Kobie van Rensburg

Interview: Kobie van Rensburg talks about Schande

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I met with Berlin-based South African director Kobie van Rensburg to talk about Umculo and The Songmakers’ Guild’s new production, Schande (Shame). As a former operatic tenor whose singing career was curtailed by cancer, he found a second career as an opera director. He is surprisingly not the least bit bitter about the loss of […]

Alexander Gilman

Review: CPO Autumn 2017 #2 – Alexander Gilman

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Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra Autumn Symphony Season Concert 2 6 April 2017 Conductor: Daniel Boico Soloist: Alexander Gilman (Violin, Germany) Programme: Khachaturian – Waltz, from Masquerade Suite Beethoven – Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 61 Bartók – Concerto for Orchestra   Celebrating the joy of music Beethoven and Bartók were responsible for two very […]

Review: CPO Autumn 2017 #1 – Gilman/Nebel/Akta

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Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra Autumn Symphony Season Concert 1 30 March 2017 Conductor: Daniel Boico Soloists: Alexander Gilman (Violin, Germany) David Nebel (Violin, Switzerland) Danielle Akta (Cello, Israel) I incorrectly reported that Alexander Gilman played the Waxman – it was, in fact, David Nebel. The error has been corrected. Programme: Respighi – Trittico Botticelliano Waxman […]

SHHH – An art song recital | Programme

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SHHH – An art song recital. Rudolph Maré (bass-baritone) and Victor Tichart (piano) perform rare art songs by composers whose very names demand your silence: Schubert, Schumann, Strauss, Chausson, Schoenberg, and Shostakovich. Date: 4 March 2017, 19:30 Venue: Erin Hall, 8 Erin Road, Rondebosch Tickets: R90 at Quicket (http://qkt.io/SHHH) This recital offers an opportunity to […]

Fikile Mvinjelwa as Rigoletto. Photo: Kim Stevens

Review: Rigoletto (Cape Town Opera 2017)

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Rigoletto Cape Town Opera 11 February 2017 WARNING: This review contains strong language and descriptions of coercive sex acts. This reflects the 16 age restriction of the production Verdi’s beloved masterpiece Rigoletto has been a favourite among audiences since its first performance in 1851. Devoid of large act finales and set-pieces, the convention-breaking structure places the […]

Brandon Phillips, conductor

Review: CPO 11th International Summer Music Festival #4

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CPO 11th International Summer Festival Concert 4, 5 February 2017 Conductor: Brandon Phillips Soloists: Samson Diamond – Violin, Anmari van der Westhuizen – Cello, Albie van Schalkwyk – Piano Programme: BEETHOVEN – Fidelio Overture, Op. 72C BEETHOVEN – Concerto for violin, cello and piano in C, Op. 56 “Triple” TCHAIKOVSKY – Symphony no. 6 in […]

Review: CPO 11th International Summer Music Festival #3

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CPO 11th International Summer Festival Concert 3, 2 February 2017 Conductor: Arjan Tien (NL) Soloist: Joanna MacGregor (UK) – Piano Programme: PROKOFIEV – Lieutenant Kijé Suite, Op. 60 SHOSTAKOVICH – Piano Concerto no. 2 in F Major, Op. 102 STRAVINSKY – The Firebird Ballet Music Arjan Tien’s mellifluous three concert stint with the Cape Town […]

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Review: CPO 11th International Summer Music Festival #2

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CPO 11th International Summer Festival Concert 2, 29 January 2017 Conductor: Arjan Tien (NL) Soloist: James Grace (SA) – Guitar Programme: DEBUSSY – Nocturnes RODRIGO – Concierto de Aranjuez DEBUSSY – La Mer RAVEL – Boléro   The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra’s second concert of their 11th International Summer Music Festival was an unusual mix […]