SSO pilot concerts to open at full capacity and see the return of full orchestra

Published on 01 March 2022

Acclaimed musicians including Ray Chen, Khatia Buniatishvili, Chloe Chua, Stephen Hough, and the Stradivari Quartet to star in highly anticipated live performances this March and April

Singapore, 1 March 2022 — For the first time in two years since the circuit breaker, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) looks forward to having a full orchestra back on stage in the upcoming months for selected pilot concerts.

Five of these pilot concerts will also open at full audience capacity for fully-vaccinated ticketholders with negative pre-concert Antigen Rapid Test results. The first of these events include SNYO in Concert: Mozart Jupiter Symphony, happening on 17 March, led by conductor Joshua Tan, with performance by the clarinet ensemble of the Singapore National Youth Orchestra (SNYO); and SNYO in Concert: Bernstein Serenade, taking place on 18 March, featuring members of the SNYO with violinist Kailin Yong. In April, concerts featuring violinst Ray Chen, on 8 and 9 April, and Georgian-French pianist Khatia Buniatishvili, on 14 April, will also be open at full capacity.

Other notable highlights include the return of SSO to Gardens by the Bay after two years, with a string orchestra led by conductor Joshua Tan.; appearances of international guests such as violinist Stefan Jackiw, the Stradivari Quartet from Switzerland, British classical pianist Stephen Hough, and Italian conductor Fabio Biondi; and some of Singapore’s finest young musicians, including acclaimed violinist Chloe Chua and the Singapore National Youth Orchestra.

March

This March, revel in a symphony of sounds around the island as SSO’s free community concerts make music available to all. Temasek Foundation SSO Concerts In Your Community: Our Tampines Hub, will see members of the Brass Ensemble of the SSO come together on 5 March to celebrate friendship, love and loyalty through popular tunes.

The following week, conductor Joshua Tan and members of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra will come together for two concerts where they will perform the same line-up of pieces: the popular SSO Lunchtime Concert at the Victoria Concert Hall on 10 March, and Music in the Meadows at Gardens by the Bay on 12 March. This outdoor concert will also be streamed live on SSO’s Facebook and YouTube page, and Gardens by the Bay’s Facebook page.

Come 13 March, join musicians of the SSO for VCHpresents Intimate Moments: Women Composers with Gu Bing Jie in celebration of International Women’s Day. Fixed Chair Violist Gu Bing Jie will be joined by Lianhe Zaobao journalist Zhang Heyang to discuss the contributions of women in classical music, from past and present, east and west.

20 March sees the return of the much-loved Temasek Foundation SSO Concerts for Children, with a programme specially designed to teach the young ones about the orchestra through storytelling and music performed by the SSO. The Conductor’s Spellbook tells the magical story of young Tony Stradivarius, who finds an amazing book of spells during a trip to the concert hall and uses it to enchant instruments of the orchestra.

On 24 and 25 March, Hungarian conductor Gábor Káli will direct American violinist Stefan Jackiw’s performance of Beethoven’s extraordinary Kreutzer Sonata, arranged in the form of a violin concerto.

The SSO will gather on 31 March to wrap up the March live concerts with Shostakovich with Hans Graf and Nikolay Didenko, featuring music by the famed 20th century Russian composer. The programme features his bold First Symphony from his 19th year, and Russian bass Nikolay Didenko singing the lead role in the Suite on Verses by Michelangelo Buonarroti.

April

The impressive concert line-up continues into April at the Esplanade Concert Hall. The month kicks off with superstar violinist Ray Chen starring in two concerts: SSO GALA: Ray Chen Plays Sibelius on 8 April, with SSO Chief Conductor Hans Graf leading the combined orchestra of the SSO and SNYO for Sibelius’ popular Violin Concerto, as well as another concert hall favourite, the spectacular Pictures At An Exhibition. Hear Ray Chen in Recital on 9 April in this intimate chamber programme accompanied by American pianist Julio Elizalde.

On 14 April, Khatia Buniatishvili Plays Tchaikovsky, featuring the acclaimed French-Georgian piano star and the SSO, led by Principal Guest Conductor Andrew Litton, will fill the concert hall of the Esplanade with scintillating drama and colour through Tchaikovsky’s unforgettable First Piano Concerto.

The VCHpresents series shines the spotlight on the Stradivari Quartet this month with VCHpresents: Stradivari Quartet & SSO on 16 April, and VCHpresents: Stradivari Quartet – Morning in the Miao Mountain on 17 April. For the former, the string quartet will join hands with musicians of the SSO to perform Dvořák’s richly varied Op. 77, Mendelssohn’s famous Octet and a new work by prolific Singaporean composer Chen Zhangyi, while the latter, will see the quartet present a programme of music inspired by Chinese scenery, tradition and song, ranging from cultural classics to contemporary colours.

The concerts by Ray Chen and Khatia Buniatishvili will also be open at full capacity.

On 23 & 24 April, witness Singapore’s brightest violin star Chloe Chua and the SSO bring the musical poetry of Vivaldi’s spring, summer, autumn and winter to life in The Four Seasons with Chloe Chua. Chloe Chua will also tackle the iconic 12th concerto from Pietro Locatelli’s The Art of the Violin, appropriately nicknamed “The Harmonic Labyrinth”.

Round up the month on a high note with Stephen Hough Plays Mozart on 29 April, where the celebrated British pianist will perform Mozart’s sparkling Piano Concerto No. 21, led by conductor Fabio Biondi.

Beyond live concerts, fans can also enjoy SSO’s music in the comfort of their homes with the digital release of Halcyon Days, featuring the evergreen tunes of Mozart and Grieg on SSOLOUNGE, available on 7 April.

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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Temasek Foundation SSO Concerts In Your Community: Our Tampines Hub #

Saturday, 5 March 2022, 7.00pm
Our Tampines Hub

The world cannot live without love, as it is said in Laputa: Castle in the Sky. And neither can it live without music. Join us as we bring friendship, love and loyalty to life through these popular tunes, played by members of the Brass Ensemble of the SSO.

Presented by:

Venue Partner:

Date & time
Saturday, 5 March 2022, 7.00pm

Venue
Festive Plaza, Our Tampines Hub

Performers
David Smith, trumpet
Lau Wen Rong, trumpet
Alexander Oon, horn
Sam Armstrong, trombone
Tomoki Natsume, tuba

Programme
PEUERL Canzon 1 (arr. Fitzgerald)
HISAISHI Laputa (arr. Hidehiro Fujita)
LIANG 细水长流 (“Friendship Is Forever”, arr. Lee Jinjun)
GERSHWIN Selections from Porgy and Bess (arr. Gale)
HARRISON Count On Me, Singapore (arr. Ong Jiin Joo)

Tickets
Free

SSO Lunchtime Concert #

Thursday, 10 March 2022, 12.30pm
Victoria Concert Hall

The SSO’s popular Lunchtime Concert is back! Take a break and revitalise your day with our vibrant programme of English string orchestral music, free at the Victoria Concert Hall.

Date & time
Thursday, 10 March 2022, 12.30pm

Venue
Victoria Concert Hall

Performers
Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Joshua Tan, conductor

Programme
RUTTER Suite for Strings
DELIUS Two Aquarelles (arr. Eric Fenby)
BRIDGE Valse-Intermezzo and Scherzo Phantastick (arr. Paul Hindmarsh)
FINZI Romance, Op. 11
LANE Pantomime

Tickets
Free, available on www.sso.org.sg

Music in the Meadows #

Saturday, 12 March 2022, 6.30pm
Gardens by the Bay

For the first time in two years, the SSO returns to Gardens by the Bay as a full string orchestra! Join us at this relaxing evening of English string music, a musical genre beloved for its tuneful vigour, nostalgia and rapturous beauty. The concert will be performed live to an on-site audience, and livestreamed on SSO’s YouTube channel as well as SSO and Gardens by the Bay’s Facebook pages at 6.30pm.

Presented by:

Venue Partner:

Date & time
Saturday, 12 March 2022, 6.30pm

Venue
The Meadow, Gardens by the Bay

Performers
Singapore Symphony Orchestra Joshua Tan, conductor

Programme
RUTTER Suite for Strings
DELIUS Two Aquarelles (arr. Eric Fenby)
BRIDGE Valse-Intermezzo and Scherzo Phantastick (arr. Paul Hindmarsh)
FINZI Romance, Op. 11
LANE Pantomime

Tickets
Free, available on www.sso.org.sg Also streamed live on SSO YouTube, SSO Facebook, Gardens by the Bay Facebook

VCHpresents Intimate Moments: Women Composers with Gu Bing Jie #

Sunday, 13 March 2022, 4.00pm
Victoria Concert Hall

Celebrate the music of women composers this International Women’s Day with performances led by Gu Bing Jie, Fixed Chair Violist of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. Join her and Lianhe Zaobao journalist Zhang Heyang as they discuss the contributions of women in classical music, from past and present, east and west.

This programme features conversations in Mandarin only.

Supported by:

Date & time
Sunday, 13 March 2022, 4.00pm

Venue
Victoria Concert Hall

Performers
Gu Bing Jie, viola
Chan Yoong-Han, violin
Xu Jue Yi, violin
Guo Hao, cello
Abigail Sin, piano
Zhang Heyang, presenter

Programme
Selections from
WU Na ‘Impression’ String Quartet
Eleanor ALBERGA String Quartet No. 1
Clara SCHUMANN Piano Trio in G-minor, Op. 17
Joyce KOH Piano Quintet “What’ll we do”
Amy BEACH Piano Quintet in F-sharp minor

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

SNYO in Concert: Mozart Jupiter Symphony #

Thursday, 17 March 2022, 7.30pm
Victoria Concert Hall

A selection of tuneful delights from SNYO’s clarinet ensemble heralds the return of the Singapore National Youth Orchestra, live on stage, culminating in Mozart’s last and grandest symphonic masterpiece, the incomparable Jupiter Symphony.

Date & time
Thursday, 17 March 2022, 7.30pm

Venue
Victoria Concert Hall

Performers
Singapore National Youth Orchestra
SNYO Clarinet Ensemble
Joshua Tan, conductor

Programme
FUKUDA Sakura Song - Five for Clarinet Quintet
LEHÁR (arr. EIJI SUZUKI) The Merry Widow Selections for Clarinet Quintet
MOZART Symphony No. 41 in C major, K.551, 'Jupiter'

Tickets
$20
Available on www.sso.org.sg

SNYO in Concert: Bernstein Serenade #

Friday, 18 March 2022, 7.30pm
Victoria Concert Hall

“These are distressing times. Most of the difficult music I play is distressing. Make me happy.” And so, in response to these words, American composer David Diamond (1915-2005) wrote his lively Rounds for String Orchestra in 1944, music to take people’s minds off the gloom of the times. That and love, the subject of Bernstein’s Serenade after Plato’s Symposium, form the central theme of this programme celebrating the return of the Singapore National Youth Orchestra live on stage.

Date & time
Friday, 18 March 2022, 7.30pm

Venue
Victoria Concert Hall

Performers
Singapore National Youth Orchestra
Joshua Tan, conductor
Kailin Yong, violin

Programme
DIAMOND Rounds for String Orchestra
BERNSTEIN Serenade (after Plato's Symposium)

Tickets
$20
Available on www.sso.org.sg

Temasek Foundation SSO Concerts for Children: The Conductor’s Spellbook #

Sunday, 20 March 2022, 10.30am & 2.30pm
Esplanade Concert Hall

The Conductor’s Spellbook tells the magical story of young Tony Stradivarius, who finds an amazing book of spells during a trip to the concert hall and uses it to enchant instruments of the orchestra. The Conductor’s Spellbook is an exciting and engaging concert experience that teaches children about the orchestra - come and be spellbound!

Presented by:

Date & time
Sunday, 20 March 2022, 10.30am & 2.30pm

Venue
Esplanade Concert Hall

Performers
Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Joshua Tan, conductor
William Ledbetter, narrator

Programme
DOOLEY Original concert with music

Tickets
$32, $25
Available on www.sso.org.sg

Stefan Jackiw Plays Beethoven #

Thursday, 24 March 2022, 7.30pm
Friday, 25 March 2022, 7.30pm
Victoria Concert Hall

Captivating audiences with poetry and purity with an impeccable technique, American violinist Stefan Jackiw is back in Singapore in this remarkable programme – Beethoven's extraordinary Kreutzer Sonata, in the form of a violin concerto. Two energetic Haydn symphonies completes the concert led by Hungarian conductor Gábor Káli.

Date & time
Thursday, 24 March 2022, 7.30pm and Friday, 25 March 2022, 7.30pm

Venue
Victoria Concert Hall

Performers
Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Gábor Káli, conductor
Stefan Jackiw, violin

Programme
HAYDN Symphony No. 78 in C minor
BEETHOVEN Kreutzer Sonata (arr. Tognetti for solo violin and strings)
HAYDN Symphony No. 80 in D minor

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

Shostakovich with Hans Graf and Nikolay Didenko #

Thursday, 31 March 2022, 7.30pm
Esplanade Concert Hall

In his final days, Shostakovich asked for his Suite on Verses by Michelangelo to be known as his 16th symphony – such is the scale of this rarely performed monument of symphonic song, encompassing the burdens, trials, achievements and destiny of an artist. The imposing voice of Russian bass Nikolay Didenko will carry the message of this fateful swansong, while SSO Chief Conductor Hans Graf transports you to the very beginning: Shostakovich’s Op. 1, written when he was 13; and his bold First Symphony from his 19th year.

Date & time
Thursday, 31 March 2022, 7.30pm

Venue
Esplanade Concert Hall

Performers
Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Hans Graf, Chief Conductor
Nikolay Didenko, bass

Programme
SHOSTAKOVICH
Scherzo in F-sharp minor, Op. 1
Symphony No. 1 in F minor, Op. 10
Suite on Verses by Michelangelo Buonarroti, Op. 145a

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

Halcyon Days #

Thursday, 7 April 2022, 8.00pm
Online @ SSOLOUNGE

Forget your cares for an evening and let the evergreen tunes of Mozart and Grieg take you back to a time of musical cheer and nostalgia.

The concert is an exclusive SSOLOUNGE release filmed in April 2021.

Date & time
Thursday, 7 April 2022, 8.00pm

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

Performers
Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Joshua Tan, conductor

Programme
MOZART Overture to Lucio Silla, K.135
GRIEG Holberg Suite, Op. 40
MOZART Symphony No. 29 in A major, K.201

Tickets
$30 (12-month All-Access Pass) or $6 (Single Access Pass)
Available on https://lounge.sso.org.sg/

SSO GALA: Ray Chen Plays Sibelius #

Friday, 8 April 2022, 7:30pm
Esplanade Concert Hall

Superstar violinist Ray Chen returns to Singapore with the soaring Sibelius Violin Concerto, one of the most popular works in the genre. Celebrate with us as the Singapore National Youth Orchestra plays side-by-side with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra in this grand showcase. SSO Chief Conductor Hans Graf leads the combined full orchestra in the spectacular Pictures At An Exhibition – it's a gala evening you won’t want to miss!

Date & time
Friday, 8 April 2022, 7:30pm

Venue
Esplanade Concert Hall

Performers
Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Singapore National Youth Orchestra
Hans Graf, Chief Conductor
Ray Chen, violin

Programme
WEBER Overture to Euryanthe
SIBELIUS Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47
MUSSORGSKY Pictures At An Exhibition (orch. Ravel)

Tickets
$108, $88, $68, $48, $38, $25
Available on www.sso.org.sg

Ray Chen in Recital #

Saturday, 9 April 2022, 7.30pm
Esplanade Concert Hall

From Bach’s immortal Chaconne to Debussy’s unforgettable Clair de lune, this programme of lyricism, meditation and flamboyance is the perfect vehicle to let the multi-faceted personality of international violin star Ray Chen shine. An evening guaranteed to impress and delight!

Date & time
Saturday, 9 April 2022, 7.30pm

Venue
Esplanade Concert Hall

Performers
Ray Chen, violin
Julio Elizalde, piano

Programme
BEETHOVEN Violin Sonata No. 8 in G major
STRAVINSKY Divertimento after The Fairy’s Kiss
TARTINI Devil’s Trill Sonata
BRAHMS Hungarian Dances Nos. 7 and 17
SARASATE Zigeunerweisen

Tickets
$108, $88, $68, $48, $38, $25
Available on www.sso.org.sg

Khatia Buniatishvili Plays Tchaikovsky #

Thursday, 14 April 2022, 7.30pm
Esplanade Concert Hall

The unmistakable opening strains of Tchaikovsky’s magnificent First Piano Concerto ring again at the Esplanade as the SSO presents this dazzling masterpiece with acclaimed pianist Khatia Buniatishvili. SSO Principal Guest Conductor Andrew Litton directs this night of scintillating drama, colour and musical might!

This concert is dedicated to Singapore Airlines.

Dedicated to:

Date & time
Thursday, 14 April 2022, 7.30pm

Venue
Esplanade Concert Hall

Performers
Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Andrew Litton, Principal Guest Conductor
Khatia Buniatishvili, piano

Programme
KABALEVSKY Overture to Colas Breugnon, Op. 24
TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23
PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 4 in C major, Op. 112

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

VCHpresents: Stradivari Quartet & SSO #

Saturday, 16 April 2022, 7.30pm
Victoria Concert Hall

The Stradivari Quartet joins hands with musicians of the Singapore Symphony in this delectable programme of Dvořák’s richly varied Op. 77, Mendelssohn’s very famous Octet and the world premiere of Twin Cinema for 9 String Players by prolific Singaporean composer Chen Zhangyi.

Date & time
Saturday, 16 April 2022, 7:30pm

Venue
Victoria Concert Hall

Performers
Stradivari Quartet:

  Xiaoming Wang, violin  
  Maya Kadosh, violin  
  Lech Antonio Uszynski, viola  
  Maja Weber, cello  

Singapore Symphony Orchestra:

  Zhang Si Jing, violin  
  Zhao Tian, violin  
  Guan Qi, viola  
  Ng Pei-Sian, cello  
  Yang Zheng Yi, double bass  
 

Programme
CHEN Twin Cinema for String Nonet (WORLD PREMIERE)
DVOŘÁK String Quintet No. 2, Op. 77
MENDELSSOHN String Octet in E-flat major, Op. 20

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

VCHpresents: Stradivari Quartet – Morning in the Miao Mountain #

Sunday, 17 April 2022, 4.00pm
Victoria Concert Hall

Hailing from Switzerland, the Stradivari Quartet presents a programme of music inspired by Chinese scenery, tradition and song, ranging from cultural classics to contemporary colours, concluding with the only String Quartet by Debussy, whose music was often infused with the pentatonic scale.

Date & time
Sunday, 17 April 2022, 4.00pm

Venue
Victoria Concert Hall

Performers
Stradivari Quartet:

  Xiaoming Wang, violin  
  Maya Kadosh, violin  
  Lech Antonio Uszynski, viola  
  Maja Weber, cello    
 

Programme
CHEN 苗岭的早晨 (Morning in the Miao Mountain, arr. Jiang Yiwen)
TAN Eight Colours String Quartet
SHA 牧歌 (Shepherd Song, arr. Jiang Yiwen)
LIU & MAO 瑶族舞曲 (Dance of the Yao Tribe)
HUANG 赛马 (Gallop)
DEBUSSY String Quartet in G-minor, Op. 10

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

The Four Seasons with Chloe Chua #

Saturday, 23 April 2022, 7.30pm
Sunday, 24 April 2022, 4.00pm
Esplanade Concert Hall

The musical poetry of spring, summer, autumn and winter comes to life with Chloe Chua, Singapore's brightest violin star. Accompanied by the SSO, Chloe will perform this evergreen favourite as well as the 12th concerto from Pietro Locatelli’s The Art of the Violin, nicknamed “The Harmonic Labyrinth” - for good reason!

Date & time
Saturday, 23 April 2022, 7.30pm and Sunday, 24 April 2022, 4.00pm

Venue
Esplanade Concert Hall

Performers
Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Chloe Chua, violin
Chan Yoong-Han, leader

Programme
VIVALDI The Four Seasons
LOCATELLI Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 3, No. 12 “The Harmonic Labyrinth”

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

Stephen Hough Plays Mozart #

Friday, 29 April 2022, 7.30pm
Esplanade Concert Hall

One of the most distinguished classical music personalities of our time, the celebrated Stephen Hough returns to Singapore to play Mozart’s sparkling Piano Concerto No. 21, whose heavenly slow movement was made famous by the romantic film Elvira Madigan. Conducted by acclaimed period performance maestro Fabio Biondi, we’ll also hear the comedic zest of Rossini and a symphony by Jan Kalliwoda (1801-1866), the 19th century Czech-born composer considered “the missing symphonic link between Beethoven and Schumann”.

Date & time
Friday, 29 April 2022, 7.30pm

Venue
Esplanade Concert Hall

Performers
Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Fabio Biondi, conductor
Stephen Hough, piano

Programme
ROSSINI Overture to The Barber of Seville
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K. 467
KALLIWODA Symphony No. 1 in F minor, Op. 7

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