Friends of Orchestral Music’s (FOM) annual gala fundraiser for the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO) will be taking place this year on November 2. Both FOM and the CPO are delighted to welcome back triple Grammy award-winning cellist, Zuill Bailey, who will perform the Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto no 1 in A minor plus the Meditation for cello by Massenet from his opera, ‘Thaïs’.
Under the direction of principal guest conductor Bernhard Gueller, the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra will also play the sparkling overture to Reznicek’s ‘Donna Diana’ and the majestic ‘Second Symphony’ by Sibelius.
Bailey is acclaimed as a highly charismatic cellist, known for bringing audiences to their feet before the last notes have been played. This is his only performance in Cape Town on this national tour. His rare combination of celebrated artistry, technical wizardry and engaging personality has secured his place as one of the most sought after and active cellists in the world today.
Gueller, who is flying in from Canada where he is music director of Symphony Nova Scotia, is acclaimed for the passion he brings to the podium, his spellbinding interpretations and “his carefully prepared but always musically rewarding performances”.
Rod Stevens, chairman of FOM, says that the voluntary organization’s main aim is to support the CPO and its youth orchestra and development programmes in particular. This includes scholarships for tertiary education for deserving young musicians.
“This annual fundraiser has become a highlight of the orchestral calendar and FOM usually presents a celebrity soloist. Paid-up FOM members as well as CPO subscribers need to book as early as possible as this is not a subscription concert, which means their usual seats are reserved. ”
Paid-up members of FOM receive a 10% discount on tickets and are invited to check in at the FOM hospitality table in the City Hall foyer before the concert to obtain wrist band access ticket to the exclusive post-concert reception. On top of this, paid-up FOM members also enjoy an extra 10 percent discount on subscriptions to Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra seasons and to FOM’s exclusive soirees.
* Tickets for the concert are available at Artscape Dial-A-Seat on 021 421 7695; or online at Computicket.
More information on the FOM is available online at www.fomct.com.