6th Cape Town International Summer Music Festival

The highlight of this year’s Festival is a spectacular opera gala concert with two of the world’s top international opera stars, the American tenor Neil Shicoff and the sensational Russian mezzo Olesya Petrova on 25 February in the Artscape Opera House.This spectacular concert includes well-known arias by Verdi, Puccini, Bizet, Mascagni and Saint-Saëns and will also feature South African-born baritone Colin Schachat and soprano Goitsemang Lehobye. The Cape Philharmonic Orchestra will be conducted by Richard Cock.

Festival Symphony Concert 3
9 February –  20:00
Youth Ochestra Festival Concert
11 February –  20:00
Festival Opera Gala Concert
25 February 20:30
Festival Gala Concert – Kirstenbosch
26 February
Upcoming productions in March/April


Starlight Classics 
The Cape Philharmonic will once again accompany soloists who will perform in the annual Starlight Classics spectacular event on 2 March (19:30) and 3 March (19:00) at the Vergelegen Wine Farm. This year’s stars includes Joseph Clark, who is well-known for his startling performances in a tribute to Freddie Mercury, the flamboyant saxophonist, Andrew Young, dynamic songbird Nomfundo Xaluva and Charlize Berg, the young Afrikaans soloist. The CPO will be joined by the SA Youth Choir, with dancers from Cape Town Ballet and Ubuntu B-boys. Celebrity conductor Richard Cock will be on the podium and Ian von Memerty is the Show Director.


The CPO will join Cape Town Opera in their production of Beethoven’s Fidelio on 7, 9 and 10 March in the Castle of Good Hope at 19:30. The conductor is Philippe Pointner.


The CPO will be joined by the Philharmonia Choir of Cape Town in Handel’s Oratorio Messiah on 2 and 4 April in the City Hall at 19:30.


Conductor Allan Stephenson will conduct the CPO in Cape Town City Ballet’s production of Giselle by Adam on from 12 –13 April in the Artscape Opera House
at 20:00


La Bohème 
The CPO performs in the Cape Town Opera production of Puccini’s La Boheme on May 5, 9, 11, 16 and 19 in the Opera House at 19:30. Jeremy Silver will be on the podium.
Entries open for 2nd Len van Zyl Conductors’ CompetitionEntries for the second Len van Zyl Conductors’ Competition are now open to South African nationals who were under the age of 33 on 1 January 2012 and who have undergone at least part of their music training in South Africa.

The competition is run as an initiative to support and develop classical music talent in South Africa. A financial trust was created by Mr Len van Zyl for this purpose, who believes that the development of young talent is a vital part of keeping classical music alive and well.


Three international CD releases by the Cape Philharmonic OrchestraThe young violinist Alexander Gilman presents the most beautiful music, composed by American composers in the last century. 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.

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

Staff NewsMariechen Meyer joined the orchestra as tutti Double Bass from 1 January 2012. Mariechen Meyer married ad hoc viola player Jan-Hendrik Harley in December.

Caroline van Renen, CPO Principal Horn, married freelance clarinettist Daniel Prozesky in December.

Paula Fourie, CPO Principal Viola, married Alex Gabriel in December.

Oscar Kitten has been appointed to replace Beatrix du Toit as Sub-Principal Clarinet and will join the orchestra from 1 April 2012. Beatrix du Toit is leaving the orchestra to pursue her other forte as an artist.


Our CDs
Alfred Schnittke:
World Premiere recordings of Symphony No 0 and Oratorio Nagasaki

Recorded during the Cape Town International Summer Music Festival, November 2006

Conductor: Owain Arwel Hughes
Mezzo-soprano: Hanneli Rupert
Cape Town Opera Voice of the Nation

Alfred Schnittke:
World Premiere recording of Concerto Grosso No. 1 and Symphony No. 9

Recorded during the Cape Town International Summer Music Festival, November 2008

Conductor: Owain Arwel Hughes Soloists: Sharon Bezaly (flute) and Christopher Cowie (oboe)

Although available at select CD stores, copies of these CDs may also be obtained directly from the CPO at +27 21 410 9809 or info@cpo.org.za

In addition, the Friends of Orchestral Music sell CDs before the start and during the intervals at symphony concerts.

Cape Philharmonic Orchestra
Telephone +27 21 410 9809 – Fax +27 21 425 1009 – info@cpo.org.zahttp://www.cpo.org.za/


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