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Music Is: SSO 2021/22 season to showcase local musical stars

Concert halls are set to reopen their doors for Singapore Symphony Orchestra’s musicians to take centrestage. As our nation sees COVID-19 restrictions ease gradually, SSO presents the opportunity to immerse oneself in the wonders of both live and online music with its upcoming July to September programmes.

Featuring a myriad of performances, SSO’s July to September programme highlights include two  online concerts featuring South Korean violinist Bomsori Kim and the ever-popular SSO National Day Concert, and several live concerts including SSO’s President’s Young Performers Concert; Love, Carmen and Mozart featuring Chief Conductor Hans Graf and violinist Ye-Eun Choi; a collaboration with local group More Than Music; and SSO’s veteran Principal Flute Jin Ta’s performance and sharing of his life.

To maximise audience capacity, pre-event testing is required for all concerts.

July 2021

Continuing to demonstrate its commitment to creating memorable shared experiences with music, SSO invites audience to join the online concert of Bomsori Kim Plays Mozart on 23rd July, where the South Korean violinist plays Mozart’s First Violin Concerto. This exclusive recording was filmed at the Esplanade Concert Hall on 17th April 2021. This exceptional concert also features SSO Chief Conductor Hans Graf conducting the world premiere of the 1942 Eighth Symphony by Danish-born composer Paul von Klenau (1883 – 1946).

On 20th and 21st July, the story of love, loneliness, and longing will be captured in the live performance of VCHpresents Chamber: More Than Music, More Than Love. SSO violist Dandan Wang and Principal Cellist Ng Pei-Sian collaborate with the founders of the More Than Music chamber series, Loh Jun Hong and Abigail Sin, to bring together Bach’s sweet musings and the stormy passion of Brahms, with Jonathan Shin’s musical take on Haruki Murakami’s short story “On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning”.

SSO will also host its Lunchtime Concert on 13th and 14 July, which will be filmed for a delayed broadcast on the SSO Facebook page on Thursday 22nd July, 12.30pm.

August 2021

Isaac Lee

SSO kicks off August to a different beat with VCHpresents Organ: Pipe Up! Pedal to the Metal taking place on Sunday, 1st August. In this ear-opening recital, Pipe Up! series organist Isaac Lee is joined by percussionists of the Singapore National Youth Orchestra, treating audience to a selection of contemporary pieces for solo organ, percussion, and a mix of both.

Pualina Lim

Showcasing Singapore’s finest young musical talents, SSO’s annual President’s Young Performers Concert is set to take place on 5th and 6th August. Award-winning local talents — harpist Charmaine Teo and pianist Pualina Lim will enthrall the audience with Debussy’s Danses sacrée et profane for harp and strings, and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-flat major, K.271, respectively.

As the nation comes together to celebrate Singapore’s 56th birthday, SSO invites both casual concertgoers and classical music enthusiasts to join the orchestra for the online edition of SSO’s National Day Concert on 13th August. Like previous years, the concert will feature new works by Singapore’s growing league of talented composers – seven pieces commissioned by the SSO will be presented in this concert, including the world premieres of Syafiqah ‘Adha Sallehin’s Dengan Semangat Yang Baru (“In a New Spirit”) and Luciola singapura by Koh Cheng Jin. Expect to also hear classic favourites such as Dick Lee’s Home and two new medleys of National Day staples, including the Sing Singapore Medley crowdfunded by the public. As always, the national anthem, Zubir Said’s Majulah Singapura majestically concludes the programme in an arrangement by local composition doyen Ho Chee Kong. The SSO National Day Concert will be presented digitally, premiering online on SISTIC Live on 13th Aug, 8pm.

This National Day, the SSO marks the 20th anniversary of the popular NDP song, Where I Belong, with a brand new rendition for vocalists and orchestra, arranged by local young composer Avik Chari. Following the success of the SSO’s Count On Me, Singapore music video last year, the new music video of this 2001 classic will see the SSO collaborate with its original singer/songwriter, Singapore’s one and only Tanya Chua. Joining her will be violin star Chloe Chua, rising vocalists Syakirah Noble and Umar Sirhan, and members of the Singapore Symphony Youth Choir. SSO’s Where I Belong will be released online on SSO’s Facebook page on 1 Aug 2021.

Samuel Phua

August will also see Singaporean saxophone extraordinaire Samuel Phua jiving together with the orchestra for a Night of The Saxophone on 19th and 20th August as well as guest Korean violinist Ye-Eun Choi’s date with the SSO in Love, Carmen and Mozart on 27th and 28th August.

Ye-Eun Choi

September 2021

The month starts off with VCHpresents Chamber: By Romantic Hand, which takes place on the weekend of 3rd and 4th September. SSO’s musicians will explore the musical souls of the great Romantic composers Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and Brahms.

Jin Ta

The following weekend, on 10th and 11th September, sees the next installment of its  VCHpresents Intimate Moments series: 乐享时光: On the Air with Jin Ta. Jin Ta, veteran Principal Flute of the SSO will perform his own work, Tone Poem for Flute and Piano, alongside music by Telemann, Dubois, Boehm, and Beethoven. During this heart-to-heart encounter, the audience will be given a glimpse into the ups and downs of the musician’s life as Jin Ta shares his story through music.

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