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SPH Gift of Music presents Outdoor Rhapsody by Singapore Chinese Orchestra

March 5, 2006, 6pm
Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage, Singapore Botanic Gardens

Free Admission

Singapore, 1 March 2006 - Make a date with us at the Singapore Botanic Gardens this Sunday (March 5) as the SPH Gift of Music series presents an evening of Chinese opera music at the park.

In the hands of talented musicians from the Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO), Chinese opera is truly music to the ears. Every year, the SCO hosts free outdoor concerts at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. The programme, which consists of mainly easy-listening pieces, offers music lovers a taste of Chinese orchestral music.

With Chinese Opera Extravaganza as its theme for this Sunday’s concert, the repertoire features various musical styles of Chinese opera. Even music fans who are not familiar with this musical genre will enjoy this concert. The programme includes a dizi solo San Wu Qi (Wu opera), orchestral piece Reminiscences of the Hometown (Nanyin), Jinghu and Dagu duet Night Thoughts (Jing opera), famous huangmei opera tune Da Zhu Cao and many more. Cantonese and Hainan opera music will also be performed.

Conducting the evening’s concert is SCO’s Assistant Conductor Mr Quek Ling Kiong. He will be showing the audience how spoons are used as a percussion instrument in traditional Hainan music.

SCO, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, has grown by leaps and bounds. The 70-strong orchestra has established a strong reputation as Singapore’s only professional Chinese orchestra. As a leading local performing arts group, the SCO aspires to introduce Chinese orchestral music to an ever-broadening audience.

About SPH Gift of Music
Since its launch in May 2005, the SPH Gift of Music series has been staging outdoor concerts for the Singapore audience. The SPH Gift of Music brings 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 has been bestowed the Distinguished Patron of the Arts award every year since 1993.

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