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article imageCape Town orchestra becomes the first from Africa to tour the US Special

By Lee Labuschagne     Nov 25, 2010 in Entertainment
Cape Town - An invitation to the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra to undertake a concert tour along the East Coast of the United States from February to March 2011 is the first such invitation to an orchestra from the continent of Africa.
The touring orchestra of 65 members will give a total of 18 concerts and it is estimated that in total it will attract almost 30,000 people. The cities visited will include Daytona Beach, Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Gainesville (Florida), Clemson (South Carolina), Kansas City (Kansas), Lincoln (Nebraska), Worcester (Massachusetts), Lancaster (Pennsylvania), Lewisburg and Landsdale (Pennsylvania) and Geneva (New York).
He is delighted that CTPO is the first ever orchestra from the African continent to be invited to undertake such a tour says Louis Heyneman, the CEO of the Orchestra: “It attests to our reputation and performance standards.”
The conductor during the tour will be the Bulgarian conductor and composer Martin Panteleev and the soloist will be the Russian-born violinist Philippe Quint.
The tour has the full support of the City of Cape Town and local tourism organisations: “Cape Town’s arts and music scene is varied - from pop and hip hop to performing arts, opera and ballet. The Cape Philharmonic Orchestra has been a beacon on this landscape for many years, and with their history and versatility they also contribute greatly toward Cape Town’s cultural tourism offering,” says the CEO of Cape Town Tourism, Mariette duToit-Helmbold.
“Cape Town Tourism is thrilled by the opportunity received by the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra to tour the USA in February and March 2011. We are delighted that this Cape Town talent will be the first orchestra from the African continent to tour the United States and we wish all members of the orchestra all the best on their adventures abroad,” she continued.
The repertoire during the tour will include Bernstein’s Candide Overture, Walton’s Johannesburg Festival Overture, Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, Barber’s Adagio for Strings Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade and Korngold’s Violin concerto. The same soloist, Philippe Quint, will also perform the latter work with the CPO during the 5th Cape Town Summer Music Festival on 1 February 2011 in the Cape Town City Hall.
Heyneman says the touring group will include fifteen young musicians from previously disadvantaged areas and who have come up through the ranks of the Orchestra’s development programme over the years. These young musicians have a unique opportunity to gain invaluable experience and exposure in the process. Their inclusion also forms part of the orchestra's ongoing programmes to honour its commitment to transformation.
For the Orchestra “this truly presents a fantastic opportunity to be showcased as a top export product of the Western Cape and South Africa to an international audience,” comments the Fundraiser and Corporate Executive of the Orchestra, Karin Blumer.
About the orchestra:
The Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, South Africa's "orchestra for all seasons", is a financially multi-functional orchestra delivering a world-class musical experience to all communities of the Western Cape province of South Africa. The CPO is one of only three full-time professional symphony orchestras in South Africa and continues a long and proud history of symphonic music since Cape Town's first symphony orchestra was formed in 1914.
Further engagements include performing with prestigious visiting companies such as the St Petersburg Ballet, charity galas, lighter "symphonic pops" music for special occasions and collaboration with community musicians and choirs. These performances all add up to a staggering 160 performances a year.
The Orchestra is arguably the most versatile and active orchestra on the continent of Africa and contributes handsomely in making Cape Town part of a global culture. In this spirit the CPO presented the first Cape Town International Music Festival in November and December 2006. This festival has become an annual event, attracting first rate musicians from all over the world as well as providing opportunities to South Africa's foremost artists.
More details about the activities of the CPO are available at www.cpo.org.za/calendar.q
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