SSO ANNOUNCES THREE MONTHS OF NEWLY-RECORDED ONLINE CONCERTS FEATURING CHIEF CONDUCTOR HANS GRAF CONDUCTING A LARGER SSO AND SOLOISTS CHLOE CHUA AND NG PEI-SIAN

Published on 13 October 2020

Chief Conductor Hans Graf

The Singapore Symphony Orchestra’s digital season SSOPlayOn! continues with a trio of online concerts led by its new Chief Conductor, Hans Graf, taking place in November, December and January and streamed on SISTIC Live.

On Friday 6 November at 8pm, Hans Graf directs the SSO in a programme pairing Metamorphosen, Richard Strauss’s monumental work for strings, with Mozart’s “Gran Partita” Serenade.

The following month, on Friday 4 December, Hans Graf conducts an online performance of Beethoven’s Third Symphony – in the composer’s 250th anniversary year – in a programme which also sees young Singapore star violinist Chloe Chua perform Mozart’s Second Violin Concerto.

The Beethoven250 celebrations continue on 8 January, when the SSO’s Chief Conductor is on the podium for the Seventh Symphony, paired in this programme with Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No.1, performed by SSO’s Principal Cello, Ng Pei-Sian.

Alongside these concerts, the SSO will be holding online concerts on SISTIC Live every fortnight, including, on 20 November, An Evening of French Music, in which Darrell Ang conducts works by Debussy, Ravel and Ibert. This performance is in association with the vOilah! France Singapore Festival 2020 and is supported by BNP Paribas.

On Friday 18 December, the SSO joins forces with the Singapore Symphony Chorus, Youth Choir and Children's Choir, to mark the holiday season with a special online edition of its traditional Christmas Concert. There’ll be music by Bach, Handel and Vivaldi, alongside contemporary carols by John Rutter and other festive favourites.

VCHpresents: Organ also moves online for the first time with a three-concert series, ‘Calamity and Calm’, exploring music written for consolation on 28 October, 11 & 25 November – to be streamed for free on the SSO’s Facebook page at 12.30pm. This series is a collaboration with the Singapore Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and features local organists Evelyn Lim, Anne Maria Lim, Isaac Lee and Phoon Yu, who will perform works by the likes of Hubert Parry, J.S. Bach and Brahms. The series also includes the premiere of the first organ work by Syafiqah Adha Sallehin, We Believe All in One God. On 9 December at 12.30pm, organist Koh Jia Hwei, violinist Lee Shi Mei and cellist Lin Juan perform works by Mendelssohn and Rheinberger in a VCHpresents: Organ concert, ‘With Strings Attached’ to be streamed on the SSO Facebook page.

On 22 January, the VCHpresents: Chamber season continues with musicians of the SSO playing a pair of string quartets by Mozart and Beethoven in a ticketed concert to be streamed on SISTIC Live

Tickets for all Nov-Jan concerts go on sale on 14 October at 10am and start at $10, on a pay-as-you-wish basis, with a special $5 early-bird rate available from 10am on 14 Oct until 9.59am on 16 Oct. All SSO ticketed online concerts are streamed on SISTIC Live and are available to watch for two weeks after the online premiere.

The following SSO live concerts are cancelled:

  • Beethoven’s Ode to Joy – 6 & 7 Nov
  • Beethoven’s Fate: Neeme Järvi & Sergei Nakariakov – 13 & 14 Nov
  • Lise de la Salle Plays Gershwin – 19 Nov
  • Concerts for Children: A Musical Tumble Through Time – 28 & 29 Nov ‘
  • Volodin Plays Schumann – 3 Dec
  • Tribute to Bill Evans – 11 & 12 Dec
  • SSO Christmas Concert at the Esplanade – 18 & 19 Dec
  • SSO Christmas Matinee for Children – 19 December
  • Krystian Zimerman: Beethoven Piano Concertos – 9, 15 & 16 January
  • Evelina Dobračeva Sings Four Last Songs – 22 January
  • Janine Jansen Plays Brahms – 4 February

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

SSOPlayOn! Online Events: November 2020-January 2021 #

VCHPRESENTS: ORGAN – CALAMITY AND CALM – THE MUSIC OF HOPE: GRIEVING

Date & time
28 October (Wed), 12.30pm

Where to watch
SSO and VCHpresents Facebook pages, SSO YouTube page

Performers
Evelyn Lim, organ Phoon Yu, organ Anne Maria Lim, organ
Haslina Hassan, presenter

Programme
PARRY: Chorale Prelude on “Eventide”  
J. S. BACH: Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein, BWV 641
L. VIERNE: Lamento op. 53, no. 1

Tickets
Free to watch

Supported by Singapore Chapter of the American Guild of Organists

METAMORPHOSEN AND MOZART WITH HANS GRAF (ONLINE)

Date & time
Premieres 6 November (Fri), 8pm
Available to watch until 20 November (Fri)

Pre-concert talk will be available on facebook.com/singaporesymphony before the concert premiere

Where to watch
SISTIC Live

Performers
Hans Graf, conductor
Singapore Symphony Orchestra

Programme
STRAUSS: Metamorphosen
MOZART: Serenade No.10 in B-flat major, K.361 “Gran Partita”

Tickets
Available from 10am, 14 October
Pay-as-you-wish: $10, $20, $30, $50

VCHPRESENTS: ORGAN
CALAMITY AND CALM – THE MUSIC OF HOPE: ASKING FOR INTERCESSION

Date & time
11 November (Wed), 12.30pm

Where to watch
SSO and VCHpresents Facebook pages, SSO YouTube page

Performers
Anne Maria Lim, organ
Isaac Lee, organ
Phoon Yu, organ
Haslina Hassan, presenter

Programme
J. S. BACH: Ich ruf’ zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639
G. BÖHM: Nun bitten wir den Heiligen Geist 
J. S. BACH: Ach bleib bei uns, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 649
L. BOELLMANN: Prière à Notre Dame from Suite Gothique

Tickets
Free to watch

Supported by Singapore Chapter of the American Guild of Organists

DIVERTISSEMENT: AN EVENING OF FRENCH MUSIC (ONLINE)

Date & time
Premieres 20 November (Fri), 8pm
Available to watch until 4 December (Fri)

Pre-concert talk will be available on facebook.com/singaporesymphony before the concert premiere

Where to watch
SISTIC Live

Performers
Darrell Ang, conductor
Singapore Symphony Orchestra

Programme
DEBUSSY: Clair de lune
RAVEL: Ma mere l’Oye
IBERT: Divertissement

Tickets
Available from 10am, 14 October
Pay-as-you-wish: $10, $20, $30, $50

In association with the vOilah! France Singapore Festival, supported by BNP Paribas

VCHPRESENTS: ORGAN
CALAMITY AND CALM – THE MUSIC OF HOPE: ACCEPTANCE AND RELIEF

Date & time
25 November (Wed), 12.30pm

Where to watch
SSO and VCHpresents Facebook pages, SSO YouTube page

Performers
Anne Maria Lim, organ
Phoon Yu, organ
Isaac Lee, organ
Evelyn Lim, organ
Haslina Hassan, presenter

Programme
J. LANGLAIS: Mors et Resurrectio from 3 Paraphrases grégoriennes, Op. 5, No. 1
SYAFIQAH ADHA SALLEHIN: We believe all in one God
J. S. BACH: Allein zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 1100
J. BRAHMS: O Gott, du frommer Gott Op. 122, No. 7
S. KARG-ELERT: Freu dich sehr, o meine Seele, Op. 65, No. 5
W. WALOND: Voluntary in G Major, Op. 1

Tickets
Free to watch

Supported by Singapore Chapter of the American Guild of Organists

A LITTLE MOZART WITH CHLOE CHUA (ONLINE)

Date & time
Premieres 4 December (Fri), 8pm
Available to watch until 18 December (Fri)

Pre-concert talk will be available on facebook.com/singaporesymphony before the concert premiere

Where to watch
SISTIC Live

Performers
Hans Graf, conductor
Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Chloe Chua, violin

Programme
MOZART: Violin Concerto No. 2 K. 211
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 7

Tickets
Available from 10am, 14 October
Pay-as-you-wish: $10, $20, $30, $50

VCHPRESENTS: ORGAN
WITH STRINGS ATTACHED (ONLINE)

Date & time 9 December (Wed), 12.30pm

Where to watch
SSO and VCHpresents Facebook pages, SSO YouTube page

Performers
Koh Jia Hwei, organ
Lee Shi Mei, violin
Lin Juan, cello

Programme
MENDELSSOHN: Andante with variations in D major
RHEINBERGER: Suite for organ, violin and cello

Tickets
Free to watch

Sponsored by Lee Foundation

SSO CHRISTMAS CONCERT (ONLINE)

Date & time
Premieres 18 December (Fri), 8pm
Available to watch until 8 January (Fri)

Where to watch
SISTIC Live

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

Programme to include
Works by Handel, Bach, John Rutter, Vaughan Williams and Vivaldi

Tickets
Available from 10am, 14 October
Pay-as-you-wish: $10, $20, $30, $50

NG PEI-SIAN PLAYS SHOSTAKOVICH (ONLINE)

Date & time
Premieres 8 January (Fri), 8pm
Available to watch until 22 January (Fri)

Pre-concert talk will be available on facebook.com/singaporesymphony before the concert premiere

Where to watch
SISTIC Live

Performers
Hans Graf, conductor
Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Ng Pei-Sian, cello

Programme
SHOSTAKOVICH: Cello Concerto No.1
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No.3

Tickets
Available from 10am, 14 October
Pay-as-you-wish: $10, $20, $30, $50

VCHPRESENTS: CHAMBER
MOZART’S VIOLET AND BEETHOVEN’S SERIOSO

Date & time
Premieres 22 January (Fri), 8pm
Available to watch until 5 February

Where to watch
SISTIC Live

Performers
Musicians of the SSO

Programme
MOZART: String Quartet No.21 K.575 “The Violet”
BEETHOVEN: String Quartet No.11, Op.95 “Serioso”

Tickets
Available from 10am, 14 October
Pay-as-you-wish: $10, $20, $30, $50