Enjoy these wonderful music experiences online on YouTube. Our programmes were prepared with notes by Albert Combrink.
As we enter into week 6 of lockdown, here in Cape Town your music makers – musicians and presenters – have been connecting behind the scenes to look at ways to offer support and ideas as we come to terms with the long term impact of the virus. It seems that it will still be quite some time before we can open the concert halls, but it doesn’t mean our connection to you is lost. I was looking through the concerts that might have been from April through to June – they would have been wonderful music experiences. Our programmes were prepared with notes as usual by Albert Combrink, and we thought that it was a pity not to share these with you. So we asked Albert to expand the notes he had written to delve deeper into the music and the stories around them, along with YouTube links for you to listen along to which you will find below.
INSIDE THE CONCERT APRIL 2020
The Cape Town Concert Series – South Africa’s leading chamber music and recital platform.
Founded in 1955, the Cape Town Concert Series is South Africa’s leading chamber music and recital concert platform- with artists also performing at venues such as London’s Wigmore Hall and Carnegie Hall in New York.
Each month they present a concert of the highest calibre in the Baxter Concert Hall, providing the best acoustics for the best music.
The evenings are presented in an intimate friendly way, with musicians often introducing their music to the audience and afterwards available to greet and answer questions from the concert goers, making these evenings unique and connected.
It is the mandate of the series to ensure these concerts are affordable to all and as such subsidise the ticket prices to more than half of what they would normally be.
Following his successful visit to South Africa last year, violinist Alexander Gilman returns to South Africa with 12 brilliant young musicians from across the globe who he mentors in the LGT Young Soloists Ensemble with his wife Marina Seltenreich. They have spent the past year tirelessly raising funds to bring these musicians to South Africa to experience a place they regard as “one of their most special places to perform”.
Beethoven: Sonata No. 3 for cello and strings in A Major,
arr. Paul Struck
Soloist: Luka Coetzee, South Africa/Canada
Holst: St Paul’s Suite for string orchestra
Atterberg: Suite for violin, viola and strings
Soloist: Lena Segal & Otoha Tabata, Japan
Tchaikovsky: Pezzo Capriccioso, Op. 62 for cello and strings
Soloist: Rachel Siu, Australia
Hubay: Carmen Fantasy for violin and strings,
arr. Paul Struck
Soloist: Miclen LaiPang, USA
Beloved pianists Natalia Lavrova and Vassily Primakov make a welcome return to the Concert Series to perform a programme of favourites, including their own transcription of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6.
Mozart: Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major, K. 448
Saint- Saens: Variations on a theme by Beethoven, Opus 35
Grab Anderson: Carmen Fantasy ( fantasy for two pianos based on themes by Georges Bizet)
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6
(Transcription for Two pianos by P. Schaefer, N. Lavrova and V. Primakov)
The Ubuntu Ensemble is a collective of South African musicians based overseas, connected through bassist Leon Bosch. They will perform in South Africa for the first time featuring Francois du Toit on piano. Other members of the ensemble are:
Sarah Oates & Wilmien van Rensburg on violin, Louise Lansdown – viola, Rudi de Groot – cello, and Leon Bosch – bass
Their programme for the Concert Series will be:
Mozart – Piano Quartet in G minor
Matthijs Van Dijk – But All I Wanna Do is Dance (Trout combination)
Schubert – Quintet in A ‘Trout’
We feel very lucky to secure all these musician for this special concert, which forms part of our Celebrity Recital series whereby all proceeds go towards much needed fundraising for the longevity of the series.
American pianist Bryan Wallick, known mostly for his collaborations with other musicians performs a solo recital for the Concert Series. Bryan last performed solo for the series in 2009!
Programme to be confirmed
The Cape Town Concert Series has held its recitals in the Baxter Concert Hall ever since the Baxter Theatre Centre in Rondebosch opened its doors in August 1977. The Concert Hall, which seats 636, has superb acoustics, and boasts a fine Steinway & Sons Model D-274 concert grand piano.
Wheelchair positions are located in the Theatre (stalls), Concert Hall and Golden Arrow Studio Theatre. Please inform Computicket at the time of booking if you need a wheelchair space. Toilets for patrons with wheelchairs are located in the public toilets at the far end of the Main Foyer.
Parking for people with wheelchairs is located at the Baxter Road and Burg Road entrances. A lift for wheelchairs in the Main Foyer allows access to the restaurant. Please contact the Front of House Manager on 021 680 3967 if you need assistance.
Tickets are available from Web Tickets or from the Baxter Theatre Centre Box Office on the night of the concert.
For more information on the series and artists please contact us via the contact form below
or visit their website: www.ctconcerts.co.za and quote YEI232
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