Start The New Year On A High Note With SSO

Published on 30 November 2021

Reinvigorate the senses with SSO’s first concerts of 2022 — led by Chief Conductor Hans Graf, the series feature the Singapore debut of Romanian-born German pianist Herbert Schuch and the return of young Chinese violinist He Ziyu.

Singapore, 30 November 2021 — Setting the stage for another year of enthralling performances, Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) maintains its musical momentum by delivering its characteristic zest of music with outstanding programmes. Chief Conductor Hans Graf will take the helm to orchestrate the Singapore debut of Romanian-born German pianist Herbert Schuch as well as the concert that sees the return of highly accomplished young Chinese violinist He Ziyu. During January and February, the SSO will also premiere online concerts that are exclusively available on SSOLOUNGE, the orchestra’s streaming platform.

January

On 6 January, the musicians of the SSO come together for VCHpresents Chamber: The Elegiac Russian, where they will play three beautiful yet poignant chamber pieces from Russian composing greats comprising Tchaikovsky, Khachaturian and Rachmaninoff.

A week after on 14 & 15 January, Romanian-born German pianist Herbert Schuch makes his highly-anticipated Singapore debut in Schumann Piano Concerto and Mozart’s Jupiter. Audiences can expect to revel in a delicate symphony of sounds as SSO Chief Conductor Hans Graf directs Mozart’s 33rd Symphony, followed by Schuch’s performance of the rhapsodic masterpiece — Schumann’s Piano Concerto. The evening will culminate in the orchestra’s exhilarating performance of Mozart’s last symphony, the grandiose Jupiter Symphony.

After his Singapore debut with SSO in 2019, Chinese violin prodigy and 1st prize winner in the Senior Division of the 2016 Menuhin Competition He Ziyu returns on 21 & 22 January for Beethoven, 1806. Conducted by Chief Conductor Hans Graf, He, known for his distinctive confident and sprightly performance, will be delivering his rendition of Beethoven’s one and only Violin Concerto. The concert will also see the orchestra performing Beethoven’s dynamic Symphony No. 4.

Beyond January’s exciting live concerts, the SSO experience can also be enjoyed with the digital release of A Triptych of Ravel, Respighi and Copland on the SSOLOUNGE. Available free from 20 January, audience can bask in the picturesque soundscape of Respighi’s celebrated Three Botticelli Pictures, Ravel’s fairytale Ma mère l'Oye, and Copland’s vibrant Clarinet Concerto featuring SSO’s Principal Clarinetist Ma Yue.

February

The riveting concert lineup continues into February at Victoria Concert Hall. The month’s programme is off to a majestic start with VCHpresents Organ: Daniel Moult – The English Connection on 12 February. Marking the return of the first international organist to perform with SSO since 2020, Daniel Moult, director of the highly acclaimed organ arm of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, will be performing an eclectic concert spotlighting works from English composers and arrangers including Mendelssohn, Purcell, and Handel.

In a two-day concert special for SSO’s Baroque Festival, Andrew Arthur, Associate Director and harpsichordist of the UK’s renowned period ensemble, The Hanover Band, will be conducting the orchestra for Temasek Foundation SSO Baroque Festival – Bach, the Beginning and End on 18 February, dedicated to SSO Founding Patron the late Dr Goh Keng Swee, and Temasek Foundation SSO Baroque Festival – Music from Georgian England on 19 February. The former will transport audience to the golden era of Baroque featuring masterpieces from Bach, Handel, and Corelli, while the latter will celebrate the regal music of Georgian England with pieces from Avison, Boyce, Handel, and Geminiani.

Complementing SSO’s February live concerts will be the digital release of Sounds For A Summer Evening on 10 February via SSOLOUNGE. Recorded live at the Victoria Concert Hall in December 2020, the concert features the dreamy Grassfield in the Summer, written by SSO’s Principal Flute, Jin Ta. During this online concert, audience can also enjoy Debussy’s Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp and Beethoven’s String Quintet in C major.

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: The Elegiac Russian #

Thursday, 6 January 2022, 7.30pm
Victoria Concert Hall

Experience the heart and soul of three beautifully melancholy chamber gems from Russian/Soviet composers, played by musicians of the Singapore Symphony. The exotic strains of Khachaturian’s folk-influenced clarinet trio are framed by Rachmaninoff’s remarkable Trio élégiaque No. 1 and the music of his own mentor, Tchaikovsky – whose String Quartet No. 1 famously reduced Leo Tolstoy and even Helen Keller to tears.

Date & time
Thursday, 6 January 2022, 7.30pm

Venue
Victoria Concert Hall

Performers
Chen Da Wei, violin
Nikolai Koval, violin
Chikako Sasaki, violin
Ye Lin, violin
Janice Tsai, viola
Chan Wei Shing, cello
Jamshid Saydikarimov, cello
Li Xin, clarinet
Albert Tiu, piano
Yao Xiao Yun, piano

Programme
TCHAIKOVSKY String Quartet No. 1 in D major, Op. 11
KHACHATURIAN Trio in G minor for Clarinet, Violin and Piano
RACHMANINOFF Trio élégiaque No. 1 in G minor

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

Schumann Piano Concerto and Mozart’s Jupiter #

Friday & Saturday, 14 January & 15 January 2022, 7.30pm
Esplanade Concert Hall

From one of his smallest-scale symphonies to his ultimate symphonic legacy, SSO Chief Conductor Hans Graf directs Mozart’s delicate 33rd Symphony and the magnificent Jupiter Symphony – written nine years apart but sharing one signature theme – a touch of the divine. The centrepiece this evening is Schumann’s Piano Concerto, a rhapsody of virtuosity in poetry – and the virtuoso making his Singapore debut: Romanian-born German pianist Herbert Schuch.

Date & time
Friday & Saturday, 14 January & 15 January 2022, 7.30pm

Venue
Esplanade Concert Hall

Performers
Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Hans Graf, Chief Conductor
Herbert Schuch, piano

Programme
MOZART Symphony No. 33 in B-flat major, K.319
SCHUMANN Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54
MOZART Symphony No. 41 in C major, K.551 “Jupiter”

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

A Triptych of Ravel, Respighi and Copland #

Thursday, 20 January 2022, 8pm
Online @ SSOLOUNGE

A picturesque soundscape of Respighi’s celebrated Three Botticelli Pictures and Ravel’s fairy-tale Ma mère l'Oye frame the centrepiece in this programme, Copland’s colourful Clarinet Concerto, featuring SSO’s Principal Clarinetist Ma Yue and conducted by Chief Conductor Hans Graf.

Exclusive SSOLOUNGE release.

Date & time
Thursday, 20 January 2022, 8pm

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

Performers
Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Hans Graf, Chief Conductor
Ma Yue, clarinet

Programme
RESPIGHI Trittico Botticelliano
COPLAND Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra
FEIDMAN Let's be Happy
RAVEL Ma mère l’Oye - Complete Ballet

Tickets
Free. Sign up for a complimentary access pass on lounge.sso.org.sg from 7 January, 10am until 19 February.

Beethoven, 1806 #

Friday & Saturday, 21 January & 22 January 2022, 7.30pm
Esplanade Concert Hall

In the year 1806, Beethoven produced his one and only Violin Concerto and the brilliant Symphony No. 4. The former, a violin showcase of noble lyricism and the latter, a dynamic powerhouse of orchestral energy the equal of any of Beethoven’s symphonic output. The highly accomplished young Chinese violinist He Ziyu, 22, is a welcome and familiar face to Singapore audiences and to our Chief Conductor Hans Graf. Both hail from Austria, where Beethoven lived nearly all his life.

Date & time
Friday & Saturday, 21 January & 22 January 2022, 7.30pm

Venue
Esplanade Concert Hall

Performers
Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Hans Graf, Chief Conductor
He Ziyu, violin

Programme
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 4 in B-flat major, Op. 60
BEETHOVEN Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61

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

Sounds For A Summer Evening #

Thursday, 10 February 2022, 8pm
Online @ SSOLOUNGE

In the evenings when our thoughts turn to the end of day, the fuss and flurry of life dissolve to the sound of music. The sound of three flutes and a bassoon float over the Grassfield in the Summer Nights, written by our Principal Flute Jin Ta, while the beguiling combination of flute, viola and harp by way of Debussy promises enchantment and contemplation. Finally, be recharged by the unmistakable wit and vigour of Beethoven.

Recorded live at the Victoria Concert Hall in Dec 2020 and released exclusively on SSOLOUNGE.

Date & time
Thursday, 10 February 2022, 8pm

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

Performers
Chan Yoong-Han, violin
Zhao Tian, violin
Guan Qi, viola
Gu Bing Jie, viola
Ng Pei-Sian, cello (The HEAD Foundation Chair)
Jin Ta, flute
Miao Shanshan, flute
Evgueni Brokmiller, flute
Christoph Wichert, bassoon
Gulnara Mashurova, harp

Programme
JIN TA Grassfield in the Summer Night for 3 Flutes and Bassoon 夏夜的草坪 (
DEBUSSY Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp
BEETHOVEN String Quintet in C major, Op. 29

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

VCHpresents Organ: Daniel Moult – The English Connection #

Saturday, 12 February 2022, 7.30pm
Victoria Concert Hall

One instrument to connect them all through the ages, the Pipe Organ. Hear a selection of iconic English music by the great Purcell and Handel, witness footwork virtuosity in Thalben-Ball's Paganini Variations and end the weekend with a touch of jazz and romance, all performed by “one of the finest organists of our time”, Daniel Moult (The Organ).

Supported by the American Guild of Organists – Singapore Chapter

Date & time
Saturday, 12 February 2022, 7.30pm

Venue
Victoria Concert Hall

Performers
Daniel Moult, organ

Programme
MENDELSSOHN War March of the Priests from Athalie
PURCELL Voluntary in G major, Z720
HANDEL Organ Concerto in B-flat major, Op.4, No.2 (arr. Walsh)
WESLEY Nos. 8 & 9 from Twelve Short Pieces
THALBEN-BALL Variations on a Theme by Paganini for Organ Pedals
WALTON Touch her soft lips and part (arr. Gower)
BRITTON Variations on Gershwin's “I Got Rhythm”

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

Temasek Foundation SSO Baroque Festival – Bach, the Beginning and End #

dedicated to the late Dr Goh Keng Swee, founding patron of the SSO
Friday, 18 February 2022, 7.30pm
Victoria Concert Hall

“Bach is the beginning and end of all music”, it is said. The SSO’s Baroque Festival returns with Andrew Arthur, Associate Director of the renowned Hanover Band and founder of his own period-instrument ensemble and vocal consort, Orpheus Britannicus. In their first programme, they’ll take you back to the time of the Baroque masters, beginning and ending with the greatest of them all.

Date & time
Friday, 18 February 2022, 7.30pm

Venue
Victoria Concert Hall

Performers
Musicians of the SSO
Andrew Arthur, director/harpsichord

Programme
BACH Concerto in D major for Harpsichord and Strings, BWV 1054
CORELLI Trio Sonata in E minor, Op. 2, No. 4
HANDEL Trio Sonata in G, Op. 5, No. 4
BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050

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

Temasek Foundation SSO Baroque Festival – Music from Georgian England #

Saturday, 19 February 2022, 7.30pm
Victoria Concert Hall

Oboes, bassoons, trumpets, timpani, strings and continuo – all the goodness of the Baroque orchestra come together on day two of our Baroque Festival. Join the Singapore Symphony and period performance specialist Andrew Arthur in this evening celebrating the regal music of Georgian England.

Date & time
Saturday, 19 February 2022, 7.30pm

Venue
Victoria Concert Hall

Performers
Musicians of the SSO
Andrew Arthur, director/harpsichord

Programme
HANDEL Concerto Grosso in B-flat major, Op. 3, No. 2
AVISON Concerto Grosso No. 9 in C major/A minor
BOYCE Symphony No. 5 in D major
GEMINIANI Concerto Grosso in D minor “La Follia” (after Corelli)
HANDEL Concerto Grosso in A major, Op. 6, No. 11

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