Concert series: Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra’s new Summer Cyber Symphony series, streaming from March 25 to April 15, 2021- on Thursdays

What: Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra’s new Summer Cyber Symphony series Date: March 25 to April 15, 2021 Viewing platform: Quicket Subscriptions: R400 for the series and R120 for a single ticket. Direct booking link: Information: Info, programme notes. booking instructions are on the CPO web Note: The concerts are being filmed on stage but there is no in-person attendance at the venues  

The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra has announced its Summer Cyber Symphony series- an online season. Four concerts will be streamed on Thursdays – March 25 to April 15, 2021. Jeremy Silber, director of the UCT Opera School is conducting three of the concerts. Bernhard Gueller, the CPO’s principal guest conductor is conducting one of the concerts.  Each concert will be on-line for a week. To be clear, this is being tagged as the Cyber Symphony Series because it is on the digital stage. It is not a hybrid concert series, with some people in attendance. It is being recorded on stage, not in a studio, so a sense of live performance, will be conjured up. This was evidenced during the recent CPO concerts, streamed during the festive season- spectacular – and beautifully filmed. We are not seeing musicians patched in through Zoom bubbles. They are socially distanced apart, masks on, sure but very much present and playing together with a conductor on the podium. The four concerts are being recorded under strict Covid-19 protocols. As of writing, Feb 23, two concerts have been filmed at the Cape Town City Hall. The other two concerts will be recorded at the Hugo Lambrechts Auditorium.

The CPO is grateful to the management of both venues for support and for sponsorship by the City of Cape Town. CPO and CPYO principal musicians will be featured in three concerts and pianist Esthea Kruger will be featured in the final concert in the season, conducted by Bernhard Gueller.

Cyber symphonies: The socially distanced and masked Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, recorded on stage at the Cape Town City Hall, Sunday February 21, 2021. This concert features Shannon Thebus, with Jeremy Silver as conductor and is part of the CPO Summer Cyber Symphony series. The season will be streamed online from March 25 to April 15, 2021. Photo: Joan Ward. Supplied.

Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra’s Summer Cyber Symphony series-March 25 to April 15, 2021

Concert 1- March 25 to 29, 2021: Mozart Oboe Concerto, featuring Lisa White (CPO principal oboe), in a “technically challenging work so loved by oboists, was written for the oboe before Mozart published it for flute as well”. Jeremy Silver will also conduct The Unanswered Question by Charles Ives and Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony, No. 41.  

Concert 2- April 1 to 5, 2021: First Horn Concerto by Richard Strauss, featuring Shannon Thebus (Cape Town Philharmonic Youth Orchestra’s principal horn and frequent ad hoc CPO principal). Jeremy Silver will direct the CPO in the Hebrides Overture by Mendelssohn and the Symphony No, 104 by Haydn.  

Concert 3-  April 8 – 12, 2021: Concertino for Viola, Flute and Chamber Orchestra by Stefans Grové, featuring Petrus Coetzee (viola) and Gabriele von Dürckheim. The conductor is Jeremy Silver. He will also conduct the overture to The Magic Flute by Mozart and the Symphony No. 2 by Beethoven.  

Concert 4-  April 15-19, 2021: Piano Concert No. 20, K466 (Mozart), features South African pianist, Esthea Kruger, who has an international reputation in Europe, particularly in Germany. The programme also includes Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony. Bernhard Gueller will be on the podium.     

Related coverage on the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra’s concerts, during the Covid pandemic, on TheCapeRobyn