SSO consolidates paid and free digital content offerings on YouTube

SSO consolidates paid and free digital content offerings on YouTube

SSO consolidates paid and free digital content offerings on YouTube

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Mon, 02 Oct 2023

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SSO consolidates paid and free digital concert offerings on YouTube; Exciting live concerts in October and November include gala performances with Hans Graf and Leonidas Kavakos.

Singapore, 2 October 2023 — In line with its commitment to provide audiences with a seamless single-stop online experience, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra will be consolidating all its paid and free digital concert offerings on YouTube. The transition is also aligned with SSO’s goal of reaching more audiences around the world, by leveraging YouTube’s 2.6 billion monthly active users in over 100 countries.

SSO currently has over 35K global subscribers on YouTube (@singaporesymphony), its free videos garnering over 2.4 million views in the past year alone, adding to its 9.2 million lifetime views. With the transition of SSO’s paid content from SISTIC Live (SSOLOUNGE) to YouTube Membership, SSO aims to encourage YouTube viewers to join as paid Members at just SGD2 a month to enjoy additional premium content on top of its free offerings.

Marking the launch of SSO’s YouTube Membership account are two exclusive releases. On 7 October, there will be the highly anticipated premiere release of Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 featuring violinist Chloe Chua with the SSO conducted by Lawrence Renes, filmed in March 2023. Following this on 9 October is Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 and the fin de siècle beauty of its famous Adagietto, with the SSO also led by Lawrence Renes from the same concert.

Upcoming in concert halls will be two gala concerts and a solo recital by esteemed violinist Leonidas Kavakos joined by Music Director Hans Graf, two concerts featuring guest conductor Andrew Litton and violinist Chloë Hanslip, and the VCHpresents Baroque Festival.

October 2023

SSO Gala: Hans Graf and Leonidas Kavakos on 13 and 14 October will see the famed Greek violin virtuoso perform Tchaikovsky’s glorious Violin Concerto. The music of the ever-popular Czech composer Dvořák bookends this concert – four selections from his picturesque Legends for orchestra and the lyrical Sixth Symphony.

Another rare opportunity to catch Leonidas Kavakos in action, VCHpresents Chamber: Leonidas Kavakos in Recital on 15 October will feature some of the most exquisite pieces by the likes of Debussy and Ravel.

On 20 October, join British violinist Chloë Hanslip and American maestro Andrew Litton as they present Bennett Violin Concerto and Tchaikovsky 4, featuring the Asian premiere of American composer Robert Russell Bennett’s Violin Concerto followed by Tchaikovsky’s tumultuous symphonic masterpiece, the Fourth Symphony.

Catch them again on 27 October for Duke Violin Concerto and Tchaikovsky 6 in the Asian premiere of Vernon Duke’s Violin Concerto and Tchaikovsky’s epic Pathétique Symphony (No. 6).

November 2023

Delve into the world of Baroque music on 2 and 3 November as Andrew Arthur, Associate Director and harpsichordist of the UK’s renowned period ensemble, The Hanover Band, leads the SSO in two VCHpresents Baroque Festival programmes: Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos Part I and Part II – some of the finest music ever written.

Dvořák and Tchaikovsky – Hans Graf and Leonidas Kavakos
Season 2023/24 • SSO Gala

Dvořák and Tchaikovsky – Hans Graf and Leonidas Kavakos

Singapore Symphony Orchestra / Hans Graf, Music Director / Leonidas Kavakos, violin

Fri / 13 Oct 23 / 7.30pm

Sat / 14 Oct 23 / 7.30pm

Victoria Concert Hall

Tchaikovsky’s glorious Violin Concerto headlines this SSO Gala concert with famed Greek violin virtuoso Leonidas Kavakos as soloist. Dvořák’s endless gift for melody is a perfect match to this immensely popular work, as the programme turns to the lyric warmth and Bohemian sunshine of his Sixth Symphony, and four scenes from his picturesque Legends.

Featuring

Singapore Symphony Orchestra / Hans Graf, Music Director / Leonidas Kavakos, violin

Programme

Four Legends from Op. 59

Antonín Dvořák (Dvořák)

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35*

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Tchaikovsky)

Symphony No. 6 in D major, Op. 60

Antonín Dvořák (Dvořák)
Price

$108, $88, $68, $48, $38, $25

Leonidas Kavakos in Recital
Season 2023/24 • VCHpresents: Chamber

Leonidas Kavakos in Recital

Leonidas Kavakos, violin / Enrico Pace, piano

Sun / 15 Oct 23 / 4.00pm

Victoria Concert Hall

4 Jul Update: Please note the change in programme at the artist’s request.

There's nothing quite like the impressionist poetry and perfumed beauty of French music. This absolutely unmissable violin recital featuring Leonidas Kavakos, one of the greatest violinists of our time, will transport you into the bewildering and soulful soundscape of masterpieces by Ravel, Debussy, Poulenc and Franck.

Featuring

Leonidas Kavakos, violin / Enrico Pace, piano

Programme

Violin Sonata No. 1 "Sonata posthume"

Maurice Ravel (Ravel)

Sonata for Violin and Piano

Poulenc Francis (Poulenc)

Sonata in G minor for Violin and Piano

Claude Debussy (Debussy)

Sonata in A major for Violin and Piano

César Franck (Franck)
Price

$70, $50, $40, $30, $20

Bennett Violin Concerto and Tchaikovsky 4
Season 2023/24 • Subscription Concert

Bennett Violin Concerto and Tchaikovsky 4

Singapore Symphony Orchestra / Andrew Litton, conductor / Chloë Hanslip, violin

Fri / 20 Oct 23 / 7.30pm

Esplanade Concert Hall

Robert Russell Bennett (1894–1981) is the American composer and arranger best known for inventing the Broadway sound, credited for orchestrating the musicals of such famous composers as Irving Berlin, George Gershwin and Richard Rodgers. His violin concerto, a rarely heard work from 1941, shows its roots in film and stage with expressive drama. Join British violinist Chloë Hanslip and American maestro Andrew Litton as they present this underrated gem, with Tchaikovsky’s tumultuous symphonic masterpiece, the Fourth Symphony in the second half.

Featuring

Singapore Symphony Orchestra / Andrew Litton, conductor / Chloë Hanslip, violin

Programme

Violin Concerto in A major*

Robert Russell Bennett

Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Tchaikovsky)
Price

$88, $68, $48, $38, $28, $15

Duke Violin Concerto and Tchaikovsky 6
Season 2023/24 • Subscription Concert

Duke Violin Concerto and Tchaikovsky 6

Singapore Symphony Orchestra / Andrew Litton, conductor / Chloë Hanslip, violin

Fri / 27 Oct 23 / 7.30pm

Esplanade Concert Hall

If there’s a hint of Prokofiev, Barber and Korngold in the Violin Concerto by Vernon Duke (1903–1969), it may come as no surprise to learn that its composer was born Vladimir Dukelsky in Russia and subsequently Americanised. Famous contemporaries who praised his work include Diaghilev, Prokofiev, Gershwin, Koussevitzky and Balanchine – for good reason, which you will hear in his instantly compelling Violin Concerto. Tchaikovsky’s epic Pathétique Symphony completes this exciting programme of rare gem and concert hall favourite.

Featuring

Singapore Symphony Orchestra / Andrew Litton, conductor / Chloë Hanslip, violin

Programme

Violin Concerto*

Vernon Duke

Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 “Pathétique”

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Tchaikovsky)
Price

$88, $68, $48, $38, $28, $15

Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos Part I
Season 2023/24 • VCHpresents: Baroque Festival

Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos Part I

Singapore Symphony Orchestra / Andrew Arthur, harpsichord/conductor

Thu / 02 Nov 23 / 7.30pm

Victoria Concert Hall

Intricate and bursting with energy and life, Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos are some of the finest music ever written. Andrew Arthur, Associate Director and harpsichordist of the UK’s renowned period ensemble, The Hanover Band, leads the Singapore Symphony Orchestra in these pinnacles of Baroque music, including that of Bach’s contemporary, Vivaldi, whose music he studied and transcribed with reverence.

Featuring

Singapore Symphony Orchestra / Andrew Arthur, harpsichord/conductor

Programme

Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F major, BWV 1046

Johann Sebastian Bach (J.S. Bach)

L'estro armonico, Concerto No. 11, RV 565

Antonio Vivaldi (Vivaldi)

Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major, BWV 1047

Johann Sebastian Bach (J.S. Bach)

Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048

Johann Sebastian Bach (J.S. Bach)
Price

$45, $30, $20

Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos Part II
Season 2023/24 • VCHpresents: Baroque Festival

Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos Part II

Singapore Symphony Orchestra / Andrew Arthur, harpsichord/conductor

Fri / 03 Nov 23 / 7.30pm

Victoria Concert Hall

Intricate and bursting with energy and life, Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos are some of the finest music ever written. Andrew Arthur, Associate Director and harpsichordist of the UK’s renowned period ensemble, The Hanover Band, leads the Singapore Symphony Orchestra in these pinnacles of Baroque music, including the rarer but no less attractive BWV 1056, whose sublime Largo is a slice of heaven on earth.

Featuring

Singapore Symphony Orchestra / Andrew Arthur, harpsichord/conductor

Programme

Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050

Johann Sebastian Bach (J.S. Bach)

Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-flat major, BWV 1051

Johann Sebastian Bach (J.S. Bach)

Concerto for Harpsichord & Strings in F minor, BWV 1056

Johann Sebastian Bach (J.S. Bach)

Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G major, BWV 1049

Johann Sebastian Bach (J.S. Bach)
Price

$45, $30, $20

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 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 VCHPRESENTS
The VCHpresents series by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra is a showcase of the finest musicians from around the world: master instrumentalists and acclaimed ensembles in diverse programmes both traditional and unexpected. The series is presented at the Victoria Concert Hall in various formats: Chamber, featuring world-class artistes and familiar faces from the Singapore Symphony in the intimate setting of chamber music; Intimate Moments, which offers a harmonious concert to listen and converse with a select musician of the Singapore Symphony family; and Organ, featuring the VCH Klais Organ as it brings organists from around the world to perform a magnificent range of music, from traditional organ soliloquys to transcriptions of orchestral showpieces, contemporary compositions and collaborations with other instruments, plus family programmes tailored to introduce classical music to the young ones.

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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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