Bravissimo! April 2020

Keep Calm and Play On: SSO Digital Edition

To keep the music going during the circuit breaker, we've launched a special digital season, SSOPlayOn!

We have missed you!

It’s been a while since we saw you in the concert hall. In these unprecedented times, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra put together a three-month special digital season to fill our homes with glorious music, to lift spirits and bring us together while apart. We have been really encouraged by all the enthusiastic responses we’ve received so far and for that, we thank you.

As our Chairman shared in his open letter in our previous issue,

As Singapore’s national orchestra, the SSO will do everything it can to bring joy, solace, inspiration and hope through music.

Goh Yew Lin, SSG Chairman

Spirit of Serenity Goes Online

On 28 March 2020, the SSO livestreamed its first concert from Victoria Concert Hall without a live audience on our YouTube and Facebook channels. The Spirit of Serenity concert has received close to 30,000 views and many wonderful comments.

Our staff were on hand during the online stream to provide additional information on the pieces and movements as well as chat with audiences. There was no live applause, but there was plenty of clapping at home (we were told), online heart emojis, as well as warm messages from local residents and those watching abroad throughout the performance. We even received lovely emails from fans in England.

The orchestra performed a repertoire for strings: Britten’s Simple Symphony, Op. 4; Pärt’s Cantus in memory of Benjamin Britten; and Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings.

It is a great privilege to watch your performance from my living room; thank you.

Angela Tsang

I’m actually applauding in my living room 😂 I think my neighbour thinks I’m nuts.

Alex Bear

Yes me too clapping wildly!

Linda De Mello

Don't worry about the empty seats, we are clapping!

JinYong Ho

Was really looking forward to this because of Pärt, and I missed the livestream too. Glad to be able to watch this!! Sound and video are great, and that performance of his Cantus legitimately moved me to tears here. Thank you!

Benjamin Chia

I enjoyed your concert so much on Saturday (lunchtime for me). It was moving, magical and inspirational, so much so I have watched it again twice…Although I live at the very far west tip of England in St Ives, Cornwall I felt connected to you by your wonderful orchestra. In fact, it moved me to tears.

Gayle Wood

Mahler’s monumental Resurrection Symphony

On 4 April at 7.30pm, we presented the Digital Premiere of Mahler’s Second Symphony. Recorded live at the Esplanade in January 2019, the performance was Lan Shui’s final concert as the orchestra’s Music Director. The stream has received over 10,000 views on YouTube so far. No problem if you missed the digital premiere, you can still find it in the SSOPlayOn! digital season on YouTube.

I am impressed with the quality and size of the orchestra, for a small country. From San Francisco.

Wing Low

Waiting and hoping to go for the real concerts soon.

Simon Ng

Thanks! A group of us enjoyed Mahler last Saturday with Lan Shui and chatted with wine over Zoom after the concert, trying to recreate our usual concert outings hahah! You guys take care

Dr Faith Chia

Help the SSO Play On

We truly appreciate all the love you have shown us throughout this ever-evolving situation. We also thank those of you who have thoughtfully asked about how you can donate to the SSO during our livestreams.

We are making a special appeal because like many orchestras around the world, we are seeing our corporate donations and ticket revenues plummet due to all the cancellations. We hope that you will consider extending your generosity to keep the music playing.

Till we meet again, stay safe and stay home, with the SSO.

Stay Home with the SSO

Head to our website for a handy list to what you’ll find in the SSOPlayOn! digital series. All performances are free to stream at your convenience while you #stayhome.

Get updated and share the love on our social media pages, follow us for curated content and special mini-performances from our SSO musicians and guest musicians such as Stephen Hough and Kerson Leong.

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