A Whole New World at Sifa 2019, with the SSO

A Whole New World at Sifa 2019, with the SSO

By Haslina Hassan

Jun 2019

A chance to enjoy a free concert in the park by a premier orchestra with friends and family? Sign me up!

On June 2, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) was at the Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage to perform the closing concert of Singapore International Festival of Arts (Sifa).

The evening event drew almost 6,000 people to the Botanic Gardens. Audience members included students from school orchestras and choirs, who had previously attended SSO concerts at venues such as the Victoria Concert Hall. The outdoor concert gave them a different experience of an arts performance.


[The concert] provides another perspective of how the arts could be positioned to connect with people [and] a unique opportunity for our children to be exposed and be connected to the community, giving them a shared experience via the arts.

Mr Nigel Phang Teck How, Vice-Principal, Dazhong Primary School in an interview with The Straits Times

The SSO performed versions of “Overture” (from musical West Side Story) and “Fried Rice Paradise” (from musical Beauty World) to a captivated audience. The orchestra was joined by leading vocalists Elena Wang, Julia Abueva, and Sean Ghazi, with hits from popular musicals and Disney classics such as “Part of Your World” (The Little Mermaid), “A Whole New World” (Aladdin), “I Have Dreamed” (The King and I), “For Good” (Wicked), and “Sun and Moon” (Miss Saigon). Audiences were also serenaded by classics such as Getaran Jiwa written by P. Ramlee, Beauty World and Bunga Sayang by Dick Lee.

“A Whole New World”, featuring Sean Ghazi and Julia Abueva.

“Part of Your World” from the Little Mermaid, featuring Julia Abueva.


With the support of generous donors and sponsors, the SSO goes around the island for the “SSO in Your Community” concerts, with concerts taking place at the Victoria Concert Hall, Agape Concert Hall, and MPC@Khatib. The SSO will also be back on the Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage at Singapore Botanic Gardens for an open-air concert.

Here are the four concerts that are absolutely free for you to attend:

Get closer to the VCH this year by attending a lunchtime concert or signing up for a hall tour – all free of charge to the public.

Lunchtime Concert @ VCH

Wednesday, 17 July 2019, 12:30 PM
Victoria Concert Hall
This entertaining and witty programme delivers a lunchtime delight. A musical celebration of the 5th anniversary of the Victoria Concert Hall’s reopening that is not to be missed.

Northwest Singapore: MPC@Khatib

Thursday, 18 July 2019, 7:30 PM
This one-hour free concert brings our orchestra to residents of Yishun, Khatib, Mandai and Sembawang.

Northeast Singapore

Friday, 19 July 2019, 7:30 PM
Agape Concert Hall, Paya Lebar Methodist Girls’ School
A fun and family-friendly musical hour for residents of Paya Lebar, Hougang, Kovan and Braddell.

Symphony in the Gardens: The Straits Times Concert in the Gardens

Sunday, 21 July 2019, 6:00 PM
Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage, Singapore Botanic Gardens
A perennial favourite, this SSO appearance at the Botanic Gardens is brought to you by the SPH Gift of Music Series.

Some of the tunes that you will get to enjoy include the famous Barber of Seville Overture, ballet treats from Russian master Shostakovich, Leroy Andersen’s bustling Bugler’s Holiday and the chugging whoo-whoo of the train-simulating Copenhagen Steam Railway Galop. All the concerts will be conducted by SSO Associate Conductor Joshua Tan.

SSO in Your Community” takes music beyond the concert halls and into the community.

Visit SSO Free Concert section for details to each programme.

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