CPO’s new Winter Symphonies season in June

Leo Gevisser

The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra is delighted to announce its largest season since the onset of Covid-19 – a 5-concert Winter Symphony season.

Winter Symphonies at the City Hall in Cape Town concerts take place on every Thursday night in June at 20:00.

Bernhard Gueller will be on the podium for the first three; American conductor Robert Moody, finally able to conduct concerts originally planned for 2020, will conduct two.

Soloists are Leo Gevisser (Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No 4 on June 2); Suzanne Martens (violin) and Petrus Coetzee (viola) in Mozart Sinfonia Concertante (June 9); Ben Schoeman (Saint-Saȅns Piano Concerto no 2 on June 16); Bryan Wallick (Profofiev Piano Concerto No 3 on June 23) and James Jones (Poulenc Organ Concerto on June 30).

Main works are Dvorak Symphony No. 6; Tchaikovsky Symphony No, 5; Borodin Symphony No 2; Sibelius Symphony No 5 and Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition.

The concert on June 16 will mark Youth Day with the Cape Town Philharmonic Youth Orchestra performing the Elgar Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 side by side with the CPO.

Gueller is the CPO’s principal guest conductor and feted for the magic he brings to the podium : Robert Moody is music director of the Memphis Symphony and looking forward to returning to SA on a national tour.

Leo Gevisser is one of South Africa’s most talented young pianists who is now studying at the Juilliard School of Music in Manhattan; a student of Nina Schumann he accompanied his parents to Cleveland where Antonio Pompa-Baldi took an interest in him. His tour includes appearances with the Johannesburg Philharmonic and KZN Philharmonic as well.

Suzanne Martens and Petrus Coetzee were to have performed the Mozart Sinfonia Concertantate in February until Parliament’s takeover of the City Hall enforced the cancellation of two concerts. Martens is a Guest Concertmaster of the CPO and a lecturer at the Conserve at the University of Stellenbosch. Coetzee is the CPO’s principal viola and a renowned chamber musician.

London based, Ben Schoeman is making a return to Cape Town after three years. A lecturer at the University of Pretoria, he is also an active chamber musician. Another artist forced to change his plans thanks to Covid is American -based Bryan Wallick who is making a welcome return to the CPO, Cape Town Concert Series and other orchestras. The season ends with the debut of American organist James Jones, a leading organist and choral conductor.

Tickets for each concert are R350, R300 and R275. The CPO has introduced a flexible pricing structure – with a 20 per cent discount for all five concerts and a 10 per cent reduction for any three. These series subscriptions are only available at Artscape Dial-A-Seat on 021 421 7695; single tickets are available from Dial at Seat and at Computicket outlets and online at https://tickets.computicket.com/event/winter_symphonies_at_the_city_hall/7188004

Secure parking on the Grand Parade is provided and additional security with dogs keep a watch out. There will be a bar, programmes will be electronically provided if patrons have their correct emails listed on the Computicket site or in the Dial-A-Seat computers. No cash will be allowed at the City Hall and all bar and CD/DVD sales will be credit card/Snapscan. Dress rehearsals will be open to the public via Quicket. All Covid protocols in place at the time will be in play, masks must be worn and a vaccination certificate or negative Covid test not older than 72 hours will have to be produced on entry to the City Hall.

More information shirley@cpo.org.za.

Shirley Gueller
071 318 1495
Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra