SSO 40TH ANNIVERSARY
Our 40th Anniversary series of concerts kicks off with a week of free concerts in venues across Singapore, culminating in our SPH Gift of Music concert at the Botanic Gardens. We also bring back our Familiar Favourites series, and Lan Shui conducts the SSO’s 40th Anniversary Concert featuring repertoire from our 1979 inaugural concert. We also walk down memory lane with concerts led by founding Music Director Choo Hoey.
Three Dreams for Singapore
Strengthening Our Identity “Who Are We?”
This season the SSO presents music asking “Who Are We?”, showcasing composers who have used folk tunes as a link to cultural identity, including works by Singaporeans Leong Yoon Pin and Kelly Tang, as well as Borodin, Rodrigo, Lutosławski, Bartók and Ravel. The SNYO joins the SSO in this exploration in a first-time side-by-side performance of Russian repertoire.
Becoming A Creative Global City - Creative Vienna
The vibrant flow of ideas in Creative Vienna can be seen in the masterworks of composers who found inspiration in its rich culture, including Beethoven, Brahms, Mahler and Mozart.
Exploring Music In Our Modern Times - Red Balloon Series
The classics of today were once the new music of yesterday. We raise a courageous red balloon, eager to explore and experiment, to lift these fresh sounds into the air. We let it fly, a witness to today's struggles, today's issues and today's people, drawing the eyes and ears of the audience with its boldness. The SSO Red Balloon Series will feature works from the advent of musical modernity, circa 1913, to cutting-edge pieces written by living composers – a chance to hear some of the new music of today that will become the classics of tomorrow.
THE AGE OF DISCOVERY
In January 2019, the SSO kicks off Singapore’s nationwide marking of the 200 years since our founding. We help to shed light on The Age of Discovery that led to European exploration around the world, a period that accompanied the world’s transition to modernity and in many ways drove Singapore’s own journey. There is no concert hall more iconic for reflecting on the music of this period than the Victoria Concert Hall, where we will perform a series of three concerts featuring composers from the period, including Haydn, Mozart, Schubert and Beethoven. We close our classical music season joined by the Singapore Symphony Chorus, with Masaaki Suzuki conducting Beethoven’s magnificent Missa Solemnis, that he began writing in the year 1819.