Carlo Ponti, the distinguished Italian-American conductor, will conduct the Cape Town Philharmonic and the Cape Town Philharmonic Youth Orchestra in a programme that includes two works for orchestra and narrator. The inimitable Evita Bezuidenhout will narrate ‘Peter and the Wolf’ by Prokofiev, and Daniel Richards of ‘Bring Back the Curry’ fame will narrate Britten’s ‘Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra’. Richards is writing a script for the Britten piece especially for this concert, which is selling out quickly. It will take place at the Cape Town City Hall on Sunday, November 13, at 6pm.
In the first half, the CPYO will play a selection of sparkling works like the ‘Thunder and Lightning Polka’ by Johann Strauss, arrangements of ‘Lord of the Dance’, ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’, ‘The Swan’ from ‘Carnival of the Animals’ by Saint-Saëns and the majestic ‘Finlandia’ by Sibelius.
Ponti is widely acclaimed for the work he does with youth orchestras. He is also associate conductor of the Russian National Orchestra, and has established the Los Angeles Virtuosi Orchestra.
Evita Bezuidenhout, a long-standing friend of the Ponti/Sophia Loren family for years, will bring her style and wit to the Prokofiev, while the script for the Britten piece has been rewritten for today’s young Capetonians by Daniel Richards.
Proceeds from the concert will go to the Darling Trust and the CPYO.
* Tickets can be obtained by visiting http://online.computicket.com/web/event/peter_and_the_wolf_city_hall/1047971728; or by calling Artscape Dial-A-Seat on 021 421 7695.