UPDATE: The Cyber Symphonies will be streamed once more, the first (including the Elgar cello concerto) on 29 January 2021, and the second all-Mozart programme on 5 February 2021. Both will be on for three months and access at R100 is a once-off. You will be able to access the concerts on www.artmusic.tv
After a successful foray into recording and streaming chamber music concerts, the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra presents their first two Cyber Symphonies. The concerts were recorded at Artscape in November for streaming on 3 and 12 December, 2020. Each is available for four days on the Quicket platform – until 16 December.
CPO Cyber Symphonies tickets are R120 each, or R200 for both. Book here.
On the podium
Principal guest conductor Bernhard Gueller is on the podium for both concerts.
On 3 December, in the annual Huberte Rupert Memorial Concert, you can hear Peter Martens in the Elgar Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85, as well as Schubert’s Symphony No. 5 in B flat, D 485.
Mrs Rupert, a great philanthropist, was committed to the arts and her legacy remains in the Rupert Music Foundation, which has sponsored this concert. The concert is also being dedicated to Alexander Buzlov, the extraordinary Russian cellist who died in Moscow recently at the age of 37.
Principal guest conductor Bernhard Gueller is also conductor laureate of Symphony Nova Scotia where he was music director for 16 years. He has conducted major international orchestras, where he has been acclaimed for the mastery and magic he brings to podium.
Peter Martens, principal cello, one of South Africa’s leading cellists, is acclaimed internationally through CDs and performances.
The second concert, from 12 to 16 December, 2020, features an all-Mozart programme, with the overture to Cosi fan tutte and the Symphony No. 39 in E flat, K 543, with pianists François du Toit performing the Mozart Concerto for Two Pianos.
Two of South Africa’s favourite pianists, François du Toit and Albie van Schalkwyk, are collaborating on this concerto in which the writing for two pianos is evenly spread. Both are revered soloists and accompanists, and widely respected teachers. Van Schalkwyk recently retired from UCT, where Du Toit continues to teach.
What: Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra Cyber Symphonies
When: 3 and 12 December 2020