SSO-VIENNA MUSIC LECTURE: “CREATING A GLOBAL CITY: WHAT ROLE DOES MUSIC PLAY”
Published on 03 April 2018
The SSO and the Austrian Embassy Singapore co-organised the inaugural SSO-Vienna Music Lecture on 21 March 2018, attended by an audience of 200 at the Victoria Concert Hall.
Speaker: Professor Clemens Hellsberg is the past president of the Vienna Philharmonic (1997–2014). 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).
Synopsis: 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 discussed the role of the arts in shaping the life and image of a city. He also touched 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.
A question-and-answer session with the audience was moderated by Singapore Symphony Group CEO Chng Hak-Peng (image above).