The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra with its charming resident conductor Brandon Phillips will be once more at Nederburg Wine Farm in Paarl to welcome in the New Year. Celebrating with the CPO will be Brandon October and Melanie Scholtz, two of South Africa’s iconic singers, both of whom have sung with the CPO before. Goitsemang Lehobye (soprano) and Given Nkosi (tenor) will also add romance and charm. New to the line-up is Sterling EQ, an all-woman cross-over ensemble setting amplified instruments on fire. The master of ceremonies this year will be Sue Pyler, RSG’s popular announcer. With them on the stage, the CPO will deliver a night of laid-back classics, a romantic evening under the stars, lots of old style charm and elegance.
Following October’s dynamic Idols’ appearance more than a decade ago, he has swept to fame and “‘phenomenal singer” and “electric performer” are expressed after every performance. He is one of the country’s most sought-after artists not only for his voice but for his magnetic stage presence and versatile act. He’ll sing such evergreens as “The Impossible Dream”. Jazz singer Melanie Scholtz’s recordings and international appearances have made her another of South Africa’s most popular entertainers, and her gorgeous voice and style will add to the ambience in solos like “Imagine” and “Unforgettable” with October. The opera duo, Given Nkosi and Goitsimang Lehobye will each sing popular opera arias and together will present the gorgeous duet Lippen Schweigen by Frans Lehar which so entranced the audience when she performed it with Johan Botha in his last Cape Town concert in August. The Sterling EQ ensemble of flute, violin and cello has performed live to audiences of 40 000 and their CDs and national and international appearances have brought them a huge global following. They will give offer a new perspective on Bach and Mike Batt.
The concert begins at 21:30. Gates open at 17:00 to choose your picnic spot! Bring your own picnic, but no alcoholic beverages are permitted. Patrons are asked not to bring beverages on to the premises since Nederburg wines and craft beer will be on sale. Available too will be gourmet snacks, as well as food offerings from local food trucks. Concertgoers are also requested not to bring tables and chairs since these interfere with sight lines of other patrons.
Tickets for the concert are R300 for adults and R175 for those 12-18; free for those under 12. Tickets: Computicket or Artscape Dial-a-Seat on 021 421 7695.
The CPO will provide a bus service at 19:00 from Artscape, where safe parking will be available. Return tickets are R80 for adults; R30 for 18 and under. Details on taxi-services are also available on request. Seating is limited so book now. Banking details for the bus only from Luvuyo Kakaza at 021 410 9966 / email@example.com.
Nederburg GPS coordinates: S33 42.999 E19 00.218