SSO ANNOUNCES AUGUST DIGITAL CONCERTS: ITS ANNUAL NATIONAL DAY CONCERT AND TWO CONCERTS CONDUCTED BY NEW CHIEF CONDUCTOR HANS GRAF

Published on 24 July 2020

The Singapore Symphony Orchestra today announces three online concerts to take place in August, including the orchestra's  SSO National Day Concert.

SSO's annual showcase of Singapore music and national songs, the National Day Concert, will take place as scheduled on Saturday 15 August, but streamed on SISTIC Live due to on-going COVID-19 venue restrictions. This year's concert will see the SSO premiere works by three of Singapore's young composers: Sandra Lim, Jonathan Shin and Tan Yuting. The orchestra will also give the world premiere of Brahman: Kannagi's Realization by Singapore-based veteran composer, John Sharpley featuring the brilliant Bharatanatyam dancer, Kshirja Govind. Continuing the tradition of performing a different orchestration of the National Anthem each year, the SSO will perform Kelly Tang's 2010 arrangement re-orchestrated for a smaller-sized orchestra. The programme will be conducted by Darrell Ang and hosted by Khairudin Saharom. Tickets go on sale 4 August, on a pay-as-you-wish basis starting at just $5.

Hans Graf, the new Chief Conductor of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, is working with the orchestra - for the first time in his new role - to record two concerts to be streamed online this August.

The first, to be streamed on SISTIC Live from Saturday 1 August at 8pm, explores the chamber music of Debussy and Dvořák. The programme opens with Debussy’s String Quartet in Hans Graf's own arrangement for string ensemble, and Danses sacrée et profane for harp and string orchestra, performed by harpist Gulnara Mashurova. This is followed by Dvořák’s Serenade in D minor, written for wind instruments, cello and double bass. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, 24 July, on a pay-as-you-wish basis starting at $10. 

The second of the two concerts pairs Stravinsky with Mozart. Stravinsky had once gone so far as to call himself ‘Mozart’s continuer’. Join the SSO on SISTIC Live on Saturday 29 August to enjoy Mozart’s Serenade in E flat and Adagio & Fugue in C minor, and Stravinsky’s Apollo and Octet. Tickets go on sale 4 August on a pay-as-you-wish basis starting at $10.

The SSO also announces the cancellation of two previously announced live concerts in August: Ye-Eun Choi Plays Beethoven (21 August) and Three Continents Cello Concerto (28 August).

For press enquiries, please contact: 

  Singapore Symphony Group
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SSO Online Events: August 

DEBUSSY & DVOŘÁK: SERENADE AND DANCE  Date & time
1 August (Saturday), 8pm 

Where to watch
SISTIC Live 

Performers
Hans Graf, conductor
Gulnara Mashurova, harp
Singapore Symphony Orchestra

Programme
DEBUSSY (arr. HANS GRAF): String Quartet (arr. for string ensemble), L. 91
DEBUSSY: Danses sacrée et profane
DVOŘÁK: Serenade in D minor, Op. 44

Tickets 
Available from 10am on 24 July
Pay-as-you-wish: $10, $20, $30, $50^

  SSO NATIONAL DAY CONCERT

Date & time
15 August (Saturday), 8pm 

Where to watch
SISTIC Live 

Performers
Darrell Ang, conductor
Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Benjamin Kheng, vocalist#
Kshirja Govind, bharatanatyam dancer¹

Khairudin Saharom, master of ceremonies
Janis Wong, sign language interpreter

Programme to include
SANDRA LIM: New Beginnings (world premiere)
TAN YUTING: Metro (Asian premiere) 
JONATHAN SHIN: City Arising (world premiere)
JOHN SHARPLEY: Brahman: Kannagi's Realization from Kannagi (world premiere)¹

DICK LEE (arr. KELLY TANG): Home^
HUGH HARRISON (arr. KRUZIK): Count on Me Singapore #^
ZUBIR SAID (arr. KELLY TANG): Majulah Singapura (reorchestrated 2020)

^filmed at a previous concert

Tickets
Available from 10am on 4 August Pay-as-you-wish: $5, $10, $20, $30, $50^  

MOZART & STRAVINSKY: MUSIC ON THE AIR

Date & time
29 August (Saturday), 8pm 

Where to watch
SISTIC Live 

Performers
Hans Graf, conductor
Singapore Symphony Orchestra

Programme
MOZART: Adagio and Fugue in C minor, K. 546
STRAVINSKY: Apollo
STRAVINSKY: Octet
MOZART: Serenade in E flat, K. 375

Tickets
Available from 10am on 4 August
Pay-as-you-wish: $10, $20, $30, $50^

^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