11th CPO International Summer Music Festival

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Paul Lewis - Photo by Josep Molina
Paul Lewis – Photo by Josep Molina

The dynamic British pianist, Paul Lewis, is opening the 11th Cape Town International Summer Music Festival, supported by the City of Cape Town.

He will play the Brahms Piano Concerto no 1 with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra. The festival, which takes place over two weeks from January 26 to February 5, will feature four concerts, three conducted by Arjan Tien, the fourth by CPO resident Brandon Phillips. All concerts take place at the Cape Town City Hall at 20:00. There will be no pre-concert talk for the opening concert since Rodney Trudgeon will be away.

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Please note that dress rehearsals for all concerts will take place at 11:00 on the day of the concert, not as 10:00 as has been the case to now.

Councillor Eddie Andrews, Mayoral Committee Member for Tourism, Events and Economic Development, says that City of Cape Town is a proud supporter of the concerts hosted by the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra.

“Music is a window into our history, and a record of life and times that have passed. Classical music is the foundation for much of today’s entertainment and the work done by the orchestra is more than just an art form.

“We encourage music lovers to attend the concerts as music is more than just food for the soul. It stimulates the brain, reduces stress and helps us understand and express ourselves within the world we live in.”

Paul Lewis is one of the most exciting and award-winning pianists on the international scene today. He studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London before studying privately with Alfred Brendel and going on to win countless awards. He is joint Artistic Director of the Leeds International Piano Competition. Arjan Tien was recently appointed chief conductor to the orchestra of the Royal Dutch Navy. Other works on the programme are the overture to Roman Carnival by Berlioz and the Symphony no 8 by Beethoven. His concert is on Thursday, January 26.

The insistent and rousing beat of the drum in Ravel’s Bolero will be the finale in the second concert on Sunday, January 29, when classical guitarist James Grace will play the haunting Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez . Grace, known for several prize-winning CDs, became the first guitarist in the history of the Royal College of Music in London to receive the Tagore Gold Medal, an annual award presented to the most outstanding student. He is now Head of Classical Guitar Studies at the University of Cape Town. On the programme, also conducted by Tien, will be the Nocturnes and La Mer, both by Debussy.

Joanna MacGregor, one of the most eclectic of pianists, returns to South Africa to play the Second Piano Concerto by Shostakovich. The highly innovative is Head of Piano at the Royal Academy of Music and Professor at the University of London, and also Artistic Director of Dartington International Summer School and Festival. She has released more than 30 solo recordings. The CPO, under the direction of Tien, will also play the Lt. Kije Suite by Prokofiev and Stravinsky’s Firebird. This concert takes place on Sunday, February 2.

The festival comes to a close on Thursday, February 5, with the Triple Concerto by Beethoven, featuring three of South Africa’s favourite musicians – Albie van Schalkwyk (piano), Samson Diamond (violin) and Anmari van der Westhuizen (cello). Brandon Phillips will also conduct the CPO in the Fidelio overture by Beethoven and the Symphony no 6, Pathetique, by Tchaikovsky.

Renewals open at Artscape Dial-A-Seat (021 421 7695) only from November 14; new subscriptions and single seats from Artscape-Dial-A-Seat and Computicket www.computicket.com / 0861 915 8000

Please note that existing subscriptions will only be kept until December 5, after which they will be reinstated in the booking system. Subscriptions attract a 20 per cent discount; members of FOM receive an additional 10.

More information on the season www.cpo.org.za; Luvuyo@cpo.org.za; 021 410 9966.

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