Welcome the first notes of spring with the SSO

Published on 07 January 2022

Together with Principal Guest Conductor Andrew Litton, acclaimed British violinist Chloë Hanslip returns to Singapore for four evenings of musical mastery, including a joint fundraising concert with the Foundation of Rotary Clubs Singapore (FRCS) to end off the February line-up; in an SSOLOUNGE-exclusive release in March, the T’ang Quartet performs string masterpieces.

Singapore, 7 January 2022 — As we transition into Spring, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) enlivens the soul with British violin virtuoso Chloë Hanslip and Principal Guest Conductor Andrew Litton for a magnificent performance of the classics. Together with SSO, the pair will bring to life music by the likes of Bernstein and Shostakovich for SSO-FRCS Joint Fundraising Concert: Serenades with Andrew Litton and Chloë Hanslipon 25 and 26 February, and Andrew Litton and Chloë Hanslip on 4 and 5 March.

On 10 March, Singapore’s most renowned string quartet, T’ang Quartet joins the line-up with an SSOLOUNGE-exclusive release filmed in April 2021 — a concert of elegant string masterpieces by Strauss, Shostakovich and Brahms.

February

In its inaugural collaboration with another Institute of Public Character, the SSO presents SSO-FRCS Joint Fundraising Concert: Serenades with Andrew Litton and Chloë Hanslip on 25 and 26 February, with the critically acclaimed Chloë Hanslip starring as guest violinist. Audiences will revel in an evening of serenades from the UK, USA, and Austria, featuring the famous Eine kleine Nachtmusik by Mozart. Together with SSO Principal Guest Conductor Andrew Litton, Hanslip will muse over Bernstein’s Serenade, after Plato’s Symposium which was inspired by the seven speeches in praise of Eros, the god of love and desire.

Fitting for the themes of love and appreciation, the first concert on 25 February will be a joint fundraiser for both charities aiming to raise $120,000. Proceeds will be allocated to SSO and FRCS equally.

“The joint fundraiser marks the common goal and dedication of SSO and FRCS to create a better world. Rotarians around the world commemorate World Understanding and Peace Day each February to promote peace and tolerance globally. The common language of symphonic music serves as a platform to create understanding across the cultures,” said Mr Chng Hak-Peng, Chief Executive Officer, Singapore Symphony Group.

Mr Chew Ghim Bok, Chairman of Foundation of Rotary Clubs Singapore said, “FRCS is excited to embark on this fundraising initiative with the SSO in the upcoming SSO-FRCS Joint Fundraising Concert: Serenades with Andrew Litton and Chloë Hanslip. All proceeds will go on to benefit FRCS’ Eldercare & Caregivers Centre in the community, as well as the SSO. The partnership offers an excellent opportunity for FRCS to show support for the arts.”

March

Along with the percussionists and strings of the SSO, acclaimed violinist Chloë Hanslip will once again grace the stage with Principal Guest Conductor Andrew Litton to perform an all-Russian programme, Andrew Litton and Chloë Hanslip on 4 and 5 March. The evenings will present orchestral re-imaginings of two chamber works: Shostakovich’ s dark and desolate Sonata, Op. 134, written for violin legend David Oistrakh’s 60th birthday, and Tchaikovsky’s adrenaline-inducing Souvenirs de Florence.

On 10 March, SSOLOUNGE will release an exclusive concert — T’ang Quartet & SSO (Online). Filmed earlier in April 2021, the online exclusive showcases the T’ang Quartet, Singapore’s premier string quartet, alongside musicians of the SSO in a concert of string masterpieces featuring Richard Strauss’ Capriccio, the dark wanderings of Shostakovich’s Prelude and Scherzo, and Brahm’s romantic String Sextet No. 1.

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.

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ABOUT SSOLOUNGE
The SSO’s new streaming platform SSOLOUNGE allows audiences to watch live and pre-recorded masterworks of great composers, as well as premieres of classical performances from the comfort of their own screens. From reliving the best of Mozart’s concertos to revelling in the passages of lyrical grace from Romantic works, SSO fans and concertgoers can enjoy access to a repository of digital premieres and archived concerts. SSOLOUNGE comes with two subscription options: the 12M All-Access Pass offers exclusive access to archived concerts, as well as 90-day unlimited access for new releases, and the Single Access Pass which allows the user to view one concert for 30 days.

ABOUT FOUNDATION OF ROTARY CLUBS SINGAPORE
Established in 1993, the Foundation of Rotary Clubs (S) Ltd (FRCS) is an Institution of a Public Character (IPC). It is the charity arm of all Rotary Clubs in the country. As an umbrella body that unites and represents Rotary Clubs across the nation, we pioneer and support humanitarian and educational projects to help those in need. We rally Rotarians to serve in the community, mobilizing their leadership skills and vocational expertise in projects that transform lives, and ultimately promote peace in society.

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SSO-FRCS Joint Fundraising Concert: Serenades with Andrew Litton and Chloë Hanslip #

Friday and Saturday, 25 & 26 February 2022, 7.30pm
Victoria Concert Hall

You are invited to a little night’s music — an entire evening of serenades in every form, from sweet English nostalgia to Mozart’s very famous Eine kleine Nachtmusik. Between them, our guest violinist, the renowned British virtuoso Chloë Hanslip muses over Bernstein’s five musical statements on love, in this delectable evening led by SSO Principal Guest Conductor Andrew Litton

Date & time
Friday and Saturday, 25 February & 26 February 2022, 7.30pm

Venue
Victoria Concert Hall

Performers
Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Andrew Litton, Principal Guest Conductor
Chloë Hanslip, violin

Programme
ELGAR Serenade for Strings
BERNSTEIN Serenade, after Plato’s Symposium
MOZART Eine kleine Nachtmusik

Tickets
$88, $68, $48, $38, $28, $15 Available on www.sso.org.sg

Special fundraising seats^ for 25 February 2022 are available for donation amounts of $5,000, $2,000, $500. To adopt these special fundraising seats, please register via this link or make your direct donation via the Giving.sg campaign page. To find out more, please email marilyn.tan@rotarysingaporefoundation.org.

^Proceeds will be recognised as donations, and Singapore tax residents will qualify for a 2.5 times tax deduction on the fundraiser. Donations and tax receipts will be processed and issued by Foundation of Rotary Clubs (Singapore) Ltd.

Andrew Litton and Chloë Hanslip #

Friday & Saturday, 4 March & 5 March 2022, 7.30pm
Victoria Concert Hall

Orchestral re-imaginings of two chamber works — Shostakovich’s dark and desolate Sonata, Op. 134, written for violin legend David Oistrakh; and the spectacular intensity of Tchaikovsky’s Souvenirs de Florence. The percussionists and strings of the SSO join our Principal Guest Conductor Andrew Litton for this all-Russian programme, with British violin virtuoso Chloë Hanslip as leading lady in the Shostakovich.

Date & time
Friday & Saturday, 4 March & 5 March 2022, 7.30pm

Venue
Victoria Concert Hall

Performers
Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Andrew Litton, Principal Guest Conductor
Chloë Hanslip, violin

Programme
SHOSTAKOVICH Sonata for Violin, Percussion and String Orchestra, Op. 134
TCHAIKOVSKY Souvenirs de Florence

Tickets
$88, $68, $48, $38, $28, $15
Available on www.sso.org.sg

T’ang Quartet & SSO (Online) #

Premieres on Thursday, 10 March 2022, 8pm
Online @ SSOLOUNGE

The T’ang Quartet, Singapore’s most renowned string quartet, joins musicians of the SSO in a concert of string masterpieces: the string sextet from Richard Strauss’s last opera, Capriccio, the dark wanderings of Shostakovich’s Prelude and Scherzo, and Brahms’s beautiful String Sextet No. 1.

An exclusive SSOLOUNGE release filmed in Apr 2021.

Date & time
Premieres on Thursday, 10 March 2022, 8pm

Platform
https://lounge.sso.org.sg/

Performers
Musicians of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra
T’ang Quartet

Programme
STRAUSS Capriccio, Op. 85
SHOSTAKOVICH Prelude and Scherzo for String Octet, Op. 11
BRAHMS String Sextet No. 1 in B-flat major, Op. 18

Tickets
$30 (12M All-Access Pass) or $6 (Single Access Pass)