Free pop-up concert in St George’s Mall

Cape Town Philharmonic Brass Quintet are, from left, Shannon Thebus (horn), Slavomir Mrazik (trombone), Shaun Williams (tuba), Dave Martin (trumpet), and Paul Chandler (trumpet).

The Cape Town Philharmonic Brass Quintet will have a free pop-up concert on Thursday February 25 in St George’s Mall, outside Newspaper House, from 1pm to 1.45pm.

The public will be treated to a variety of arrangements over lunchtime, including a Beatles Suite and an Ain’t Misbehavin’ Suite for jazz lovers.

The performance is the latest in the Cape Town Central City Improvement District’s (CCID) Come Back To Town initiative, which aims to encourage people to visit the central city and enjoy everything it has to offer in an effort to reinvigorate the CBD economy.

The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO) has also suffered the consequences of Covid-19 and has had to switch from regular live performances with packed audiences to online options when it could. “Our challenges included a loss of box office income and a halt on hiring out the orchestra to companies such as the St Petersburg Ballet and Cape Town City Ballet. Suddenly our performers, who are used to a responsive audience, were performing in a vacuum,” said Louis Heyneman, CEO of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra.

The company reinvented itself as an online arts company, through video and collaborations.

“We introduced a series of Covid-19 videos, performing works designed to uplift audiences, and participated in online concerts and some in-person performances when possible, including a series titled the ‘Symphonic Masterpieces in Music’ in October.”

The CPO was also able to participate in the National Arts Festival and the Klein Karoo Klassique Festival, where it shortlisted for the Fiesta awards next month.

CCID CEO Tasso Evangelinos said: “The performance by the Cape Town Philharmonic Brass Quintet is just one of the many ways we want to remind people what they have been missing and entice them back to the heart of downtown Cape Town.”