SSO announces performance in Kyoto and appointments of Co-Principal Guest Concertmasters

SSO announces performance in Kyoto and appointments of Co-Principal Guest Concertmasters

SSO announces performance in Kyoto and appointments of Co-Principal Guest Concertmasters

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The Singapore Symphony Orchestra will take part in Japan’s Asia Orchestra Week with its first overseas performance since 2017. Plus, renowned violinists David Coucheron and Kevin Lin are appointed Co-Principal Guest Concertmasters for the 2024/2025 season.

Singapore, 8 July 2024 – The Singapore Symphony Orchestra kick-starts its 2024/2025 season with a variety of exciting performances. In the coming months, relish the opportunity to watch world-class artists such as Sayaka Shoji, Karen Gomyo, Yiwen Lu, Maxim Vengerov, Lara Maigue, Moritz Ernst, Hélène Grimaud and Ingrid Fliter in action with the SSO. The Singapore and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras and Choruses will also perform the choral-orchestral spectacular Carmina Burana in a highly anticipated collaboration.

SSO Heads to Kyoto

The SSO will participate in Asia Orchestra Week 2024 on 19 October, its first overseas performance since 2017. Started in 2002, Asia Orchestra Week is organised by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan. Following its previous appearance in Osaka, the SSO is proud to be invited once again as the only international orchestra in 2024. This year’s festival will be held in Kyoto, and SSO Music Director Hans Graf will conduct Beethoven’s mighty Fifth Symphony, Mendelssohn’s Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Luciola singapura, a multi-award-winning composition by Singaporean composer Koh Cheng Jin. The renowned Hélène Grimaud will also star in Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G.

“Japan is a nation that deeply values the arts and culture, and it is an honour for the SSO to be invited to perform at Asia Orchestra Week,” says His Excellency Ong Eng Chuan, Singapore Ambassador to Japan. “This is a wonderful opportunity for Singapore to not only showcase the exceptional talent of our musicians on an international stage, but also strengthen our warm relationship with friends in Japan.”

The same programme (without the Mendelssohn) will be performed in Singapore on 16 October at the Victoria Concert Hall for Singapore audiences to enjoy. The SSO will also be participating in a symposium on 20 October at Hulic Hall Kyoto, alongside speakers from the City of Kyoto Symphony Orchestra. They will be discussing the role of arts organisations in Singapore and Kyoto, focusing on educational programmes and how they impact youth.

Co-Principal Guest Concertmasters

Violinists David Coucheron and Kevin Lin have been jointly appointed as Co-Principal Guest Concertmasters of the SSO.

Norwegian violinist David Coucheron joined the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra as Concertmaster in September 2010. At the time, he was the youngest concertmaster among any major US orchestras. Throughout his career, David has worked with world-renowned conductors such as Robert Spano, Michael Tilson Thomas, Simon Rattle, Mstislav Rostropovich and Charles Dutoit, among others. In addition to regular performances this season, he will also join the SSO on tour in Australia in February 2025.

Originally from the greater New York area, Kevin Lin currently serves as the Concertmaster of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and is a highly sought-after concertmaster, previously holding the position of Co-Leader in the London Philharmonic Orchestra and with guest appearances at the Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestras, the Houston Symphony, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London, the Taiwan Philharmonic and the SSO amongst others.

We are thrilled to welcome David and Kevin and look forward to the exceptional artistry they will bring to our upcoming performances.

Find out more about them here.

Spotlighting Singapore’s Music Talents

In August, the Temasek Foundation x SSO National Day Concert will celebrate the works of our musical forefathers and showcase music from the composers of today, including three winning pieces from the NDC 2024 Call for Compositions. Members of the Singapore National Youth Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Choruses, and various school choirs and bands will perform together alongside the SSO, under the baton of Leonard Tan. Held at the Esplanade Concert Hall, this concert will also be livestreamed on the Singapore Symphony YouTube channel.

In September, the annual President’s Young Performers Concert will see two of Singapore’s finest young pianists take the stage. Toby Tan and Adrian Tang will be performing Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 1 respectively, accompanied by the SSO, and conducted by SSO Associate Conductor Rodolfo Barráez with President Tharman Shanmugaratnam as Guest of Honour.

SSO Gala and Artist Recitals

Classical music superstars Maxim Vengerov and Hélène Grimaud will make their highly anticipated return in August and October respectively. Maxim Vengerov will perform the popular Sibelius Violin Concerto with former SSO Principal Guest Conductor Okko Kamu, and Hélène Grimaud will perform Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G with SSO Music Director Hans Graf. Both artists will also perform recitals.

Another not-to-be-missed SSO Gala evening is Carmina Burana. Carl Orff’s grandiloquent 1937 oratorio will be presented by almost 300 performers live. Conducted by Jaime Martín, the highly anticipated collaboration between the Singapore and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras and Choruses will feature vocal soloists Siobhan Stagg, Andrew Goodwin, and Christopher Tonkin. This concert serves as a precursor to the SSO’s Australian debut tour across Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane in February 2025.

Something for Everyone

Young audiences or those new to classical music can look forward to more accessible programmes in the calendar. Appreciate how music has been a vital storytelling ingredient in SSO Pops: Classics at the Movies on 27 and 28 September. Join conductor Gerard Salonga, singing sensation Lara Maigue and SSO violinist Chan Yoong-Han in this cinematic journey of unforgettable scores that have transcended time and memory through film and animation.

Tickets for the SSO Concerts for Children series have also been released, starting with Pirates Ahoy! in September - a seafaring, swashbuckling pirate-themed programme led by presenter Alasdair “Awesome Al” Malloy and conductor Rodolfo Barráez. For parents looking to introduce their babies and toddlers to classical music, the SSO Babies’ Proms is a popular choice. This well-established programme has entertained generations of kids every year.

Witness the many ways Halloween can come alive in music with SSO Organ Series: A Gothic Halloween. This spooky concert will feature the Male Chorus of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Shane Thio on the celesta and piano, organist Boey Jir Shin, Assistant Choral Conductor Ellissa Sayampanathan, as well as Choral Director and organist Eudenice Palaruan, whose composition Caña will also be performed.

SSO Chamber Series and Baroque Festival

The SSO Chamber Series begins with a pair of concerts featuring SSO Principal Harp Gulnara Mashurova with musicians of the SSO. A Love of French Music is a programme dedicated to the inimitable style, finesse and beauty of French music, and Enchanting Ravel will present music from Ravel and Franck.

The SSO Baroque Festival also returns with two concerts, Music of the Knight and Water Music Sweet, led by Willi Zimmermann, concertmaster of the Zurich Chamber Orchestra and guest leader of the Berlin Baroque Soloists. The programmes will feature signature gems of Baroque repertoire, such as Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, Telemann’s Don Quixote Suite and Handel’s Water Music.

Singapore Symphony In Concert – Kyoto, Japan

Singapore Symphony In Concert – Kyoto, Japan

Singapore Symphony Orchestra / Hans Graf, Music Director / Hélène Grimaud, piano

Sat / 19 Oct 24 / 4.00pm

Kyoto Concert Hall Main Hall

The Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) makes its exciting return to Japan with one of the finest pianists today, Hélène Grimaud, starring in Ravel’s scintillating Piano Concerto in G. Also illuminating the stage in its Japan premiere is Singaporean composer Koh Cheng Jin’s Luciola singapura – a multi-award-winning composition depicting the Singapore firefly. Conducted by its Music Director, Austrian maestro Hans Graf, the SSO will also present Mendelssohn’s effervescent Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Beethoven’s mighty Fifth Symphony at the Asia Orchestra Week 2024 held in Kyoto, Japan.

Featuring

Singapore Symphony Orchestra / Hans Graf, Music Director / Hélène Grimaud, piano

Programme

Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Felix Mendelssohn (Mendelssohn)

Piano Concerto in G major*

Maurice Ravel (Ravel)

Luciola singapura

Cheng Jin Koh (Koh Cheng Jin)

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

Ludwig van Beethoven (Beethoven)
Price

¥3,000, ¥2,000, ¥1,000

Brahms with Hans Graf and Sayaka Shoji
Season 2024/25 • Subscription Concert

Brahms with Hans Graf and Sayaka Shoji

Singapore Symphony Orchestra / Hans Graf, Music Director / Sayaka Shoji, violin

Thu / 01 Aug 24 / 7.30pm

Fri / 02 Aug 24 / 7.30pm

Victoria Concert Hall

The noble strains of Brahms’s music encompass this entire programme conducted by SSO Music Director Hans Graf. Passion and angst rule his Tragic Overture while calm winds of grace flow through his Serenade in A major. Brahms’s popular Violin Concerto takes the limelight in the second half, starring the acclaimed violinist Sayaka Shoji, the first Japanese and youngest-ever winner of the Paganini Competition in 1999.

Featuring

Singapore Symphony Orchestra / Hans Graf, Music Director / Sayaka Shoji, violin

Programme

Tragic Overture, Op. 81

Johannes Brahms (Brahms)

Serenade No. 2 in A major, Op. 16

Johannes Brahms (Brahms)

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77*

Johannes Brahms (Brahms)
Price

$100, $75, $55, $40, $30, $15

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National Day Concert
Season 2024/25

National Day Concert

Singapore Symphony Orchestra / Members of the Singapore National Youth Orchestra / Combined Choir / Combined Band / Leonard Tan, conductor / Ellissa Sayampanathan, Assistant Choral Conductor

Sun / 11 Aug 24 / 4.00pm

Esplanade Concert Hall

In the history of music in every genre, what continues to be played long after it was written becomes classic, and ultimately: identity. Since 2018, the Singapore Symphony’s annual National Day Concert has celebrated the works of our musical forefathers and showcased our composers of today. Join us to hear our musical legacy and future.

*Winning pieces from NDC 2024 Call for Compositions

This concert will be streamed live on the Singapore Symphony YouTube channel.

Featuring

Singapore Symphony Orchestra / Members of the Singapore National Youth Orchestra / Combined Choir / Combined Band / Leonard Tan, conductor / Ellissa Sayampanathan, Assistant Choral Conductor

Programme

Giocoso – Largamente

Yoon Pin Leong (Leong Yoon Pin)

Tapestries I – Time Dances

Eric Watson

homemade recipe: nasi ulam

Emily Koh

Our Story: Passage through Time*

Lim Han Quan

Red Dot Dreaming*

Felicia Teng

Illuminating the skies*

Gu Wei

Sing!

Jinjun Lee (Lee Jinjun)

Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

Terrence Wong
Price

$68, $48, $38, $28, $15

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The Violin and the Erhu
Season 2024/25 • Subscription Concert

The Violin and the Erhu

Singapore Symphony Orchestra / Long Yu, conductor / Karen Gomyo, violin / Yiwen Lu, erhu

Fri / 16 Aug 24 / 7.30pm

Sat / 17 Aug 24 / 7.30pm

Victoria Concert Hall

Not one but two concertos fill this musical itinerary led by eminent Chinese conductor Long Yu, Music Director of the Shanghai Symphony and Artistic Director/Chief Conductor of the China Philharmonic Orchestra. Karen Gomyo, “a first-rate artist of real musical command, vitality, brilliance and intensity.” (The Chicago Tribune) stars in the American half of the programme with Barber’s Violin Concerto while Yiwen Lu, one of China’s finest exponents of the erhu, will enthral you with the haunting music of Qigang Chen.

Featuring

Singapore Symphony Orchestra / Long Yu, conductor / Karen Gomyo, violin / Yiwen Lu, erhu

Programme

Adagio for Strings

Samuel Barber (Barber)

Violin Concerto, Op. 14¹

Samuel Barber (Barber)

Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor

Alexander Borodin (Borodin)

Le joie de la souffrance for erhu and orchestra²

Qigang Chen
Price

$100, $75, $55, $40, $30, $15

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Carmina Burana
Season 2024/25

Carmina Burana

Singapore and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras / Singapore and Melbourne Symphony Choruses / Singapore Symphony Children’s Choir / Jaime Martín, conductor / Warren Trevelyan-Jones, Chorus Director (MSO) / Eudenice Palaruan, Choral Director (SSC/SSYC) / Wong Lai Foon, Choirmaster (SSCC) / Siobhan Stagg, soprano / Andrew Goodwin, tenor / Christopher Tonkin, baritone

Thu / 22 Aug 24 / 7.30pm

Fri / 23 Aug 24 / 7.30pm

Esplanade Concert Hall

The Singapore and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras and Choruses join forces to present the choral-orchestral spectacular of Carmina Burana, Carl Orff’s grandiloquent 1937 oratorio. The “Songs of Beuren” is based on 13th century songs celebrating all manner of life’s pursuits – from sacred prayers to bawdy tavern songs, reincarnated through a modern orchestra in kaleidoscopic colour and rhythmic vivacity, amplifying its vibrant and earthy humour. It’s a stunning experience that’s absolutely not to be missed, as is the lineup of fanfares, firebirds and flamenco in this exciting collaboration.

Featuring

Singapore and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras / Singapore and Melbourne Symphony Choruses / Singapore Symphony Children’s Choir / Jaime Martín, conductor / Warren Trevelyan-Jones, Chorus Director (MSO) / Eudenice Palaruan, Choral Director (SSC/SSYC) / Wong Lai Foon, Choirmaster (SSCC) / Siobhan Stagg, soprano / Andrew Goodwin, tenor / Christopher Tonkin, baritone

Programme

Fanfare for a City

Maria Grenfell

Three Dances from The Three-Cornered Hat

Manuel de Falla (De Falla)

The Firebird Suite (1919)

Igor Stravinsky (Stravinsky)

Carmina Burana

Carl Orff (Orff)
Price

$128, $98, $78, $58, $38, $28

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Sibelius with Maxim Vengerov and Okko Kamu
Season 2024/25

Sibelius with Maxim Vengerov and Okko Kamu

Singapore Symphony Orchestra / Okko Kamu, conductor / Maxim Vengerov, violin

Fri / 30 Aug 24 / 7.30pm

Esplanade Concert Hall

“A violinist like Maxim is born only once in a hundred years,” declared his violin teacher. Truly one of the most spellbinding violinists alive today, Maxim Vengerov, arrives in Singapore to play one of the many works that has carried his name into legend – the Sibelius Violin Concerto, music of tempestuous beauty and piercing sunlight. The Singapore Symphony also presents Emergence by the doyen of Singapore composers Kelly Tang, while Sibelius’s magnificent Second Symphony forges an incandescent conclusion to this concert conducted by Finnish maestro and former SSO Principal Guest Conductor Okko Kamu.

Featuring

Singapore Symphony Orchestra / Okko Kamu, conductor / Maxim Vengerov, violin

Programme

Emergence – Foreboding & Frenzy

Kelly Tang

Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47*

Jean Sibelius (Sibelius)

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 43

Jean Sibelius (Sibelius)
Price

$168, $138, $108, $78, $58, $38

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Maxim Vengerov in Recital
Season 2024/25

Maxim Vengerov in Recital

Maxim Vengerov, violin / Polina Osetinskaya, piano

Sat / 31 Aug 24 / 7.30pm

Esplanade Concert Hall

From the sweet darkness and brooding introspection of Prokofiev to the beautiful fullness of Franck’s Sonata, ending with Ravel’s fiery Tzigane – this not-to-be-missed recital by the renowned Maxim Vengerov and Polina Osetinskaya is an exquisite encapsulation of the art of violin and piano.

Featuring

Maxim Vengerov, violin / Polina Osetinskaya, piano

Programme

Five Melodies, Op. 35bis

Sergei Prokofiev (Prokofiev)

Violin Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 80

Sergei Prokofiev (Prokofiev)

Violin Sonata in A major

César Franck (Franck)

Tzigane

Maurice Ravel (Ravel)
Price

$168, $138, $108, $78, $58, $38

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Pirates Ahoy!
Season 2024/25

Pirates Ahoy!

Singapore Symphony Orchestra / Rodolfo Barráez, Associate Conductor / Alasdair Malloy, presenter

Sat / 07 Sep 24 / 11.00am

Sat / 07 Sep 24 / 2.00pm

Sun / 08 Sep 24 / 11.00am

Victoria Concert Hall

Ahoy lads and lasses, be that yer ma 'n pa comin' aboard me ship? Are they ole salts like me, ready fer our swashbucklin' adventure? Shiver me timbers, ok then! Strap on yer cutlasses 'n hold on yer pants, we be castin' off wit' our mighty ship, the Victoria now! Test yer sea legs 'n sound yer hornpipes 'n help us, Awesome Al and Cap'n Barráez find our booty trove o' musical gems!

Come aboard the Victoria with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, presenter Alasdair “Awesome Al” Malloy and conductor Rodolfo Barráez in this musical adventure of high Cs, pitch-perfect pirates and the thrill of the treasure hunt!

Recommended for ages 4 and above. No admission for infants-in-arms. No admission without a ticket. Pre-concert activities will begin an hour before each show.

Featuring

Singapore Symphony Orchestra / Rodolfo Barráez, Associate Conductor / Alasdair Malloy, presenter

Programme

The Pirate March

Leroy Anderson

Barnacle Bill

Herbert Ashworth-Hope

Adagio from Spartacus

Aram Khachaturian (Khachaturian)

Alasdair’s Seafaring Specials

Over the Waves

Juventino Rosas

Jamaican Rumba

Arthur Benjamin

Pirates of the Caribbean: Treasure Chest

Hans Zimmer

Sabre Dance

Aram Khachaturian (Khachaturian)

The Sailor's Hornpipe

Traditional
Price

$35, $25 (Family package available)

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President’s Young Performers Concert
Season 2024/25

President’s Young Performers Concert

Singapore Symphony Orchestra / Rodolfo Barráez, Associate Conductor / Toby Tan Kai Rong, piano / Adrian Tang, piano

Fri / 13 Sep 24 / 7.30pm

Victoria Concert Hall

Not one but two of Singapore’s finest young pianists take the stage at the Singapore Symphony’s 2024 showcase of President’s Young Performers. Watch Toby Tan, 16, prove his prodigiously growing talent in a performance of Rachmaninoff’s popular rhapsody on Paganini’s famous 24th Caprice. This sensuously modern masterpiece makes a mesmerising companion to Prokofiev’s brilliant Piano Concerto No. 1, whose lyrical tang and arresting melodies will be lit afire by Adrian Tang, 19, a First Prize winner at the 2023 National Piano & Violin Competition and alumnus of the Young Artist programme at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music.

Featuring

Singapore Symphony Orchestra / Rodolfo Barráez, Associate Conductor / Toby Tan Kai Rong, piano / Adrian Tang, piano

Programme

Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Felix Mendelssohn (Mendelssohn)

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43¹

Sergei Rachmaninoff (Rachmaninoff)

Piano Concerto No. 1 in D-flat major, Op. 10²

Sergei Prokofiev (Prokofiev)

Symphony No. 1 in D major, Op. 25 “Classical”

Sergei Prokofiev (Prokofiev)
Price

$68, $48, $38, $28, $15

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Classics at the Movies
Season 2024/25

Classics at the Movies

Singapore Symphony Orchestra / Gerard Salonga, conductor / Chan Yoong-Han, violin / Lara Maigue, soprano

Fri / 27 Sep 24 / 7.30pm

Sat / 28 Sep 24 / 7.30pm

Victoria Concert Hall

If a picture is worth a thousand words, music is surely worth millions. Music has been a vital ingredient in the art of storytelling, deepening the emotional power and meaning behind great films. Last seen together at the SSO’s tribute to Broadway, conductor Gerard Salonga is joined again by singing sensation Lara Maigue and SSO violinist Chan Yoong-Han in moving solo numbers by John Williams and Handel. Come with us on this cinematic journey of unforgettable scores that have transcended time and memory through film (and cartoon!).

This is a live orchestra concert with no film screening.

Featuring

Singapore Symphony Orchestra / Gerard Salonga, conductor / Chan Yoong-Han, violin / Lara Maigue, soprano

Programme

Poet and Peasant Overture (Popeye the Sailorman)

Building the Barn (Witness)

Por una Cabeza¹ (Scent of a Woman, Schindler’s List, True Lies)

Schindler’s List: Three Pieces¹

Suite from Psycho

Murder in the First

Lascia ch'io pianga² (Farinelli)

Ombra mai fu² (Dangerous Liaisons, Pride & Prejudice)

Silence of the Lambs - Suite

Tom and Jerry at MGM

Price

$98, $78, $58, $48, $38, $28

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A Love of French Music
Season 2024/25

A Love of French Music

Gulnara Mashurova, harp / Zhang Si Jing, violin / Zhao Tian, violin / Janice Tsai, viola / Christopher Mui, cello / Austin Larson, French horn

Thu / 03 Oct 24 / 7.30pm

Victoria Concert Hall

“The only love affair I have ever had was with music.” – Maurice Ravel. And love we do the inimitable style, finesse and beauty of French music. The musicians of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra present this programme dedicated to the luscious musical sounds of Saint-Saëns, Debussy and Ravel, featuring SSO Principal Harpist Gulnara Mashurova.

Featuring

Gulnara Mashurova, harp / Zhang Si Jing, violin / Zhao Tian, violin / Janice Tsai, viola / Christopher Mui, cello / Austin Larson, French horn

Programme

Fantaisie for Violin and Harp, Op. 124

Camille Saint-Saëns (Saint-Saëns)

Chants d'arrière-saison for French Horn and Harp

Bernard Andrès (Andrès)

String Quartet in F major

Maurice Ravel (Ravel)
Price

$20

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Enchanting Ravel
Season 2024/25

Enchanting Ravel

Gulnara Mashurova, harp / Chan Yoong-Han, violin / Cao Can, violin / Ye Lin, violin / Nikolai Koval, violin / Xu Jueyi, violin / Marietta Ku, viola / Guo Hao, cello / Jamshid Saydikarimov, cello / Evgueni Brokmiller, flute / Ma Yue, clarinet / Ning An, piano

Fri / 04 Oct 24 / 7.30pm

Victoria Concert Hall

“Music is a means of transport, an escape, and a refuge.” – Maurice Ravel. Ahead of Ravel’s 250th birth anniversary in 2025, the Singapore Symphony presents two examples of the French master’s unique sound. Revel in the caramel concord of his sonata for violin and cello, or the dream-laden wisps of his harp-infused Introduction & Allegro, set against the torrid emotions and delicate infatuations of his predecessor César Franck’s Quintet for piano and strings.

Featuring

Gulnara Mashurova, harp / Chan Yoong-Han, violin / Cao Can, violin / Ye Lin, violin / Nikolai Koval, violin / Xu Jueyi, violin / Marietta Ku, viola / Guo Hao, cello / Jamshid Saydikarimov, cello / Evgueni Brokmiller, flute / Ma Yue, clarinet / Ning An, piano

Programme

Sonata for Violin and Cello

Maurice Ravel (Ravel)

Introduction & Allegro for Harp, Flute, Clarinet and Strings

Maurice Ravel (Ravel)

Piano Quintet in F minor

César Franck (Franck)
Price

$20

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SSO Babies’ Proms
Season 2024/25

SSO Babies’ Proms

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

Sat / 05 Oct 24 / 11.00am

Sat / 05 Oct 24 / 2.00pm

Sun / 06 Oct 24 / 11.00am

Victoria Concert Hall

The SSO's popular Babies’ Proms returns with its well-established and familiar programme that has entertained generations of kids every year. Discover the fun and fantastic world of the orchestra and its different instruments in this free-and-easy musical day out for parents and kids. Be ready to get up from your seats and move along to the music with your lively Babies’ Proms presenter, William Ledbetter “Uncle Bill”!

The SSO Babies’ Proms programme is identical from year to year. Recommended for ages 6 and below. Tickets are required for children aged 2 and above. Free for children under 2 years if accompanied by an adult with a ticket. Pre-concert activities will begin an hour before each show.

Featuring

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

Programme

Les Toréadors, Introduction to Act I of Carmen

Georges Bizet (Bizet)

Waltz of the Flowers

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Tchaikovsky)

In the Hall of the Mountain King

Edvard Grieg (Grieg)

Castle in the Sky from Laputa

Joe Hisaishi (Hisaishi)

Cheerful Cha Cha

Jill Townsend

Theme from Jaws

John Williams

Star Wars Imperial March

John Williams

Liberty Bell March

John Philip Sousa (Sousa)

William Tell Overture

Gioachino Rossini (Rossini)

Can-Can

Offenbach

Hungarian Dance No. 5

Johannes Brahms (Brahms)
Price

$45, $35

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Fire, Fantasia and Pulcinella
Season 2024/25 • Subscription Concert

Fire, Fantasia and Pulcinella

Singapore Symphony Orchestra / Stefan Blunier, conductor / Moritz Ernst, piano

Fri / 11 Oct 24 / 7.30pm

Sat / 12 Oct 24 / 7.30pm

Victoria Concert Hall

Pulcinella was my discovery of the past, the epiphany through which the whole of my late work became possible. The idea of bringing to life the universal comic character from Neapolitan commedia dell'arte tradition in music fascinated Stravinsky. The result was an enchanting collection of ballet numbers filled with nostalgic neoclassical charm and the pungent wit of 20th century modernism. The Renaissance-inspired Fantasia for Strings by Henze and the music of Haydn, the paragon of the Classical era, add to this theme.

Haydn’s Piano Concerto No. 11 is performed only on Friday (11 Oct), and No. 4 only on Saturday (12 Oct).

Featuring

Singapore Symphony Orchestra / Stefan Blunier, conductor / Moritz Ernst, piano

Programme

Fantasia for Strings

Hans Werner Henze (Henze)

Piano Concerto No. 11 in D major*

Joseph Haydn (Haydn)

Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major*

Joseph Haydn (Haydn)

Symphony No. 59 in A major “Fire”

Joseph Haydn (Haydn)

Pulcinella Suite

Igor Stravinsky (Stravinsky)
Price

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Hélène Grimaud and Hans Graf
Season 2024/25

Hélène Grimaud and Hans Graf

Singapore Symphony Orchestra / Hans Graf, Music Director / Hélène Grimaud, piano

Wed / 16 Oct 24 / 7.30pm

Victoria Concert Hall

One of the finest pianists of our time, the renowned Hélène Grimaud is also a multi-talented Renaissance woman whose passion goes beyond music to writing, championing wildlife conservation and human rights. She performs Ravel’s scintillating Piano Concerto in G, a work of jazz-infused vitality and iridescent beauty. Also illuminating the stage is Singaporean composer Koh Cheng Jin’s Luciola singapura – a multi-award-winning SSO commission evoking the Singapore firefly. First performed at the SSO National Day Concert 2021, hear it again this October played by a full orchestra with the piece’s distinctive yangqin part. This fascinating programme conducted by SSO Music Director Hans Graf ends with Beethoven’s mighty Fifth Symphony, the most famous symphonic statement in all music history.

Featuring

Singapore Symphony Orchestra / Hans Graf, Music Director / Hélène Grimaud, piano

Programme

Luciola singapura

Cheng Jin Koh (Koh Cheng Jin)

Piano Concerto in G major*

Maurice Ravel (Ravel)

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

Ludwig van Beethoven (Beethoven)
Price

$148, $118, $88, $68, $48, $38

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Hélène Grimaud in Recital
Season 2024/25

Hélène Grimaud in Recital

Hélène Grimaud, piano

Thu / 17 Oct 24 / 7.30pm

Victoria Concert Hall

The renowned pianist Hélène Grimaud is a multi-talented Renaissance woman whose passion goes beyond music to writing, championing wildlife conservation and human rights. Watch her distill her worldly insights into this solo recital of the music of Beethoven and Brahms, their Romantic ruminations and intimate lyricism segueing into a piece whose poignant grandeur Grimaud has elevated her fame with, the Bach/Busoni Chaconne.

Featuring

Hélène Grimaud, piano

Programme

Piano Sonata No. 30, Op. 109

Ludwig van Beethoven (Beethoven)

Three Intermezzi, Op. 117

Johannes Brahms (Brahms)

Fantasies, Op. 116

Johannes Brahms (Brahms)

Chaconne from Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004

Bach/Busoni (Bach/Busoni)
Price

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream
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A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Singapore Symphony Orchestra / Treble Voices of the Singapore Symphony Chorus / Hans Graf, Music Director / Eudenice Palaruan, Choral Director / Ingrid Fliter, piano / Maureen Thomas, narrator

Fri / 25 Oct 24 / 7.30pm

Sat / 26 Oct 24 / 7.30pm

Victoria Concert Hall

Beethoven’s spirited Piano Concerto No. 3 makes a perfect prelude to a very special performance of Mendelssohn’s music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream – not just the instrumental music that you know, but with Shakespeare’s inspired verses brought to life on stage by a narrator and chorus. Singapore Symphony Music Director Hans Graf directs two leading ladies of piano and theatre, Argentinian pianist Ingrid Fliter and Canadian actress Maureen Thomas in these plays of Romantic music and fantasy.

Featuring

Singapore Symphony Orchestra / Treble Voices of the Singapore Symphony Chorus / Hans Graf, Music Director / Eudenice Palaruan, Choral Director / Ingrid Fliter, piano / Maureen Thomas, narrator

Programme

Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37¹

Ludwig van Beethoven (Beethoven)

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Op. 61²

Felix Mendelssohn (Mendelssohn)
Price

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A Gothic Halloween
Season 2024/25

A Gothic Halloween

Male Chorus of the Singapore Symphony Chorus / Eudenice Palaruan, Choral Director & organ / Ellissa Sayampanathan, Assistant Choral Conductor / Shane Thio, celesta & piano / Boey Jir Shin, organ

Sun / 27 Oct 24 / 4.00pm

Victoria Concert Hall

From cathedraleque grandeur to ethereal beauty to fearsome spectacle - how many ways can Halloween come alive in music? The SSO Organ Series's popular Halloween night returns again with music across the ages - heavenly prayers, mighty pipe organ toccatas and eerie nocturnes. The men of the Singapore Symphony Chorus lend their voices to a selection of Gregorian chant, stormy lied and frantic pleas to fickle Fortune, ending with Choral Director Eudenice Palaruan's Caña.

Featuring

Male Chorus of the Singapore Symphony Chorus / Eudenice Palaruan, Choral Director & organ / Ellissa Sayampanathan, Assistant Choral Conductor / Shane Thio, celesta & piano / Boey Jir Shin, organ

Programme

Introduction from Suite Gothique

Léon Boëllmann (Boëllmann)

Quatre petites prières de Saint François d’Assise

Poulenc Francis (Poulenc)

Fugue in G minor, BWV 578

Johann Sebastian Bach (J.S. Bach)

De profundis clamavi

Anonymous

Im Rhein from Dichterliebe

Robert Schumann (Schumann)

Toccata from Suite Gothique

Léon Boëllmann (Boëllmann)

Notturno from Mikrocosmos Vol. 4

Béla Bartók (Bartók)

Fortune Plango from Carmina Burana

Carl Orff (Orff)

Nimrod from Enigma Variations

Edward Elgar (Elgar)

Caña

Eudenice Palaruan
Price

$30, $20, $10

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SSO Baroque Festival: Music of the Knight
Season 2024/25

SSO Baroque Festival: Music of the Knight

Singapore Symphony Orchestra / Willi Zimmermann, leader & violin

Thu / 31 Oct 24 / 7.30pm

Victoria Concert Hall

Immerse yourself in the melodic wealth of 18th century Europe in this two-day Baroque Festival by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, led by Willi Zimmermann, concertmaster of the Zurich Chamber Orchestra and guest leader of the Berlin Baroque Soloists. Day 1 begins with the amusing adventures of Don Quixote in Telemann’s lively suite, followed by signature gems of the Baroque such as Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3. Day 2 refreshes the stage as we go to England for Handel’s indelibly atmospheric Water Music, flowing into the artistry of Bach’s progeny.

Featuring

Singapore Symphony Orchestra / Willi Zimmermann, leader & violin

Programme

Burlesque de Quixotte

Georg Philipp Telemann (Telemann)

Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048

Johann Sebastian Bach (J.S. Bach)

Concerto Grosso in D major, Op. 6 No. 4

Arcangelo Corelli (Corelli)

Concerto Grosso in G minor, Op. 5 No. 5

Francesco Geminiani (Geminiani)

Concerto for Strings in G minor, RV 156

Antonio Vivaldi (Vivaldi)
Price

$50, $35, $20

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SSO Baroque Festival: Water Music Sweet
Season 2024/25

SSO Baroque Festival: Water Music Sweet

Singapore Symphony Orchestra / Willi Zimmermann, leader & violin

Fri / 01 Nov 24 / 7.30pm

Victoria Concert Hall

Immerse yourself in the melodic wealth of 18th century Europe in this two-day Baroque Festival by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, led by Willi Zimmermann, concertmaster of the Zurich Chamber Orchestra and guest leader of the Berlin Baroque Soloists. Day 1 begins with the amusing adventures of Don Quixote in Telemann’s lively suite, followed by signature gems of the Baroque such as Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3. Day 2 refreshes the stage as we go to England for Handel’s indelibly atmospheric Water Music, flowing into the artistry of Bach’s progeny.

Featuring

Singapore Symphony Orchestra / Willi Zimmermann, leader & violin

Programme

Water Music Suite No. 1 in F major, HWV 348

Georg Frideric Handel (Handel)

Symphony in G minor, Op. 6 No. 6

Johann Christian Bach (J.C. Bach)

Concerto Grosso in G major, HWV 319

Georg Frideric Handel (Handel)

Symphony in E-flat major, Wq 179

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (C.P.E. Bach)
Price

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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 SSO Chamber Series and SSO Organ 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 Group’s vision is to be a leading arts organization that engages, inspires and reflects Singapore through musical excellence. Our mission 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. In 2022, BBC Music Magazine named the SSO as one of the 21 best orchestras in the world.

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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.

Find out more about Singapore Symphony Choruses

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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