The Cape Philharmonic Orchestra kicks off 2013 with the 7th annual Cape Town Summer Music Festival. The seven performances feature a range of local and international musicians playing music by Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, Chopin, Gershwin, Vaughn Williams, Vivaldi, Verdi, and more.
Thursday 7 February (8pm, City Hall) The first festival symphony concert is conducted by Martin Panteleev and features soloists Arlene Jaftha (soprano), Violina Anguelov (mezzo), Derick Ellis (tenor), and Monde Masimini (bass) with the New Apostolic Church Choir:
Requiem by Verdi
Saturday 9 February (7.30pm, City Hall) The youth celebration concert features the CPO's two orchestra ensembles (Brandon Philips conducting the Cape Town Youth Orchestra and Sean Kierman conducting the Cape Town Youth Wind Ensemble) and Masidlale String Project's performing shorter orchestral works. The concert will conclude with a mass orchestra consisting of both youth orchestras and the CPO.
Sunday 10 February (8pm, City Hall) Len van Zyl, who believes that the development of young talent is a vital part of keeping classical music alive and well, created a financial trust to support and develop classical music talent in South Africa. The final round of the competition features three aspiring conductors and the CPO:
Leonore Overture No. 3 Op 72a by Beethoven
Les Preludes Symphonic Poem No. 3 by Liszt
Scherzo Capriccioso Op.66 by Dvorak
Khachaturian Piano Concerto (soloist Sulayman Human)
Thursday 14 February (8pm, City Hall) The second festival symphony concert is conducted by Victor Yampolsky and features pianist Yulianna Avdeeva (Gold medallist at the International Chopin Piano Competition) as soloist:
Symphonic Variations by Franck
Piano Concerto No. 2 in E minor Op. 21 by Chopin
Symphonic Dances Op. 45 by Rachmaninov
Saturday 16 February (8pm, City Hall) The World Orchestra Festival Concert is conducted by Josep Vincent and features musicians from 54 countries. Managed by East-West Music, the orchestra uses the medium of music not only to entertain, but also as a communicator of ideas and a platform to spread the social involvement of the young members of the orchestra.
Adagietto from Symphony No. 5 by Mahler
Partita Africana by Hendrik Hofmeyr
Romeo and Juliet (Second Suite and Tybalt's Death) by Prokofiev
World Premiere of a new recorder concerto by Hendrik Hofmeyr
Concerto for Flautino in C major (RV443) by Vivaldi
Concerto for Recorder in C major (TWV 51:C1) by Telemann
Thursday 21 February (8pm, City Hall) The third festival symphony concert is conducted by Martin Panteleev and features violinist Philippe Graffin and soprano Friedel Mitas (with the St George's Singers) as soloists:
An American in Paris by Gershwin
Violin Concerto No. 1 Op. 15 by Britten
Symphony No. 7 (Sinfonia Antarctica) by Vaughn Williams
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