SSO 2021/22 season opens with live and online concerts showcasing Singapore’s musical stars

Published on 07 July 2021

SSO's Chief Conductor Hans Graf with the orchestra

Local talents take the limelight for SSO National Day Concert (Online) and President's Young Performers Concert in August

Singapore, 07 July 2021 — Concert halls are set to reopen their doors for Singapore Symphony Orchestra's musicians to take centrestage. As our nation sees COVID-19 restrictions ease gradually, SSO presents the opportunity to immerse oneself in the wonders of both live and online music with its upcoming July to September programmes.

Featuring a myriad of performances, SSO's July to September programme highlights include two online concerts featuring South Korean violinist Bomsori Kim and the ever-popular SSO National Day Concert, and several live concerts including SSO's President's Young Performers Concert; Love, Carmen and Mozart featuring Chief Conductor Hans Graf and violinist Ye-Eun Choi; a collaboration with local group More Than Music; and SSO's veteran Principal Flute Jin Ta’s performance and sharing of his life.

To maximise audience capacity, pre-event testing is required for all concerts. Details will be shared with ticketholders.

JULY 2021

Continuing to demonstrate its commitment to creating memorable shared experiences with music, SSO invites audience to join the online concert of Bomsori Kim Plays Mozart on Fri, 23 July, where the South Korean violinist plays Mozart’s First Violin Concerto. This exclusive recording was filmed at the Esplanade Concert Hall on 17 April 2021. This exceptional concert also features SSO Chief Conductor Hans Graf conducting the world premiere of the 1942 Eighth Symphony by Danish-born composer Paul von Klenau (1883 – 1946).

On 20 & 21 July, the story of love, loneliness, and longing will be captured in the live performance of VCHpresents Chamber: More Than Music, More Than Love. SSO violist Dandan Wang and Principal Cellist Ng Pei-Sian collaborate with the founders of the More Than Music chamber series, Loh Jun Hong and Abigail Sin, to bring together Bach's sweet musings and the stormy passion of Brahms, with Jonathan Shin's musical take on Haruki Murakami’s short story “On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning”.

SSO will also host its Lunchtime Concert on 13 & 14 July, which will be filmed for a delayed broadcast on the SSO Facebook page (www.facebook.com/singaporesymphony) on Thursday 22 July, 12.30pm.

AUGUST 2021

SSO kicks off August to a different beat with VCHpresents Organ: Pipe Up! Pedal to the Metal taking place on Sunday, 1 August. In this ear-opening recital, Pipe Up! series organist Isaac Lee is joined by percussionists of the Singapore National Youth Orchestra, treating audience to a selection of contemporary pieces for solo organ, percussion, and a mix of both.

Showcasing Singapore's finest young musical talents, SSO’s annual President's Young Performers Concert is set to take place on 5 & 6 August. Award-winning local talents — harpist Charmaine Teo and pianist Pualina Lim will enthrall the audience with Debussy’s Danses sacrée et profane for harp and strings, and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-flat major, K.271, respectively.

As the nation comes together to celebrate Singapore's 56th birthday, SSO invites both casual concertgoers and classical music enthusiasts to join the orchestra for the online edition of SSO’s National Day Concert on 13 August. Like previous years, the concert will feature new works by Singapore's growing league of talented composers - seven pieces commissioned by the SSO will be presented in this concert, including the world premieres of Syafiqah ‘Adha Sallehin’s Dengan Semangat Yang Baru (“In a New Spirit”) and Luciola singapura by Koh Cheng Jin. Expect to also hear classic favourites such as Dick Lee's Home and two new medleys of National Day staples, including the Sing Singapore Medley crowdfunded by the public. As always, our national anthem, Zubir Said's Majulah Singapura majestically concludes the programme in an arrangement by local composition doyen Ho Chee Kong. The SSO National Day Concert will be presented digitally, premiering online on SISTIC Live on 13 Aug, 8pm.

This National Day, the SSO marks the 20th anniversary of the popular NDP song, Where I Belong, with a brand new rendition for vocalists and orchestra, arranged by local young composer Avik Chari. Following the success of the SSO’s Count On Me, Singapore music video last year, the new music video of this 2001 classic will see the SSO collaborate with its original singer/songwriter, Singapore’s one and only Tanya Chua. Joining her will be violin star Chloe Chua, rising vocalists Syakirah Noble and Umar Sirhan, and members of the Singapore Symphony Youth Choir. SSO’s Where I Belong will be released online on SSO’s Facebook page on 1 Aug 2021.

August will also see Singaporean saxophone extraordinaire Samuel Phua jiving together with the orchestra for a Night of The Saxophone on 19 & 20 August as well as guest Korean violinist Ye-Eun Choi’s date with the SSO in Love, Carmen and Mozart on 27 & 28 August.

SEPTEMBER 2021

The month starts off with VCHpresents Chamber: By Romantic Hand, which takes place on the weekend of 3 & 4 September. SSO’s musicians will explore the musical souls of the great Romantic composers Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and Brahms.

The following weekend, on 10 & 11 September, sees the next installment of its VCHpresents Intimate Moments series: 乐享时光: On the Air with Jin Ta. Jin Ta, veteran Principal Flute of the SSO will perform his own work, Tone Poem for Flute and Piano, alongside music by Telemann, Dubois, Boehm, and Beethoven. During this heart-to-heart encounter, the audience will be given a glimpse into the ups and downs of the musician’s life as Jin Ta shares his story through music.

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.

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SSO Lunchtime Concert #

Tuesday & Wednesday, 13 & 14 Jul 2021, 12.30pm
Victoria Concert Hall

Take a break from your daily grind and enjoy music live at the Victoria Concert Hall – the Singapore Symphony serenades you with a delightful programme of easy-listening classics and familiar tunes of home.

For those who cannot make it in person, join us instead on Thursday 22 July, 12.30pm online on the SSO’s Facebook page for a video premiere of the concert.

Date & time
Tuesday & Wednesday, 13 & 14 Jul 2021, 12.30pm

Venue
Victoria Concert Hall

Performers
Singapore Symphony String Quartet:
Cindy Lee, violin
Nikolai Koval, violin
Dandan Wang, viola
Chan Wei Shing, cello

Programme
BORODIN Nocturne
PACHELBEL (arr. E. Fine) Canon
PIAZZOLLA (arr. Anon) Libertango
DICK LEE (arr. C. Yong) Home
KELLY TANG Three Folk Dances – Rasa Sayang, Bengawan Solo, Di Tanjong Katong
DICK LEE (arr. D. Toh) Bunga Sayang

Tickets
Free, registration required (opens 9 Jul, 10am).
Available on www.sso.org.sg

VCHpresents Chamber: More Than Music, More Than Love #

Tuesday & Wednesday, 20 & 21 Jul 2021, 7.30pm
Victoria Concert Hall

L to R: Abigail Sin, Pianist; Loh Jun Hong, Violinist

One beautiful April morning, on a narrow side street in Tokyo’s fashionable Harajuku neighbourhood, I walked past the 100% perfect girl.

So begins a story of love, told from the sweet musings of Bach to the stormy passion of Brahms, framing the centrepiece: Jonathan Shin’s musical reflections on Murakami’s brief tale of perfect love so close, yet so far. Founders of the More Than Music chamber series, Loh Jun Hong and Abigail Sin, join SSO violist Dandan Wang and cellist Ng Pei-Sian in this musical momento of loneliness and longing.

Date & time
Tuesday & Wednesday, 20 & 21 Jul 2021, 7.30pm

Venue
Victoria Concert Hall

Performers
Loh Jun Hong, violin
Dandan Wang, viola
Ng Pei-Sian, cello (The HEAD Foundation Chair)
Abigail Sin, piano
Timothy Wan, narrator¹

Programme
J.S. BACH Aria from Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (arranged for String Trio)
JONATHAN SHIN After Haruki Murakami’s short story “On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning” (Concert Premiere)¹
BRAHMS Piano Quartet No. 3 in C minor, Op. 60

Tickets
$20, $30, $45
Available on www.sso.org.sg

Bomsori Kim Plays Mozart (Online) #

Friday, 23 Jul, 8pm to Sunday, 22 Aug, 8pm
Online

Bomsori Kim, South Korean guest violinist with SSO Chief Conductor Hans Graf

South Korea’s “sound of spring” arrived back in April when our first international guest artist since the pandemic began, Bomsori Kim, breathed life and glitter into Mozart’s youthful First Violin Concerto. Directed by SSO Chief Conductor Hans Graf, this concert also featured the Singapore Symphony Orchestra’s world premiere of the uplifting 1942 Eighth Symphony by Danish-born composer Paul von Klenau (1883 – 1946).

If you couldn’t catch the concert live before, now’s your chance to watch this performance online, recorded live at the Esplanade on 17 Apr 2021. For a limited time only!

Date & time
Friday, 23 Jul, 8pm to Sunday, 22 Aug, 8pm

Venue
SISTIC Live

Performers
Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Hans Graf, Chief Conductor
Bomsori Kim, violin

Programme
PAUL VON KLENAU Symphony No. 8 “In Olden Style” (World Premiere)
MOZART Violin Concerto No. 1 in B-flat major, K.207
SCHUBERT Symphony No. 5 in B-flat major, D.485

Tickets
Pay-As-You-Wish:
$8, $20, $30, $50

Available from Fri, 9 Jul, 10am to Sun, 22 Aug, 6pm on www.sso.org.sg

VCHpresents Organ: Pipe Up! Pedal to the Metal #

Sunday, 1 Aug 2021, 2pm & 5pm
Victoria Concert Hall

Isaac Lee, organist

Pipe Up! series organist Isaac Lee is drumming up a different beat this time as he’s joined by percussionists of the Singapore National Youth Orchestra in this eye-opening recital of contemporary pieces for solo organ, percussion or both together.

Date & time
Sunday, 1 Aug 2021, 2pm & 5pm

Venue
Victoria Concert Hall

Performers
Isaac Lee, organ
Chloe Miranda, percussion
Kevin Tan, percussion

Programme
GÁRDONYI Mozart Changes
WAMMES Miroir
AYRES Toccata on “All You Need Is Love”
SEJOURNE Losa
TREVINO 2+1
COPLAND Fanfare for the Common Man
ROGG Incantations for Organ and Percussion

Tickets
$5
Available on www.sso.org.sg

Sponsored by

LEE FOUNDATION

President’s Young Performers Concert #

Thursday & Friday, 5 & 6 Aug 2021, 7.30pm
Esplanade Concert Hall

L to R: Charmaine Teo and Pualina Lim, President’s Young Performers

Our annual showcase of Singapore’s finest young musical talents returns this year with two award-winning, rising stars: pianist Pualina Lim and award-winning harpist Charmaine Teo, Masters graduate of the New England Conservatory, Boston.

Date & time
Thursday and Friday, 5 & 6 Aug 2021, 7.30pm

Venue
Esplanade Concert Hall

Performers
Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Joshua Tan, conductor
Charmaine Teo, harp
Pualina Mei En Lim, piano

Programme
HONEGGER Pastorale d’été
DEBUSSY Danses sacrée et profane for harp and strings
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-flat major, K.271 “Jeunehomme”
COPLAND Appalachian Spring

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

SSO National Day Concert (Online) #

Friday, 13 Aug 2021, 8.00pm
SISTIC Live

A celebration of Singapore’s music and composers

During this special online concert, hear for the first time a new medley of National Day classics as they stand together with new works by Singapore’s growing league of talented composers. Pencil in your calendar and join your national orchestra together in music and song for the annual SSO National Day Concert — made possible by your support!

Date & time
Friday, 13 Aug 2021, 8pm (premiere) to Sunday, 12 Sep, 8pm

Venue
SISTIC Live

Performers
Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Joshua Tan, conductor
Kailin Yong, violin
Jason Lai, master of ceremonies
Janis Wong, sign language interpreter

Tickets
Pay-As-You-Wish:
$5, $20, $30, $50

Available from Fri 9 Jul, 10am to Sun 12 Sep, 6pm on www.sso.org.sg

Night of the Saxophone #

Thursday & Friday, 19 & 20 Aug 2021, 7.30pm
Victoria Concert Hall

Samuel Phua, Saxophonist

Young Singaporean saxophone extraordinaire Samuel Phua stars in Glazunov’s evocative Saxophone Concerto, a 1934 masterwork that has since become a staple of the instrument’s repertoire. SSO Chief Conductor Hans Graf directs this tuneful evening of modern and Mozartian inspiration.

Date & time
Thursday and Friday, 19 & 20 Aug 2021, 7.30pm

Venue
Victoria Concert Hall

Performers
Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Hans Graf, Chief Conductor
Samuel Phua, alto saxophone

Programme
MOZART Serenata notturna, K.239
GLAZUNOV Alto Saxophone Concerto in E-flat major, Op. 109
MOZART Symphony No. 29 in A major, K.201

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

Love, Carmen and Mozart #

Friday & Saturday, 27 & 28 Aug 2021, 7.30pm
Esplanade Concert Hall

Ye-Eun Choi, South Korean Guest Violinist

The unforgettable allure of Bizet’s music for Carmen received a modern refresh in the 1967 arrangement for strings and a generous dose of percussion by Russian composer Rodion Shchedrin, making an attractive match to the refined grace of Mozart’s Fifth Violin Concerto. Korean violinist Ye-Eun Choi, protégé of Anne-Sophie Mutter who called her “among the most talented of violinists” joins the SSO and Chief Conductor Hans Graf in this richly melodic programme.

Date & time
Friday & Saturday, 27 & 28 Aug 2021, 7.30pm

Venue
Esplanade Concert Hall

Performers
Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Hans Graf, Chief Conductor
Ye-Eun Choi, violin

Programme
MOZART Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K.219 BIZET/SHCHEDRIN Carmen Suite

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

VCHpresents Chamber: By Romantic Hand #

Friday & Saturday, 3 & 4 Sep 2021, 7.30pm
Victoria Concert Hall

Singapore Symphony Orchestra

By passion, by artistry, by lyric genius - Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Brahms are the epitome of the Romantic musical soul. Let the musicians of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra take you, by figurative hand and heart, into their musical world via three pieces each in a different chamber combination.

Date & time
Friday & Saturday, 3 & 4 Sep 2021, 7.30pm

Venue
Victoria Concert Hall

Performers
Musicians of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra

Programme
BEETHOVEN Variations on “Là ci darem la mano” from Mozart’s Don Giovanni
MENDELSSOHN String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 13
BRAHMS Piano Trio No. 3 in C minor, Op. 101

Tickets
$20, $30, $45
Available on www.sso.org.sg

VCHpresents Intimate Moments 乐享时光: On the Air with Jin Ta #

Friday & Saturday, 10 & 11 Sep 2021, 7.30pm
Victoria Concert Hall

Jin Ta, Principal Flute, Singapore Symphony Orchestra

This programme is presented in Mandarin

Jin Ta, veteran Principal Flute of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and an impressive composer/arranger in his own right, is our next artist in the limelight. Come and meet him in this next instalment of our Intimate Moments series, where he will perform as well as talk about his life and music.

Date & time
Friday & Saturday, 10 & 11 Sep 2021, 7.30pm

Venue
Victoria Concert Hall

Performers
Jin Ta, flute
Musicians of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Woo Mun Ngan, presenter

Programme
TELEMANN Fantasia No. 1 in A major, for Solo Flute
DUBOIS Petite Suite for Flute and Bassoon
BOEHM Grand Polonaise Op. 16 for Flute and Piano
BEETHOVEN Trio, Op. 87 for Flute, Clarinet and Bassoon
JIN TA Rice — Tone Poem for Flute and Piano

Tickets
$18
Available on www.sso.org.sg

Supported by

Lianhe Zaobao