The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra will welcome in the New Year with its traditional Viennese New Year’s concerts, but in a new venue. The seasonal concerts will take place in the brand new Cape Town Convention Centre ll on Saturday, January 6, at 3pm and 7pm in venue 10 on the second floor.
“While the format will be the same, we will be transporting you to Vienna via the Cape Town harbour, since the room has a view over the harbour,” says Louis Heyneman, the CPO’s chief executive. “We looked far and wide for a suitable venue, since the City Hall is being renovated, and were delighted to be one of the first to introduce these lovely spaces to the general public.”
Richard Cock will be on the podium, and the popular festive season singers, the husband and wife team of Lukhanyo Moyake (tenor) and Siphamandla Yakupa (soprano) will sing popular opera arias, while the orchestra will beguile attendees with the melodies of Strauss, father and son, and many other Viennese favourites.
Since seating is unreserved, tickets are all R130, with state pensioners’ tickets at R90 – via Computicket and Artscape Dial-A-Seat on 021 421 7695. Tickets will also be available at the door.
Street parking is available, and patrons can also choose to park in the basement, the entrance in a slip street off the Foreshore, and take the elevator to the second floor.
NOTE: The Convention Centre ll is on the corner of Heerengracht and F W De Klerk Boulevard. A map can be found at cpo.org.za.