Martin Grubinger • The Tears of Nature

Subscription Concert

Martin Grubinger • The Tears of Nature


Sat / 29 Feb 2020 / 7:30PM


Esplanade Concert Hall


The Way to Castle Yonder

The Tears of Nature

- Intermission -

Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 44

Wizard of Percussion

Written for the phenomenal Martin Grubinger, The Tears of Nature is a percussion concerto by prominent contemporary Chinese composer Tan Dun, celebrating the human spirit in its endeavour to live, fight and dance with nature. The SSO and American conductor Robert Spano also pay tribute to the esteemed late British composer-conductor Oliver Knussen (1952-2018), and conclude the concert with Rachmaninoff’s soulful Third Symphony, music of nostalgic melancholy with a tantalising whiff of modernity.

Attend This Concert

If you're a percussion, contemporary music or Rachmaninoff fan.


  • Robert Spano, conductor
  • Martin Grubinger, percussionist

Open Rehearsal

  • 10am-12.30pm (open to public)

Pre-concert Talk:

  • 6.30pm | library@esplanade

Standard Tickets:

$88, $68, $48, $38, $28, $15 

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  • Children must be age 7 and above to be admitted into the hall.
  • Children under 7 will not be admitted into the hall, even with a ticket.
  • Please bring along proof of child’s age, such as a student concession pass, as random checks may be conducted at the venue.
  • Parents or guardians of children admitted are strongly encouraged to purchase aisle seats.
  • We reserve the right to ask parents to bring children out of the hall should they be disruptive during the performance.
  • No admission without a ticket.

Late Seating

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  • Latecomers will only be admitted at appropriate pauses during the show or during intermission, if any.

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