SSO rounds up 2022 with Krystian Zimerman Gala concerts and the Christmas Fundraising Concert in December

Published on 12 September 2022

Singapore, 12 September 2022 — The Singapore Symphony Orchestra rounds up the first half of its 2022/2023 season with exciting concerts which will appeal to both the classical music fans and casual listeners. Notable highlights include two Gala concerts – Strauss Four Last Songs and Sibelius Symphony 5 on 14 October will feature Richard Strauss’s famous Four Last Songs conducted by veteran Finnish conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste and performed by distinguished soprano Evelina Dobračeva, while Krystian Zimerman In Concert on 7 and 8 December will spotlight renowned Polish pianist Krystian Zimerman. Back after a three-year hiatus is the SSO’s sold-out Babies’ Proms concert on 8 October, which will bring parents and kids on an amazing musical adventure to discover the fun and fantastic world of the orchestra and its different instruments.

Fans of the video game franchise FINAL FANTASY will be thrilled that the SSO is going to perform exclusive arrangements from throughout the gaming series in SSO POPS: A New World: intimate music from FINAL FANTASY on 1 and 2 November, led by conductor-composer Eric Roth. Happening on 13 November is the Concerts for Children: Family Film Favourites presented by Alasdair Malloy which will be an engaging family concert featuring music from The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Frozen, Toy Story and many more. On 16 November, internet sensation TwoSet Violin will join the SSO for a one-night concert – TwoSet Violin & SSO: Mendelssohn Violin Concerto. The sold-out concert will also be livestreamed on the TwoSet Violin YouTube channel and the SSO’s Facebook Page.

Come 4 December, join the Singapore National Youth Orchestra (SNYO) as they perform two favourite pieces of the concert hall, Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique and Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite, in SNYO in Concert: Tales of Fantasy. To end the year on a festive note, the SSO and the Singapore Symphony Choruses are set to present the SSO Christmas Fundraising Concert on 15 and 16 December. This Baroque-themed Christmas programme will feature yuletide tunes from Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and Pachelbel’s Canon. The concert on 16 December will also be livestreamed on the SSOLOUNGE platform.

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 and clinched third place in the prestigious Gramophone Orchestra of the Year Award 2021.

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ABOUT SSOLOUNGE Launched in September 2021, the SSO’s 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 Premium All-Access Pass offers exclusive access to archived concerts, as well as 3-month unlimited access for new releases, and the Single Access Pass which allows the user to view one concert for the same period.

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ABOUT THE SINGAPORE NATIONAL YOUTH ORCHESTRA Formally established in 1980, the Singapore National Youth Orchestra (SNYO) has welcomed generations of youths to the life-changing experience of playing orchestra music, performing locally as well as representing Singapore at prestigious concert halls and music festivals overseas. Over the years, the SNYO has performed in concert venues and music festivals across Australia, Austria, Germany, Italy, Japan, Malaysia and the United Kingdom. Today, the orchestra consists of 180 youths aged 10 to 21, from more than 60 schools across Singapore. The SNYO family consists of a main orchestra and a junior orchestra, where they are guided by professional musicians in rehearsals, sectionals and masterclasses. Their programme is accessible to talented youth musicians with selected individual lesson subsidy and travel grants for tours as well as participation in exchange programmes. The SNYO is recognised by the Ministry of Education as a National Project of Excellence, and part of the Singapore Symphony Group.

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ABOUT THE SINGAPORE SYMPHONY CHORUSES The Singapore Symphony Choruses is a premier choral body comprising the Singapore Symphony Chorus, Singapore Symphony Youth Choir and Singapore Symphony Children’s Choir.

Since 1980, the Choruses have seen membership from diverse ages, backgrounds and nationalities. Regularly sharing the stage with the SSO, the Choruses record and tour with the orchestra, as well as give their own performances in Singapore and abroad. Through holistic training that nurtures artistic growth and personal development, the Choruses aim to articulate an ecosystem of choral excellence. Repertoire for the respective choruses straddle musical worlds and styles, ranging from orchestral masterpieces to a cappella favourites, and spanning the Renaissance to contemporary 21-st century music. Throughout the pandemic, the Choruses challenged the boundaries of remote collaboration in music making, releasing several productions including a music video "We Will Get There", as well as a one-of-its-kind joint choral performance "Longing", entirely enabled by technology.

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SSO Babies' Proms #

Saturday, 8 October 2022, 10.30am & 2.30pm
Victoria Concert Hall

SSO’s popular Babies’ Proms is finally back! Join us for an amazing musical adventure for parents and kids of all ages, and discover the fun and fantastic world of the orchestra and its different instruments! 

Pre-concert activities will be held half an hour before each of the respective shows: a. Instrument petting zoo featuring the harp and more! b. Pre-show introduction with Jonathan Fox (SSO Principal Percussion) in the concert hall

Date & time
Saturday, 8 October 2022, 10.30am & 2.30pm

Venue
Victoria Concert Hall

Performers
Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Leonard Tan, conductor
William Ledbetter, presenter

Programme Highlights
BIZET Prelude to Act I of Carmen
TCHAIKOVSKY Waltz of the Flowers
HISAISHI Castle in the Sky (arr. Fujita)
JOHN WILLIAMS Theme from Jaws
OFFENBACH Can-Can

Tickets
$40, $32 [SOLD OUT]
Tickets available on www.sso.org.sg.

SSO GALA: Strauss Four Last Songs and Sibelius Symphony 5 #

Friday, 14 October 2022, 7.30pm
Esplanade Concert Hall

Spring. September. Going to sleep. At sunset. Richard Strauss’s Four Last Songs, written at the very end of his life, are songs of soaring beauty suffused with calm and acceptance. Veteran Finnish conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste and distinguished soprano Evelina Dobračeva take us on this journey of twilight serenity, bookended by the divine Act 1 prelude from Wagner’s Lohengrin and Sibelius’s supreme paean to nature’s majesty.

Date & time
Friday, 14 October 2022, 7.30pm

Venue
Esplanade Concert Hall

Performers
Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Jukka-Pekka Saraste, conductor
Evelina Dobračeva, soprano^

Programme
WAGNER Prelude to Lohengrin
R. STRAUSS Four Last Songs^
R. STRAUSS Morgen!^
SIBELIUS Symphony No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 82

Tickets
$98, $78, $58, $38, $25
Tickets available on www.sso.org.sg.

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SSO POPS: A New World: Intimate music from FINAL FANTASY #

SPECIAL ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION #

Tuesday & Wednesday, 1 & 2 November 2022, 7.30pm
Victoria Concert Hall

A New World: intimate music from FINAL FANTASY celebrates the 35th Anniversary of FINAL FANTASY 

From the team that brought you Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY, the FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE: Orchestra World Tour, NieR: Orchestra Concert and more, SQUARE ENIX and AWR Music Productions are proud to present a special new program of music to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of FINAL FANTASY performed by A New World: intimate music from FINAL FANTASY live in concert. Under the direction of Eric Roth, a chamber ensemble featuring musicians from the SSO will perform exclusive arrangements from throughout the FINAL FANTASY series in the thrillingly personal style of this outstanding musical production. 

A New World: intimate music from FINAL FANTASY has performed spectacular concerts for spellbound audiences on four continents since its 2014 debut. Beloved musical selections from composers Nobuo Uematsu, Masashi Hamauzu, Naoshi Mizuta, Hitoshi Sakimoto, Tetsuya Shibata, Yoko Shimomura, and Masayoshi Soken are performed in a transparent and engaging format, achieving an astounding variety of musical textures and moods. The A New World experience is fresh every time, drawing audiences deeper into the musical worlds of FINAL FANTASY. 

Date & time
Tuesday & Wednesday, 1 & 2 November 2022, 7.30pm

Venue
Victoria Concert Hall

Performers
Eric Roth, conductor
Musicians of the SSO

Tickets
$98, $68, $48, $28
Tickets available on www.sso.org.sg.

Concerts for Children: Family Film Favourites #

Sunday, 13 Novmeber 2022, 10.30am & 2.30pm
Esplanade Concert Hall

We’re taking a musical trip to the movies! Travel to a galaxy far, far away with the music of Star Wars and drop in on Hogwarts with the tunes of Harry Potter. Hear all your favourite music from Frozen, Despicable Me, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Toy Story, Harry Potter and many more!

Date & time
Sunday, 13 November 2022, 10.30am & 2.30pm

Venue
Esplande Concert Hall

Performers
Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Leonard Tan, conductor
Alasdair Malloy, presenter

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

TwoSet Violin & SSO: Mendelssohn Violin Concerto #

Wednesday, 16 November 2022, 7.30pm
Victoria Concert Hall

Internet sensation TwoSet Violin will be joined by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra to bring their eagerly anticipated 4 million YouTube subscribers special celebration to Singapore on the 16th of November 2022 at the Victoria Concert Hall.

In 2020 and 2021, Brett Yang and Eddy Chen have celebrated their 2 million and 3 million subscribers milestones by performing the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto and the Sibelius Violin Concerto respectively, live streamed from their filming studio to a worldwide audience. This year, in commemoration of hitting 4 million subscribers, Brett and Eddy decided to go one step further by bringing this tradition to a concert hall with a symphony orchestra, with Brett performing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto. This concert will also be live streamed on the TwoSet Violin YouTube channel and the SSO’s Facebook Page.

Date & time
Wednesday, 16 November 2022, 7.30pm

Venue
Victoria Concert Hall

Performers
Singapore Symphony Orchesra
Rodolfo Barráez, Associate Conductor
Brett Yang, violin^
Eddy Chen, violin

Programme
MOZART Overture to The Marriage of Figaro
MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64^
J.S. BACH Concerto in D minor for Two Violins and Orchestra, BWV 1043

Tickets
$199, $149, $99, $79 [SOLD OUT]
Open Rehearsal: $50
Tickets available on www.sso.org.sg.

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SNYO in Concert: Tales of Fantasy #

Sunday, 4 December 2022, 4pm
Victoria Concert Hall

Tchaikovsky’s Christmas season classic of fairies, toys, mischief, magic and the vivid dreams of a girl make an enchanted companion to the psychedelic evocations of a Romantic composer in love. Watch the young musicians of the Singapore National Youth Orchestra as they bring fantasy to life with these two favourites of the concert hall. 

Date & time
Sunday, 4 December 2022, 4pm

Venue
Victoria Concert Hall

Performers
Singapore National Youth Orchestra
Peter Stark, conductor

Programme
TCHAIKOVSKY The Nutcracker Suite No. 1, Op. 71a
BERLIOZ Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

Tickets
$20
Available from 31 Oct 2022 on www.sso.org.sg.

SSO GALA: Krystian Zimerman In Concert #

Wednesday & Thursday, 7 & 8 December 2022, 7.30pm
Esplanade Concert Hall

One of the greatest living pianists today, Polish legend Krystian Zimerman's unparalleled subtleties and expressive luxuriance can only come from a wisdom distilled from a lifetime of consummate artistry. Zimerman leads the SSO as both soloist and conductor in Beethoven’s meditative Piano Concerto No. 4 and the vigorous Fourth Symphony. Not to be missed! 

Date & time
Wednesday & Thursday, 7 & 8 December 2022, 7.30pm

Venue
Esplanade Concert Hall

Performers
Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Krystian Zimerman, piano/conductor

Programme
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 4 in B-flat major, Op. 60
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58

Tickets
$168, $128, $88, $68, $48, $25
Tickets available on www.sso.org.sg.

SSO Christmas Fundraising Concert #

Thursday & Friday, 15 & 16 December 2022, 7.30pm
Esplanade Concert Hall
*Online @ SSOLOUNGE

The voices of the Singapore Symphony Choruses make a welcome return to the popular SSO Christmas Concerts! Join the SSO in a heartwarming family of joyful tunes from Handel’s Messiah to Pachelbel’s heavenly Canon, ending with a newly arranged Christmas sing-along in Baroque style!

Date & time
Thursday & Friday, 15 & 16 December 2022, 7.30pm

Venue
Esplanade Concert Hall

Performers
Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Singapore Symphony Choruses^
Rodolfo Barráez, Associate Conductor
Eudenice Palaruan, Choral Director
Wong Lai Foon, Choirmaster

Programme
LOCATELLI Christmas Concerto
BACH Jauchzet, frohlocket! from Christmas Oratorio^
HANDEL Sinfonia, For Unto Us A Child Is Born, Pastorale and Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah^
PACHELBEL Canon (arr. Khachatur Khachatryan)
HANDEL Andante-Allegro from Organ Concerto in B-flat major, Op. 4, No. 6
VIVALDI Winter Largo for solo organ
TAN YUTING Christmas Sing-along Medley^

Tickets
$498, $228, $128, $98, $78, $58
Tickets available on www.sso.org.sg.
$30 for 12M Premium All-Access Pass (SSOLOUNGE)
$6 for Single Access Pass (SSOLOUNGE)
Online stream available on https://lounge.sso.org.sg/ from 16 December 2022

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