CPO’s Winter Symphony season in June

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Cape Philharmonic OrchestraThe Cape Town Philharmonic’s Winter season of four concerts will be conducted by distinguished principal guest conductor Bernhard Gueller.

Following the sold-out concerts in the Autumn symphony season, the CPO is delighted to present another blockbuster season. The concerts in the Winter Symphony season take place throughout June at the Cape Town City Hall on Thursdays at 8pm.

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Lukas Vondráèek, the Grand prize-winner of the 2016 Queen Elisabeth International Piano Competition, will open the season on June 8 with the same concerto that won him the prize – Rachmaninov Piano Concerto no 3. Also on the programme are Le chasseur maudit by Franck and Schumann’s Symphony no 4.

Bernhard Gueller has been appointed principal guest conductor of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra
Bernhard Gueller has been appointed principal guest conductor of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra

The internationally revered French violinist Philippe Graffin, on his 11th tour of South Africa, will play the Brahms Violin Concerto, while the CPO will also play Baba Yaga by Liadov and the First Symphony by Rachmaninov. This concert takes place on June 15.

Another laureate of the Queen Elisabeth competition, the Belgian pianist Liebrecht Vanbeckevoort, will give his interpretation of Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F on June 22. Also on the programme are Gershwin’s An American in Paris, Barber’s Adagio for Strings and Symphonic Dances from West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein.

The season comes to an end with a performance of the Third Piano Concerto by Prokofiev, played by Luis Magalhães on June 29. The CPO will also give the world premiere of John Simon’s Seeing Stars, supported by the SAMRO Foundation, and Franck’s Symphony.

All concerts will be preceded by a talk by FMR’s radio presenter Rodney Trudgeon, open to ticketholders, at 7.15 pm in the Sunken Lounge. For those not able to get to the concert, FMR will broadcast the concert live on 101.3 FM and on the internet on https://iono.fm/embed/streampage/prov/234; dress rehearsals at 11am on the day of each concert. Tickets at the Longmarket Street door.

Tickets and subscriptions at attractive discounts from Artscape Dial-A-Seat 021 421 7695 and Computicket 0861 915 8000 or online http://online.computicket.com Current subscribers have until May 22 to renew their tickets or make arrangements with Dial-A-Seat for retention for just one season.

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