Bravissimo! May-June 2021

Across Borders and Boundaries: SSO Collaborates

Partnerships with the wider music community are important to the Singapore Symphony Group (SSG). To inspire music excellence in these challenging times, the Group has committed to various partnerships over the last couple of months that encapsulates its mission to create memorable shared experiences with music and as an ambassador for the arts in Singapore.

SSO and STB: Celebrating 55 years of Singapore-Japan relations (SJ55)

In collaboration with the Singapore Tourism Board, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) marked the 55th anniversary of Singapore-Japan diplomatic with a live concert on 23 April. The SSO string quartet, comprising violinists Chikako Sasaki and Kong Xianlong , violist Dandan Wang, and cellist Jamshid Saydikarimov, performed a repertoire highlighting the wonder of Japanese classical and anime film music. The concert was recorded live for delayed broadcast in Japan and released on the STB Japan official Facebook page on 24 June 2021.

The Singapore Symphony Group was honoured to host to Ambassador Jun Yamazaki and Mrs Yamazaki as VIP Guests at the SSO Singapore-Japan 55th Anniversary Concert on 23 April 2021.

SSO and SIFA 2021: The Rhythm Of Us

The Rhythm Of Us was a highly anticipated landmark collaboration between the Singapore Dance Theatre (SDT) and Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO), the first since the early 1990s and the first joint commission by the Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA). Unfortunately, the increased restrictions of phase two (heightened alert), announced just two weeks before the opening night, meant the live show had to be cancelled. The Rhythm of Us was then recorded and presented on the SIFA On Demand platform from 13 to 20 June. SIFA is looking for an opportunity to re-present this exciting performance live.

Buoyed by a collective longing for the theatre, The Rhythm of Us leads audiences on a lyrical journey with three works – William Walton’s Passacaglia for Cello performed by SSO cellist Ng Pei-Sian and dancer Chihiro Uchida, Henry Cowell’s Variations on Thirds performed by musicians from the SSO as well as a world premiere of a specially commissioned piece, The Light Behind Us.

SSO and MSO: Renewal of MOU

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison announced on 10 June 2021 that the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra will renew their existing Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which demonstrates the strong cultural exchanges between the two countries despite the pandemic. The new MOU will allow both orchestras to work together in innovative ways, such as using digital technologies to perform together.

The renewal of an MoU between Singapore Symphony Orchestra and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra through to 2025 is welcomed as an important marker that despite the pandemic, cultural exchanges and connections continue to flourish through innovative and digital ways of working and performing together.
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