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Posted on: Thursday, 8 April 2010

The Cape Philharmonic Orchestra’s Autumn Symphony Season

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The Cape Philharmonic Orchestra has announced their line up of the Autumn Symphony Season – Here are some of the upcoming performances. On Thursday 15 April the orchestra will be performing Khatchaturian’s Violin Concerto with soloist Simone Lamsma, the highly sought-after Dutch violinist. Other works performed on this evening will be “Symphonie Fantastique” by Berlioz and “Ideomeneo” from Mozart. The orchestra will be conducted by Martin Panteleev a Bulgarian composer, conductor and violinist …

On Thursday 22 April Martin Panteleev once again taps his baton and leads the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra in Schumann’s Cello Concerto with South African soloist Heleen du Plessis. Two other works will be performed this evening Rimsky Korsakov’s “Caprice Espagnol” and Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition”.

The overture from Cherubibi’s “Les Abencérages” and Mendelssohn’s symphony fondly known as the “Scottish” will be performed on Thursday 29 April under the baton of Joolz Gale. Russian-born Katja Apekisheva performs Grieg’s Piano Concerto on this evening.

Come and listen to South African pianist, Francois du Toit and guest concertmaster of the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, Farida Bacharova, perform Mendelssohn’s “Double Concerto for Violin and Piano” on Thursday 6 May. Charismatic British conductor Joolz Gale, once again leads the orchestra in their performance as they perform works from Mahler’s “Symphony No. 4“ and Kodaly’s “Dances of Galanta”

If you like me really enjoy listening to the mellow sounds of the cello then don’t delay in booking your tickets for the orchestras performance on Thursday 13 May when Grigory Alumyan performs the “Romanze for Cello in F major” by Richard Strauss, “Kol Nidrei” by Bruch and “Pezzo Capriccioso” by Tchaikovsky. Two other works will also be performed on this evening and include Weber’s “Overture to Der Freischütz” and Schumann’s “Symphony No. 2” and all of this will be performed under the baton on Sebastian Lang-Lessing a German conductor.

All of these performances take place at the Cape Town City Hall and begin at 20h00. Tickets can be purchased from Computicket or Artscape Dial-A-Seat at +27 (0)21 421-7695.

Having played the violin from a very young age all the way till my final year in High School I really have a huge respect for the members of this orchestra who have dedicated their time to rehearsing for these performances. Even though they make it look easy and sound far better than I wished I could ever have sounded, while you are sitting in the audience take a moment to quietly cheer for these artists. They truly are masters of their instruments.

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Tania Stephenson


Tania loves to cook and create magic in the kitchen for family and friends (or even just herself). Be it finding a new recipe or making a tried and tested dish from her recipe folder - the kitchen is her sanctuary. Find her hanging out with friends round the braai or curled up on the couch reading the latest crime drama. With a spring in her step and a song in her heart you’ll find her supporting local artists in theatre, music and dance – from a hip hop competition or the latest musical on stage at Artscape in Cape Town. Enjoying all things culture she likes to share her experiences and delights with those around her.

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