The next Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestral showcase, CPO Spectacular, is ready to roll, this time in collaboration with the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry. It’s happening at Artscape Opera on Sunday, October 20, at 17:00.

You will be transported into a world of exciting music, light and spectacle, with music from the Beatles to Abba, Queen and more. As usual, the concert will offer a professional platform to a host of performers, including soprano Lynelle Kenned, saxophonist Don Vino, Jarrad Ricketts, Township Opera and members of the Zip Zap Circus. New to the CPO platform are dancing pair Oleksii and Michele, singing group Asili, crooners Tracey-Lee Oliver and Madeegha Anders.  On the podium will be the CPO’s resident conductor, Brandon Phillips; Aviva Pelham is the musical director and the master of ceremonies will be top comedian Alan Committie. Lighting design is by Faheem Bardien.

Louis Heyneman, CEO of the CPO, says that this concert, the fourth in a series that seeks to showcase young and emerging talent with a symphony orchestra, will repeat a winning pattern that the CPO has established over the last few years.  “We have shown how young musicians from diverse musical backgrounds can create a stir in Cape Town’s musical fraternity. We have shown that we can shift cultural goalposts from strictly symphony to multi-functional and reach a more inclusive audience and embrace all genres from rock and pop to opera, ballet and musicals. If you thought classically trained musicians cannot rock, you were wrong,” he says. “We welcome the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry for its commitment to introducing its members to the city’s most comprehensive cultural asset.”

Says Geoff Jacobs, President of the Chamber: “Philharmonic orchestras are an essential cultural asset to any city. The talent we have in Cape Town is exceptional, and we are immensely proud to be associated with an event of this calibre that will showcase what Cape Town can do technically and artistically”.

Concertgoers can expect to hear symphonic versions of the most iconic songs from the past few decades, while Zip Zap jugglers and acrobats move to Rossini and Khatchaturian.  Township Opera will sing Circle of Life and Back of the Moon, while Lynell Kenned and Jarrad Ricketts will bring you Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballe’s Barcelona.  There’s much more in the line-up which is bound to have you shouting for more.

Tickets are available from Computicket and Dial-A-Seat 021 421 7695. More information from luvuyo@cpo.org.za  – 021 401 9809.