CPO’s Spring Festive concerts and open dress rehearsals

CPO's Spring Season
CPO’s Spring Seasonap

There’s pressure on the box office for the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra’s November concerts, so more dates have been added to the year-end line up.

With pressure on the box office for the Cape Town Philharmonic orchestra’s November concerts, especially the Beethoven Choral Symphony and the Carlo Ponti/Evita Bezuidenhout, most dress rehearsals have been opened to the public and an extra performance of Beethoven will take place at the Oude Libertas Amphitheatre in Stellenbosch. The Nederburg and Green Point concerts are also attracting attention.

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November 3: British maestro Howard Shelley conducts an all-Mozart programme in the Friends of Orchestral Music annual fundraising concert for the Cape Town Philharmonic. Shelley will play the Piano Concerti nos 18 and 20 and conduct the Haffner Symphony. Members of FOM invited to post-concert reception. The dress rehearsal is not open. Cape Town City Hall 20:00.

November 10: Spring season opening concert with piano duo Nettle and Markham performing the Mendelssohn Double Piano Concerto in E. Omri Hadari is on the podium. This concert honours David Tidboald, a conductor who has brought so much to the symphonic landscape of the country. Other works on the programme: Mendelssohn Ruy Blas overture; Shostakovich Symphony no 5 in D minor. Cape Town City Hall 20:00. There is an open dress rehearsal at 10:00 that day at the City Hall.

November 13: Carlo Ponti conducts the Cape Town Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and then the CPO in Peter and the Wolf and Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra with narrators Evita Bezuidenhout and Daniel Richards. Cape Town City Hall 18:00. The dress rehearsal is also open to the public at 10:00 on the day of the concert. Tickets at the Longmarket Street entrance to the City Hall.

November 16: Open dress rehearsal for Beethoven’s Choral Symphony.
Conductor Omri Hadari; soloists Siphamandla Yakupa (soprano), Elizabeth Frandsen (mezzo), Lukhanyo Moyake (tenor), Mandla Mndebele (baritone) with The New Apostolic Choir Cape Town City Hall 19:00 Tickets at Longmarket Street entrance to the City Hall.

November 17 and 19: sold-out performances of Beethoven Choral Symphony. Cape Town City Hall 20:00.

November 20: additional performance of Beethoven Choral Symphony at the Oude Libertas Amphitheatre, Stellenbosch at 20:15.

November 24: Alexander Nevsky, the oratorio by Prokofiev, sung by the Philharmonia Choir and Violina Anguelov (mezzo soprano). Conductor Daniel Boico; Yevgeny Kutik plays the Wieniawski Violin Concerto no 2 in D minor. Also on the programme: Haydn’s London Symphony. Cape Town City Hall 20:00. The dress rehearsal, open to the public, takes place on Wednesday, November 23, at 19:00 at the City Hall.

December 1: The Planets Suite by Holst; Michael Thornton plays the Strauss Horn Concerto no 1 in E-flat; the concert, conducted by Daniel Boico, opens with the Miraculous Mandarin Suite by Bartok. Cape Town City Hall 20:00. The dress rehearsal at 10:00 on the day of the concert is open to the public.

December 2: Huberte Rupert Memorial Concert: Jan Hugo plays Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto no 3; Daniel Boico conducts CPO in Miraculous Mandarin Suite by Bartok and The Planets Suite by Holst. Endler Hall 20:00.

December 9: Orchestral charity showcase presented by Grootbos Private Nature Reserve in the Overberg at Bon Dea Estate in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley; conducted by Brandon Phillips 18:00. Tickets/ information karin@grootbosfoundation.org

December 18: Sundowner Symphonic Picnic Concert at the Green Point Track with singers Brandon October and Janelle Visagie, plus Sterling EQ. Brandon Phillips is on the podium. 20:00; gates open at 18:00 for concertgoers to picnic at the sundowner concert with their families

December 31: Nederburg New Year’s Eve elegance and romance with the CPO, conductor Brandon Philips and singers Brandon October, Melanie Scholtz, Given Nkosi and Goitsemang Lehobye with Sterling EQ crossover ensemble. 21:30; gates open at 17:00

All tickets from Computicket/Artscape Dial-A-Seat 021421 7695 except Grootbos and dress rehearsals.

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