SSO Presents May and June Live Concerts

Published on 21 April 2021

Set aside time and revel in live concerts featuring conducting sensation Gábor Káli and pianist Dénes Várjon, SSO’s first outdoor concert since March 2020, and SSO’s Brass Ensemble third ever concert

Singapore, 21 April 2021 — Venue restrictions; prohibition of live bands and performances; proliferation of music streaming services — the list goes on as many might have forgotten what it feels like to partake in a live music experience. Though the indescribable bliss of partaking in a live concert seems like a distant past, Singapore Symphony Orchestra presents the opportunity to relive the joys of live music experience with its upcoming May and June programmes featuring the SSO debut of conducting sensation Gábor Káli and pianist Dénes Várjon, SSO’s first outdoor performance since March 2020, and the Brass Ensemble of the SSO third ever concert.

MAY 2021

Remaining true to SSO’s mission in creating memorable shared experiences with music, SSO welcomes artistes across the spectrum, working with industry icons as well as up and coming artistes who are making strides in the classical music world. On Friday, 7 May, SSO will be hosting one of the world’s most promising young conductors, Hungary’s highly acclaimed Gábor Káli for Mozart in Minor. His exceptional conductorship has won him multiple prestigious awards such as the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award in 2018, as well as first prize at the inaugural Hong Kong International Conducting Competition.

Mozart in Minor will also have Hungarian pianist Dénes Várjon, winner of Hungary’s most prestigious cultural accolade, the Kossuth Prize, making his highly anticipated SSO debut three years after his appearance at the Singapore International Piano Festival . The virtuosic duo will bring the audience on Mozart’s fascinating exploration of the depths of feeling and symphonic power with the revered Mozart Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491, Mozart Symphony No. 25 in G minor, K. 183, and Symphony, K. 16a “Odense” (attr. Mozart).

The musical journey of Mozart continues as the Hungarian maestros come together again on Friday, 14 May and Saturday, 15 May for Mozart in Major to present an exuberant evening of all Mozart and all major-key programme from Cassation in B-flat major, K. 99 to Piano Concerto No.12 in A major, K. 414, and Symphony No. 34 in C major, K. 338.

Come this Mother’s Day on Sunday, 9 May, the popular SSO Mother’s Day Concert returns to the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Friends and families can partake in musical delight performed by the SSO String Quartet at Botanic Gardens’ Bandstand, where an audience of 100 is allowed due to the prevailing safe management measures. For this special one-day concert, the public will be treated to performances of works by Mozart, Borodin, Haydn, Monti, Delibes, and the ever-popular “The Moon Represents My Heart” by Weng Ching-Hsi. Admission is free but registration is required.

JUNE 2021

The following month will see A 20th Century Fanfare taking place on Friday, 4 June. Conducted by SSO’s Chief Conductor Hans Graf and featuring the Brass Ensemble of the SSO in their third ever concert appearance, the audience will be treated to an intriguing exploration of brass music by four 20th century masters — Dukas, Hindemith, Takemitsu, and Janáček.

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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Mozart in Minor #

Friday, 7 May 2021, 7.30pm
Esplanade Concert Hall

Hungarian guest conductor Gábor Káli

Thoughtful, pensive, imposing — Mozart’s music in the minor keys is a fascinating exploration of the depths of feeling and symphonic power he was capable of. His dramatic “Little G minor symphony” - the one that opens Amadeus — makes a curious comparison with the Mozartian “Odense Symphony”, whose actual composer remains unknown.

Pianist Dénes Várjon, winner of Hungary’s most prestigious cultural accolade, the Kossuth Prize, performs Mozart’s revered 24th Piano Concerto in this concert conducted by Hungarian compatriot and conductor Gábor Káli.

Date & time

Friday, 7 May 2021, 7.30pm

Venue

Esplanade Concert Hall

Performers

Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Gábor Káli, conductor
Dénes Várjon, piano

Programme

(attr.) MOZART Symphony, K. 16a “Odense"
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491
MOZART Symphony No. 25 in G minor, K. 183

Ticket Prices $88, $68, $48, $28

Available from 10am on 23 April on www.sso.org.sg

SSO Mother's Day Concert #

Sunday, 9 May 2021, 6pm
Bandstand at Singapore Botanic Gardens

The SSO's annual Mother's Day Concert returns in intimate scale at the Botanic Gardens, but our love for mom is no less than before. Treat her to an evening of heart-warming string quartet music, live among the flowers, under sky, shade and serenity.

Date & time

Sunday, 9 May 2021, 6pm

Venue

Bandstand at Botanic Gardens

Performers

SSO String Quartet

Programme

DELIBES Flower Duet from Lakmé (arr. Martelli for string quartet)
MOZART Selections from Eine kleine Nachtmusik
BORODIN Nocturne from String Quartet No. 2
HAYDN Allegro moderato from String Quartet, Op. 33, No. 3 "The Bird"
MONTI Czardas (arr. Karaca for string quartet)
WENG Ching-Hsi: 月亮代表我的心 ("The Moon Represents My Heart", arr. Son Mach for string quartet)

Ticket Prices Free but registration is required. Audience is capped at 100. Registration opens 10am on 29 April. Details will be released on the SSO website.

Mozart in Major #

Friday, 14 May 2021, 7.30pm
Saturday, 15 May 2021, 7.30pm
Esplanade Concert Hall

Hungarian guest pianist Dénes Várjon

Singapore Symphony Orchestra brings together again acclaimed Hungarian guest artists: the promising young conductor Gábor Káli, First Prize Winner at the inaugural Hong Kong International Conducting Competition and pianist Dénes Várjon, last seen here at the 2018 Singapore International Piano Festival.

Written when he was 13, Mozart’s K.99 is a musical divertimento of assured and soulful elegance. Join us in this delightful all-Mozart, all major-key programme teeming with sparkling concerto inspiration and symphonic exuberance.

Date & time

Friday, 14 May 2021, 7.30pm
Saturday, 15 May 2021, 7.30pm

Venue

Esplanade Concert Hall

Performers

Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Gábor Káli, conductor
Dénes Várjon, piano

Programme

MOZART Cassation in B-flat major, K. 99
MOZART Piano Concerto No.12 in A major, K. 414
MOZART Symphony No. 34 in C major, K. 338

Ticket Prices $88, $68, $48, $28

Available from 10am on 23 April on www.sso.org.sg

A 20th Century Fanfare #

Friday, 4 June 2021, 7.30pm
Esplanade Concert Hall

Brass Ensemble of the SSO

The Brass Ensemble of the SSO is back, live on stage with our Chief Conductor Hans Graf, to bring you on an intriguing exploration of brass music by four 20th century masters. Fanfares heralding mythical majesty and clarion courage frame a shimmering Japanese meditation in the rain and Hindemith’s challenging Op. 49 for brass, solo piano and two harps.

Date & time

Friday, 4 June 2021, 7.30pm

Venue

Esplanade Concert Hall

Performers

Brass Ensemble of the SSO
Hans Graf, Chief Conductor
Albert Tiu, piano

Programme

DUKAS Fanfare to precede La Péri
HINDEMITH Konzertmusik for Piano, Brass, and Harps,
Op. 49
TAKEMITSU Garden Rain
JANÁČEK Fanfare from Sinfonietta

Ticket Prices $88, $68, $48, $28

Available from 10am on 23 April on www.sso.org.sg