SSO-Vienna Music Lecture


SSO-Vienna Music Lecture


Wed / 21 Mar 2018 / 5:30PM


Victoria Concert Hall

Creating a global city: what role does music play


The city of Vienna is widely recognised as the global capital for western classical music, a distinction owed in no small part to the reputation of the venerable 175-year-old Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and the world famous Boys Choir whose origins date back to the late Middle Ages. Drawing on the experiences of Vienna, Professor Hellsberg will discuss the role of the arts in shaping the life and image of a city. He will also touch on Salzburg, the birthplace of Amadeus Mozart (arguably the world’s best known composer) and the home of the Salzburg Festival, which has a close collaboration with the Philharmonic.

This event is co-organised by the Singapore Symphony Group and the Embassy of Austria.


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Professor Clemens Hellsberg is the immediate past president (1997–2014) of the Vienna Philharmonic. He first joined the orchestra in 1980 and has been its historical archivist, first violinist, and Vice President (for two terms), before being elected President in 1997, a role he held for 17 years. Numerous awards attest to the significance of his contributions, including the Order of the Rising Sun (Japan) and the Chevalier de L’ordre des Arts et Lettres (France).


  • 5.15pm
    Guests to take their seats
  • 5.30pm
    Performance by SSO string quartet
  • 5.45pm
    Welcome remarks by Ambassador Karin Fichtinger-Grohe, Embassy of Austria
  • 5.50pm
    Lecture by Prof. Clemens Hellsberg
  • 6.30pm
    Discussion moderated by Mr Chng Hak-Peng, CEO, Singapore Symphony Group
  • 7.00pm
    Closing remarks by Mr Chng Hak-Peng