The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra’s 11th Summer Music Festival includes four symphony concerts at Cape Town City Hall.
The season begins on Thursday 26 January with conductor Arjan Tien leading the orchestra in Berlioz’s Roman Carnival Overture and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5. Paul Lewis is the soloist in Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 1.
On Sunday 29 January, Tien returns to lead the orchestra in Ravel’s Bolero, Debussy’s Nocturnes, and Debussy’s La Mer. Guitarist James Grace is the soloist in Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez.
On Thursday 2 February, Tien leads the orchestra in Prokofiev’s Lieutenant Kije Suite and Stravinsky’s The Firebird. Joana MacGregor is the soloist in Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2.
On Sunday 5 February, conductor Brandon Phillips takes over for the final concert, which includes Beethoven’s Fidelio Overture and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6. Albie van Schalkwyk (piano), Samson Diamond (violin), and Anmari van der Westhuizen (cello) are the soloists in Beethoven’s Triple Concerto.
More concerts not part of the formal season include the Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concert on Sunday 22 January and the Viennese New Year this weekend. Conducted by Richard Cock and featuring soprano Siphamandla Yakupa and tenor Lukhanyo Moyake, the latter performances include waltzes, marches, and polkas by Johann Strauss father and son (and other masters of the time) as well as dancers from Cape Town City Ballet.
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