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SPH Gift of Music presents SPH Classical Experience: SSO in the Park, A Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration

Date: Sept 18, 2005 (Sunday)
Time: 6pm
Venue: Botanic Gardens

9 September 2005, SINGAPORE - The SPH Gift of Music series, together with the SSO, brings you more of the best outdoor music in Singapore in celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival. Conducted by Lim Yau, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra returns to perform at the newly renovated Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage in the Botanic Gardens. The SSO did the honours of the inaugural performance on the new stage on 1 May 2005, a performance attended by an audience of 6,000.

To mark this festive season of joyous reunion, come with family and loved ones. Enjoy the lively overture from Glinka´s opera Russlan and Ludmilla. Then immerse yourself in an irresistible lineup which includes the popular Chinese tune Endless Love and a captivating selection of Broadway music, as well as movie tunes by Irving Berlin.

Make a date with us and have a mooncake picnic at the park. Lucky concert goers will also stand to win goodie bags in our Guess the Lantern Riddle contest. Goodies include SSO CDs and VCDs, SPH notebooks and note pads. If you plan to bring along lanterns for the kids, please note that only battery-operated lanterns are allowed for use in the Botanic Gardens.

Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Lim Yau, conductor

Concert Programme

1. GLINKA Overture to Ruslan and Ludmilla
2. PROKOFIEV March from The Love for Three Oranges, Op. 33
3. ANDERSON Blue Tango
4. SHOSTAKOVICH “General Dance” from The Bolt, Op.27a
5. WANG FU LING
arr. PHOON YEW TIEN
Endless Love 不了情
6. BERLIN
arr. TOMLINSON
A Dance Tribute to Irving Berlin
7. YAO MIN
arr. PHOON YEW TIEN
Peach Flowers 月桃花 
8. BORODIN

Polovetsian Dances from Prince Igor

About the SPH Gift of Music
Since the series launched in May 2005, audiences have been enjoying surprising collaborations, interaction with the performers and fresh Singapore talent performing alongside established acts.

The key partners collaborating with SPH in this Gift of Music series, which ends in April 2006, are the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, the Singapore Chinese Orchestra and a host of individuals and groups representing some of the most recognised names in Singapore music, as well as carefully-selected overseas acts. Apart from the concerts at the Botanic Gardens, SPH will also bring concerts to the community with performances in the heartlands, public areas and parks as part of its outreach efforts to connect with the community.

The concert series is one of many outreach events which SPH supports as part of its broadening community involvement. Each year, the media group contributes to a diverse range of education, arts and culture, community, conservation, sports and charitable projects. SPH was recently named the top corporate giver in Singapore in a survey carried out by the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre, and has been bestowed the Distinguished Patron of the Arts award every year since 1993.

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For more information, please contact:


Francis Mah
Asst Manager
Corporate Relations
DID: 6319 1028 or mobile: 9697 8208
Email: mahys@sph.com.sg

About Singapore Press Holdings
Main board listed Singapore Press Holdings Limited is the leading media company in Singapore, in the print, Internet and broadcasting platforms. It publishes 13 newspapers in the four official languages and more than 70 magazine titles. Everyday, 2.78 million individuals, or 90 per cent of people above 15 years old, read one of the SPH publications. Its Internet Business Unit manages the online editions of SPH’s major newspapers and magazines, which together enjoy over 250 million pageviews a month. SPH also owns a 20% stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8, U and TV Mobile, and a 40% stake in MediaCorp Press Pte Ltd, which publishes free newspaper Today. It also operates two entertainment radio channels, UFM 100.3 FM in Chinese and WKRZ 91.3 FM in English, under a joint venture company UnionWorks with NTUC Media.