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Guide to the Singapore Symphony Orchestra

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-the-art 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. Since Lan Shui assumed the position of Music Director in 1997, the SSO has performed in Europe, Asia and the United States. In 2014 the SSO’s debut at the 120th BBC Proms in London received critical acclaim in the major UK newspapers The Guardian and Telegraph.
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SingaporeSSO Subscription: Lars Vogt • Mozart Piano Concerto 21

Webern, Mozart, Schumann
Singapore Symphony Orchestra; Lars Vogt

SingaporeSSO Subscription: Olli Mustonen • Prokofiev Piano Concerto 2

Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Sibelius
Singapore Symphony Orchestra; Hannu Lintu; Olli Mustonen

SingaporeSSO Subscription: Debussy 100: La Mer

Grieg, Ye, Debussy
Singapore Symphony Orchestra; Lan Shui; Lu Wei; Hu Shengnan

SingaporeSSO Pops: Happy Days: Favourite TV Themes

to be announced
Singapore Symphony Orchestra; Gerard Salonga

SingaporeSSO Subscription: Tales of Love

Rossini, Korngold, Tchaikovsky
Singapore Symphony Orchestra; Kees Bakels; Richard Lin

SingaporeSSO Subscription: Dvořák: Cello Concerto

Dvořák
Singapore Symphony Orchestra; Pavel Baleff; Pei-Sian Ng
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Soloist Shaham outshines Singapore Symphony

Gil Shaham © Pražské jaro | Ivan Malý
Playing in a premier Western venue with violin virtuoso Gil Shaham, the Eastern orchestra seems not quite ready for prime time.
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Lean, clean, but underwhelming Rachmaninov

Lan Shui conducts the Singapore Symphony Orchestra © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
We’ve already reached the penultimate week at the BBC Proms and Air Miles are clocking up apace with orchestras visiting from far afield. This evening saw the Singapore Symphony make its Proms debut, bringing in its hand-luggage a European première of a work by Chinese composer Zhou Long.
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