Dear Music Lovers
It is with great sadness that Cape Town is facing major closures of live music in the months ahead.
Notices came out today following the government announcement last night regarding Covid-19 and strict safety measures.
The Fugard Theatre, Theatre on the Bay and Baxter Theatre are all closed until further notice. Events at Artscape are also cancelled including the upcoming opera in concert of Fidelio. Cape Town Opera has also cancelled the Duet Gala with Pumeza Matshikiza this coming Sunday.
The Baxter is due to be closed until at least the end of April – which means all UCT School of Music concerts and Cape Town Concert Series will be cancelled for March and April. I attach their full notice below along with ticket refund information.
Further information can be found via Fine Music Radio, Whatsonincapetown and the ticket agencies Computicket, Webtickets and Quicket.
From the comfort of your home you can still connect to music: There are a number of online music resources offering free streaming during this time of shutdown which has affected all corners of the globe. These include The Met Opera: https://www.metopera.org and the Berlin Philharmonic Digital Concert Hall: https://www.digitalconcerthall.com/en/home
Closer to home there is also classical and jazz 24 hours a day on Fine Music Radio – 101.3 as well as streaming via their website http://www.fmr.co.za
Meanwhile, as the lock down is for groups of 100 or more and some smaller venues such as some jazz venues, Gate69, Erin Hall and the Rockwell Theatre remain open with strict precautions in place. We will keep you posted on these performances.
Do let me know if you have any queries about upcoming events or are hosting any small concerts. Let’s hope they find a way to control the virus and allow for public gatherings again soon.
Please spare a thought for all the musicians out there…
All these concerts below are now CANCELLED or POSTPONED
Mar 17: UCT Symphony Orchestra @Baxter
Mar 18: Art and Piano @Youngblood
Mar 21: CT Concert Series @Baxter
Mar 22: Duet Gala @Kirstenbosch
Mar 27-29: Fidelio in Concert @Artscape
Mar 27-28: Cape Town International Jazz Festival
Mar 31: Piano Recital with Greta Nöthling @Baxter
April 4: St Matthew Passion @Ridgeworth
April 5: Vivaldi 4 Seasons @Christchurch Constantia
April 5: Enoch Garden @Wagner Society
April 10 & 12: Messiah @City Hall
April 25: CT Concert Series @Baxter