SSO concerts back in full swing this May

Published on 12 April 2022

The SSO brings you Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, Sibelius’ Finlandia and Dvořák’s New World Symphony, starring German cellist Daniel Müller-Schott, British baritone Roderick Williams and more

Singapore, 12 April 2022 — To celebrate the return of a full orchestra back on stage, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) has unveiled an exceptional line-up of concerts this May and June, spotlighting works by Beethoven, Schubert, Sibelius, Elgar and Dvořák.

Look out for appearances by international guests such as acclaimed German cellist Daniel Müller-Schott, Swiss conductor Mario Venzago, British baritone Roderick Williams, “Piano Battle” pianist Paul Cibis, and British soprano Keri Fuge, as well as local stars including Singaporean baritone Martin Ng, flutist Natalie Ngai and the young talents of the Singapore National Youth Orchestra (SNYO).

May

Kickstart the month on a high note with Elgar Cello Concerto and New World Symphony on 6 May, starring the SSO, German cellist Daniel Müller-Schott and guest conductor Mario Venzago as they come together to present three of the world’s favourite orchestral masterworks: Sibelius’ Finlandia, Elgar’s Cello Concerto, and Dvořák’s New World Symphony.

On 10 May, British baritone Roderick Williams together with German pianist Paul Cibis will take audience back in time as Williams vocalises the poetic yearnings of lovers, soldiers and travellers. Titled VCHpresents Chamber: Roderick Williams in Recital, the programme will feature selections from the lovelorn songbooks of Schubert and Schumann, as well as songs from the English tradition.

Accompanied by the SSO, Roderick Williams will also grace the stage with British soprano Keri Fuge and Swiss conductor Mario Venzago on 13 May to present a musical retelling of Emily Bronte’s novel, Wuthering Heights. Watch how the “Beethoven of Hollywood”, famed film music composer Bernard Herrmann, recreates scenes from the novel with an orchestra and two vocalists. Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, with its universally recognised fateful opening, makes a powerful prelude to this concert, titled Beethoven’s Fifth and Wuthering Heights.

Catch Singaporean baritone Martin Ng as he joins hands with musicians of the SSO to put together VCHpresents Chamber: Remembering Schubert I – Winterreise and Rosamunde – the first of a three-part series of concerts, dedicated to showcasing the works by Austrian composer Franz Schubert. Specially curated to give listeners a glimpse of Schubert’s richly melodic music that is filled with poetry and soul of unparalleled depth, VCHpresents Chamber: Remembering Schubert II – Music for Piano and Strings will take place on the same weekend on 1 May. The series wraps up on 15 May with VCHpresents Chamber: Remembering Schubert III – Death and the Maiden, featuring the composer’s famed Death and the Maiden Quartet, one of the greatest legacies left behind by the composer.

End the month of May with the Singapore National Youth Orchestra (SNYO) Percussion Ensemble, as they present an experimental programme featuring the works of American avant-garde composer John Cage, on 27 May.

June

Witness the young talents of the Singapore National Youth Orchestra (SNYO) in action again this month as they showcase one of their own, flutist Natalie Ngai to present SNYO in Concert: Vivaldi Piccolo Concerto and Dvořák’s Eighth Symphony on 17 June. Led by SNYO Principal Conductor Joshua Tan, Ngai is set to take the audience to the mellifluous heights of Vivaldi’s trademark woodwind wizardry, before the full orchestra regales the crowd with the sumptuous melodies of Dvořák’s Eighth Symphony.

The VCHpresents series this month shines the spotlight on organists Evelyn Lim, Loraine Muthiah, Diana Kostova and Yap Wai Hoong as they come together for the family-friendly VCHpresents Organ: Whose Hill Is This? on 18 June. Follow them on a journey as they tell a story through their music about how two bears search for a home to call their own. Prior to the concert, attendees can visit the organ exhibition, located outside the concert hall, to learn more about the pipe organ.

In addition to all the live concerts, fans can continue to enjoy SSO’s music in the comfort of their homes with a free digital release of Flurry of the Flute (Online) on 12 May, featuring SSO’s Principal Flutist Jin Ta performing the challenging 1934 Flute Concerto by French composer Jacques Ibert, and two masterpieces from the Germanic symphony canon: Haydn’s aristocratic Symphony No. 95 and Mendelssohn’s imposing Symphony No. 1. Led by Chief Conductor Hans Graf, the performance will be made available free on SSOLOUNGE.

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 was nominated for Gramophone’s Orchestra of the Year Award 2021 and it has clinched third place for this prestigious award.

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ABOUT SSOLOUNGE
The SSO’s new streaming platform SSOLOUNGE allows 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. SSOLOUNGE comes with two subscription options: the 12M All-Access Pass offers exclusive access to archived concerts, as well as 90-day unlimited access for new releases, and the Single Access Pass which allows the user to view one concert for 30 days.

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VCHpresents Chamber: Remembering Schubert I - Winterreise and Rosamunde #

Saturday, 30 April 2022, 7.30pm
Victoria Concert Hall

As German Romantics go, Schubert’s music is richly melodic, but also filled with poetry and soul of unparalleled depth. Witness these in the hauntingly wistful Rosamunde Quartet, and selections from the forlorn beauty of Winterreise, sung by eminent Singaporean baritone Martin Ng, accompanied by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra’s string quartet.

Date & time
Saturday, 30 April 2022, 7.30pm

Venue
Victoria Concert Hall

Performers
Musicians of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Martin Ng, baritone

Programme
SCHUBERT
String Trio No. 1 in B-flat major, D. 471
Selections from Winterreise for Baritone and String Quartet
String Quartet No. 13 in A minor, D. 804 "Rosamunde"

Tickets
$20
Available from 14 April on www.sso.org.sg

VCHpresents Chamber: Remembering Schubert II – Music for Piano and Strings #

Sunday, 1 May 2022, 4pm Victoria Concert Hall

It may be 40 minutes long, but Schubert’s D. 898 Piano Trio is music of such sparkling life and sunshine that you won’t notice the time at all. Or that Schubert wrote it in the last year of his tragically short life, in 1828. Only 12 years separate this piano trio from the brilliantly charming Adagio and Rondo Concertante, D. 487, written at age 19. Leave your cares aside and join the musicians of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra in this scintillating programme from the Singapore Symphony Orchestra’s VCHpresents Chamber series.

Date & time
Sunday, 1 May 2022, 4pm

Venue
Victoria Concert Hall

Performers
Musicians of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra

Programme
SCHUBERT
Adagio and Rondo Concertante in F major for Piano Quartet, D. 487
Piano Trio No. 1 in B-flat major, D. 898

Tickets
$20
Available from 14 April on www.sso.org.sg

Elgar Cello Concerto and New World Symphony #

Friday, 6 May 2022, 7.30pm
Esplanade Concert Hall

The Singapore Symphony Orchestra presents three of the world’s favourite orchestral masterworks with returning guest conductor Mario Venzago. From Sibelius’s triumphant hymn to Finland’s struggle for independence, to Elgar’s soul-searing Cello Concerto with acclaimed German cellist Daniel Müller-Schott, to the verdant soundscapes of Dvořák’s New World Symphony. Music of liberation, reflection and hope for the future.

Date & time
Friday, 6 May 2022, 7.30pm

Venue
Esplanade Concert Hall

Performers
Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Mario Venzago, conductor
Daniel Müller-Schott, cello

Programme
SIBELIUS Finlandia
ELGAR Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85
DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 “From The New World

Tickets
$88, $68, $48, $38, $28, $15
Available from 14 April on www.sso.org.sg

VCHpresents Chamber: Roderick Williams in Recital #

Tuesday, 10 May 2022, 7.30pm
Victoria Concert Hall

Vocalising the poetic yearnings of lovers, soldiers and travelers, acclaimed British baritone Roderick Williams presents this fascinating programme comprising selections from the lovelorn songbooks of Schubert and Schumann, as well as songs from the English tradition. Haunting tales from lives lost in the First World War weave alongside Vaughan Williams’s take on wayfarer’s nostalgia.

Date & time
Tuesday, 10 May 2022, 7.30pm

Venue
Victoria Concert Hall

Performers
Roderick Williams, baritone
Paul Cibis, piano

Programme
Selections from
SCHUBERT Selections from Die Schöne Müllerin
BUTTERWORTH Selections from A Shropshire Lad
REBECCA CLARKE 8 o’clock, Aufblick and Stimme im Dunkeln
SCHUMANN Selections from Liederkreis, Op. 24
WILLIAM DENIS BROWNE To Gratiana dancing and singing
CW ORR Selections from A Shropshire Lad
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Selections from Songs of Travel
SCHUMANN Selections from Album für die Jugend, Op. 68 (piano solo)
CHOPIN Preludes No. 10 & 23 (piano solo)

Tickets
$40, $30, $20
Available from 14 April on www.sso.org.sg

Flurry of the Flute (Online) #

Thursday, 12 May 2022, 8pm
Online @ SSOLOUNGE

Expect a flurry of explosive whimsicality and enigmatic wit as SSO Principal Flutist Jin Ta takes on the challenging 1934 Flute Concerto by eclectic French composer Jacques Ibert. The programme led by our Chief Conductor Hans Graf also features two masterpieces from the Germanic symphony canon: Haydn’s 95th - august and aristocratic, and Mendelssohn’s imposing First Symphony. Filmed on 10 April 2021.

Date & time
Thursday, 12 May 2022, 8pm

Platform
https://lounge.sso.org.sg/

Performers
Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Hans Graf, Chief Conductor
Jin Ta, flute

Programme
HAYDN Symphony No. 95 in C minor, Hob.I:95
IBERT Flute Concerto
MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 11

Tickets
Free. Register for a free 12M Basic Access Pass on lounge.sso.org.sg.

Beethoven’s Fifth and Wuthering Heights #

Friday, 13 May 2022, 7.30pm
Esplanade Concert Hall

Emily Brontë, celebrated today for her one and only novel, Wuthering Heights, was an accomplished pianist herself, having even transcribed Beethoven’s symphonies for piano. It is no surprise that the emotional intensity and Byronic sensibilities of her work found parallels in Beethoven’s music, and likewise in the music of the “Beethoven of film music”, Bernard Herrmann.

British soprano Keri Fuge and baritone Roderick Williams joins the SSO in a suite on Herrmann’s only opera, Wuthering Heights, in this unique programme connecting these great artists together. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.

Date & time
Friday, 13 May 2022, 7.30pm

Venue
Esplanade Concert Hall

Performers
Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Mario Venzago, conductor
Keri Fuge, soprano
Roderick Williams, baritone

Programme
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67
Bernard HERRMANN Suite on Wuthering Heights for soprano, baritone and orchestra

Tickets
$88, $68, $48, $38, $28, $15
Available from 14 April on www.sso.org.sg

VCHpresents Chamber: Remembering Schubert III – Death and the Maiden #

Sunday, 15 May 2022, 4pm
Victoria Concert Hall

Schubert’s Death and the Maiden Quartet is one of the greatest legacies left behind by the composer, an incomparable treasure of the chamber music genre, written shortly before his untimely death. The Brahmsian piano quartet written by the 20-year-old Richard Strauss rounds off this showcase by musicians of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra.

Date & time
Sunday, 15 May 2022, 4pm

Venue
Victoria Concert Hall

Performers
Musicians of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra

Programme
SCHUBERT String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D. 810 "Death and the Maiden"
R. STRAUSS Piano Quartet in C minor, Op. 13

Tickets
$20
Available from 14 April on www.sso.org.sg

SNYO Percussion Ensemble plays John Cage #

Friday, 27 May 2022, 7.30pm
Victoria Concert Hall

This eye-opening percussion line-up isn’t your regular toe-tapping trip, but a thought-provoking dive into the pioneering genius of American avant-garde composer John Cage. The SNYO Percussion Ensemble invites you to put aside what you think music is and “listen” to such boundary-breaking pieces as the famous 4’33” and the household rhythms of Living Room Music.

Date & time
Friday, 27 May 2022, 7.30pm

Venue
Victoria Concert Hall

Performers
Singapore National Youth Orchestra Percussion Ensemble

Programme
JOHN CAGE First Construction In Metal
WES STEPHENS The Cage We Make
JOHN CAGE 4'33"
JOHN CAGE Living Room Music

Tickets
$10
Available from 14 April on www.sso.org.sg

SNYO in Concert: Vivaldi Piccolo Concerto and Dvořák’s Eighth Symphony #

Friday, 17 June 2022, 7.30pm
Esplanade Concert Hall

Three composers celebrated for the vibrant orchestral colours in their music make this an attractive showcase from the young talents of the Singapore National Youth Orchestra, led by SNYO Principal Conductor Joshua Tan. Let flutist Natalie Ngai take you to the mellifluous heights of Vivaldi’s trademark woodwind wizardry, before the full orchestra regales you with the sumptuous melodies of Dvořák’s Eighth Symphony.

Date & time
Friday, 17 June 2022, 7.30pm

Venue
Esplanade Concert Hall

Performers
Singapore National Youth Orchestra
Joshua Tan, Principal Conductor
Natalie Ngai, piccolo

Programme
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Overture to The Tsar’s Bride
VIVALDI Piccolo Concerto in C major, RV 443
DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88

Tickets
$20, $15
Available from 23 May on www.sso.org.sg

VCHpresents Organ: Whose Hill Is This? #

Saturday, 18 June 2022, 2pm & 5pm
Victoria Concert Hall

Two bears, one fierce and one strong, go in search of a home to call their own. Follow them on a journey through the soundscapes of nature painted by our organists and storyteller to find out how the bears settle down!

You can also learn more about the pipe organ through various exhibitions and demonstrations at the VCH atrium, with the organ exhibition running from 1pm to 6pm on the same day.

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Date & time
Saturday, 18 June 2022, 2pm & 5pm

Venue
Victoria Concert Hall

Performers
Evelyn Lim, organ
Loraine Muthiah, organ
Diana Kostova, organ
Yap Wai Hoong, organ
Rosemarie Somaiah, storyteller
Written by Calista Lee

Programme
KARG-ELERT Entrata from Partita Op. 100 in E major
Herbert MURRILL Carillon
LEMARE Summer Sketches Op. 73 “Le cuckoo”
William ALBRIGHT Mountains from Organbook III
Pietro YON Humoresque “L’Organo Primitivo” (Toccatina for flute)
Franco ZIPOLI Pastorale
Jehan ALAIN Le Jardin Suspendu
RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN Wedding Processional from The Sound of Music
Bob CHILCOTT Sun Dance
LEFEBRE-WELY Sortie in E-flat

Tickets
$5
Available from 14 April on www.sso.org.sg