Fugard Theatre on Wednesday 19th September at 19:00.
Fine Music Radio presenter Rodney Trudgeon hosted the evening, which was constructed around audience questions about the orchestra with a particular focus on the brass and percussion sections of the orchestra. Some members of the Cape Philharmonic demonstrated how the brass and percussion sections enhance the unique sound of symphonic music.
This initiative by the Cape Philharmonic in collaboration with the Fugard Theatre supported by the Fine Music Radio was made possible by the L&S Chiappini Trust.
CPO Library Gets New Home
The CPO Library, long housed on the ground floor at Artscape, is getting a new home. As further renovations of the Artscape building proceed, the library is being relocated to a new, modernised and efficient room. But in the interim period, the main bulk of the collection will have to be moved to the Artscape Epping facility, probably for two years. The Epping facility is being converted into long-term storage and archives, and the end of the exercise will be a comprehensive catalogue of all the materials of the CTSO and CAPAB.
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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). www.cpo.org.za
On 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.
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The Cape Philharmonic Orchestra’s Schnittke recordings on the BIS label can now be purchase by visiting eclassical website.
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