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Beatle-mania is back INTERNATIONAL CLASSICAL MYSTERY TOUR - THE BEST SHOW THE BEATLES NEVER DID

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Letters to the editor

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CONCERT FOR ONE

FEATURE: MINTZ & MENDELSSOHN

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Win!

Stand a chance to win a pair of tickets to the October season by sharing your opinion. Please email us at info.cpo.org.za

The selling-out of the 8th international classical music festival told us we are doing something right and the audience seems to agree. Here is what some people said:

“ Nakariakov is even better than you said!” “ Anton Nel should come back every year.” “ This year’s Kirstenbosch concert was the best ever.”

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“ I see the Lalo Symphonie espagnol through new eyes, thanks to Eschkenazy.”

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Welcome T

he centenary of symphonic music in

UCT before embarking

Cape Town has been marked with

on an international

excellent concerts and full houses.

career in various

And we still have several highlights in store for

strategic positions.

the rest of the year. Full houses unfortunately do

From 1999-2013,

not mean we have enough income to survive.

she was the Executive

The sword of Damocles is still hanging over our heads and until we find additional income streams,

BOOKINGS

CAPE TOWN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

the long-term sustainability of the Cape Town

is still a professional associate of the Zamyn

Philharmonic Orchestra is under threat.

Foundation, a London-based independent analytical organisation which challenges received

Sustainability is an issue for most professional

distinctions between ‘developed’ and ‘developing’

arts organisations and progressive planning

nations in an increasingly interconnected world.

is an important component of survival.

Her experience in communication, strategy and

Therefore, we have taken a bold new step

resource mobilisation will be used to present the

towards a professional fundraising approach

case of the professional symphony orchestra in

and will transform our fundraising department to

times of social transition. We wish her all the best

a well-organised, efficient business unit within

in her demanding new role.

the company. We welcome our new Business Development /Fundraising Executive, Zohra

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF LOUIS HEYNEMAN louis@cpo.org.za MANAGING EDITOR SHIRLEY DE KOCK GUELLER shirley@cpo.org.za EDITORIAL AND CREATIVE TEAM

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Dawood, (pictured right) on board. Ms Dawood, a law graduate from the University of Natal, obtained a Masters in Economic History from

PUBLIC & CORPORATE FUNDERS

CHIEF EXECUTIVE CAPE TOWN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

“Please make everyone switch off their cell phones during a concert. The insistent ring spoils the music for the players and the rest of us.”

Keep the letters coming. We would love to know what you think about Concerto, the CPO and even the state of funding for classical music in South Africa.

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CIRQUE DE LA SYMPHONIE

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Beatle-mania is back CLASSICAL MYSTERY TOUR!

THE BEST SHOW THE BEATLES NEVER DID

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ifty years after the first US appearance of The Beatles, an American rock group, backed by a symphony orchestra is touring the world with iconic Beatles songs. The Classical Mystery Tour is now joining the CPO under the baton of Brandon Phillips. The internationally acclaimed top symphony attraction features more than two dozen Beatles songs played by four incredible musicians who look and sound just like The Fabulous Four. But this is more than a rock concert. The songs are performed exactly as they were originally recorded: the orchestra charts were transcribed note-fornote from The Beatles recordings. Since its initial show at the Orange County Performing Arts Centre in California in 1996, Classical Mystery Tour has performed with more than 100 orchestras around the world, stopping audiences and the media in their tracks. The Los Angeles Times said, “The swelling strings and soaring French horn lines gave the live performance a

“We really make an effort to sound exactly like the originals.”

“We are thrilled to be coming to South Africa. The Beatles never had the opportunity to perform in Cape Town, so we are excited to bring this timeless music to Cape Town Philharmonic audiences. This is the first time our group will visit South Africa, so we are looking forward to experiencing Cape Town, seeing the sights, trying some of the area’s cuisine, and visiting the local wine country, too.”

high goosebump quotient ... the crowd stood and bellowed for more.” “We really make an effort to sound exactly like the originals”, explains Jim Owen, the founder of Classical Mystery Tour, who also portrays John Lennon in the show. “The orchestra score is exact, right down to every note and instrument that was on the original recording. “On ‘Got to Get You Into My Life’, we have two tenor saxes and three trumpets. That is what it was written for, and that is what we use. On ‘A Day in the Life’, that final big orchestra crescendo sounds amazing when it is played live.

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The concerts take place on Friday, August 15 at 20:00, on Saturday, August 16 at 14:00 and 20:00 and on Sunday, August 17 at 20:00. Demand may add another one to the line-up on Sunday afternoon so keep in touch via the CPO website www.cpo.org.za. Tickets are R180, R250, R320 and obtainable from Computicket and Artscape Dial-A-Seat on (021) 421 7695.

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“The most ravishingly beautiful playing we mortals can hope to hear” - Milwaukee Sentinel

Mintz & Mendelssohn Gala Concert Shlomo Mintz, one of the all-time international greats, is coming exclusively to the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra to celebrate 100 years of orchestral music in Cape Town in a gala concert at Artscape Opera House. SHLOMO MINTZ APPEARS BY ARRANGEMENT WITH PRICE RUBIN & PARTNERS

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His impeccable musicianship, stylistic versatility and commanding technique have kept Mintz at the top of his game for 30 years and he continues to appear with the most celebrated orchestras and conductors around the world. Mintz was born in Moscow and left for Israel at the age of two. When he was three-and-a-half, he took up the violin and studied with Israeli pedagogue Ilona Feher until he was 16 and then with Dorothy DeLay at the Juilliard School of Music in New York. He made his debut with the Israel Philharmonic when he was 14 and with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra when he was 16. A European tour soon after established him as a huge international name to be watched and as a student he was already performing with conductors like Carlo-Maria Giulini, Antal Dorati and Eugene Ormandy. He has recorded more than 20 CDs, taking many top prizes such as the Diapason D’Or, Grand Prix du Disque three times, the Gramophone Award and the Edison Award twice, once for the Prokofiev Violin Concertos

recorded with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Claudio Abbado. Mintz is also a conductor and a violist, gives master classes and has become known for the success of his classical online teaching academy. He comes to the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra after master classes at Crans Montana in Switzerland where he is artistic director. He leaves us after this single performance to play with the KZNPO and the Orchestra Filharmonica della Scala and, with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra’s Fabio Luisi, the Brahms Concerto in Versailles. Other concerts include the Sibelius Concerto to mark the 75th anniversary of the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional del Perú in Lima in December.

TOP TO BOTTOM Shlomo Mintz with Zubin Mehta; with Ilona Feher; with Isaac Stern.

MINTZ PORTRAITS: YONATHAN WEITZMAN | HISTORICAL PHOTOGRAPHS: WWW.SHLOMO-MINTZ.COM

The Magic of

any will remember his stunning recital for the Cape Town Concert Series some years ago when he played with Itamar Golan.

For more about the lessons, master classes and training for competitions in his online academy, visit his website at www.shlomo-mintz.com

Mintz will play the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto on Thursday, August 21, at 20:00. Tickets for the Mintz gala are R280, R380, R420 and are available from Computicket and Artscape Dial-A-Seat on (021) 421 7695. 05


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Concert For One

CAPE TOWN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

Concert for one THE ORCHESTRA // PART II HORN Caroline van Renen, Principal Horn Six metres of tubing, valves and a flared bell make the French horn the soul of an orchestra. It’s the most exposed of the instruments, for cracking a note is not only easy, but obvious. One of the reasons that makes it difficult to play is what is required at one time: pressing the valves, having the right amount of lip tension, raising the soft palate, having the tongue in position, lowering the larynx, blowing air and keeping the hand in the bell. Simple, right? Its origins are in the Shofar, or ram’s horn, part of a Jewish ritual, but it wasn’t until the use of pistons and valves in the 19th century that the instrument acquired its range. So why is it called the French horn since it originated in Germany? Why is the English horn the cor anglais? You tell us!

TRUMPET David Thompson, Principal Trumpet Dating back to around 1500 BC, trumpets have been made over the years in ceramics, bronze and silver, used for signalling more than music. Improvements in the 06

design led to music making – the trumpet has the highest register of the brass instruments – and its incorporation in the symphony orchestra. Valves enable the tubing to be lengthened, which deepens the sound the trumpeter makes by blowing through closed lips into the mouthpiece, thereby vibrating air. Of course, it’s not that easy, and the embrouchure (the use of facial muscles and shaping of the lips) is critical. Trumpets range from A to G, the smallest being the piccolo. Trumpets are often played off stage, which adds to the drama of a piece like Ives’ ‘Unanswered Question’.

TROMBONE Slavomir Mrazik, Principal Trombone David Langford, Principal Bass Trombone Technically a large trumpet, given its origin in trompa (trumpet), the trombone is played in the same way as the trumpet, except the slide makes the difference in pitch. The Gabrieli family and Monteverdi championed the trombone, and it was really popular in Austria. In 1807, it entered the symphonic literature, and Beethoven wrote it into many of his works. Today’s orchestra usually comprises two tenor trombones

CONSISTING OF AN ENSEMBLE OF MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS, AN ORCHESTRA IS DIVIDED INTO FOUR SECTIONS – STRINGS, WOODWINDS, BRASS AND PERCUSSION – AND HAS A GENERAL STANDARD SEATING ARRANGEMENT. THE PERFORMERS SIT IN A SEMICIRCLE FACING A CONDUCTOR, WITH THE STRINGS RIGHT IN FRONT, THE WOODWINDS IN THE MIDDLE BEHIND THE STRINGS, FOLLOWED BY THE BRASS SECTION AND THE PERCUSSION RIGHT AT THE EDGE OF THE SEMICIRCLE. IN PART II OF THIS TWO-PART FEATURE, WE TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT THE INSTRUMENTS FEATURED IN THE WOODWINDS SECTION. and one bass. The trombone is one of the few wind instruments that can glide from one pitch to another – a glissando – by moving the slide without interrupting the airflow and the sound. As with a trumpet, mutes can be used to dampen the sound. In the absence of mutes, cut-off two-litre plastic cold-drink bottles have been known to do the trick.

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CONDUCTOR: BERNHARD GUELLER SOLOIST: JOHN NTSEPE (PIANO)

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TUBA Shawn Williams, Principal Tuba The grandaddy of the brass instruments, the tuba has the lowest sound. Its large bell served as a perfect collection box when the CTPO was being formed from the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra and the CAPAB Orchestra in the late 1990s. The tuba came into being in Germany in the 19th century and the addition of valves added a whole new low range of notes. Some tubas have strong resonance, and sitting in the choir stalls in the City Hall in a tuba concerto is almost as shuddering as sitting there for the Organ Symphony. They are usually made of brass and, if not plated with nickel, gold or silver, the tuba player would spend more time polishing than practising. //

Bernhard Gueller

has been music director of Symphony Nova Scotia since 2002 and has established SNS as one of the leading orchestras in Canada; he is also principal guest conductor of the Victoria Symphony Orchestra in BC, Canada. Acclaimed for the insight of interpretations and the passion he brings to the concert hall, he has been invited to many of the top concert halls internationally and has collaborated with soloists such as Joshua Bell and Lionel Richie. He has served as music director or principal conductor of many orchestras such as the CTPO and Nuremberg Philharmonic.

John Ntsepe

is one of South Africa’s rising stars. A protégée of Lionel Bowman, he has gone on to study in Vienna and his career is building abroad. His artistry is consolidated by his natural sense of style, individuality, sensitivity, energy, drama, technical command of the keyboard, high quality of musicality and emotional maturity. Ntsepe regularly gets invitations to perform at prestigious events, festivals, music soiree clubs and societies in South Africa, throughout Europe and the South American continent. He has won several prizes, including one at the 2013 International Brahms Competition. 07


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CONDUCTOR: BERNHARD GUELLER SOLOIST: ZUILL BAILEY (CELLO) CPYWE CURTAIN RAISER SUPPE Light Cavalry Overture DVORAK Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104 BRAHMS Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

ZUILL BAILEY’s rare combination of compelling artistry, technical finesse, and

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engaging personality has secured his place as one of the most sought-after cellists today. Praised for his “virtuoso technique, strong, richly expressive tone and bold, individual manner of playing”, Bailey is a consummate concerto soloist. He has performed with the leading American orchestras, in Israel, Spain and Mexico; his CDs of the Elgar and Dvořák cello concertos with the Indianapolis SO have been met with critical acclaim.

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ELGAR Overture, Cockaigne “In London Town”, Op. 40 TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No. 1 DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95, “From the New World” LUKAS VONDRACEK’s natural and assured musicality, plus a remarkable technical ability, marks him as a gifted

THURSDAY 8 PM CITY HALL

CURTAIN RAISER CPYO VERDI Overture, La Forza del Destino THEODORE KUCHAR is one of the most prolifically recorded conductors of the past decade and appears on over 100 compact discs. He currently serves as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra (formerly the Czech Radio Orchestra). He is also Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Orquesta Sinfonica de Venezuela and Principal Conductor of the Slovak Sinfonietta. Artists he has collaborated with include James Galway, Sarah Chang, Joshua Bell and Jessye Norman.

THURSDAY 8 PM CITY HALL

CONDUCTOR: THEODORE KUCHAR SOLOIST: LUKÁŠ VONDRÁČEK (PIANO)

and his latest is of the piano concertos of Herold with the WDR Rundfunkorchester in Cologne.

CONDUCTOR: CONRAD VAN ALPHEN SOLOISTS: GEORGI ANICHENKO (CELLO)

VERDI Overture, La Forza del Destino MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64 TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 6 “Pathétique”

and mature musician who has long laid the cornerstone for a major career. His debut as a 15 year-old in 2002 with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Ashkenazy was followed by a major US tour and more European concerts, with international awards including the UNISA International Piano Competition and the Raymond E Buck Jury Discretionary Award at the 2009 International Van Cliburn Piano Competition.

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THURSDAY 8 PM CITY HALL

LISZT Symphonic Poem No. 7, S 101, “Festklänge” GRIEG Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16 DVORAK Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88

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Born in Moscow, raised in Israel, SHLOMO MINTZ made his Israel PO debut at the age of 14 and his Carnegie Hall debut two years later. He studied at the Juilliard School of Music with the legendary Dorothy DeLay before becoming a legend in his own time performing with all the leading orchestras and conductors in the world regularly. Regarded as one of the violinists of our time, he is esteemed for his impeccable musicianship, stylistic versatility and commanding technique alike, and for his many award-winning CDs.

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STEFANS GROVE “Gestaltes in die Newel”/“Figures in the Mist” SCHUMANN Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129 RACHMANINOV Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 44 South African-born CONRAD VAN ALPHEN is artistic director and chief conductor of Sinfonia Rotterdam, one of the foremost in The Netherlands. He regularly conducts orchestras in The Netherlands, England, Germany, Denmark, Bulgaria, Russia, Poland, South Africa, China and Mexico. Last season included successful debuts with the Noord Nederlands Orkest, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra and the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra. He has received excellent reviews internationally for his many recordings,

Sensational; that is how GEORGI ANICHENKO has been described. Since winning a number of European prizes followed by the UNISA International Strings Competition, Anichenko has seen his career explode globally and he has worked with Mehta, Maazel and Domingo. At 15 in 2000, he furthered his studies in Paris and took a post-graduate course with Jerôme Pernoo. Venues where he has performed include the Salle Cortot in Paris, Concertgebouw Amsterdam and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.

After winning the 1991 Grand Prize in the International Mozart Competition in Salzburg and the UNISA Competition the following year, Russian pianist ANDREY PISAREV’s career has soared as the most prestigious concert halls and orchestras opened to him. Since then, words like “composure”, “complete pianistic command”, “the air of rapt simplicity”, “the perfect sense of balance and phrase” and “breathtaking” appear in every concert review.

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CONDUCTOR: CONRAD VAN ALPHEN SOLOISTS: ALEXANDER GILMAN (VIOLIN), HANNELI RUPERT (MEZZO-SOPRANO) NEW APOSTOLIC MALE CHOIR BRAHMS Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53 KORNGOLD Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35 WILLIAMS Theme from Schindler’s List FRANCK Symphony in D minor

One of his generation’s most promising violinists, ALEXANDER GILMAN gave his first solo concert at the age of seven in Munich and has now performed in the most renowned concert halls all over the world. His CD with the violin concertos of Barber and Korngold

with the CPO and Perry So won the prestigious Diapason d´Or award. Gilman, a teacher at the University of Music in Zurich and in Vienna, also gives regular master classes. He plays on a Gagliano violin (1795). HANNELI RUPERT is one of South Africa's leading mezzo-sopranos and a pre-eminent Lieder recitalist.

She has recorded four CDs, including the Mahler/Wagner Lieder with the CPO and Bernhard Gueller and the Schnittke’s Nagasaki Symphony with the CPO and Owain Arwel Hughes. She made her Washington debut under the baton of Rostropovich. She has performed in Germany, Denmark, Austria, Switzerland, the US and South Africa and has appeared in broadcasts internationally.

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CONDUCTOR: OWAIN ARWEL HUGHES SOLOIST: OLGA KERN (PIANO) DUKAS “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” HAYDN Piano Concerto in D major STRAVINSKY “Petrushka” (1947 version) PROKOFIEV Piano Concerto No 1 in D flat major, Op. 10 Principal guest conductor of the CPO from 2007 to 2011, OWAIN ARWEL HUGHES is music director of Camerata Wales and the National Youth Orchestra of Wales. While with the CPO, he made several CD recordings, including Schnittke’s monumental choral work, Nagasaki. He has conducted many leading orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic, BBC Concert, Royal

Liverpool Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony and the Orchestre National de Lille. He is the recipient of an OBE and CBE for his contribution to music. One of the most exciting pianists to play in Cape Town in recent years, OLGA KERN is back. After being catapulted to fame with her gold medal performance at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2001, she went on to make her acclaimed Carnegie Hall debut – and her Cape Town recital debut in 2002 – and has never looked back. In the last couple of years alone she has played with many orchestras in Europe and America including the Chicago, Detroit, Warsaw Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Orchestre National de Lyon.

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CONDUCTOR: OWAIN ARWEL HUGHES SOLOISTS: FRANÇOIS DU TOIT (PIANO) MOZART Magic Flute Overture K. 620 ADRIAN KEVIN MORE Piano Concerto (world première) SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op. 93

As one of South Africa’s leading concert pianists and musicians, FRANCOIS DU TOIT is an associate professor at UCT, having distinguished himself in several

RIGHT Composer, Adrian Kevin More. important international piano competitions while studying in Germany. He plays with all the South African orchestras. In July 2006, he released his first solo CD and, in 2010, TwoPianists re-released his Tchaikovsky 1st Piano Concerto and Rachmaninov Paganini Variations with the CTSO. He has given recitals and master classes in America, Asia and Europe, and in 2012, went on a concert tour to Paris, Vienna and Cardiff. 09


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Death-defying dazzle

You asked for the

Cirque de la Symphonie OUR MAIL BOX WAS FLOODED WITH DEMANDS TO REPEAT THE FABULOUS SYMPHONY AND CIRCUS SPECTACULAR CIRQUE DE LA SYMPHONIE AFTER ITS SOLD-OUT PERFORMANCES LAST YEAR.

We listened and the Cirque is coming back… to GrandWest on Saturday, June 21 at 19:00 and Sunday, June 22, at 15:00. The Cirque’s aim to enhance the music and bring new audiences has worked and some will never hear gorgeous melodies in the same way again. Here’s how one person remembers it:

ROCKVILLE 2069 CPO TO PREMIÈRE Rockville 2069, South Africa’s biggest, fully orchestrated, technologically sophisticated rock musical production set at the 100th anniversary of Woodstock, will have its world première by the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of conductor/orchestrator Steven Wright at Artscape Opera in August. Featuring a cast of 26 with lead singer Joseph Clarke (of Queen at the Opera) and a seven-piece rock band with the CPO, Rockville 2069 combines artists and musicians from different cultural and musical backgrounds to bring a new, sometimes discordant, always thrilling voice to the rock musical scene. With fast-moving scene changes, the use of 3D animation and a 100m2 LED screen, technology plays a key role in creating this believable, constantly shifting production. The artistic brainchild of composer Johnny Ray, who wrote the music and, with Bruno Pailo, the lyrics and script, Rockville 2069 has been five years in the making. The end result is an emotionally soaring journey of caution, hope, optimism, rebellion and joy which aims to transform and create music while sending a powerful message of change through a sustainable way of life. 10

According to Ray, climate change is the new Vietnam. “Those Woodstock protestors like Bob Dylan wanted to change the world, and so do we.

“It’s a lyrical roller coaster ride you’ll want to take again and again”

“We are still in the afterglow of that incredible fusion of music and the supreme feats of superbly trained bodies” Tickets are R200 to R350 from Computicket. Special parking can be arranged closer to the arena for those with difficulty walking.

A concept album was then produced with CPO musicians (available via www.rockville2069.com) which helped bring to life the extravaganza you will see with the CPO. The orchestrations are by Steven Wright and Rockville 2069 is directed by Angel Rose, whose performance and vocalist credentials include recordings with Michael Jackson and Celine Dion. For Ray it is a dream come true. “The impact of a full symphony orchestra enhances the dramatic story, while the easy-going melodies reflect the music of Woodstock 1969. Add the TechnoRemants, and the musical gains a futuristic edge. The addition of the CPO is a show-stopping element.” The Rockville 2069 graphic novel and CD are available through EMI or www.rockville2069.com and from Dynamite Music at all the shows.

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nd so is Masidlale, the string and wind projects for the very young in places that now include Mamre and Khayelitsha. The CPYWE plays in a curtain raiser to the CPO season opener in August. Then there is a Heritage Day concert at the V&A Waterfront in September and curtain raiser to the October season concert, a concert with the Durbanville Children’s Home, participation in a Strings Festival at Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre and a Christmas Concert with the SA Army Band for the CPYO. The young musicians will also play in the second Borrowed Angels Healing Initiative (BAHI) concert at

There’s no doubt that the youth projects do more than train musicians to perform. They have huge impact in the community: • Two students being trained as music librarians. • Five interns being trained in arts management. • Two youth orchestras and two junior ensembles with 160 members in total. • Six Masidlale music projects in Langa, Nyanga, Gugulethu, Mamre, Atlantis, and Khayelitsha and the CPO Music

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nyone who has seen Brandon Phillips on the podium, dealing with young kids conducting, putting the CPYO through its strides and more specifically seeing him at the helm of the CPO itself, knows we have a winner.

The plot tells of an Earth destroyed by man’s neglect and climate change. Only Rockville, a small archipelago of islands, survives and is now home to a group of peaceloving rockers, sound technicians and musicians.

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The shows will take place from August 29 – September 7. Tickets are R100 to R250 and are available from Computicket or Artscape Dial-A-Seat on (021) 421 7695.

BEING IN CONSTANT DEMAND, A TOUR TO JOHANNESBURG, THE FIRST OF AN ANNUAL COLLABORATION WITH THE JOHANNESBURG YOUTH ORCHESTRA, IS ABOUT AS GOOD AS IT GETS, YET THE CAPE TOWN PHILHARMONIC YOUTH ORCHESTRA AND THE CP YOUTH WIND ENSEMBLE ARE CONTINUING TO GROW.

Artscape on August 3 and at the Hermanus Arts Festival.

BRANDON

“Woodstock wanted to end a war; we want to reduce the carbon footprint which is an even bigger issue than the war was then. Rockville’s music is a reflection of the original festival and is influenced by the wide range of folk, rock, soul and Latin. We have brought in descendants of some of the musicians in Woodstock!”

Involved in the production process were Kyle Petersen, with Darryl Andrews of UCT working on vocals, arrangements and scoring; and recording by Andrew Ford of Nuthouse Studios. The team also worked with vocalists to flesh out vocal and other arrangements.

THERE IS NO STOPPING

It was in the New Apostolic Church that he was inspired to make music his career – sport was also an option and he was a junior WP soccer player and a 100m top sprinter – and from the recorder he grew into the flute, clarinet, tenor

“There’s no doubt that the youth projects do more than train musicians to perform”

saxophone, trumpet, euphonium, viola, cello and violin and along the way the bassoon. He also strums the guitar and sings. In 2003, Brandon graduated with a diploma in orchestral studies from the SA College of Music at UCT and obtained his BMus Honours in 2004. Winning the Inaugural CPO/Len van Zyl Conductor’s Competition in 2010, he went on to do an internship at the Philadelphia Orchestra and studied with Victor Yampolsky at Northwestern University in Chicago. In 2012, soon after his return, he was appointed artistic director and conductor of the Cape Town Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. In the same year, Phillips received the Western Cape Arts and Culture’s prestigious award for “outstanding achievements by the youth”.

Academy in Cape Town. • Six youth orchestra members employed and training students in the Masidlale projects. • Thirteen conductors being trained. • Fourteen youth employed and trained in CPO Music Academy. • Forty-seven CPO players mentoring and coaching the youth orchestra musicians. • Fifty-six outreach concerts to schools and communities in the last year. • Four hundred children/youth receiving free music tuition. • Fifty-six thousand new audience members reached in 2013.

Phillips received Arts and Culture’s prestigious award for “outstanding achievements by the youth” He works with many of South Africa’s orchestras and choirs and is a regular adjudicator and conductor for various national competitions. Orchestras he has conducted include the Johannesburg Philharmonic and Festival orchestras, the Miagi Youth Orchestra Festival, including a tour to Germany, Bloemfontein University Symphony, Black Tie Ensemble and the Cape Philharmonic Choir and the New Apostolic Symphony. 11


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Bookings Cirque de la Symphonie Dates & times: June 21 at 19:00; June 22 at 15:00, Grand Arena, GrandWest. Ticket prices: R200, R280, R350

Beatles Mystery Tour Dates & times: August 15, 16, 17 at 20:00; August 16 at 14:00 Ticket prices: R180, R250, R320

Rockville 2069 AUG SEP

WINTER SYMPHONY to SEASON 728August August 2014

SPRING SYMPHONY October to SEASON 30 27 November 2014

Prices: R130, R165, R195 (August 7, 14 and 28) and R280, R380, R420 (August 21 Gala Concert)

Prices: R130, R165, R195

Subscriptions for all four concerts attract a 20% discount (members of Friends of Orchestral Music get an additional 10%). One renewing subscriber and one new subscriber will each win a pair of tickets to the Avigail and Ammiel Bushakevitz recital at the Cape Town Concert Series on October 25.

Subscribers: Renew for all five concerts at Artscape Dial-A-Seat only on (021 ) 421 7695 and receive a 20% discount and the chance to win one pair of tickets to the recital by pianist Olga Kern at the Cape Town Concert Series November 15 at the Baxter Concert Hall. Members of Friends of Orchestral Music get an additional 10% discount. Preferential booking for subscribers: 8 – 22 August

Tickets are on sale at Artscape Dial-A-Seat on (021) 421 7695 and selected Computicket outlets. Accredited students and pensioners: R70 seats are on sale half an hour before the start of the concert, if available.

New subscribers: Book for all five concerts at Artscape Dial-A-Seat or any Computicket outlet and receive a 20% discount and the chance to win a pair of tickets to a recital by pianist Olga Kern at the Cape Town Concert Series November 15 at the Baxter Concert Hall. Members of Friends of Orchestral Music get an additional 10% discount.

BOOK BY TELEPHONE BOOKINGS FOR ALL CONCERTS ARE NOW OPEN Artscape Dial-A-Seat: Artscape and City Hall only on (021) 421 7695 – Credit card bookings. Advance bookings through Computicket Mon–Fri, 9 am–5 pm / Sat 9 am–12.30 pm. For telephonic credit card bookings, call Computicket on 0861 915 8000 [Toll free]

COMPUTICKET BOOKINGS CAN BE MADE AT SELECTED COMPUTICKET OUTLETS OR ONLINE AT WWW.COMPUTICKET.CO.ZA For more details, visit: www.cpo.org.za

The details were correct at the time of going to print. The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra reserves the right to alter programmes and replace conductors

Booking for new subscriptions and single seats opens at Computicket from 29 August.

and/or soloists as may become necessary, but will endeavour to give notice of such changes in the media.

Accredited students and pensioners: R70 seats are on sale half an hour before the start of the concert, if available.

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