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Preview: SSO Subscription Concert – Chorus of the Planets

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The Singapore Symphony Orchestra’s Principal Guest Conductor, Andrew Litton, returns this November to conduct a concert that promises to be out of this world. On Friday 8th November, come watch as he blasts off to explore the solar system with a performance of Holst’s much-loved The Planets Suite.

The concert – which is sponsored by the SSO’s Official Radio Station, Symphony 92.4 – also includes Barber’s one-movement Symphony No.1 and Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra.

Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy is a pre-cursor to the composer’s famous Ninth Symphony and is a poetic tribute to the divine power of music. Joining the orchestra for this epic work are: pianist Tengku Irfan, sopranos Ee Ping and Jessica Chen, mezzo-soprano Rebecca Chellappah, tenors Long Long and Jonathan Tay, and baritone William Lim.

Holst’s seven-movement suite The Planets is one of the best-known pieces of music ever written. Each section is inspired by the astrological character of the planets in the solar system: from Mars, the Bringer of War (which inspired John Williams’ music for Star Wars) to Neptune, the Mystic.

Chorus of the Planets plays on 8th November 2019 at the Esplanade Concert Hall. Tickets available from SISTIC

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