Experience The Thrill Of Live Classical Music On Screens With SSOLOUNGE

Published on 15 September 2021

SSO expands digital capabilities with new streaming platform SSOLOUNGE; All-Access Pass holders can catch digital premieres and playback concerts on demand with enhanced user and viewing experience

Singapore, 15 September 2021 — The Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) has debuted its new streaming platform SSOLOUNGE, allowing audiences to watch live and pre-recorded masterworks of great composers, as well as premieres of classical performances from the comfort of their own screens. From reliving the best of Mozart’s concertos to revelling in the passages of lyrical grace from Romantic works, SSO fans and concertgoers can enjoy access to a repository of digital premieres and archived concerts, which include the likes of the 2020 National Day Concert and Christmas Concert.

Hosted on SISTIC Live Pro, SSOLOUNGE will replace the previous streaming option and offer viewers a better user and viewing experience. Set to release more than a dozen new performances every year, the platform will in the near future, also feature a live chat function that allows members of a VIP breakout room to interact with one another.

“We are delighted to introduce SSOLOUNGE, which would not only help us reach more people around the world, including audiences in China and Indonesia, but also improve the way we engage with viewers. As SSO steps up on our digital capabilities to share the orchestra’s finesse and tonal allure beyond local shores, we seek to continue creating memorable experiences with music and provide an easy way for classical music fans and first-time listeners to enjoy 0ur performances,” said Chng Hak-Peng, Chief Executive Officer, Singapore Symphony Group.

SSOLOUNGE comes with two new subscription options that affords viewers greater convenience and flexibility.

Music lovers can now access a greater breadth of SSO content for just S$30 a year with the 12M All-Access Pass. Besides being more economical, this yearly pass also offers exclusive access to archived concerts, as well as 90-day unlimited access for new releases.

Alternatively, users can opt to view the latest SSO performances for just S$6 using the Single Access Pass. A new concert can be viewed unlimited times within 30 days of its release.

Subscribers can navigate the different tabs on lounge.sso.org.sg to find out more about current, upcoming and past concerts. Available digital concerts are divided into two categories: Watch Now, which features the latest concerts, and Playback, a repository of archived performances exclusive to the 12M All-Access Pass holders.

Five new digital premieres will be available between September and December.

These include A Farewell for Tasmin Little on 24 September, starring veteran English violinist Tasmin Little at the Singapore leg of her farewell world tour, performing the beloved Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1; as well as Longing, an exquisite performance by the Singapore Symphony Chorus, Singapore Symphony Youth Choir and Singapore Symphony Children’s Choir on 26 November. The following week on 3 December, SSO Associate Conductor Joshua Tan directs the orchestra in Ancient Airs and Dances, bringing viewers on an immersive journey filled with the delicate charm and colourful spirit of Renaissance music.

Meanwhile, 12M All-Access Pass holders will enjoy exclusive access to some of the SSO’s most acclaimed concerts from yesteryears on Playback, such as Bizet’s Carmen [2016], the concert rendition of Bizet’s famous opera, and Ng Pei-Sian Plays Shostakovich [2020], which features SSO Principal Cello Ng Pei-Sian, The HEAD Foundation Chair’s breath-taking performance of Shostakovich’s First Cello Concerto. To celebrate the ongoing cross-cultural partnership between the Melbourne and Singapore Symphony Orchestras, Playback will also feature a special MSO concert, WATA: A gathering for songmen, improvising soloists and orchestra.

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.

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ABOUT THE SINGAPORE SYMPHONY CHORUSES The Singapore Symphony Choruses is a premier choral body comprising the Singapore Symphony Chorus, Singapore Symphony Youth Choir and Singapore Symphony Children’s Choir.

Since 1980, the Choruses have seen membership from diverse ages, backgrounds and nationalities. Regularly sharing the stage with the SSO, the Choruses record and tour with the orchestra, as well as give their own performances in Singapore and abroad. Through holistic training that nurtures artistic growth and personal development, the Choruses aim to articulate an ecosystem of choral excellence. Repertoire for the respective choruses straddle musical worlds and styles, ranging from orchestral masterpieces to a cappella favourites, and spanning the Renaissance to contemporary 21st-century music. In 2019, the choirs and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra re-recorded the official version of Zubir Said's Majulah Singapura to mark the 60th anniversary of our state symbols.

Find out more about Singapore Symphony Choruses HERE

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A Farewell for Tasmin Little #

Friday, 24 September 2021, 8.00pm
Digital Premiere

2000 performances over 30 years and nearly 50 recordings later, the accomplished English violinist Tasmin Little retired from the stage in 2020. As part of her final international tour in the season, she visited in Singapore in February 2020, presenting her swan-song in the form of the beloved Bruch Violin Concerto. This concert conducted by veteran American conductor Gerard Schwarz was one of the final full live concerts by the SSO before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down halls.

This concert was supported by the Tote Board.

Recorded live at the Esplanade Concert Hall, Singapore, on 13 February 2020.

Date & time
Friday, 24 September 2021, 8.00pm

Where
SSOLOUNGE at lounge.sso.org.sg

Performers
Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Gerard Schwarz, conductor
Tasmin Little, violin

Programme
PROKOFIEV Selections from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64
BRUCH Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26
BRAHMS Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90

Paragon of the Baroque – Celebrating Bach IV #

Friday, 15 October 2021, 8.00pm Digital Premiere

The perfumed elegance of his vibrant Fifth Brandenburg Concerto joins the melancholy meditations of the Orchestral Suite No. 2, both prominently featuring our Principal Flute Jin Ta. Watch the SSO and conductor Darrell Ang as they present these and the rousing Orchestral Suite No.4, music celebrating Bach, the Paragon of the Baroque.

Recorded at the Esplanade Concert Hall, Singapore, on 5 October 2020.

Date & time
Friday, 15 October 2021, 8.00pm

Where
SSOLOUNGE at lounge.sso.org.sg

Performers
Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Darrell Ang, conductor

Programme
J.S. BACH
Brandenburg Concerto No.5 in D major, BWV.1050
Orchestral Suite No.2 in B minor, BWV.1067
Orchestral Suite No.4 in D major, BWV.1069

Joy of Life – Celebrating Bach V #

Friday, 5 November 2021, 8.00pm
Digital Premiere

The final concert in our Celebrating Bach series places the spotlight on Bach’s first and last Brandenburg Concertos, music of unadulterated richness and melodic rapture.

Recorded at the Esplanade Concert Hall, Singapore, on 11 December 2020

Date & time
Friday, 5 November 2021, 8.00pm

Where
SSOLOUNGE at lounge.sso.org.sg

Performers
Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Darrell Ang, conductor

Programme
J.S. BACH
Brandenburg Concerto No.6 in B-flat major, BWV.1051
Brandenburg Concerto No.1 in F major, BWV.1046

Longing #

Friday, 26 November 2021, 8.00pm
Digital Premiere

Longing to sing and make music together, to perform as one. How can we, as singers, keep our voices silent? Choral music-making has been all but muted, but our will to sing has not been lost. In this special presentation, the Singapore Symphony Chorus, Youth and Children's Choirs perform together in a one-of-its-kind production enabled by technology.

Date & time
Friday, 26 November 2021, 8.00pm

Where
SSOLOUNGE at lounge.sso.org.sg

Performers
Singapore Symphony Chorus
Singapore Symphony Youth Choir
Singapore Symphony Children’s Choir
Eudenice Palaruan, Wong Lai Foon, conductors
Shane Thio, Evelyn Handrisanto, Gabriel Hoe, accompanists with musicians of the SSO

Programme
PALARUAN
Peribahasa
ELDER
Ballade to the Moon
GOUNOD arr. BLEZZARD
Ave Maria (adapted to First Prelude of J.S.Bach)
BARBER
Sure on this shining night
BRAHMS
Sehnsucht from Sechs Quartette Op. 112
RAMIREZ
Gloria
LOWRY arr. PATTERSON
How Can I Keep from Singing?
BRAHMS
Op. 44 No. 7 Rosenzeit (Now the Roses are Blooming)
DURANTE
Magnificat in Bb Major
DRENNAN
We are the Music-Makers

Ancient Airs and Dances #

Friday, 3 December 2021, 8.00pm
Digital Premiere

The delicate charm and colourful spirit of Renaissance lute music found new life when Respighi orchestrated them in his Ancient Airs and Dances. This instantly appealing music is matched by the Italian composer’s witty depictions of The Birds. Join the SSO and our Associate Conductor Joshua Tan in this musical excursion of beautiful Italian nostalgia.

Recorded at the Esplanade Concert Hall, Singapore, on 16 November 2020.

Date & time
Friday, 3 December 2021, 8.00pm

Where
SSOLOUNGE at lounge.sso.org.sg

Performers
Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Joshua Tan, Associate Conductor

Programme
RESPIGHI
Ancient Airs and Dances, Suites No. 3 and No. 1
Gli uccelli (The Birds)