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Music Is: SSO Chief Conductor Hans Graf in first live concert in January 2021

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In January 2021, Singapore Symphony Orchestra Maestro Hans Graf will make his first appearance in front of a live audience in his role as SSO Chief Conductor this January.

On 6th January, Chief Conductor Hans Graf joins the orchestra to conduct Mozart’s Symphony No. 36 (“Linz”) alongside the composer’s Piano Concerto No. 23, with soloist Albert Tiu. This concert, at the Esplanade Concert Hall, will be Hans Graf’s first in front of a live audience in Singapore since he took up the role of Chief Conductor at the beginning of the 2020/21 Season.

Hans Graf was named Chief Conductor in July 2019 and he was scheduled to make his debut with the orchestra in July 2020. However, as a result of COVID-19, the upcoming concert on 6 January 2021 will be the first time that audiences in Singapore will be able to see him conduct the orchestra live since his appointment. Over the past few months, while concert halls have been closed, Hans Graf has conducted the SSO in several online concerts as part of SSOPlayOn!, the orchestra’s programme of digital events.

The orchestra also announces two further live concerts at Esplanade Concert Hall, the first on 16th January, by the Woodwind and Brass Ensemble of the SSO, is a programme of works by Mozart, Bruckner, Gabrieli and Hindemith. This is followed, on 4th February, by A Gift to the Universe: Celebrating Bach III, the next instalment in the orchestra’s series of concerts exploring the music of the Baroque master, J. S. Bach.

In addition, there will be a chamber music concert taking place at Victoria Concert Hall on 3rd January. VCHpresents Organ: A Ceremony of Carols will see performances of works by Britten, Bach and more, by organist Loraine Muthiah, soprano Raeanne Wong and harpist Charity Kiew.

A number of safe management measures will be in place for all concerts, including temperature screening, enhanced cleaning, separate entrances for audience members seated in different areas of the venue, the use of the TraceTogether app or token, and safe distancing between audience members. There will be no mandatory pre-event testing for these live concerts.

VCHPresents Organ: A Ceremony of Carols plays on 3rd January 2021 at the Victoria Concert Hall. Tickets available from SISTIC

To Vienna and Linz with Mozart plays on 6th January 2021 at the Esplanade Concert Hall. Tickets available from SISTIC

As the Winds Blow plays on 16th January 2021 at the Esplanade Concert Hall. Tickets available from SISTIC

A Gift to the Universe: Celebrating Bach III plays on 4th February 2021, with tickets to be released soon.

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