- CPO peace concert live to Japan

- CPO peace concert live to Japan

The Cape Philharmonic Orchestra’s concert at Artscape, Cape Town on Monday 9 August will be broadcast live to Nagasaki in Japan.

This special event is a ceremonial concert commemorating the 9 August 1945 event when the plutonium bomb nicknamed “Fat Man”, was dropped on Nagasaki by the Allied Forces.

The CPO will be conducted by Owain Arwel Hughes with appearances by soloist Hanneli Rupert, mezzo soprano, and the New Apostolic Church Choir. The programme includes the South African National Anthem, Alfred Schnittke’s Oratorio Nagasaki and works by Japanese composers, Hozue Shimoda (Memory of the Last Summer) and Hachiro Sato and Yuji Koseki (Nagasaki No-kane).

An estimated 73 000 people died immediately as a result of the bomb, with another 74 000 injured and several hundred thousand died or suffered serious disease afterwards due to the fallout and radiation sickness.

Following the event, South Africa was the first country voluntarily to abandon its nuclear weapons programme during the 1990s.

The year 2010 also marks 100 years of official relations between Japan and South Africa. Japan was one of the first countries to formalise ties with the Union of South Africa when it was founded in 1910.

The CPO under the baton of Owain Arwel Hughes gave the world première live performance of Alfred Schnittke’s oratorio Nagasaki during the first Cape Town International Summer Music Festival in 2006 and also recorded the work. The orchestra will again perform this work under the Maestro Hughes and with the same soloist, Hanneli Rupert.

A 90 minute “Making of…” television documentary will also be made about the concert, the artists, and the historical background to the concert for broadcast at a later date in Japan.

The concert takes place at Artscape on 9 August 2010 at 2.30 pm. Book at http://www.computicket.com/

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