The Autumn Symphony season presented by the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra concludes on Thursday, June 21, at Artscape Opera, with a performance of Lalo’s ‘Cello Concerto’. It will be performed by the dynamic Russian cellist, Alexander Buzlov, marking his debut performance with the CPO. On the podium will be Victor Yampolsky, who will conduct the overture to Wagner’s opera ‘Rienzi’, and the ‘Symphony No. 5 in D’ by Vaughan Williams.
Buzlov is known to Cape Town audiences through his appearances at the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival. The New York Times had this to say about the musician: “A cellist of true Russian tradition, possessing a great gift to make an instrument sing, bewitching the audience with his sound”. Buzlov has won numerous gold and silver medals in some of the world’s most important cello competitions, such as the Tchaikovsky. He studied at the Moscow Conservatoire and the Hochschüle in Cologne and has worked with conductors from Gergiev and Spivakov, to Paavo Järvi. He has also collaborated with musicians such as Yuri Bashmet, Vadim Repin, Martha Argerich and Dmitry Sitkovetsky. He takes part in international festivals including Verbier.
There will be a pre-concert talk by Rodney Trudgeon at 7.15pm on the night, in the Orchestra Rehearsal room – entrance via the Stage Door – open to concertgoers; the dress rehearsal at 12 noon will be open too. Tickets for the dress rehearsal can be obtained on the day at the Artscape Box Office. The post-concert reception will be in the Chandelier Foyer, while the Opera Bar is being renovated.
The CPO’s Winter Symphony season in August will take place at the Cape Town City Hall, with a performance of the huge ‘Symphony No 2’ by Mahler on Saturday, August 4, at 7pm, marking the restoration of the Cape Town City Hall. All concerts in this season will be conducted by principal guest conductor Bernhard Gueller.
* Tickets for the Buzlov concert are available via Computicket and Artscape Dial-A-Seat on 021 421 7695.
For more information, visit cpo.org.za.