End The Year On A Festive Note With The SSO

Published on 05 October 2021

Ring in the holiday season with the live SSO Christmas Fundraising Concert 2021 at the Esplanade Concert Hall and online-exclusive, Christmas At Home with the SSO on SSOLOUNGE, alongside live concerts starring French pianist Cédric Tiberghien, Austrian clarinettist Andreas Ottensamer, and American conductor Carlos Kalmar and Swiss conductor Lorenzo Viotti.

Singapore, 5 October 2021 — As the year draws to a close, there’s plenty of reasons to be joyous and to let the heart be light. This season, Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) recaptures the magic of the holidays with a thoughtfully curated lineup of concerts featuring highly acclaimed international and Singapore-based musicians.

The eclectic lineup begins in November before it comes to a crescendo in the festive month of December. Highlights include the live SSO Christmas Fundraising Concert 2021 and an SSOLOUNGE-exclusive Christmas At Home with the SSO concert for audiences to watch from the comfort of their homes. The Concerts for Children also makes a timely return with a delightful ode to Beethoven’s musical genius, along with special performances by French pianist Cédric Tiberghien as part of the vOilah! France Singapore Festival, and the Singapore debut of Andreas Ottensamer, Principal Clarinet of the Berlin Philharmonic.

November

SSO kicks off the season on 4 & 5 November with violinist Loh Jun Hong taking centrestage in The Butterfly Lovers, a homage to the eponymous Chinese love story. Cellist Ng Pei-Sian and violinist Chan Yoong-Han will also share the stage in Ho Chee Kong’s Concerto for Cello and Violin, There and Back.

On 11 & 12 November, French pianist Cédric Tiberghien will bring audiences on a much-needed getaway to the City of Love with two unique concerts. On the first evening, To Paris with Cédric Tiberghien will draw attention to Mozart’s enduring works such as the Piano Concerto No. 13 and the Paris Symphony. On the second evening, L'isle joyeuse – Cédric Tiberghien in Recital will delight audiences with the famous Rondo Alla Turca from Mozart’s Piano Sonata No. 11, Debussy’s L'isle joyeuse, and Beethoven’s Eroica Variations.

In the same week on 13 November, parents can bring their young ones to Concerts for Children: Hello from Beethoven!, where they will get a peek into Beethoven’s incredible life accompanied by his music played live by the strings of the SSO, and a narrator in costume. A perfect introduction to the famed composer, this immersive musical experience is targeted at children aged 4 and up.

SSO’ s November programme ends with a special musical itinerary — Dances of Panama by American maestro Carlos Kalmar, taking place on 18 & 19 November. Well-known for presenting works that are less often performed, Kalmar will be conducting pioneering African-American composer William Grant Still’s Dances of Panama, Pulitzer-prize-winning Caroline Shaw’ s inventive Entr’acte, as well as Nielsen’ s elegaic Op. 1 and Frank Bridge’ s nostalgic Suite for string orchestra.

December

Come 1 & 2 December, SSO welcomes acclaimed Latvian violinist Baiba Skride to perform Mozart’s charming Violin Concerto No. 4, alongside French conductor Pierre Bleuse who will also lead the orchestra in Mozart’s great Symphony No. 40, in Baiba Skride Plays Mozart.

Swiss conductor, Lorenzo Viotti and Principal Clarinet of the Berlin Philharmonic, Andreas Ottensamer join the SSO on 9 & 10 December for the self-titled Lorenzo Viotti and Andreas Ottensamer — the musician-athletes and best friends will share the stage to perform a richly melodious programme of Dvořák, Brahms and Prokofiev.

The VCHpresents Chamber series return on 11 December with VCHpresents Chamber: Raise a Glass to Mozart, with Andreas Ottensamer, where the Principal Clarinet of the Berlin Philharmonic joins SSO musicians for a third evening, opening the doors to the intimate world of chamber music.

SSO celebrates this Christmas with the SSO Christmas Fundraising Concert 2021 on 16 & 17 December at the Esplanade Concert Hall. The orchestra will be performing Christmas classics from Torelli and Tchaikovsky, plus newly commissioned festive works by Singapore composers Tony Makarome and Adeline Wong. Ticket* price starts at $78.

*All proceeds will be recognised as donations, and Singapore tax residents will qualify for a 2.5 times tax deduction on the fundraiser.

For those looking to cosy up at home for the holidays, Christmas At Home with the SSO will take place on 19 December via its new streaming platform, SSOLOUNGE. The orchestra will be recorded alongside the Singapore Symphony Choruses to spread love and joy to classical music lovers near and far.

ABOUT THE SINGAPORE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Founded in 1979, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) is Singapore’s flagship orchestra, touching lives through classical music and providing the heartbeat of the cultural scene. In addition to its subscription series concerts, the SSO is also known for its outdoor and community appearances. The orchestra also presents intimate chamber performances in the VCHpresents series, the annual Singapore International Piano Festival (SIPF) and the biennial National Piano and Violin Competition (NPVC) at the Victoria Concert Hall, Home of the SSO. The SSO is part of the Singapore Symphony Group, which also manages the Singapore Symphony Choruses, and the Singapore National Youth Orchestra. The mission of the Group is to create memorable shared experiences with music. Through the SSO and its affiliated performing groups, we spread the love for music, nurture talent and enrich our diverse communities.

The Singapore Symphony Orchestra is a nominee for the Gramophone Orchestra of the Year Award 2021. The award winner will be announced at the 2021 Gramophone Classical Music Awards on 6 October 2021.

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The Butterfly Lovers #

Thursday & Friday, 4 & 5 November 2021, 7.30pm
Esplanade Concert Hall

The exquisite Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto is one of the most beloved works of its kind from the 20th century, inspired by the eponymous Chinese legend. Its rapturous music will instantly transport you back to ancient China, sweeping you up with the tragic love story of the star-crossed lovers, 梁山伯与祝英台. You’ll go There And Back as well with the double concerto for violin and cello by Ho Chee Kong, called “a rare and perfect marriage of Western and Chinese music”.

Date & time
Thursday & Friday, 4 & 5 November 2021, 7.30pm

Venue
Esplanade Concert Hall

Performers
Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Joshua Tan, conductor
Loh Jun Hong, violin
Chan Yoong-Han, violin
Ng Pei-Sian, cello (The HEAD Foundation Chair)

Programme
LEONG YOON PIN Largo and Vivace
CHEN GANG & HE ZHAN HAO The Butterfly Lovers – Violin Concerto 梁祝小提琴协奏曲
HO CHEE KONG There And Back – Concerto for Violin and Cello

Tickets
$88, $68, $48, $38, $28, $15
Available on www.sso.org.sg

To Paris with Cédric Tiberghien #

Thursday, 11 November 2021, 7.30pm Esplanade Concert Hall

In Association with the 2021 vOilah! France Singapore Festival

Ravel’s beautifully orchestrated La Tombeau de Couperin, a homage to the courtly elegance of the French Baroque, leads this delightful programme taking us to Mozart’s popular Paris Symphony, written when he visited the French capital in 1778. We welcome back the versatile and prominent French pianist Cédric Tiberghien as our guest soloist in Mozart’s sparkling Piano Concerto No. 13.

Date & time
Thursday, 11 November 2021, 7.30pm

Venue
Esplanade Concert Hall

Performers
Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Carlos Kalmar, conductor
Cédric Tiberghien, piano

Programme
RAVEL Le Tombeau de Couperin
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 13 in C major, K. 415
MOZART Symphony No. 31 in D major, K. 297/300a “Paris”

Tickets
$88, $68, $48, $38, $28, $15
Available on www.sso.org.sg

L'isle joyeuse – Cédric Tiberghien in Recital #

Friday, 12 November 2021, 7.30pm
SOTA Concert Hall

In Association with the 2021 vOilah! France Singapore Festival

Let renowned French pianist Cédric Tiberghien take you around L'isle joyeuse, a solo recital of three brilliant classics: Debussy’s evocation of exhilarating joy, Beethoven’s treatise on his magnificent “Eroica” theme, and Mozart’s Sonata No. 11, home to his famous Rondo alla turca.

Date & time
Friday, 12 November 2021, 7.30pm

Venue
SOTA Concert Hall

Performers
Cédric Tiberghien, piano

Programme
MOZART Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major, K. 331
DEBUSSY L'isle joyeuse
BEETHOVEN Variations and Fugue in E-flat major, Op. 35 “Eroica”

Tickets
$78, $58, $38, $20
Available on www.sso.org.sg

Concerts for Children: Hello from Beethoven! #

Saturday, 13 November 2021, 11am and 2.30pm Victoria Concert Hall

Introduce your kids to the life-changing music of Beethoven with the help of the strings of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra — and the man himself! Beethoven has come all the way from Romantic Vienna of the early 1800s to tell you about his heroic life story and his amazing compositions. It’s tough being a composer who can’t hear — but you can listen on his behalf.

Date & time
Saturday, 13 November 2021, 11am and 2.30pm

Venue
Victoria Concert Hall

Performers
Strings of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Joshua Tan, conductor

Programme
BEETHOVEN
Fidelio Overture
Selections from String Quartets Nos. 11, 12 and 14
Selections from Symphonies Nos. 5, 7 and 9
Romance No. 2 for Violin and Orchestra

Tickets
$32, $25
Available on www.sso.org.sg

Dances of Panama #

Thursday & Friday, 18 & 19 November 2021, 7.30pm
Victoria Concert Hall

This fascinating tour of string music from four corners of the world is a special musical itinerary by American maestro Carlos Kalmar. Take a trip to Panama with the pioneering African-American composer William Grant Still’s Dances of Panama, and a nostalgic English journey with Frank Bridge. Stay in step with a lyrical Scandinavian jaunt via young Nielsen’s elegaic Op. 1 and an inventive Entr’acte for strings by the Pulitzer-prize-winning Caroline Shaw, which she refers to as looking at the “other side of Alice’s looking glass, in a kind of absurd, subtle, technicolor transition.”

Date & time
Thursday & Friday, 18 & 19 November 2021, 7.30pm

Venue
Victoria Concert Hall

Performers
Strings of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Carlos Kalmar, conductor

Programme
WILLIAM GRANT STILL Dances of Panama
BRIDGE Suite for String Orchestra
CAROLINE SHAW Entr’acte
NIELSEN Suite for Strings

Tickets
$88, $68, $48, $38, $28, $15
Available on www.sso.org.sg

Baiba Skride Plays Mozart #

Wednesday & Thursday, 1 & 2 December 2021, 7.30pm
Esplanade Concert Hall

“Music-making such as this, with more than a splash of individuality and a palpable recreative spirit, is worthy of anyone’s attention,” said Gramophone of Baiba Skride’s album of Mozart Violin Concertos. The acclaimed Latvian violinist arrives in Singapore to perform the delightful No. 4 under the baton of French maestro Pierre Bleuse. The programme is completed with Mozart’s “Great G minor Symphony”, the unforgettable No. 40, one of the most cherished pieces in the history of classical music.

Date & time
Wednesday & Thursday, 1 & 2 December 2021, 7.30pm

Venue
Esplanade Concert Hall

Performers
Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Pierre Bleuse, conductor
Baiba Skride, violin

Programme
MOZART
Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major
Symphony No. 40 in G minor

Tickets
$88, $68, $48, $38, $28, $15
Available on www.sso.org.sg

Lorenzo Viotti and Andreas Ottensamer #

Thursday & Friday, 9 & 10 December 2021, 7.30pm
Esplanade Concert Hall

They’re only in their early 30s, but have thoroughly made their name in music, and not to mention over 50 thousand followers each on Instagram. Meet the accomplished Lorenzo Viotti, Swiss conductor, an athlete of the stage as comfortable with the baton as his tennis racquet; and Andreas Ottensamer, Principal Clarinet of the Berlin Philharmonic, himself an avid sportsman and an award-winning conductor!

Date & time
Thursday & Friday, 9 & 10 December 2021, 7.30pm

Venue
Esplanade Concert Hall

Performers
Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Lorenzo Viotti, conductor
Andreas Ottensamer, clarinet

Programme
DVOŘÁK Serenade for Strings
BRAHMS Clarinet Sonata No. 1 (arr. P. Cueto for clarinet and strings)
PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 1 in D major, Op. 25 “Classical”

Tickets
$88, $68, $48, $38, $28, $15
Available on www.sso.org.sg

VCHpresents Chamber: Raise a Glass to Mozart, with Andreas Ottensamer #

Saturday, 11 December 2021, 7.30pm
Victoria Concert Hall

“For me music has always been about lineage. The past is reinvented and becomes the future.” — Philip Glass. From the mesmerising shimmer of marimbas to the kaleidoscopic hues of Nielsen’s Wind Quintet, we return finally to the serene beauty of Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet. Andreas Ottensamer, Principal Clarinet of the Berlin Philharmonic, joins musicians of the SSO in these windows into the intimate world of chamber music.

Date & time
Saturday, 11 December 2021, 7.30pm

Venue
Victoria Concert Hall

Performers
Mark Suter, percussion
Mario Choo, percussion
Jin Ta, flute
Ma Yue, clarinet
Liu Chang, bassoon
Elaine Yeo, oboe
Marc-Antoine Robillard, horn
Andreas Ottensamer, clarinet
Chan Yoong-Han, violin
Cao Can, violin
Gu Bing Jie, viola
Ng Pei-Sian, cello (The HEAD Foundation Chair)

Programme
GLASS Mad Rush (arr. for marimba duo)
SOUTHAM Glass Houses No. 5 (arr. for marimba duo)
NIELSEN Wind Quintet Op. 43
MOZART Clarinet Quintet, K. 581

Tickets
$60, $40, $25
Available on www.sso.org.sg

SSO Christmas Fundraising Concert 2021 #

Thursday & Friday, 16 & 17 December 2021, 7.30pm
Esplanade Concert Hall

Our dearest wish this Christmas: to bring the yuletide season to life with the joy of music, in your presence! Help us deck the halls this December with the colours and sounds of celebration and festivity. Let’s ring in the new year with new hopes and new tunes!

Date & time
Thursday & Friday, 16 & 17 December 2021, 7.30pm

Venue
Esplanade Concert Hall

Performers
Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Joshua Tan, conductor

Programme
TORELLI Christmas Concerto
MAKAROME (New SSO-commissioned work, title TBC)
We Three Kings (Trad., arr. M. Riley)
ADELINE WONG (New SSO-commissioned work, title TBC) TCHAIKOVSKY Excerpts from The Nutcracker (arr. YJ Lee)

Tickets *
$498, $288, $188, $128, $98, $78
Available on www.sso.org.sg

*All proceeds will be recognised as donations, and Singapore tax residents will qualify for a 2.5 times tax deduction on the fundraiser.

Christmas At Home with the SSO #

Sunday, 19 December 2021, 8pm
Online @ https://lounge.sso.org.sg

Our choruses join us in song at the digital version of our popular Christmas Concert. Tune in to our celebration of the very best time of the year, featuring classical and traditional yuletide favourites, from the comfort of your home. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Date & time
Sunday, 19 December 2021, 8pm

Performers
Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Leonard Tan, conductor
Singapore Symphony Chorus
Singapore Symphony Youth Choir
Singapore Symphony Children’s Choir
Eudenice Palaruan, Choral Director
Wong Lai Foon, Choirmaster

Programme
HOPKINS Jr We Three Kings (arr. M. Riley)
BRITTEN A Ceremony of Carols
TCHAIKOVSKY Excerpts from The Nutcracker (arr. YJ Lee)
TRADITIONAL Ding Dong! Merrily on High (Anon., arr. Nicholson/Rutter)

Tickets
$30 (12M All-Access Pass) or $6 (Single Access Pass)*
Available on https://lounge.sso.org.sg/

*Single Access Pass will be available from 12 October, 10am