SSO Chief Conductor Hans Graf in First Live Concert this January

Published on 15 December 2020

Maestro Hans Graf will make his first appearance in front of a live audience in his role as SSO Chief Conductor this January.

On 6 January, Chief Conductor Hans Graf joins the orchestra to conduct Mozart’s Symphony No. 36 (“Linz”) alongside the composer’s Piano Concerto No. 23, with soloist Albert Tiu. This concert, at Esplanade Concert Hall, will be Hans Graf’s first in front of a live audience in Singapore since he took up the role of Chief Conductor at the beginning of the 2020/21 Season.

Hans Graf was named Chief Conductor in July 2019 and he was scheduled to make his debut with the orchestra in July 2020. However, as a result of COVID-19, the upcoming concert on 6 January 2021 will be the first time that audiences in Singapore will be able to see him conduct the orchestra live since his appointment. Over the past few months, while concert halls have been closed, Hans Graf has conducted the SSO in several online concerts as part of SSOPlayOn!, the orchestra’s programme of digital events.

The orchestra also announces two further live concerts at Esplanade Concert Hall, the first on 16 January, by the Woodwind and Brass Ensemble of SSO, is a programme of works by Mozart, Bruckner, Gabrieli and Hindemith. This is followed, on 4 February, by A Gift to the Universe: Celebrating Bach III, the next instalment in the orchestra’s series of concerts exploring the music of the Baroque master, J. S. Bach.

In addition, there will be a chamber music concert taking place at Victoria Concert Hall on 3 January. VCHpresents Organ: A Ceremony of Carols will see performances of works by Britten, Bach and more, by organist Loraine Muthiah, soprano Raeanne Wong and harpist Charity Kiew. Tickets are $5 and go on sale at 10am on 16 December. 

A number of safe management measures will be in place for all concerts, including temperature screening, enhanced cleaning, separate entrances for audience members seated in different areas of the venue, the use of the TraceTogether app or token, and safe distancing between audience members. There will be no mandatory pre-event testing for these live concerts.

Tickets for both January Esplanade concerts start at $28 and will go on sale at 10am on 16 December. Tickets will go on sale for A Gift to the Universe: Celebrating Bach III on 7 January.

For press enquiries, please contact: elizabeth.davis@sso.org.sg

VCHPRESENTS: ORGAN
A CEREMONY OF CAROLS

Date & time
3 January 2021, 4pm

Venue
Victoria Concert Hall

Performers
Loraine Muthiah, organ
Charity Kiew, harp
Raeanne Wong, soprano

Programme
J. S. BACH In dulci jubilo, BWV 729
DAQUIN Noël Suisse
BALBASTRE Quand Jesus naquit à Noël
HASSELMANS Chanson de Mai, Op. 40
GRANDJANY Aria in Classic Style
BRITTEN Selections from A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28
NEAR Carillon on a Ukrainian Bell Carol

Tickets
$5^
Available from 10am on 16 December

TO VIENNA AND LINZ WITH MOZART

Date & time
6 January 2021, 7.30pm

Venue
Esplanade Concert Hall

Performers
Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Hans Graf, Chief Conductor
Albert Tiu, piano

Programme 
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 23, K.488
MOZART Symphony No. 36 “Linz”

Tickets
$88, $68, $48, $28^
Available from 10am on 16 December

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AS THE WIND BLOW

Date & time
16 January 2021, 7.30pm

Venue
Esplanade Concert Hall

Performers
Woodwind & Brass Ensemble of the SSO

Programme 
HINDEMITH Kleine Kammermusik for Five Winds, Op. 24 No. 2
ARNOLD Three Shanties for Wind Quintet, Op. 4
BRUCKNER Christus Factus Est (arr. Malmstrom)
BÖHME Sextet
GABRIELI Canzona per sonare No.2
GABRIELI Canzona per sonare No.4
MOZART The Magic Flute Overture
BYRD The Earle of Oxford's March (arr. Howarth)

Tickets
$88, $68, $48, $28
Available from 10am on 16 December

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A GIFT TO THE UNIVERSE: CELEBRATING BACH III

Date & time
4 February 2021, 7.30pm

Venue
Esplanade Concert Hall

Performers
Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Darrell Ang, conductor
Chloe Chua, violin^
Ye Lin, violin^

Programme 
BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 2, BWV 1047
BACH Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, BWV 1043^
BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 4, BWV 1049

Tickets
$88, $68, $48, $28^
Available from 10am on 7 January

^before booking fees: $0.50 for tickets $10 and below, $1 for tickets $10.01 to $20, $3 for tickets $20.01 to $40, $4 for tickets above $40. Tickets are available from the website ticketing.sso.org.sg