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Preview: Singapore Symphony Orchestra October 2018 Lineup

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This October, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra welcomes a full lineup of internationally renowned musicians to their home at the Victoria Concert Hall.

Baroque Festival: Bach the Kapellmeister

Taking place over a single weekend from 5th – 7th October, the Baroque Festival celebrates the magnificence, beauty and nobility of music from Baroque Germany and England. Ranging from High Baroque master Bach to Handel dripping with grandeur, the Baroque Festival is set to trill with three full length concerts over three days.

Baroque Festival: Music for Kings and Queens

On 5th October, German organist Stefan Kießling will take on Bach in Bach the Kapellmeister, and will be joined by the Singapore Symphony Chorus conducted by Eudenice Palaruan, completing this tribute to the grand master of the Baroque. On 6th October, a royal event awaits with Music For Kings and Queens. Co-presented by the European Union in Singapore and dedicated to the late Dr. Goh Keng Swee, this concert will feature the music of Purcell and Handel, legendary for matching the English language to music in a magnificent choral tribute. Swedish-French conductor Sofi Jeannin will lead both the Singapore Symphony Chorus and Orchestra, with German organist Stefan Kießling and Philippine choral director Eudenice Palaruan rounding up the all star team.

Baroque Festival: Royal Fireworks

Finally, on 7th October, end off the Baroque Festival with a bang at Royal Fireworkswhich will fill the Victoria Concert Hall with peals of joy and jubilance with Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks and Purcell’s theatre music. Led by acclaimed choral conductor Sofi Jeannin and featuring soprano Stefanie Quintin, get ready for a journey through English Baroque history leads you through a jewel-studded tour of the English Baroque and an impressive selection of arias.

On 13th and 14th October, the SSO will also be joining the Borodin Quartet for a pair of unmissable recitals as they perform two of the finest quintets ever written – Schubert’s  C Major Quintet and Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet on 13th October, and a spellbinding pairing of Tchaikovsky’s melodic String Quartet No. 1 with the mesmerizing String Quartet No. 15 by Shostakovich on the 14th. Prepare your senses as these Russian Grandmasters of music return to the Victoria Concert Hall.

James Ehnes

On 23rd October, Canadian violinist James Ehnes arrives at the Victoria Concert Hall to perform Beethoven’s vigorous Violin Sonata No. 1. Accompanied by acclaimed pianist Andrew Armstrong, Ehnes promises ‘honeyed tone and immaculate technique’ in his playing, and together, will perform an evening of virtuosic works by Ravel and Brahms, ending off the night with John Corigliano’s Sonata for Violin and Piano.

Andrew Armstrong

This October, make a date with the SSO at the Victoria Concert Hall, and experience a  world class medley of programmes that promises to be nothing but music to your ears.

The Baroque Festival takes place from 5th – 7th October 2018 at the Victoria Concert Hall. For the full lineup and ticketing, visit SSO’s website here 

The Borodin Quartet plays on 13th and 14th October 2018 at the Victoria Concert Hall. Tickets available from SISTIC here and here

Master of Violin: James Ehnes plays on 23rd October 2018 at the Victoria Concert Hall. Tickets available from SISTIC

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