The Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) has debuted its new streaming platform SSOLOUNGE, allowing audiences to watch live and pre-recorded masterworks of great composers, as well as premieres of classical performances from the comfort of their own screens. From reliving the best of Mozart’s concertos to revelling in the passages of lyrical grace from Romantic works, SSO fans and concertgoers can enjoy access to a repository of digital premieres and archived concerts, which include the likes of the 2020 National Day Concert and Christmas Concert.
Hosted on SISTIC Live Pro, SSOLOUNGE will replace the previous streaming option and offer viewers a better user and viewing experience. Set to release more than a dozen new performances every year, the platform will in the near future, also feature a live chat function that allows members of a VIP breakout room to interact with one another.
“We are delighted to introduce SSOLOUNGE, which would not only help us reach more people around the world, including audiences in China and Indonesia, but also improve the way we engage with viewers. As SSO steps up on our digital capabilities to share the orchestra’s finesse and tonal allure beyond local shores, we seek to continue creating memorable experiences with music and provide an easy way for classical music fans and first-time listeners to enjoy 0ur performances,” said Chng Hak-Peng, Chief Executive Officer, Singapore Symphony Group.
SSOLOUNGE comes with two new subscription options that affords viewers greater convenience and flexibility. Music lovers can now access a greater breadth of SSO content for just S$30 a year with the 12M All-Access Pass. Besides being more economical, this yearly pass also offers exclusive access to archived concerts, as well as 90-day unlimited access for new releases.
Alternatively, users can opt to view the latest SSO performances for just S$6 using the Single Access Pass. A new concert can be viewed unlimited times within 30 days of its release.
Subscribers can navigate the different tabs on lounge.sso.org.sg to find out more about current, upcoming and past concerts. Available digital concerts are divided into two categories: Watch Now, which features the latest concerts, and Playback, a repository of archived performances exclusive to the 12M All-Access Pass holders.
Five new digital premieres will be available between September and December. These include A Farewell for Tasmin Little on 24 September, starring veteran English violinist Tasmin Little at the Singapore leg of her farewell world tour, performing the beloved Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1; as well as Longing, an exquisite performance by the Singapore Symphony Chorus, Singapore Symphony Youth Choir and Singapore Symphony Children’s Choir on 26 November. The following week on 3 December, SSO Associate Conductor Joshua Tan directs the orchestra in Ancient Airs and Dances, bringing viewers on an immersive journey filled with the delicate charm and colourful spirit of Renaissance music.
Meanwhile, 12M All-Access Pass holders will enjoy exclusive access to some of the SSO’s most acclaimed concerts from yesteryears on Playback, such as Bizet’s Carmen , the concert rendition of Bizet’s famous opera, and Ng Pei-Sian Plays Shostakovich , which features SSO Principal Cello Ng Pei-Sian, The HEAD Foundation Chair’s breath-taking performance of Shostakovich’sFirst Cello Concerto. To celebrate the ongoing cross-cultural partnership between the Melbourne and Singapore Symphony Orchestras, Playback will also feature a special MSO concert, WATA: A gathering for songmen, improvising soloists and orchestra.