The Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) celebrates National Day with a heartfelt tribute through music
The Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) celebrated Singapore’s 54th birthday with a heartfelt and unique showcase at the Esplanade Concert Hall on Saturday, 10th August.
Khairuddin Saharom hosted the concert, with sign interpreter Janis Wong signing the script as well as the music for deaf members in the audience. Singaporean conductor Joshua Tan led the evening’s performance, featuring performances by musicians Jeremy Monteiro, Tamagoh, Christy Smith, Samuel Phua, Nawaz Mirajkar, V M Sai Akileshwar and jazz vocalist Joanna Dong. Excerpts from the 2-hour concert were also livestreamed on the SSO’s Facebook page.
The specially curated musical programme featured several world premieres, among them Raffles March, Jewel of Srivijaya (for Mridangam, Tabla and Orchestra), Kampong Overture and Our Singapore Dream by Lee Jinjun. Kampong Overture is made up of three popular Malay folk tunes – Geylang Sipaku Geylang, Lengang Kangkung and Suriram. The SSO also performed March On – A Medley of NS Songs by various composers.
The Singapore Symphony Orchestra, together with the Singapore Symphony Chorus (SSC) and Singapore Symphony Youth Choir (SSYC) played to an audience of 1,360, including seniors from AWWA, young musicians from Purple Symphony and members of the Singapore Association for the Deaf (SADEAF).
Leading up to National Day, the SSO recently released Truly, SSO. Released worldwide on 2nd August 2019 on all digital platforms. The digital album reimagines all-time National Day classics in honour of the bicentennial celebrations and in conjunction of Singapore’s 54th birthday.
Listen to Truly, SSO across various platforms here