Cape Town is blessed to host some of the best classical performers in the world on a regular basis, at a ticket price often well below the international standard. And yet those ticket costs are still beyond the easy reach of many. The answer? Dress rehearsals.
As the weather warms up, so too does the symphony season across the Cape. Once again the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra is offering a great lineup and – with shows beginning to sell out – it has announced that its dress rehearsals will be opened to the public at just R50 per ticket.
First up is Britain’s foremost piano duo Nettle and Markham, who will be performing the Mendelssohn Double Piano Concerto in E, the Ruy Blas overture, and Shostakovich Symphony no 5 in D minor at Cape Town City Hall on 10 November at 8pm. The dress rehearsal is at 10am on the same day.
On Sunday 13 November Prokofiev’s classic story of Peter and the Wolf will be led by the multi-award-winning Italian conductor Carlo Ponti (who also happens to be the son of Sophia Loren). Narrated by the inimitable Evita Bezuidenhout and featuring Pay Back the Curry’s Daniel Richards, the concert is in aid of the Darling Trust and the Cape Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. The rehearsal takes place at 10am at Cape Town City Hall before the concert at 6pm.
The New Apostolic Church Choir’s performance of Beethoven’s Choral Symphony has sold out for its concerts on 17 and 19 November. Conducted by Omri Hadari, the concerts feature the talents of Siphamandla Yakupa (soprano), Elizabeth Frandsen (mezzo soprano), Lukhanyo Moyake (tenor) and Mandla Mndebele (baritone). The dress rehearsal takes place at 7pm on Wednesday 16 November at Cape Town City Hall. (And if you’re in Stellenbosch that week, an extra show of the Choral Symphony has been laid on at the Oude Libertas Amphitheatre at 8.15pm on Sunday 20 November.)
The Alexander Nevsky oratorio by Prokofiev is sung by Violina Anguelov (recently lauded for her portrayal in the title role of Carmen) and the Philharmonia Choir on 24 November in a programme that also sees Haydn’s London Symphony and the Wieniawski Violin Concerto featuring Yevgeny Kutik. The dress rehearsal is at 7pm on Wednesday 23 November at Cape Town City Hall.
Finally Holsts’ Planets, with principal hornist Michael Thornton under conductor Daniel Boico, takes place at 8pm on 1 December. The concert also includes Bartok’s The Miraculous Mandarin Suite and Strauss’ Horn Concerto No. 1 In E Flat. The dress rehearsal is at 10am the same day.
All rehearsal tickets will be be sold on a first come, first served basis at the Longmarket Street entrance to City Hall. Tickets to the formal event available on Computicket