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2017 /18 LAN SHUI MUSIC DIRECTOR


PATRON President Tony Tan Keng Yam BOARD OF DIRECTORS Chairman Mr Goh Yew Lin Deputy Chairman Ms Yong Ying-I Directors Mr Ang Chek Meng Mrs Odile Benjamin Mr Chng Hak-Peng Mr Lionel Choi Prof Arnoud De Meyer Mr Heinrich Grafe Mr Kwee Liong Seen Ms Liew Wei Li Ms Lim Mei Prof Lim Seh Chun Mr Andreas Sohmen-Pao Ms Tan Choo Leng Mr Paul Tan Dr Kelly Tang Mr Yee Chen Fah

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RE F L EC T IONS A ND RE NE WA L S WELCOME FROM THE MUSIC DIRECTOR

This season is a journey of reflection for me with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. In celebrating our 21 years together, as I cast my eyes back to our achievements over the last two decades, words cannot express how proud I am of the extraordinary work done by our musicians, management and Board. 21 years is a milestone in life, and also a time for reflection and renewal. In my penultimate year as Music Director, we shall embark on a journey to reach new heights with the SSO. There is a special feeling every time I walk on to the stage to perform with the musicians. Concert after concert, year after year, the infectious energy, dramatic colours and gripping intensity of our shared experiences never fail to inspire me. This is what I want to continue sharing with you. This season, besides the all-time favourite symphonies by Beethoven, Dvorák and Tchaikovsky, you will hear the complete Brahms symphonies as well as the monumental works of Mahler (Symphonies Nos. 6 and 7) and

Bruckner (Nos. 3 and 9). We will also play rarely heard masterpieces such as Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 1, Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1, Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 2 and Lutoslawski’s Symphony No. 4. Look forward to the dazzle and drama of opera’s finest in the concert version of Puccini’s La Bohème and a 65-minute “Orchestral Adventure” based on Wagner’s Ring Cycle, as well as gala appearances by virtuoso soprano Diana Damrau, star pianist Lang Lang and award-winning violinists Janine Jansen and Leonidas Kavakos. We are also honoured to play a part in celebrating Finland’s 100th year of Independence in December. We continue to champion with pride the music of Singapore composers, focusing on works that the SSO has commissioned and premiered in the past, such as the compositions of Tan Chan Boon, Er Yenn Chwen, Diana Soh and Kelly Tang. The SSO will also present the music of leading Thai composer Narong Prangcharoen as well as a world-premiere of the young Malaysian pianist-composer Tengku Irfan.

I take this opportunity to thank our esteemed friend Lim Yau, outgoing Choral Director of the Singapore Symphony Chorus, for the tremendous work he has done with the Chorus and Orchestra – many a magnificent voice has resounded on the stage under his direction. We welcome Eudenice Palaruan, Choral Director, who has built a strong connection with the chorus over the past year. I am also pleased to announce the appointment of our new Principal Guest Conductor: Andrew Litton. We warmly welcome him to the SSO family. Andrew combines his excellent musicianship and extensive experience with the great rapport he has with our orchestra. Tchaikovsky said, “Music is indeed the most beautiful of all Heaven’s gifts to humanity wandering in the darkness. Alone it calms, enlightens, and stills our souls. ... a true friend, refuge, and comforter, for whose sake life is worth living”. See you in the concert hall!

LAN SHUI Music Director

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OUR S TOR Y


‘Orchestral playing at the peak of refinement and beauty’ Fanfare

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NIKOLAI KOVAL SECOND VIOLIN

DAMIAN PATTI ASSOCIATE PRINCIPAL TROMBONE


JON PAUL DANTE PRINCIPAL TRUMPET


RACHEL WALKER PRINCIPAL OBOE


CHIKAKO SASAKI SECOND VIOLIN

‘A fine display of orchestral bravado for the SSO and Shui’ The Guardian

Since its founding in 1979, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) has been Singapore’s flagship orchestra, touching lives through classical music and providing the heartbeat of the cultural scene in the cosmopolitan city-state. In addition to its subscription series concerts, the orchestra is well-loved for its outdoor and community appearances, and its significant role educating the young people of Singapore. The SSO has also earned an international reputation for its orchestral virtuosity, having

garnered sterling reviews for its overseas tours and many successful recordings. The SSO makes its performing home at the 1,800-seat state-of-theart Esplanade Concert Hall. More intimate works and all outreach and community performances take place at the 673-seat Victoria Concert Hall, the home of the SSO. The orchestra performs 100 concerts a year, and its versatile repertoire spans all-time favourites and orchestral masterpieces to exciting cutting-edge premieres. Bridging the musical traditions of East and West, Singaporean and Asian musicians and composers are regularly showcased in the concert season. This has been a core of the SSO’s programming philosophy from the very beginning under Choo Hoey, who was Music Director from 1979 to 1996. Since Lan Shui assumed the position of Music Director in 1997, the SSO has performed in Europe, Asia and the United States. In 2016 the SSO was invited to perform at the Dresden Music Festival and the Prague Spring International Festival. This successful five-city tour of Germany and Prague also included the SSO’s return to the Berlin Philharmonie after six years. In 2014 the SSO’s debut at the 120th BBC Proms in London received critical

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acclaim in the major UK newspapers The Guardian and Telegraph. The SSO has also performed in China on multiple occasions. Notable SSO releases under BIS include a Rachmaninov series, a Debussy disc, Seascapes featuring sea-themed music by Debussy, Frank Bridge, Glazunov and Zhou Long, and the first-ever cycle of Tcherepnin’s piano concertos and symphonies. The SSO has also collaborated with such great artists as Lorin Maazel, Charles Dutoit, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Neeme Järvi, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Lang Lang, Yo-Yo Ma, Leonidas Kavakos and Gil Shaham. ZHAO YING XUE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL CONTRA BASSOON 10


ROBERTO ALVAREZ ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL PICCOLO

ELAINE YEO ASSOCIATE PRINCIPAL COR ANGLAIS

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MU SIC DIREC TOR Lan Shui is renowned for his abilities as an orchestral builder and for his passion in commissioning, premiering and recording new works by leading Asian composers. As Music Director of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra since 1997, American Record Review noted that Shui has “turned a good regional orchestra into a world-class ensemble that plays its heart out at every concert”. Together they have made several acclaimed tours to Europe, Asia and the United States and appeared for the first time at the BBC Proms in September 2014. Lan Shui held the position of Chief Conductor of the Copenhagen Phil from 2007 to 2015, and from 2017 he will be their Conductor Laureate. He recently concluded a four-year period as Artistic Advisor of the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra. As a guest conductor, Shui has worked with many orchestras. In the United States he has appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San

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Francisco Symphony, and Baltimore and Detroit symphony orchestras. In Europe he has performed with Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, hr-Sinfonieorchester, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, Gothenburg Symphony, Tampere Philharmonic and Orchestre National de Lille. In Asia he has conducted the Hong Kong, Malaysian and Japan Philharmonic orchestras and maintains a close relationship with the China Philharmonic and Shanghai Symphony. Since 1998 Shui has recorded over 20 CDs for BIS - including a Rachmaninov series, a Seascapes disc and the first-ever complete cycle of Tcherepnin’s symphonies with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra – and also music by Arnold and Hindemith with the Malmö Symphony Orchestra, which has received two Grammy nominations.

Lan Shui is the recipient of several international awards from the Beijing Arts Festival and the New York Tcherepnin Society, the 37th Besançon Conductors’ Competition in France and Boston University (Distinguished Alumni Award) as well as the Cultural Medallion – Singapore’s highest accolade in the arts. Born in Hangzhou, China, Shui studied composition at the Shanghai Conservatory and graduated from The Beijing Central Conservatory. He continued his graduate studies at Boston University while at the same time working closely with Leonard Bernstein at the Tanglewood Music Festival. He has worked together with David Zinman as Conducting Affiliate of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, as Associate Conductor to Neeme Järvi at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and with Kurt Masur at the New York Philharmonic and Pierre Boulez at The Cleveland Orchestra.


‘Lan Shui is the master of movement, detail, and musical integrity’ American Record Guide

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OLGA ALEXANDROVA DOUBLE BASS

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ANDREW LITTON Principal Guest Conductor

JOSHUA TAN Associate Conductor

CHOO HOEY Conductor Emeritus

JASON LAI Associate Conductor

EUDENICE PALARUAN Choral Director

Igor Yuzefovich° Concertmaster Lynnette Seah Co-Concertmaster Kong Zhao Hui* Associate Concertmaster Chan Yoong-Han Fixed Chair Cao Can* Chen Da Wei Duan Yu Ling Foo Say Ming Gu Wen Li Jin Li Cindy Lee Sui Jing Jing Karen Tan William Tan Wei Zhe SECOND VIOLIN Michael Loh Associate Principal Hai-Won Kwok Fixed Chair Nikolai Koval* Chikako Sasaki* Margit Saur Shao Tao Tao Lillian Wang Wu Man Yun* Xu Jue Yi* Ye Lin* Yeo Teow Meng Yin Shu Zhan* Zhang Si Jing* VIOLA

*With deep appreciation to the Rin Collection for their generous loan of string instruments °Igor Yuzefovich plays an instrument generously loaned by Mr & Mrs G K Goh Musicians listed alphabetically rotate their seats on a per programme basis.

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Zhang Manchin Principal Guan Qi Associate Principal Gu Bing Jie* Fixed Chair


Marietta Ku Luo Biao Shui Bing Tan Wee-Hsin Yang Shi Li

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Rachel Walker Principal Pan Yun Associate Principal Carolyn Hollier Elaine Yeo

Jon Paul Dante Principal David Smith Associate Principal Lau Wen Rong Sergey Tyuteykin

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Ng Pei-Sian Principal Yu Jing Associate Principal Guo Hao Fixed Chair Chan Wei Shing Song Woon Teng Wang Yan Wang Zihao* Peter Wilson Wu Dai Dai Zhao Yu Er

Elaine Yeo Associate Principal

Allen Meek Principal Damian Patti Associate Principal Samuel Armstrong

DOUBLE BASS Guennadi Mouzyka Principal Yang Zheng Yi Associate Principal Karen Yeo Fixed Chair Olga Alexandrova Jacek Mirucki Wang Xu

CLARINET Ma Yue Principal Li Xin Associate Principal Liu Yoko Tang Xiao Ping

Hidehiro Fujita Principal

Tang Xiao Ping Assistant Principal TIMPANI BASSOON Liu Chang Associate Principal Christoph Wichert Zhao Ying Xue

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Zhao Ying Xue Assistant Principal

Jin Ta Principal Evgueni Brokmiller Associate Principal Roberto Alvarez Miao Shanshan

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Roberto Alvarez Assistant Principal

Wang Wei Assistant Principal TUBA

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Christian Schiøler Principal Jonathan Fox Associate Principal PERCUSSION Jonathan Fox Principal Mark Suter Associate Principal Lim Meng Keh Zhu Zheng Yi

HARP Han Chang Chou Principal Gulnara Mashurova Principal Gao Jian Associate Principal Jamie Hersch Associate Principal Marc-Antoine Robillard Associate Principal Kartik Alan Jairamin

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MU SICIA N C H AIR To continue to be one of the most outstanding orchestras in the region, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra needs to recruit and maintain its pool of talented musicians. We would like to thank the following organisations for their generous support for our Musician Chair programme.

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GUO HAO Fixed Chair Cello


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SSO REC O M M E N D S Thinking of watching a SSO concert but not sure where to start? Let us guide you on your musical journey.

FAMILIAR FAVOURITES These concerts are bound to get you hooked on classics, and keep you coming back for more! 25 Aug 2017 Emperor and PathÊtique 1 Nov 2017 Diana Damrau 30 Nov 2017 Lang Lang 27 & 28 Apr 2018 La Bohème

CONCERTS FOR BEGINNERS These concerts help guide beginners embarking on their first concerts, enhancing their understanding and appreciation of classical music and the orchestra. SSO Discovering Music! SSO Pops Concerts SSO Outdoor and Community Concerts FREE!

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FEELING ADVENTUROUS? Discover some of the most fascinating modern composers of the 20th and 21st centuries through these concerts. 29 Sep 2017 President’s Young Performers Concert 14 Oct 2017 Stephen Hough • Rachmaninov Piano Concerto 1 17 Nov 2017 Song of Destiny • Brahms Symphonies 3 Feb 2018 Shostakovich Cello Concerto 23 Mar 2018 Radiance and Spark 6 Apr 2018 Eliahu Inbal: Mahler 6

CONCERTS FOR FAMILIES AND YOUNG PEOPLE READY FOR MORE?

Kids love coming to the orchestra, and these are our most popular children’s concerts!

Becoming more comfortable with classical music, and would like to listen to more? These concerts introduce you to a wider range of composers and music.

SSO Babies’ Proms (suitable for ages up to 6)

14 Jul 2017 Chopin Piano Concerto 2 • Poem of Ecstasy

SSO Campus Concerts FREE!

SSO Concerts for Children (for ages 4 and above)

19 Aug 2017 When in Rome 22 Sep 2017 Mendelssohn Violin Concerto • Brahms Symphonies 7 Dec 2017 Finland 100 30 Mar 2018 Alina Ibragimova Plays Brahms 11 May 2018 Christian Blackshaw Plays Beethoven

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A symphony is no joke. Johannes Brahms

B R AH MS SYMPH O N I E S In 1896, just a year before his death, Brahms conducted a concert featuring both his piano concertos. It was to be his last time conducting. In the celebratory dinner given in his honour afterwards, his lifelong friend and musical collaborator Joseph Joachim raised a glass to begin a toast, exclaiming, “To the greatest composer…” - to which Brahms quickly interjected with, “Quite right – here’s to Mozart!” This image of Brahms, celebrated yet self-deprecating, reflects a witty and humorous composer who spent many years worrying if he could surmount the legacy of Beethoven. In 1870 he wrote “I shall never write a symphony”. His First Symphony took nearly 20 years to gestate and was finally completed when he was 43. By 1897 Brahms had written four, which have become staples in all symphony orchestras today. Rooted in traditional Classicism but forging his own path, Brahms’ style is of the unpretentious innovator - unassuming in spirit, resounding in legacy. Lan Shui conducts the SSO in a complete Brahms Symphony Cycle in 2017, the 120th anniversary of the composer’s death.

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7 JULY 2017

Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68

28 JULY 2017

Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90

22 SEPTEMBER 2017

Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

17 NOVEMBER 2017

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73


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EN JOY C O N C E RTS M O R E Make the most out of your concert experience. Come join us for our series of fringe events designed to help you enjoy the music even more!

PRE-CONCERT TALK

OPEN REHEARSAL

Discover new insights into the music you are about to hear in the concert hall. Let our specialist speakers enrich your experience in the world of classical music. Pre-Concert Talks are held from 6.30pm to 7pm.

That amazing concert you just watched is the result of several rehearsals and a lot of hard work. Open rehearsals offer a behind-the-scenes perspective of how the conductor shapes every note and phrase with the orchestra, and how the individual sections come together as a harmonious whole.

POST-CONCERT SYMPHONY CHAT Join our conductors and guest artists at the Symphony Chat where they will share their deepest thoughts and ideas on music. If you have a question about what you’ve just heard, this is the perfect opportunity to get it answered.

AUTOGRAPH SESSION Autograph sessions are arranged for selected SSO concerts, to allow you the opportunity to meet the performers and offer your compliments. View our schedule of autograph sessions on www.sso.org.sg.

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GIL SHAHAM • BRAHMS SYMPHONIES EVENING, DREAMS, FANTASY. A NEW SEASON.

CHOPIN PIANO CONCERTO 2 • POEM OF ECSTASY FROM ENCHANTMENT TO ECSTASY

Lan Shui and the SSO open the season with Tan Chan Boon’s Soir, Rêves, Fantaisie. Lyricism, fantasy and mischief come alive in Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1 under the bow of Gil Shaham. Lan Shui begins the SSO’s Brahms Symphonies cycle with the epic Symphony No. 1 in C minor, a work that Brahms wrote and refined over a period of 21 years, embodying all the hallmark qualities of the German Romantic master.

Young Canadian pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin takes the lead in Chopin’s lyrical Second Piano Concerto, written when the composer was just 20, akin to the Armenian Suite which Richard Yardumian – who was born 100 years ago in 1917 – wrote when he was 19. The youthful first half of this programme gives way to the gentle ebb and flow of Liadov’s The Enchanted Lake, before ending with the evocative soundscapes and gleaming final chords of Scriabin’s aptly titled Poem of Ecstasy.

Tan Chan Boon Soir, Rêves, Fantaisie from Symphony No. 2 Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major, Op. 19 Brahms Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68 Lan Shui, conductor Gil Shaham, violin

‘One of today’s preeminent violinists’ The New York Times PRE-CONCERT TALK 6.30pm | library@esplanade POST-CONCERT SYMPHONY CHAT 26

R. Yardumian Armenian Suite Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21 A. Liadov The Enchanted Lake, Op. 62 Scriabin The Poem of Ecstasy, Op. 54 Lan Shui, conductor Charles Richard-Hamelin, piano PRE-CONCERT TALK 6.30pm | library@esplanade


28 JULY 2017 FRI | 7.30PM | ESPLANADE CONCERT HALL

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MENDELSSOHN PIANO CONCERTO 1 • BRAHMS SYMPHONIES MUSIC TO TRANSFORM YOUR SOUL Melvyn Tan returns as the soloist in Mendelssohn’s spirited First Piano Concerto, a centrepiece framed by the magisterial melodies of Brahms’ regal Third Symphony and the heartfelt poetry of Strauss’ Death and Transfiguration, depicting the passing of an artist as he relives memories and achievements, to reach the ultimate transfiguration of the soul. R. Strauss Tod und Verklärung (Death and Transfiguration), Op. 24 Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25 Brahms Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90

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Lan Shui, conductor Melvyn Tan, piano

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WHEN IN ROME SOUNDS SO ROMANTIC

EMPEROR AND PATHÉTIQUE POWER AND MAJESTY

Expect lush, sweeping soundscapes as Polish star conductor Michal Nesterowicz takes on two magnificent works from Respighi: the Pines of Rome and Fountains of Rome. Completing the programme is Beethoven’s glittering masterpiece, the Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, with soloist Anna Tsybuleva – winner of the 2015 Leeds International Piano Competition.

Two works of deep feeling and grandeur: one the most regal of piano concerti exuding tender beauty and assured optimism; the other a symphony of power and lyricism ending in heartbreak. Bringing fresh insights to these masterpieces is Singaporean conductor Wong Kah Chun, winner of the Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition in 2016, with rising star Shai Wosner on piano.

Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37

Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73 “Emperor”

Respighi Fountains of Rome Respighi Pines of Rome Michal Nesterowicz, conductor Anna Tsybuleva, piano

Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 “Pathétique” Wong Kah Chun, conductor Shai Wosner, piano

‘His feel for keyboard colour and voicing is wonderful’ The Washington Post on Wosner

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8 SEPTEMBER 2017 FRI | 7.30PM | ESPLANADE CONCERT HALL

‘Sheer dynamite from beginning to end’ The Herald on Andrew Litton

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LITTON • BAVOUZET SSO’S NEW PRINCIPAL GUEST CONDUCTOR SSO presents Andrew Litton’s first concert as Principal Guest Conductor with Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony, a work full of restless drama and energy. French pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet’s recordings of the Bartók concertos have earned rave reviews, and he returns to the Singapore stage with the intriguing First Concerto. Shostakovich Bartók Tchaikovsky

October, Op. 131 Piano Concerto No. 1 Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36

Andrew Litton, conductor Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, piano

‘Bartók gives me hope, makes me laugh, brings me to tears and makes me see life in a bigger perspective. He helps me to live.’ Jean-Efflam Bavouzet

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29 SEPTEMBER 2017 FRI | 7.30PM | VICTORIA CONCERT HALL

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MENDELSSOHN VIOLIN CONCERTO • BRAHMS SYMPHONIES INCOMPARABLE STRENGTH

PRESIDENT’S YOUNG PERFORMERS CONCERT YOUNG HEROES OF MUSIC

“Incomparable strength from start to finish” – so said the conductor Hans von Bülow of Brahms’ final symphony, the only one of his symphonic oeuvre that ends in a minor key. Japanese violinist Daishin Kashimoto, 1st Concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic, takes on the achingly beautiful Violin Concerto by Mendelssohn while SSO Principal Trumpet Jon Paul Dante presents the tuneful Hummel Trumpet Concerto, one of the most popular of the genre.

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Hummel Trumpet Concerto in E-flat major, S. 49 Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64

SINGAPORE PREMIERE

Joshua Tan, conductor Kang Chun Meng, euphonium

Lan Shui, conductor Daishin Kashimoto, violin Jon Paul Dante, trumpet Sponsored by

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Philip Wilby Euphonium Concerto

Beethoven Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 55 “Eroica”

Brahms Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

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Er Yenn Chwen Symphonia Anamneseos, a Symphony of Remembrance

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14 OCTOBER 2017 SAT | 7.30PM | ESPLANADE CONCERT HALL

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STEVEN ISSERLIS • ELGAR CELLO CONCERTO FIRE AND COLOUR

STEPHEN HOUGH • RACHMANINOV PIANO CONCERTO 1 BEAUTY AND CONTEMPLATION

Acclaimed Singapore-born conductor Darrell Ang returns with a night of orchestral colour and emotional fire. The flights of fancy in Suk’s Scherzo Fantastique and the post-Tchaikovskian riches of Glazunov’s Fifth Symphony contrastingly frame the soul-crushing magnificence of Elgar’s Cello Concerto, helmed by esteemed cellist Steven Isserlis. Suk Scherzo Fantastique, Op. 25 Elgar Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85 Glazunov Symphony No. 5 in B-flat major, Op. 55 Darrell Ang, conductor Steven Isserlis, cello

Expect glistening beauty and virtuoso fireworks as Stephen Hough takes centrestage in Rachmaninov’s First Piano Concerto. Finnish maestro Hannu Lintu brings out the wit and contemplation of Shostakovich’s First Symphony, contrasting with Lutoslawski’s Fourth Symphony, the Polish composer’s last major work. Lutoslawski Symphony No. 4 Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 1 in F-sharp minor, Op. 1 Shostakovich Symphony No. 1 in F minor, Op. 10 Hannu Lintu, conductor Stephen Hough, piano

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JANINE JANSEN GOLDEN, DELICATE, ETHEREAL Renowned Dutch violinist Janine Jansen makes her Singapore debut with her husband, conductor Daniel Blendulf, playing the intensely virtuosic Sibelius Violin Concerto. The meandering beauty of Sibelius’ ethereal Swan of Tuonela makes a dark contrast to the bright melodies of Dvorák’s Symphony No. 8. Sibelius The Swan of Tuonela Sibelius Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47 Dvorák Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88

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Daniel Blendulf, conductor Janine Jansen, violin


27 OCTOBER 2017 FRI | 7.30PM | ESPLANADE CONCERT HALL

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THE RING – AN ORCHESTRAL ADVENTURE GOLD. LOVE. THE CURSE. Experience the magic of Wagner’s famous opera The Ring through this 67-minute orchestral adventure by Henk De Vlieger, directed by Kristjan Järvi. Saint-Saëns’ Fifth Piano Concerto fills the air with his hallmark French glitter, performed by celebrated French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet. K. Järvi Saint-Saëns Wagner

ShANgHAi Wonder SINGAPORE PREMIERE Piano Concerto No. 5 in F major, Op. 103 “The Egyptian” The Ring – An Orchestral Adventure (arr. Henk De Vlieger)

Kristjan Järvi, conductor Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano

‘A musician with fearless, flawless fingers’

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DIANA DAMRAU A NIGHT AT THE OPERA

Celebrated soprano Diana Damrau graces the Singapore stage with her husband, bass-baritone Nicolas Testé, in a dazzling programme featuring famous duets and arias from Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette, Meyerbeer’s Les Huguenots and Dinorah, Bellini’s I puritani and Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. HIGHLIGHTS: Rossini

“Una voce poco fa” from The Barber of Seville

Meyerbeer “Nobles seigneurs” from Les Huguenots “Ombre légère“ from Dinorah “Elle ne m’aime pas” from Don Carlo “Amour, ranime mon courage” from Romeo & Juliet

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“O rendetemi la speme” from I puritani

Pavel Baleff, conductor Diana Damrau, soprano Nicolas Testé, bass baritone

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10 NOVEMBER 2017 FRI | 7.30PM | ESPLANADE CONCERT HALL

17 NOVEMBER 2017 FRI | 7.30PM | ESPLANADE CONCERT HALL

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BEETHOVEN TRIPLE CONCERTO IN C MUSICAL COLLABORATION IN THREES

SONG OF DESTINY • BRAHMS SYMPHONIES WANDER GLADLY IN THE LIGHT

Be inspired by the heroism and optimism in Copland’s Third, popularly known as “America’s Great Symphony”. SSO Principal Guest Conductor Andrew Litton doubles up as solo pianist, partnering our concertmaster Igor Yuzefovich and principal cello Ng Pei-Sian for the chamber-like Triple Concerto in C by Beethoven.

The Schicksalslied, a portrait of spiritually blinded mortals and Elysian spirits, is one of Brahms’ most ethereal and profound masterpieces. The concert opens with music from Malaysian child prodigy Tengku Irfan and ends with Brahms’ Second Symphony, suffused with Romantic pastoral sunshine.

Beethoven Concerto for Violin, Cello & Piano in C major, Op. 56 Copland Symphony No. 3 Andrew Litton, conductor/piano Igor Yuzefovich, violin Ng Pei-Sian, cello

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T. Irfan Meditation Brahms Gesang der Parzen, Op. 89 Brahms Schicksalslied, Op. 54 (“Song of Destiny”) Brahms Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73 Lan Shui, conductor Singapore Symphony Chorus Singapore Symphony Youth Choir

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LANG LANG IN RECITAL RITUAL FIRE DANCE Catch popular Chinese pianist Lang Lang in this solo recital before his concerti night. The programme of French and Spanish inspiration promises an evening of fiery colours, restless energy and evocative enchantment. Debussy Ballade Liszt Piano Sonata in B minor S. 178 Albeniz from Suite Española, Op. 47 Granados from Goyescas, Op. 11 De Falla Danza ritual del fuego Lang Lang, piano

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LANG LANG IN THE HALL OF A PIANO PRINCE Superstar pianist Lang Lang returns with two piano concerti performances, the fiendishly difficult Bartók No. 2 and the expressive classic by Grieg. Rounding out the programme is Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 of “Morning Mood” and “In the Hall of the Mountain King” fame. Grieg Peer Gynt: Suite No. 1, Op. 46 Bartók Piano Concerto No. 2 in G major Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16 Lan Shui, conductor Lang Lang, piano

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7 DECEMBER 2017 THU | 7.30PM | ESPLANADE CONCERT HALL

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FINLAND 100 YOUR DAY IS DAWNING Celebrate the 100th anniversary of Finland’s Independence in this grand concert featuring Finnish violinist, conductor and composer Jaakko Kuusisto’s Violin Concerto, played by its dedicatee Elina Vähälä. No celebration of Finnish nationalism is without the works of its greatest musical son, Jean Sibelius – the majestic Symphony No. 5 concludes the programme opened by Finland’s unofficial second national anthem, Finlandia. Sibelius Finlandia, Op. 26 Jaakko Kuusisto Violin Concerto, Op. 28 Sibelius Symphony No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 82 Okko Kamu, conductor Elina Vähälä, violin

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15, 16 & 17 DECEMBER 2017 FRI & SAT | 7.30PM SUN | 4PM VICTORIA CONCERT HALL

SSO CHRISTMAS CONCERT THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR Ever wondered what it’s like to sing along with the SSO in the Victoria Concert Hall? Associate Conductor Joshua Tan and the SSO bring you a sparkling collection of musical treasures for the yuletide season, complete with a sing-a-long segment where you can join in the chorus! Joshua Tan, conductor Singapore Symphony Chorus Singapore Symphony Youth Choir Singapore Symphony Children’s Choir

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6 JANUARY 2018 SAT | 7.30PM | ESPLANADE CONCERT HALL

12 JANUARY 2018 FRI | 7.30PM | ESPLANADE CONCERT HALL

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MAHLER 7 MUSIC OF THE NIGHT

HAYDN CELLO CONCERTO 1 A TRIBUTE TO FRIENDSHIP

Music of shadows and luminance, calm and fanfare, Mahler’s Seventh Symphony has divided opinion with its vivid array of contrasting instrumental range, orchestral colour and moods. Whatever your perception of night, Mahler leads the listener through moonlit dreamscapes and grotesque nightmares, culminating in a finale of daylight.

Written in the 1760s and lost for 200 years, Haydn’s Cello Concerto No.1 has become a staple of the cello repertoire since its rediscovery in 1961. On the other hand, Bruckner’s heroic Third Symphony, sometimes called the “Wagner Symphony”, exists in at least six versions. Catch these contrasting works with cellist Qin Li-Wei under the direction of Lan Shui.

Mahler Symphony No. 7 in E minor

Haydn Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major, Hob VIIb/1

Lan Shui, conductor

Bruckner Symphony No. 3 in D minor, WAB 103 Lan Shui, conductor Qin Li-Wei, cello

‘Meltingly beautiful tone, flawless intonation’ The New York Times

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SCHEHERAZADE • KARI KRIIKKU ARABIAN NIGHTS Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade, Op. 35 Kimmo Hakola Clarinet Concerto SINGAPORE PREMIERE

Finnish composer Kimmo Hakola’s Clarinet Concerto stamps its mark in the genre with modernity and rambunctious energy, laying out arresting rhythms and themes -- including the dance celebrations of a Yiddish wedding -- that cannot help but grab attention. Described as a roaring success for the composer, the concerto will see its Singapore premiere by acclaimed Finnish clarinettist Kari Kriikku and promises to be a wild ride. RimskyKorsakov’s interpretation of the Arabian Nights, the popular Scheherazade suite, completes the evening’s delights for the senses. Lim Yau, conductor Kari Kriikku, clarinet

‘The most remarkable clarinettist of our times’ Leipziger Allmanach

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26 JANUARY 2018 FRI | 7.30PM | ESPLANADE CONCERT HALL

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SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE AN EPISODE IN THE LIFE OF AN ARTIST Dark fantasies. Unrequited love. A witches’ sabbath. An episode in the life of an artist. Berlioz’s radical masterpiece Symphonie Fantastique comes alive in the hands of Japanese maestro Kazushi Ono. It is paired here with Walton’s Viola Concerto, gorgeous music drenched in lively rhythms and jazzy harmonies. Walton Viola Concerto Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique, Op. 14 Kazushi Ono, conductor Zhang Manchin, viola

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3 FEBRUARY 2018 SAT | 7.30PM | ESPLANADE CONCERT HALL

2 MARCH 2018 FRI | 7.30PM | VICTORIA CONCERT HALL

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SHOSTAKOVICH CELLO CONCERTO WITNESS THE PHENOMENON

A IS FOR AIYAH MYSTERIES OF THE MACABRE

Leading Thai composer Narong Prangcharoen’s Phenomenon begins this fascinating programme with its invocation of mysterious natural phenomena. Then, explore the dark and eerie soundscapes of Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 2, before concluding the night with Dvorák’s trademark symphonic melodies.

The SSO presents the world premiere of A is for Aiyah, composed by young Singaporean composer Diana Soh, an alumnus of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music and currently based in Paris. French soprano Élise Chauvin brings us on a journey of Mahlerian song through five lieder based on the poetry of Friedrich Rückert, and then the avant-garde theatre of Ligeti’s Mysteries of the Macabre.

Narong Prangcharoen Phenomenon

Diana Soh A is for Aiyah from ä bug i da

Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 2 in G major, Op. 126

Webern Passacaglia, Op. 1

Dvorák Symphony No. 6 in D major, Op. 60

Mahler Rückert-Lieder

Carlos Kalmar, conductor Jan Vogler, cello

Stravinsky Symphony in Three Movements

WORLD PREMIERE

Ligeti Mysteries of the Macabre Jason Lai, conductor Élise Chauvin, soprano

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23 MARCH 2018 FRI | 7.30PM | ESPLANADE CONCERT HALL

30 MARCH 2018 FRI | 7.30PM | ESPLANADE CONCERT HALL

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RADIANCE AND SPARK A SHOWCASE FOR HORNS AND STRINGS

ALINA IBRAGIMOVA PLAYS BRAHMS A LUSH PAINTING OF NOBLE LYRICISM

Kelly Tang’s Two Symphonic Dances: Radiance and Spark were commissioned for and premiered at the 10th anniversary of the Esplanade in 2012, while the inspiration for Konzertstück was Schumann’s response to the invention of the valved horn. The SSO horns tackle this showcase for the instrument, and the strings will feature in the vigorous Orawa by Polish composer Wojciech Kilar of The Pianist fame. Wojciech Kilar Orawa Schumann Konzertstück for 4 Horns in F major, Op. 86 Kelly Tang Two Symphonic Dances: Radiance and Spark Mozart Symphony No. 38 in D major, K. 504 “Prague” Michal Nesterowicz, conductor SSO horns Sponsored by

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Rising star Alina Ibragimova is one of the hottest names in classical music today, and she returns with Brahms’ Violin Concerto in D – a lush painting of noble lyricism exquisitely written for the instrument. Berg’s thoroughly modern “Drei Orchesterstücke” provides startling contrast, as does Bartók’s richly scored Concerto for Orchestra, promising a showcase of every musician on stage. Berg Three Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 6 Brahms Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77 Bartók Concerto for Orchestra Lan Shui, conductor Alina Ibragimova, violin

‘Her performances brim with lyricism and wit’

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6 APRIL 2018 FRI | 7.30PM | ESPLANADE CONCERT HALL

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ELIAHU INBAL: MAHLER 6 HAMMER OF FATE Written in an apparently happy period of his life, Mahler’s “Tragic Symphony” is often described in the exact opposite of terms: nihilistic, dark, foreboding. The tender slow movement aside, it “ends in hopelessness and the dark night of the soul” with its infamous hammer blows. Mahler Symphony No. 6 in A minor “Tragic” Eliahu Inbal, conductor

‘Of all his works this was the most personal… We were both in tears… so deeply did we feel this music and the sinister premonitions it disclosed’ Alma Mahler

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SSO GALA 27 & 28 APRIL 2018 FRI & SAT | 7.30PM | ESPLANADE CONCERT HALL

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LA BOHÈME THE KEY TO LOVE Young artists and chance meetings. In Paris and in love, trapped by circumstances, liberated by poetry. Revel in some of Puccini’s most luscious melodies as the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and Choirs present a concert version presentation of La Bohème, one of the most beloved operas of all time. Puccini La Bohème (Concert Version in 4 Acts) Lan Shui, conductor Singapore Symphony Chorus Singapore Symphony Children’s Choir Singapore Symphony Youth Choir

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KAVAKOS PLAYS SHOSTAKOVICH WINTER DAYDREAMS

‘Jaw-dropping virtuosity’ San Diego Union-Tribune

Acclaimed Greek violinist Leonidas Kavakos returns to Singapore with the grotesque grandeur of Shostakovich’s relentless Violin Concerto No. 1. Lan Shui opens the concert with the gorgeous dawn song that opens Mussorgsky’s opera Khovantchina, and concludes with Tchaikovsky’s First Symphony, an atmospheric collage of “Winter Daydreams” that foreshadow his talent for balletic drama and endless capacity for heartfelt melody. Mussorgsky Khovantchina: Introduction “Dawn on the Moscow River” Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 77 Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 1 in G minor, Op. 13 “Winter Daydreams”

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Lan Shui, conductor Leonidas Kavakos, violin

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11 MAY 2018 FRI | 7.30PM | ESPLANADE CONCERT HALL

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CHRISTIAN BLACKSHAW PLAYS BEETHOVEN LYRICISM AND SOULFULNESS Critically acclaimed British pianist Christian Blackshaw, renowned for his sensitive interpretation and deeply felt performances, is the perfect soloist for the lyricism and soulfulness of Beethoven’s beautiful Piano Concerto No. 4. German maestro Claus Peter Flor leads the SSO in the monumental architecture of Bruckner’s final symphony. Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58 Bruckner Symphony No. 9 in D minor, WAB 109 Claus Peter Flor, conductor Christian Blackshaw, piano

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11 & 12 AUGUST 2017 FRI & SAT | 7.30PM | VICTORIA CONCERT HALL

10 SEPTEMBER 2017 SUN | 4PM | VICTORIA CONCERT HALL

F OR T H E E M PE ROR

F R E NC H F L AVOU R S

Two nights of string quartets fit for a king, by Haydn and Mozart, pinnacles of the Neo-Classical era. The central hymn from Haydn’s Emperor Quartet was the national anthem of Austria for a time, while Mozart’s Prussian Quartets, written with the Prussian King’s interest in the cello in mind, were published two weeks after his premature death.

The mercurial and expressive flavour of the French colour this varied programme, featuring the sublime combination of flute, viola and harp via Debussyan Impressionism; the sultry strains of songs from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess and the unduly neglected music of George Onslow, a 19th century French composer of English descent.

“If Mozart had written nothing but his violin quartets and the Requiem, they alone would have been sufficient to make him immortal.” - HAYDN Musicians of the SSO OPEN REHEARSAL 12 Aug | 10am | For Friends of the SSO and ticketholders

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1 APRIL 2018 SUN | 4PM | VICTORIA CONCERT HALL

18 & 19 MAY 2018 FRI & SAT | 7.30PM | VICTORIA CONCERT HALL

RUS SI A N AT H E A R T

T H E GL ORY OF B A RO QU E

Russian-British violinist Alina Ibragimova joins us in an all-Russian programme across three Russian greats in their characteristic musical modes. The sweet yearnings of Tchaikovsky’s lyricism give way to the impish energy of Prokofiev and finally to the enigma of Shostakovich’s Third String Quartet, which he considered one of his best.

From Gabrieli to Handel, take a trip with UK period instrument violinist Peter Hanson through the elegance and riches of the Baroque greats, whose genius is displayed in their rich writing for voice and instrument – for which they often treated one like the other.

Alina Ibragimova, violin Musicians of the SSO

A multitude of solos is key to the design of the concerto grosso, a compact instrumental showcase that the likes of Biber and Vivaldi developed to spectacular heights. Arias from Handel’s most popular oratorio, Messiah, are just a tiny sample of the vast treasure troves of Baroque musical drama. Purcell’s pioneering work setting English language theatre music, and the lively dance-operas of French Baroque master, Jean-Philippe Rameau, equally deserve your listening ear. Peter Hanson, violin / conductor Musicians of the SSO OPEN REHEARSAL 19 May | 10am For Friends of the SSO and ticketholders


S WIR E-SSO TI C KETI N G SC H E ME F O R S C H O O L S Since its launch in January 2013, the Swire-SSO Ticketing Scheme has benefited over 30,000 students, enabling them to enjoy world-class performances by the SSO in the Esplanade Concert Hall at subsidised ticket prices as low as $10. Larger school groups were also rewarded with a free music appreciation talk in their campus to enhance their concert experience.

SUBSCRIPTION CONCERTS, DISCOVERING MUSIC! & SSO CHAMBER SERIES

$10 (min. 4 tickets)

POPS CONCERTS

A Night at the Movies: $35, $20 Leonard Bernstein at 100 – West Side Story: $45, $30

CONCERTS FOR CHILDREN

Peter and the Wolf & Summon the Superheroes: $32, $24 (15 tickets) Nature Tales $24, $20

Schools are able to use the Tote Board Arts Grant to subsidise up to 50% (excluding GST) of the final ticket price. Prices before $1 booking fee. Enjoy a complimentary talk with every school booking of 20 tickets.

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25 & 26 NOVEMBER 2017 SAT & SUN | 2PM & 4PM VICTORIA CONCERT HALL Have you ever seen a kid conduct the SSO? Bring your kids to the ever-popular SSO Babies’ Proms, a unique concert experience where you are not expected to sit still nor sit quietly in the concert hall! A perfect way to introduce your little one to the world of classical music concerts! Peter Moore, conductor

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Babies’ Proms

Suitable for children aged 6 and below. Tickets are required for children aged 2 and above. Each concert lasts one hour, and pre-concert activities will be held 30 minutes before the respective show.

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Concerts for Children

2 & 3 SEPTEMBER 2017 SAT | 2PM & 4PM SUN | 2PM VICTORIA CONCERT HALL Delight your kids with the popular orchestral tale of Peter and the Wolf, as “told” by the theatrics (and antics) of acclaimed mime artists from Magic Circle Mime! Come experience the story as it unfolds ‘live’ on stage and help us outwit the fearsome wolf that threatens the orchestra and audience! Joshua Tan, conductor Magic Circle Mime Company

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Concerts for Children

4 & 5 NOVEMBER 2017 SAT | 2PM & 4PM SUN | 2PM VICTORIA CONCERT HALL Join Leopold the Leopard and his best friend, a talking tree, as they tell a grand tale with the nature settings depicted in Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony. Created by Victor Yerrid, a master puppeteer from the Jim Henson Company, this show will be a great holiday treat for kids and adults alike! Joshua Tan, conductor Victor Yerrid, puppeteer

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Concerts for Children

17 & 18 MARCH 2018 SAT | 2PM & 4PM SUN | 2PM VICTORIA CONCERT HALL

All Concerts for Children are suitable for ages 4 and above. No admission for infants-in-arms. Retain your Concerts for Children tickets to enjoy 10% discount on the next production. Supported by Lim & Tan Securities – A Musical Discovery, which enables children from underprivileged families to attend SSO concerts for free, discovering the joy of music. 56

Become your favourite superhero for a day and don your capes and suits for an action-packed programme with Alasdair Malloy as SuperMac, the Kilted Crusader. The music will provide a real rollercoaster ride of super heroic sounds from the SSO, showing off the orchestra’s super-strength, superspeed and super-sound! Joshua Tan, conductor Alasdair Malloy, presenter


DISCOVERING MUSIC! It’s another round trip of musical exploration with SSO Associate Conductor Jason Lai! Learn about the life of the composers behind the music and how they make whole symphonies out of building blocks of musical themes. Find out what went into Brahms’ last symphony, the dark visions and heady dramas of Berlioz’s “Fantastic Symphony” as well as Bartók’s exhilarating Concerto for Orchestra, where everyone on stage is a soloist!

24 SEPTEMBER 2017 SUN | 4PM | VICTORIA CONCERT HALL

GO FOURTH WITH BRAHMS! 28 JANUARY 2018 SUN | 4PM | VICTORIA CONCERT HALL

THAT’S FANTASTIC! 1 MAY 2018 TUE | 4PM | VICTORIA CONCERT HALL

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POPS CONCERT

A NIGHT AT THE MOVIES

31 AUGUST 2017 THU | 7.30PM | ESPLANADE CONCERT HALL From space to detectives, aliens to Mohicans, SSO Associate Conductor Jason Lai takes you on a movie date night of music from the cinema. Take a flight with X-Wing fighters across Interstellar Star Wars, and play a Game of Shadows to find out What Lies Beneath. Jason Lai, conductor

HIGHLIGHTS: Zimmer

Themes from Interstellar and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Williams

Themes from Star Wars: Attack of the Clones and The Force Awakens

Howard

The Sixth Sense

Goldsmith

Themes from Alien

Morricone

Themes from Cinema Paradiso

Jones

Themes from Last of the Mohicans

Silvestri

What Lies Beneath


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13 APRIL 2018 FRI | 7.30PM | ESPLANADE CONCERT HALL Celebrate this iconic film of over 50 years and the winner of ten Academy Awards®, including Best Picture. The SSO plays Leonard Bernstein’s electrifying score and memorable songs with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim live, while the newly re-­mastered film is shown in glorious high definition on the big screen with the original vocals and dialogue intact. This classic romantic tragedy, directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins and one of the greatest achievements in the history of movie musicals, features Robbins’ breathtaking choreography and a screenplay by Ernest Lehman based on the masterful book by Arthur Laurents. Joshua Tan, conductor

‘One of the greatest movie musicals reborn’ Sydney artsHub

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20 JULY 2017 THU | 7.30PM | VICTORIA JUNIOR COLLEGE

9 MARCH 2018 FRI | 7.30PM | ACS (INDEPENDENT)

SSO ON CAMPUS

SSO ON CAMPUS

Jason Lai, conductor

Joshua Tan, conductor

8 MARCH 2018 THU | 12.30PM | VICTORIA CONCERT HALL

10 MARCH 2018 SAT | 6.30PM | GARDENS BY THE BAY

SSO LUNCHTIME CONCERT

CLASSICS IN THE PARK

Joshua Tan, conductor

Joshua Tan, conductor


Since its launch in 2005, the SPH Gift of Music series has reached out to tens of thousands of Singaporeans through its many free performances in the heartlands, parks, concert halls and shopping malls. Admission is free. Outdoor concerts are subject to prevailing weather conditions.

21 JULY 2017 FRI | 12.30PM | VICTORIA CONCERT HALL

22 JULY 2017 SAT | 6PM | SINGAPORE BOTANIC GARDENS

SPH GIFT OF MUSIC SERIES

SPH GIFT OF MUSIC SERIES

SSO LUNCHTIME CONCERT

THE STRAITS TIMES CONCERT IN THE GARDENS

Jason Lai, conductor

Jason Lai, conductor

SP H G IF T OF MU SIC SE RIE S


SING A P ORE S Y MP HON Y C HOR U S EUDENICE PALARUAN CHORAL DIRECTOR SHANE THIO REHEARSAL PIANIST

The Singapore Symphony Chorus (SSC) was inaugurated in 1980 under the direction of Choo Hoey, then Music Director of the SSO, giving its first performance on 13 June 1980; and in its 37-year history, has established itself as one of the finest choirs in the region and one of the few symphony choruses in Southeast Asia. The chorus has worked with renowned conductors such as Peter Erdei, Eric Ericsson, John Nelson, Claus Peter Flor, Okko Kamu, and Masaaki Suzuki. They have amassed a wide repertoire over the years, performing such works as Orff’s Carmina Burana, Rachmaninov’s The Bells, Tippett’s A Child of Our Time, Macmillan’s Seven Last Words from the Cross, Kodály’s Missa Brevis, Arvo Pärt’s Te Deum, choral masterpiece Britten’s War Requiem, and baroque classic Bach’s St John Passion, amongst many others. Brought together by a love of choral singing, the SSC gathers both locals and newcomers of Singapore. Their occupations range from biochemists to tour guides to lawyers, with diverse hobbies that include rock climbing, scuba diving and Chinese calligraphy.

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SING A P ORE S Y MP HON Y C HIL DRE N’S C HOIR WONG LAI FOON CHOIRMASTER DARIUS LIM ASSOCIATE CHOIRMASTER GABRIEL HOE REHEARSAL PIANIST

Formed in 2006, the Singapore Symphony Children’s Choir (SSCC) has established itself as the leading children’s choir in Singapore. It seeks to enrich the lives of young singers between the ages of 9 and 16, through a holistic choral training programme that nurtures artistic growth and personal development. Since its debut performance in 2007, the SSCC has given many successful concerts, including appearances with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) in Mahler’s Third Symphony, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Berlioz’s The Damnation of Faust, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Britten’s War Requiem, and Bizet’s Carmen. The SSCC is also a regular feature in the orchestra’s annual Christmas concerts. It has performed at the Philharmonie de Paris in a collaborative performance of Berlioz’s Te Deum with the Maîtrise de Radio France, as well as at the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas, where it partnered the Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra in concert. The Singapore Symphony Children’s Choir recently recorded their first CD, And I’ll Sing Once More.

‘Simply outstanding.’ The Straits Times

4 & 5 SEPTEMBER 2017 MON & TUE | 9AM-6PM

THE SSCC EXPERIENCE 24 SEPTEMBER 2017 SUN | 10AM

SSCC AUDITIONS 27 MAY 2018 SUN | 4PM VICTORIA CONCERT HALL

SSCC 12TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT

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SING A P ORE S Y MP HON Y YOU T H C HOIR WONG LAI FOON CHOIRMASTER DARIUS LIM ASSOCIATE CHOIRMASTER EVELYN HANDRISANTO REHEARSAL PIANIST

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The Singapore Symphony Youth Choir is the newest choral ensemble to be singing under the belt of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. Formed in 2016 to enable mature members of the Singapore Symphony Children’s Choir (SSCC) to continue their development in classical choral singing, as well as for young adults to further their interest in choral singing, the SSYC is an extension of the SSCC and exists to artistically enrich young adults musically and vocally, and to primarily serve the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO). Singapore’s finest young choral singers aged between 14 and 28 revel in the best of all musical worlds and styles, ranging from orchestral to a cappella masterpieces covering the Renaissance period to contemporary music of the 21st century.


SING A P ORE N AT ION A L YOU T H ORC HE S T R A LEONARD TAN PRINCIPAL CONDUCTOR LIN JUAN ASSISTANT CONDUCTOR

The Singapore National Youth Orchestra (SNYO) occupies a special place in Singapore’s music community having produced a strong alumni contributing significantly to both seeding the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and other community orchestras in Singapore as well as teaching the next generation of budding musicians. The SNYO is recognised by the Ministry of Education as a National Project of Excellence. Entry into the SNYO is by a rigorous audition process. Members in mainstream secondary schools with sustained involvement in the SNYO will have their participation in the orchestra recognised in lieu of a school-based Co-Curricular Activity (CCA). Since April 2015, the SNYO started a new chapter with its management being transferred from the Ministry of Education to the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, allowing the SNYO to draw on the knowledge and expertise of Singapore’s national orchestra. The SNYO is made up of over 180 talented young musicians representing more than 60 schools across Singapore. Under its talent development programme, selected members receive individual tutoring from professional musicians including SSO musicians.

18 JULY 2017 TUE | 7.30PM ESPLANADE CONCERT HALL

DAWN AND STORM: SNYO IN CONCERT 12 DECEMBER 2017 TUE | 7.30PM ESPLANADE CONCERT HALL

SNYO IN CONCERT 9 SEPTEMBER 2017 9 DECEMBER 2017

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MUSICAL PRODIGY Organised by Symphony 924, The Young Talents Project 2017 is open to musicians and vocalists performing classical works.

YOUNG TALENTS PROJECT

Finalists will perform to a live audience at the historical Victoria Concert Hall, and be featured on national television and radio.

2017

The overall grand winner will win a trip to Vienna, home to world renowned classical composers, plus cash prizes.

Register before Sun 14 May, at

Symphony924.sg. ALWAYS A CLASSIC FOR YOUR INSPIRATION CATEGORIES: BIAN TONG

2016 WINNER SENIOR CATEGORY

Registration fee: $60

CHLOE CHUA

JUNIOR 7-12 years SENIOR 13 -17 years

2016 WINNER JUNIOR CATEGORY

Visit www.symphony924.sg or email symphonyYTP@mediacorp.com.sg for more details Open to all Singaporeans and Permanent Residents. symphony924


C OMMI T T E E S NOMINATING AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Mr Goh Yew Lin (Chairman) Mr Paul Tan Ms Yong Ying-I AUDIT COMMITTEE Mr Yee Chen Fah (Chairman) Mr Kwee Liong Seen Ms Lim Mei ENDOWMENT FUND COMMITTEE Prof Cham Tao Soon (Chairman) Mr David Goh Mr Paul Supramaniam Mr Anthony Teo SSO COUNCIL Prof Cham Tao Soon (Chairman) Mr Alan Chan Ms Chew Gek Khim Mr Choo Chiau Beng Dr Geh Min Mr Goh Geok Khim Mr Khoo Boon Hui Prof Tommy Koh Mr JY Pillay Dr Stephen Riady Ms Priscylla Shaw Dr Gralf Sieghold Mr Andreas Sohmen-Pao Dr Tan Chin Nam Ms Tan Choo Leng Mr Tan Soo Nan Mr Wee Ee Cheong

MUSICIANS’ COMMITTEE Mr Mr Mr Mr Mr Mr

Chan Wei Shing Jon Paul Dante Jamie Hersch Ng Pei-Sian Mark Suter Christoph Wichert

SNYO COMMITTEE Ms Liew Wei Li (Chairlady) Mr Ang Chek Meng Ms Vivien Goh Dr Kee Kirk Chin Mrs Valarie Wilson SSO LADIES’ LEAGUE Mrs Odile Benjamin (Chairlady) Mrs Kwan Lui (Deputy Chairlady) Mrs Celeste Basapa Mrs Maisy Beh Mrs Kim Camacho Mrs Rosy Ho Ms Judy Hunt Prof Annie Koh Dr Julie Lo Mrs Clarinda Tjia-Dharmadi-Martin Ms Paige Parker Ms Kris Tan Ms Manju Vangal Mrs Grace Yeh

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M A N AG E ME N T CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

PROGRAMMES (SSO)

CORPORATE SERVICES

Mr Chng Hak-Peng

Ms Kua Li Leng (Head) Ms Teo Chew Yen Ms Jolene Yeo

Mr Rick Ong (Head) Mr Alan Ong (Finance) Ms Goh Hoey Fen (Finance) Mr Mohamed Zailani bin Mohd Said

CEO OFFICE Mr Edward Loh Mr Chris Yong ORCHESTRA MANAGEMENT Mr Ernest Khoo (Head) Mr Chia Jit Min Ms Tan Wei Tian Stage Management Ms Kimberly Kwa (Stage Manager) Ms Chin Rosherna Mr Ramayah Elango Mr Abdul Wahab bin Sakir Mr Mohamed Zailani bin Mohd Said Mr Muhammad Fariz bin Samsuri Mr Radin Sulaiman bin Ali LIBRARY Mr Lim Yeow Siang (Head) Mr Lim Lip Hua Ms Priscilla Neo

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Community Outreach Ms Kathleen Tan Ms Vanessa Lee

HUMAN RESOURCES & ADMINISTRATION

Choral Programmes Ms Regina Lee Ms Whitney Tan

Mr Desmen Low Ms Shanti Govindasamy

PROGRAMMES (VCH)

SINGAPORE NATIONAL YOUTH ORCHESTRA

Ms Michelle Yeo (Head) Ms Erin Tan DEVELOPMENT & SPONSORSHIP Ms Peggy Kek (Head) Mr Anthony Chng Ms Nikki Chuang Ms Zhang Jingchao MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS & CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE Ms Cindy Lim (Head) Mr Chia Han-Leon Ms Myrtle Lee Ms Hong Shu Hui Ms Melissa Tan Ms Cheryl Pek Ms Khairani Basman Ms Dacia Cheang Ms Nur Shafiqah Bte Othman

Ms Pang Siu Yuin (Head) Ms Shirin Foo Mr Tan Yong Qing Ms Tang Ya Yun ABRSM Ms Hay Su-San (Head) Ms Patricia Yee Ms Lai Li-Yng Mr Joong Siow Chong


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WORK

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ALBENIZ BARTÓK BARTÓK BARTÓK BEETHOVEN BEETHOVEN BEETHOVEN BEETHOVEN BEETHOVEN BELLINI BERG BERLIOZ BRAHMS BRAHMS BRAHMS BRAHMS BRAHMS BRAHMS BRAHMS BRUCKNER BRUCKNER CHOPIN COPLAND DEBUSSY DE FALLA DVORÁK DVORÁK ELGAR ER YENN CHWEN GLAZUNOV GOLDSMITH GOUNOD GRANADOS GRIEG GRIEG KIMMO HAKOLA HAYDN HOWARD HUMMEL T. IRFAN K. JÄRVI JONES WOJCIECH KILAR JAAKKO KUUSISTO A. LIADOV LIGETI

FROM SUITE ESPAÑOLA, OP. 47 CONCERTO FOR ORCHESTRA PIANO CONCERTO NO. 1 PIANO CONCERTO NO. 2 IN G MAJOR CONCERTO FOR VIOLIN, CELLO & PIANO IN C MAJOR, OP. 56 PIANO CONCERTO NO. 3 IN C MINOR, OP. 37 PIANO CONCERTO NO. 4 IN G MAJOR, OP. 58 PIANO CONCERTO NO. 5 IN E-FLAT MAJOR, OP. 73 “EMPEROR” SYMPHONY NO. 3 IN E-FLAT MAJOR, OP. 55 “EROICA” “O RENDETEMI LA SPEME” FROM I PURITANI THREE PIECES FOR ORCHESTRA, OP. 6 SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE, OP. 14 GESANG DER PARZEN, OP. 89 SCHICKSALSLIED, OP. 54 (“SONG OF DESTINY”) SYMPHONY NO. 1 IN C MINOR, OP. 68 SYMPHONY NO. 2 IN D MAJOR, OP. 73 SYMPHONY NO. 3 IN F MAJOR, OP. 90 SYMPHONY NO. 4 IN E MINOR, OP. 98 VIOLIN CONCERTO IN D MAJOR, OP. 77 SYMPHONY NO. 3 IN D MINOR, WAB 103 SYMPHONY NO. 9 IN D MINOR, WAB 109 PIANO CONCERTO NO. 2 IN F MINOR, OP. 21 SYMPHONY NO. 3 BALLADE DANZA RITUAL DEL FUEGO SYMPHONY NO. 6 IN D MAJOR, OP. 60 SYMPHONY NO. 8 IN G MAJOR, OP. 88 CELLO CONCERTO IN E MINOR, OP. 85 SYMPHONIA ANAMNESEOS, A SYMPHONY OF REMEMBRANCE SYMPHONY NO. 5 IN B-FLAT MAJOR, OP. 55 THEMES FROM ALIEN “AMOUR, RANIME MON COURAGE” FROM ROMEO & JULIET FROM GOYESCAS, OP. 11 PEER GYNT: SUITE NO. 1, OP. 46 PIANO CONCERTO IN A MINOR, OP. 16 CLARINET CONCERTO CELLO CONCERTO NO. 1 IN C MAJOR, HOB VIIb/1 THE SIXTH SENSE TRUMPET CONCERTO IN E-FLAT MAJOR, S. 49 MEDITATION SHANGHAI WONDER THEMES FROM LAST OF THE MOHICANS ORAWA VIOLIN CONCERTO, OP. 28 THE ENCHANTED LAKE, OP. 62 MYSTERIES OF THE MACABRE

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COMPOSER

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LISZT LUTOSLAWSKI MAHLER MAHLER MAHLER MENDELSSOHN MENDELSSOHN MEYERBEER MEYERBEER MORRICONE MOZART MUSSORGSKY NARONG PRANGCHAROEN PROKOFIEV PUCCINI RACHMANINOV RIMSKY-KORSAKOV RESPIGHI RESPIGHI ROSSINI SAINT-SAËNS SCRIABIN SCHUMANN SHOSTAKOVICH SHOSTAKOVICH SHOSTAKOVICH SHOSTAKOVICH SIBELIUS SIBELIUS SIBELIUS SIBELIUS SILVESTRI DIANA SOH R. STRAUSS STRAVINSKY SUK TAN CHAN BOON KELLY TANG TCHAIKOVSKY TCHAIKOVSKY TCHAIKOVSKY VERDI WAGNER WALTON WEBERN PHILIP WILBY WILLIAMS WILLIAMS R. YARDUMIAN ZIMMER ZIMMER

PIANO SONATA IN B MINOR S. 178 SYMPHONY NO. 4 SYMPHONY NO. 7 IN E MINOR SYMPHONY NO. 6 IN A MINOR “TRAGIC” RÜCKERT-LIEDER VIOLIN CONCERTO IN E MINOR, OP. 64 PIANO CONCERTO NO. 1 IN G MINOR, OP. 25 “NOBLES SEIGNEURS” FROM LES HUGUENOTS “OMBRE LÉGÈRE“ FROM DINORAH THEMES FROM CINEMA PARADISO SYMPHONY NO. 38 IN D MAJOR, K. 504 “PRAGUE” KHOVANTCHINA: INTRODUCTION “DAWN ON THE MOSCOW RIVER” PHENOMENON VIOLIN CONCERTO NO. 1 IN D MAJOR, OP. 19 LA BOHÈME (CONCERT VERSION IN 4 ACTS) PIANO CONCERTO NO. 1 IN F-SHARP MINOR, OP. 1 SCHEHERAZADE, OP. 35 FOUNTAINS OF ROME PINES OF ROME “UNA VOCE POCO FA” FROM THE BARBER OF SEVILLE PIANO CONCERTO NO. 5 IN F MAJOR, OP. 103 “THE EGYPTIAN” THE POEM OF ECSTASY, OP. 54 KONZERTSTÜCK FOR 4 HORNS IN F MAJOR, OP. 86 CELLO CONCERTO NO. 2 IN G MAJOR, OP. 126 OCTOBER, OP. 131 SYMPHONY NO. 1 IN F MINOR, OP. 10 VIOLIN CONCERTO NO. 1 IN A MINOR, OP. 77 FINLANDIA, OP. 26 SYMPHONY NO. 5 IN E-FLAT MAJOR, OP. 82 THE SWAN OF TUONELA VIOLIN CONCERTO IN D MINOR, OP. 47 WHAT LIES BENEATH A IS FOR AIYAH FROM Ä BUG I DA TOD UND VERKLÄRUNG (DEATH AND TRANSFIGURATION), OP. 24 SYMPHONY IN THREE MOVEMENTS SCHERZO FANTASTIQUE, OP. 25 SOIR, RÊVES, FANTAISIE FROM SYMPHONY NO. 2 TWO SYMPHONIC DANCES: RADIANCE AND SPARK SYMPHONY NO. 6 IN B MINOR, OP. 74 “PATHÉTIQUE” SYMPHONY NO. 4 IN F MINOR, OP. 36 SYMPHONY NO. 1 IN G MINOR, OP. 13 “WINTER DAYDREAMS” “ELLE NE M’AIME PAS” FROM DON CARLO THE RING – AN ORCHESTRAL ADVENTURE (ARR. HENK DE VLIEGER) VIOLA CONCERTO PASSACAGLIA, OP. 1 EUPHONIUM CONCERTO THEMES FROM STAR WARS: ATTACK OF THE CLONES THEMES FROM STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS ARMENIAN SUITE THEMES FROM INTERSTELLAR THEMES FROM SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS

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Lang Lang in Recital (29 Nov 17) Concessions: $80, $45

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SSO Gala: La Bohème (27-28 Apr 18) Concessions: $30, $20

SSO Gala: Leonidas Kavakos (5 May 18) Concessions: $30, $20

President’s Young Performers Concert (29 Sep 17) Concessions: $25, $15

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SSO Pops Concert: A Night at the Movies (31 Aug 17) Concessions: $35, $20 Family of 4 Package: 15% discount (Cat 1-2)

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ESPL ANADE CONCERT HALL 7 Jul 17

Gil Shaham

14 Jul 17

Chopin Piano Concerto 2

28 Jul 17

Mendelssohn Piano Concerto 1

19 Aug 17

When in Rome

25 Aug 17

Emperor and Pathétique

8 Sep 17

Litton • Bavouzet

22 Sep 17

Mendelssohn Violin Concerto

5 Oct 17

Steven Isserlis

14 Oct 17

Stephen Hough

27 Oct 17

The Ring

10 Nov 17

Beethoven Triple Concerto in C

17 Nov 17

Song of Destiny

7 Dec 17

Finland 100

6 Jan 18

Mahler 7

12 Jan 18

Haydn Cello Concerto 1

20 Jan 18

Scheherazade

26 Jan 18

Symphonie Fantastique

3 Feb 18

Shostakovich Cello Concerto

23 Mar 18

Radiance and Spark

30 Mar 18

Alina Ibragimova

Yes, please do my sums!

CAT 2

CAT 3

SUBTOTAL ($) CAT 4

CAT 5


SUBSCRIPTION CONCERTS

NO. OF TICKETS CAT 1

6 Apr 18

Eliahu Inbal

11 May 18

Christian Blackshaw

CAT 2

CAT 3

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A is for Aiyah

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REC ORDING S Follow the SSO on Apple Music and Spotify.

BIS-SACD-1837

DEBUSSY: LA MER Images Pour Orchestra Prelude a L’apres-Midi D’un Faune Lan Shui, conductor ‘The Singapore Symphony Orchestra applies itself with notable sensibility, energy and colouristic finesse to some core Debussy.’ Gramophone

BIS-SACD-1842

GOLDMARK: RUSTIC WEDDING SYMPHONY Symphony NO. 2 Lan Shui, conductor ‘Goldmark’s tuneful Rustic Wedding Symphony is projected here with infectious enthusiasm by Shui and his excellent orchestra.’ BBC Music Magazine

SSO-CD-1201 & SSO-CD-1302

SAINT-SAËNS: CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS*/ BRITTEN: YOUNG PERSON’S GUIDE TO THE ORCHESTRA Lan Shui, conductor Low Shao Suan & Low Shao Ying, pianos William Ledbetter, Andrew Lim & Koh Chieng Mun, presenters *available in both English and Mandarin

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AT A GL AN C E

2017 / 18

JUL2017

7

FRI | 7.30PM | ECH

GIL SHAHAM • BRAHMS SYMPHONIES Lan Shui, conductor | Gil Shaham, violin

CONCERT C ALENDAR

14

FRI | 7.30PM | ECH

CHOPIN PIANO CONCERTO 2 • POEM OF ECSTASY Lan Shui, conductor | Charles Richard-Hamelin, piano

28

FRI | 7.30PM | ECH

MENDELSSOHN PIANO CONCERTO 1 • BRAHMS SYMPHONIES Lan Shui, conductor | Melvyn Tan, piano

GIL SHAHAM

AUG2017

11

FRI & SAT | 7.30PM | VCH

19

SAT | 7.30PM | ECH

&12

SSO CHAMBER SERIES: FOR THE EMPEROR

WHEN IN ROME Michal Nesterowicz, conductor | Anna Tsybuleva, piano

25

FRI | 7.30PM | ECH

EMPEROR AND PATHÉTIQUE Wong Kah Chun, conductor | Shai Wosner, piano

MICHAL NESTEROWICZ

31

THU | 7.30PM | ECH

POPS CONCERT: A NIGHT AT THE MOVIES Jason Lai, conductor

SEP2017

2

&3

8

SAT (2PM & 4PM) | SUN (2PM) | VCH

CONCERTS FOR CHILDREN: PETER AND THE WOLF Joshua Tan, conductor | Magic Circle Mime Company FRI | 7.30PM | ECH

LITTON • BAVOUZET Andrew Litton, conductor | Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, piano

10

SUN | 4PM | VCH

22

FRI | 7.30PM | ECH

ANDRE W LIT TON

SSO CHAMBER SERIES: FRENCH FLAVOURS

MENDELSSOHN VIOLIN CONCERTO • BRAHMS SYMPHONIES Lan Shui, conductor | Daishin Kashimoto, violin Jon Paul Dante, trumpet

24 ECH: Esplanade Concert Hall VCH: Victoria Concert Hall

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SUN | 4PM | VCH

DISCOVERING MUSIC!: GO FOURTH WITH BRAHMS! Jason Lai, conductor


29

FRI | 7.30PM | VCH

PRESIDENT’S YOUNG PERFORMERS CONCERT Joshua Tan, conductor | Kang Chun Meng, euphonium

OCT2017

5

THU | 7.30PM | ECH

STEVEN ISSERLIS · ELGAR CELLO CONCERTO

STEVEN ISSERLIS

Darrell Ang, conductor | Steven Isserlis, cello

14

SAT | 7.30PM | ECH

STEPHEN HOUGH • RACHMANINOV PIANO CONCERTO 1 Hannu Lintu, conductor | Stephen Hough, piano

19

THU | 7.30PM | ECH

SSO GALA: JANINE JANSEN Daniel Blendulf, conductor | Janine Jansen, violin

27

FRI | 7.30PM | ECH

THE RING – AN ORCHESTRAL ADVENTURE Kristjan Järvi, conductor | Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano

NOV2017

1

JANINE JANSEN

WED | 7.30PM | ECH

SSO GALA: DIANA DAMRAU Pavel Baleff, conductor | Diana Damrau, soprano Nicolas Testé, bass-baritone

4

&5

10

SAT (2PM & 4PM) | SUN (2PM) | VCH

CONCERTS FOR CHILDREN: NATURE TALES Joshua Tan, conductor | Victor Yerrid, puppeteer FRI | 7.30PM | ECH

BEETHOVEN TRIPLE CONCERTO IN C

DIANA DAMR AU

Andrew Litton, conductor/piano | Igor Yuzefovich, violin Ng Pei-Sian, cello

17

FRI | 7.30PM | ECH

SONG OF DESTINY • BRAHMS SYMPHONIES Lan Shui, conductor

25 &26

29

SAT & SUN | 2PM & 4PM | VCH

SSO BABIES’ PROMS Peter Moore, conductor WED | 7.30PM | ECH

RECITAL GALA: LANG LANG IN RECITAL Lang Lang, piano

30

THU | 7.30PM | ECH

SSO GALA: LANG LANG

L ANG L ANG

Lan Shui, conductor | Lang Lang, piano

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DEC2017

7

THU | 7.30PM | ECH

FINLAND 100 Okko Kamu, conductor | Elina Vähälä, violin

15

16&17

FRI & SAT (7.30PM) | SUN (4PM) | VCH

SSO CHRISTMAS CONCERT Joshua Tan, conductor

ELINA VÄHÄL Ä

JAN2018

6

SAT | 7.30PM | ECH

MAHLER 7 Lan Shui, conductor

12

FRI | 7.30PM | ECH

HAYDN CELLO CONCERTO 1 Lan Shui, conductor | Qin Li-Wei, cello

K ARI KRIIKKU

20

SAT | 7.30PM | ECH

SCHEHERAZADE • KARI KRIIKU Lim Yau, conductor | Kari Kriikku, clarinet

26

FRI | 7.30PM | ECH

SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE Kazushi Ono, conductor | Zhang Manchin, viola

28

SUN | 4PM | VCH

DISCOVERING MUSIC!: THAT’S FANTASTIC! Jason Lai, conductor

FEB2018

3

SAT | 7.30PM | ECH

SHOSTAKOVICH CELLO CONCERTO Carlos Kalmar, conductor | Jan Vogler, cello

JAN VOGLER

MAR2018

2

FRI | 7.30PM | VCH

A IS FOR AIYAH Jason Lai, conductor | Élise Chauvin, soprano

17

&18

23

SAT (2PM & 4PM) | SUN (2PM) | VCH

CONCERTS FOR CHILDREN: SUMMON THE SUPERHEROES Joshua Tan, conductor | Alasdair Malloy, presenter FRI | 7.30PM | ECH

RADIANCE AND SPARK Michal Nesterowicz, conductor | SSO horns

30 ALINA IBR AGIMOVA

82

FRI | 7.30PM | ECH

ALINA IBRAGIMOVA PLAYS BRAHMS Lan Shui, conductor | Alina Ibragimova, violin


APR2018

1

SUN | 4PM | VCH

SSO CHAMBER SERIES: RUSSIAN AT HEART Alina Ibragimova, violin | Musicians of the SSO

6

FRI | 7.30PM | ECH

ELIAHU INBAL: MAHLER 6 Eliahu Inbal, conductor

13

FRI | 7.30PM | ECH

POPS CONCERT: WEST SIDE STORY

ELIAHU INBAL

Joshua Tan, conductor

27

&28

MAY2018

1

FRI & SAT | 7.30PM | ECH

SSO GALA: LA BOHÈME Lan Shui, conductor

TUE | 4PM | VCH

DISCOVERING MUSIC!: EVERYONE IS A SOLOIST! Jason Lai, conductor

5

SAT | 7.30PM | ECH

SSO GALA: KAVAKOS PLAYS SHOSTAKOVICH Lan Shui, conductor | Leonidas Kavakos, violin

11

FRI | 7.30PM | ECH

CHRISTIAN BLACKSHAW PLAYS BEETHOVEN Claus Peter Flor, conductor | Christian Blackshaw, piano

18 &19

FRI & SAT | 7.30PM | VCH

SSO CHAMBER SERIES: THE GLORY OF BAROQUE Peter Hanson, violin / conductor | Musicians of the SSO

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SUP P OR T YOUR ORC HE S T R A W I T H A G IF T TODAY

Our mission as the national orchestra is to create memorable shared experiences through musical excellence. When you make a donation to the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, you are helping to spread the love for music, to nurture young talent and enrich the diverse communities in our country. We are always trying to balance the need to cover our costs while still keeping ticket prices affordable for Singaporeans. Over the years, many generous benefactors have stepped forward to lend us a hand. Their donations help us to hold down overall prices and to make it possible for students to attend concerts with heavily subsidised tickets. The SSO receives double the benefit of every donation. This is because every dollar you give to the SSO is matched by a grant of the same amount from the government’s Cultural Matching Fund. A large portion of SSO’s funding therefore depends on the amount of donations we receive from benefactors like you. Please consider making a gift of music to Singapore’s very own national orchestra. A donation of ~ $1,000 would enable a number of disadvantaged children to attend a singing workshop ~ $10,000 would enable us to upgrade a young musician’s old clarinet or viola ~ $200,000 would enable us to stage an outdoor concert featuring the SSO In return, you as a SSO donor could benefit from a tax deduction of 2.5 times the amount of your donation. You could also receive other benefits such: ~ Access to the best seats in the house, or ~ Exclusive hosting opportunities for your most valued clients To make a gift of music today, please visit www.sso.org.sg/donation or contact the Development and Sponsorship department at:

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Tel: 6602 4237/ 6602 4238 or Ms Peggy Kek Director, Development and Partnerships peggykek@sso.org.sg


A S TA NDIN G O VAT I O N T O O U R D O N O R S PATRON SPONSOR Tote Board Group PRINCIPAL PRESENTING SPONSOR OF THE SSO 2016 EUROPE TOUR Temasek Foundation Nurtures PRINCIPAL CHAMPION OF THE SINGAPORE SYMPHONY CHILDREN’S CHOIR Christopher Ho & Rosy Ho

ANNUAL CAMPAIGN 2016 DONORS* Saga Tree Capital Advisors Pte Ltd Mrs Dorothy Chan Mrs Christina Ong Mr & Mrs Goh Yew Lin Anonymous

Binjai Tree Boardroom Limited One North Capital Pte Ltd Resorts World at Sentosa Pte Ltd Prof Chan Heng Chee

Desmond Lim Yu Jin Leong Wai Leng Geoffrey & Ai Ai Wong Anonymous

*This list includes donations of $10,000 and above.

BENEFIT DINNER 2017 DONORS* Christopher Ho & Rosy Ho Interchem Pte Ltd G K Goh Holdings Ltd Kingsmen Exhibits Pte Ltd Tote Board Mr Joseph Grimberg Far East Organization Kris Foundation Mr & Mrs Goh Geok Khim

Stephen Riady Group of Foundations United Overseas Bank Limited UPP Holdings Limited Anonymous Dr Julie Lo & Mr Eugene Lai Mrs Clarinda Tjia-Dharmadi-Martin & Mr Christopher Martin Ms Paige Parker & Mr Jim Rogers Mdm Tan Siew Hoon Thomas Zuellig

At Sunrice GlobalChef Academy Credit Suisse DBS Bank Ltd Hi-P Internatonal Limited LGT Bank (Singapore) Ltd Marina Bay Sands Pte Ltd One North Capital Pte Ltd OSIM International Limited PSA International Tan Kong Piat (Pte) Ltd

Van Cleef and Arpels Harpreet K. Bedi & Satinder S. Garcha Lito & Kim Camacho Pauline Chan & Jean Nasr Choo Chiau Beng Kevin & Amy Gould Jullie Kan, Johanes Oeni & Christian Rothbuehler Maisy Koh & Dr Beh Swan Gin

Anonymous Liew Wei Li Olivia Lum Mr David Ong Andreas & Doris Sohmen-Pao Tan Choo Leng Teo Poh Jin, Kim Geoffrey & Ai-Ai Wong Grace Yeh Yong Pung How

*This list reflects donations of $10,000 and above as at 26 April 2017.

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WANG WEI ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL BASS TROMBONE

DAMIAN PATTI ASSOCIATE PRINCIPAL TROMBONE


Patron Sponsors

A Standing Ovation for Our Corporate Partners OFFICIAL HOTEL

OFFICIAL TRAINING PARTNER

OFFICIAL RADIO STATION

OFFICIAL OUTDOOR MEDIA PARTNER

OFFICIAL POSTAGE SPONSOR

OFFICIAL AIRLINE

Partners

LEE FOUNDATION

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