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Music Is: Singapore Symphony Orchestra goes onscreen with Shaw Theatres

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For the first time in the Singapore Symphony Orchestra’s history, an SSO concert will be screened in cinemas – on 27th and 30th November at Shaw Theatres.

The film will be shown at Shaw Theatres Lido 4 in Orchard, on Friday 27th November, followed by a screening at Shaw Theatres Jewel 1 on Monday 30th November. The screening features the orchestra’s concert “Chorus of the Planets” filmed live at the Esplanade Concert Hall on 8th November 2019. The concert included Gustav Holst’s epic masterpiece The Planets alongside Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, conducted by the orchestra’s Principal Guest Conductor, Andrew Litton.

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 the Singapore Symphony Chorus and Youth Choir, pianist Tengku Irfan, sopranos Ee Ping and Jessica Chen, mezzo-soprano Rebecca Chellappah, tenors Long Long and Jonathan Tay, and baritone William Lim.

Joining the orchestra for this epic work are the Singapore Symphony Chorus, Malaysian pianist Tengku Irfan, award-winning Chinese tenor Long Long, and five Singaporean singers: sopranos Ee Ping and Jessica Chen, mezzo-soprano Rebecca Chellappah, tenor 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.

Mark Shaw, Director of Shaw Organisation, said: “The pandemic may have affected the cinema business this year, but it has not stopped Shaw Theatres from finding new and high quality content to bring different cinematic experiences to our movie-going audience. We are thrilled to partner with our national orchestra to bring one of their most powerful and meaningful concerts to the big screen in our cinemas.”

Singapore Symphony Group Chief Executive Officer, Chng Hak-Peng, said: “The SSO is proud to have been partners with Shaw Organisation over the decades to spread the love of symphonic music to the people of Singapore, from the Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage, and now to Shaw Theatres. With live audiences allowed only for small chamber groups, we hope this new innovation will allow classical music audiences to feel the sonic power of the symphony orchestra and chorus in a Shaw cinema.”

Chorus of the Planets will be screened on 27th and 30th November 2020 at Shaw Lido and Shaw Jewel respectively, with tickets available on Shaw’s website

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