Published on 03 November 2022
Singapore, 3 November 2022 – Concert-goers will have plenty to look forward to in the new year as the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) unveils an exciting line-up of concerts in its VCHpresents series from January to June 2023. From light-hearted recitals offering a fun introduction to classical music to performances that shine the spotlight on celebrated composers like Schubert, Debussy, Brahms and more, the concerts have been specially curated to appeal to both budding and serious classical music lovers.
Some not-to-be-missed performances include VCHpresents Chamber: Time Remembered – Bill Evans in January, VCHpresents Chamber: Schubert’s Piano Sonatas with Paul Lewis in February, VCHpresents Organ: Daniel Moult – Organ Rhythm in March, and VCHpresents Organ: The Composer and the Mouse in June.
To kick off the VCHpresents series in the new year, Danish jazz pianist and composer Thomas Clausen and his legendary trio will be presenting VCHpresents Chamber: Time Remembered – Bill Evans on 8 January. This homage to Bill Evans will feature the legendary jazz pianist’s classics as well as Clausen’s compositions such as For Pi, plus pieces from the Trio’s latest release - Edelweiss, Nature Boy, Billy Strayhorn’s Blood Count and more.
Come February, celebrate Valentine’s Day with Musicians of the SSO as they come together to stage VCHpresents Chamber: Love Is In The Air on 12 February, featuring works by Robert and Clara Schumann, touted as the most famous couple in the history of Romantic classical music.
On 18 February, the Victoria Concert Hall hosts VCHpresents Chamber: Schubert’s Piano Sonatas with Paul Lewis, where the renowned English pianist will perform an enchanting all-Schubert recital. Don’t miss the opportunity to witness the composer’s delicate, self-assured poetry in music during this one-night only concert.
Fans waiting to watch renowned concert organist Daniel Moult live in action can finally do so on 5 March, where he will be in town for VCHpresents Organ: Daniel Moult – Organ Rhythm. For his Singapore debut, audiences will be treated to a selection of iconic pieces by classical greats like Mozart and Mendelssohn, and they will also get to witness footwork virtuosity in Thalben-Ball’s Paganini Variations.
On 15 and 16 March, witness how stories are brought to life with music during VCHpresents Intimate Moments 乐享时光: The Tales of Yu Jing 余菁的音乐童话, featuring three original stories by Yu Jing, Associate Principal Cellist of the SSO, set to music arranged by her husband Jin Ta, Principal Flute of the SSO. Apart from enjoying the music, audiences will also be able to engage in conversations with Yu Jing and host Zhang Heyang from Lianhe Zaobao.
On 15 April, Music Director Foo Say Ming, the re: mix Ensemble and organist Koh Jia Hwei will come together to present VCHpresents Organ: Farewell Concerto, featuring a fascinating programme of music contemplating the tragedy and desolation of war. Look forward to works by English composer Herbert Howells and French film composer Georges Delerue – the former is represented by his war-time Psalm Preludes for organ, while the latter is heard in his sorrowful account of the 1992 epic French war masterpiece, Diên Biên Phu.
In the month of May, highly acclaimed Schumann Quartet will be partnering Musicians of the SSO to present two different programmes, showcasing works by Debussy, Brahms, Janáček and Beethoven.
On 10 May, the Schumann Quartet, comprising Mark, Erik and Ken Schumann, and German violist Veit Hertenstein, as well as Musicians of the SSO’s musicianship and technical mastery are on full display in VCHpresents Chamber: Schumann Quartet – Debussy, Janáček & Brahms, as they perform three gems from the chamber string repertoire: Debussy’s scintillating Danses for harp and strings, the evocative musings of Janáček’s Kreutzer Sonata and Brahms’s heartfelt String Sextet.
For their second outing – VCHpresents Chamber: Schumann Quartet – Brahms & Beethoven on 11 May, the Schumann Quartet will once again be joined by Musicians of the SSO including winds, where they will perform special pieces by renowned composers including Brahms’s 1875 Third String Quartet, and Beethoven’s youthfully vibrant Septet in E-flat.
The VCHpresents series will wrap up on a high note on 17 June with VCHpresents Organ: The Composer and the Mouse, a performance that is suited for families. A fun introduction to classical music, combining film and original music for organ and piano, the concert is performed live by the Scott Brothers Duo comprising organist Jonathan Scott and pianist and animator Tom Scott.
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 mission of the Group 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 for Gramophone’s Orchestra of the Year Award 2021 and it has clinched third place for this prestigious award.
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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