Classical music: The CPO Autumn Symphonies at City Hall, Thursdays, April 2022

What: The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra’s Autumn Symphonies at City Hall
When: April – 7, 14, 21 and 28, 2022 – Thursday evenings at 8pm
Extra concert: The concert with Pompa-Baldi at City Hall on April 7, will be repeated at the Endler Hall on Friday, April 8, at 8pm as part of the Endler Hall Concert Series.
Tickets: R300 and R250. A subscription to all four concerts entitles purchasers to a 10 per cent discount.  Tickets to the Endler Hall concert is R250 and includes a glass of wine
Direct booking link: https://tickets.computicket.com/event/autumn_symphonies_in_the_city_hall/7182302    

Exciting news at the announcement of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra’s Autumn Symphonies 2022 at City Hall. There are four concerts – Thursday evenings: April – 7, 14, 21 and 28 at 8pm. The CPO’s principal guest conductor, Bernhard Gueller is the CPO’s principal guest conductor and will be on the podium for three of the concerts: April 7, 14 and 28.  Jeremy Silver is conducting Hommageà Peter Klatzow on Thursday, April 21. The concert with Pompa-Baldi at City Hall on April 7, will be repeated at the Endler Hall on Friday, April 8, at 8pm as part of the Endler Hall Concert Series.

Soloists


The soloists are: Antonio Pompa-Baldi – Beethoven Emperor Piano Concerto on April 7; Gabriele von Durckheim – Nielson Concerto for Flute and Orchestra on April 14; mezzo-soprano Bongiwe Nakani –Hommage à Peter Klatzow – on April 21; Francois du Toit- Brahms Piano Concerto No 1 on April 28. The other works are Schubert Rosamunde Entr’Acte 2 and Brahms Symphony No 2; Grieg Peer Gynt /Nielson Symphony No. 2;  A Chrysalis in Flames and Brahms Symphony No. “5” arranged by Klatzow; Mendelssohn Hebrides Overture and Beethoven Symphony 4.  The concert with Pompa-Baldi will be repeated at the Endler Hall on Friday, April 8, at 8pm as part of the Endler Hall Concert Series.   

Pre-concert talks

Louis Heyneman, the CEO of the CPO says:  “While we are not yet back to normal we have introduced a level of normality by starting the concerts at 8 pm once more, introducing pre-concert talks which will be given by John Woodland or Albert Combrink at 7.15pm. We are also confident that Fine Music Radio will begin to broadcast again, initially delayed by one week.” Heyneman says that since the state of disaster is continuing at least until mid-March and uncertainty about the way forward prevails, the protocols remain unchanged for now. The CPO will NOT reintroduce traditional subscriptions whereby concertgoers held the same seats for years.  “With the limited seats on sale, we cannot guarantee that specific seats will not breach protocols. General booking thus is open at Computicket and Artscape Dial-A-Seat on 021 421 7695 and we need to follow the City Hall’s seating rule of 50 per cent of capacity can be sold.  The CPO is hopeful that a bar will be permitted. Secure parking will be available on the Grand Parade, with the only entry from the Castle side, and dog and CCID patrols will also be provided.  The current Covid-19 protocols will be in place and the CPO will continue with its policy of no vaccination or negative test means no entry. “

No cash sales at City Hall


Please note that City Hall regulations does not permit cash sales, so there will be no seat sales at the door or drinks sold for cash. All will need to be paid for on Snapscan, by credit card or by instant EFT.  The orchestra is hopeful that it will be possible to open up dress rehearsals under the auspices of Friends of Orchestral Music. Tickets for the concerts are R300 and R250, and a subscription to all four concerts entitles purchasers to a 10 per cent discount.  The Endler Hall concert is R250 and includes a glass of wine.

Thursday, April 7, 2022

Beethoven and Brahms
Cape Town City Hall 20:00


Conductor Bernhard Gueller
Soloist Antonio Pompa-Baldi
 
A wizard of the keyboard and a conductor acclaimed for the passion he brings to the podium reprise a partnership that extends from Cape Town to Halifax in the mighty Emperor Concerto.
 
Schubert Entr’acte no 3 from Rosamunde
Beethoven Piano Concerto no 5 in E flat, Op. 73  “Emperor”
Brahms Symphony No. 2 in D, Op. 73

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Thursday, April 21, 2022

Hommage à Peter Klatzow
Cape Town City Hall 20:00
 
On his death earlier this year, Peter Klatzow left behind an oeuvre of more than 500 compositions,  several awards and an international reputation as one of South Africa’s foremost composers. These works were chosen to show the diversity of his output.
 
Conductor Jeremy Silver             
Soloist Bongiwe Nakani (mezzo-soprano)
 
A Chrysalis in Flames
Selection from The Princess Magogo songs
Brahms Symphony No. “5” (String Quintet Op. 111 arr and orchestrated by Peter Klatzow

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Thursday, April 14, 2022

Northern Lights 
Cape Town City Hall 20:00

Conductor Bernhard Gueller
Soloist Gabriele von Durckheim (flute) 
 
Norse magic and mystery with the flair of the flute make this concert unusual and spellbinding and atmospheric.
 
Grieg  Peer Gynt Suite No. 1
Nielsen Concerto for Flute and Orchestra
Nielson Symphony No. 2, Op. 16, “The Four Temperaments”

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Thursday, April 28, 2022


Brahms and Beethoven

Cape Town City Hall 20:00
 
Conductor Bernhard Gueller
Soloist François du Toit (piano)
 
This concert honours a concertgoer and donor on a significant birthday. The sponsorship, which he hopes will lead to others following his example, allowed him to choose the artists and the programme, a choice we know will please. 
 
Mendelssohn Overture, The Hebrides
Beethoven Symphony No. 4 in B flat, Op. 60
Brahms Piano Concerto No 1 D minor, op 15

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Antonio Pompa-Baldi – in Cape Town and Stellenbosch March-April 2022- and other classical news

A recital at the Endler Hall in Stellenbosch on April 2 at 8pm
Piano Extravaganza at the Endler Hall on April 3 at 8pm
With the CPO in the Cape Town City Hall April 7 at 8pm
With the CPO at the Endler Hall on April 8 at 8pm

He is performing in the Piano Symposium at the Endler Hall, an event that includes the Hennie Joubert Piano Competition: March 28 – April 3.

Every second year for the last 18 years, the Stellenbosch International Piano Symposium has been bringing together international and national pianists through master classes, lectures, and concerts. The 2022  Symposium hosts 15 faculty members and friends including François du Toit, Esthea Kruger, Luis Magalhães, Megan-Geoffrey Prins, Ben Schoeman and Nina Schumann; Pompa-Baldi and Emanuil Ivanov, the 14-year-old Bulgarian winner of the Busoni in 2019,  who will give a recital on March 30 at the Endler Hall at 8pm.

In 2012 it relaunched the Hennie Joubert Piano Competition for young gifted South African pianists, this year [2022], the competition finalists will be accompanied, again, by the CPO, this time under the direction of its principal guest conductor, Bernhard Gueller. Book here

The first two rounds of the Hennie Joubert Competition will be held on March 28 and 29, with the finals on March 31 at 8pm. There will also be a Faculty concert on April 1.
 
Tickets for the symposium recitals, the Hennie Joubert competition and all the CPO concerts are available on Computicket. For more information on the symposium please visit www.stellenboschsymposium.com

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