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Music Is: SSO’s May and June concerts

Venue restrictions; prohibition of live bands and performances; proliferation of music streaming services — the list goes on as many might have forgotten what it feels like to partake in a live music experience. Though the indescribable bliss of partaking in a live concert seems like a distant past, Singapore Symphony Orchestra presents the opportunity to relive the joys of live music experience with its upcoming May and June programmes featuring the SSO debut of conducting sensation Gábor Káli and pianist Dénes Várjon, SSO’s first outdoor performance since March 2020, and the Brass Ensemble of the SSO third ever concert.

May 2021

Gábor Káli

Remaining true to SSO’s mission in creating memorable shared experiences with music, SSO welcomes artistes across the spectrum, working with industry icons as well as up and coming artistes who are making strides in the classical music world. On Friday, 7th May, SSO will be hosting one of the world’s most promising young conductors, Hungary’s highly acclaimed Gábor Káli for Mozart in Minor. His exceptional conductorship has won him multiple prestigious awards such as the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award in 2018, as well as first prize at the inaugural Hong Kong International Conducting Competition.

Dénes Várjon. Photo Credit: Liszt Academy – Mihály Kondella

Mozart in Minor will also have Hungarian pianist Dénes Várjon, winner of Hungary’s most prestigious cultural accolade, the Kossuth Prize, making his highly anticipated SSO debut three years after his appearance at the Singapore International Piano Festival. The virtuosic duo will bring the audience on Mozart’s fascinating exploration of the depths of feeling and symphonic power with the revered Mozart Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491, Mozart Symphony No. 25 in G minor, K. 183andSymphony, K. 16a “Odense” (attr. Mozart).

Dénes Várjon.

The musical journey of Mozart continues as the Hungarian maestros come together again on Friday, 14th May and Saturday, 15th May for Mozart in Major to present an exuberant evening of all Mozart and all major-key programme from Cassation in B-flat major, K. 99 to Piano Concerto No.12 in A major, K. 414, and Symphony No. 34 in C major, K. 338.

SSO Mother’s Day Concert

Come this Mother’s Day on Sunday, 9th May, the popular SSO Mother’s Day Concert returns to the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Friends and families can partake in musical delight performed by the SSO String Quartet at Botanic Gardens’ Bandstand, where an audience of 100 is allowed due to the prevailing safe management measures. For this special one-day concert, the public will be treated to performances of works by Mozart, Borodin, Haydn, Monti, Delibes, and the ever-popular “The Moon Represents My Heart” by Weng Ching-Hsi. Admission is free but registration is required.


In view of the latest guidelines issued by the National Arts Council, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra will be cancelling its Mother’s Day Concert and moving it online due to safety reasons. The concert will be streamed live from Singapore Botanic Gardens Bandstand at 6pm on Sunday 9th May, and will be available for viewing on the SSO and NParks Facebook pages.

The Singapore Symphony Orchestra remains committed to keeping its audiences, musicians and staff safe during the pandemic. This would have been the SSO’s first live outdoor performance in more than a year, with audience capacity capped at 100.

June 2021

SSO Brass Ensemble

The following month will see A 20th Century Fanfare taking place on Friday, 4th June. Conducted by SSO’s Chief Conductor Hans Graf and featuring the Brass Ensemble of the SSO in their third ever concert appearance, the audience will be treated to an intriguing exploration of brass music by four 20th century masters — Dukas, Hindemith, Takemitsu, and Janáček.

UPDATE: In view of the recent update provided by MOH and restrictions on the playing of wind and brass instruments, SSO will be cancelling A 20th Century Fanfare. SSO will work with its ticketing partner SISTIC to update all ticketholders.

SSO will continue to work closely with the authorities to ensure that our programmes adhere to the prevailing safety measures. The Singapore Symphony Orchestra remains committed to keeping its audiences, musicians and staff safe during the pandemic.

More information on upcoming concerts and tickets available here

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