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Cape Town Concert Series

 

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.


The Venue

 

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.

 

Cape Town Concert Series

 

2019 Season 2 concerts

Camerata Tinta Barocca

Erik Bosgraaf (recorder)
Raphael Pouget (natural trumpet)
Refiloe Olifant (baroque violin)
Ralitza Macheva (baroque violin)
Erik Dippenaar (harpsichord)

Camerata Tinta Barocca, founded by violinist Quentin Crida in July 2004, is a Cape Town-based baroque ensemble consisting of a core of string players with harpsichord. Its name is derived from the musicians’ passion for baroque music and red wine. The members include some of Cape Town’s finest musicians who embrace a historically informed performance practice approach. CTB’s concerts have been broadcast on Fine Music Radio and have received critical acclaim in the Cape Times and Die Burger. Mostly playing music from the 18 th century, CTB has worked with leaders in their fields, such as baroque violinists Antoinette Lohmann and Pauline Nobes; violinists David Juritz, Darragh Morgan and Zoe Beyers; countertenor Christopher Ainslie; male soprano Philipp Mathmann; recorder player Stefan Temmingh; mandolin player Alon Sariel and conductor Arjan Tien.

Apart from CTB’s annual concert series in their home, St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Cape Town, the ensemble regularly accompanies opera and oratorio performances, and performs in festivals throughout South Africa. CTB also has an active outreach component, which includes an annual educational tour to the West Coast, the Sunshine Tour (an outreach programme for people unable to attend concerts because they are elderly, indigent or disabled in some way), as well as a regular collaboration with the Keiskamma Music Academy in the Eastern Cape.

Since 2011 CTB has gradually moved towards playing on period instruments. Currently it is the only period ensemble in South Africa that regularly plays in orchestral format, performing most of its annual concerts on period instruments. In 2013 CTB, in collaboration with the Cape Consort, gave the first South African period performance of Handel’s Messiah. During November 2016 CTB played for the first Cape Town Opera production with a period instrument orchestra, in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, directed by Jaco Bouwer and conducted by Erik Dippenaar. In December 2016 CTB was nominated for a KYKNET Fiesta award for a programme titled Handel in the drawing room presented during the 2016 Klein Karoo Klassique festival.

In 2015 CTB set up a collaboration with the early music ensemble Collegium Musicum at the South African College of Music, University of Cape Town, through which two student cadets annually receive hands-on training in period performance in CTB projects. The cadet scheme is generously supported by the Claude Leon Foundation. In July 2015 Erik Dippenaar was appointed Artistic Director of CTB, Michael Maas (former CEO of the Artscape Theatre Centre) as Administrative Coordinator, and Cheryl de Havilland as Outreach Coordinator.

Luis Magalhães Piano recital
Anthony Marwood and Aleksandar Madžar


Book Tickets

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 Louise Howlett at info@ctconcerts.co.za or visit their website: www.ctconcerts.co.za

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