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SPH Gift of Music presents SPH Classical Experience: SSO in the Park

Sunday, 30 April 2006, 6pm
Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage, Singapore Botanic Gardens
Free Admission

Singapore, 25 April 2006 - The first season of Singapore Press Holdings’ Gift of Music series of concerts wraps up this Sunday, 30 April at the Singapore Botanic Gardens with the luxurious sounds of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO).

The SSO concert is a fitting close for the first SPH Gift of Music series as it was the national orchestra which kicked off the inaugural series last year in May. Following the success of the opening concert, the SSO returned to play at the park in September, with a Mid-autumn Festival concert that was also a crowd-puller.

Under the baton of its affable Resident Conductor Lim Yau, this finale concert for the first SPH Gift of Music series will bring the audience on a musical journey of dance music through the ages, from classical favourites by Mozart, Strauss, Tchaikovsky and Bizet, including scintillating excerpts from Swan Lakeand Carmen,to contemporary classics by the Bee Gees.

The SSO will open the evening’s repertoire with Weber’s Invitation to the Dance. Describing a young man’s invitation to a young lady to dance, a quiet and reserved waltz begins, which unfurls into a dance of wild adandonment and passion as the couple waltz the night away. The piece ends on a wistful and poignant note as the dance draws to a close and both dancers look back on the few precious moments shared.

If Weber’s enchanting piece doesn’t put park goers in a romantic mood, the "King of Waltz" Johann Strauss’ Emperor Waltzmight just strike a chord. As befitting the title, this popular piece features majestic and lyrical melodies played in all their glorious beauty by the strings and brass, sometimes punctuated by quiet moments or brassy fanfares.

As dusk falls on the lush lawns of the Botanic Gardens, the SSO’s finale piece "A Tribute to the Bee Gees"will be a sure crowd-pleaser. A music icon of the 60s to the 90s, the Bee Gees is well-remembered for many diverse hits, including those in this tribute medley: Stayin’ Alive, How Deep Is Your Loveand Night Fever.

Take along your picnic mats and make your way to the Palm Valley on Sunday. Enjoy the evening with family and friends as the well-loved SSO brings you music you know and love.


WEBER arr. BERLIOZ - Invitation to the Dance

MOZART - Menuetto from Divertimento No. 17 in D major K.334

STRAUSS - Emperor Waltz, Op. 437

DVORAK - Slavonic Dance No. 8 in G minor, Op. 46

BRAHMS - Hungarian Dance No. 1

TCHAIKOVSKY arr. McDERMOTT - Pas de Deux (Black Swan) from Swan Lake

De FALLA - Ritual Fire Dance from El amor brujo

BIZET - Danse Boheme from Carmen Suite No. 2

Arr. REA, JOHN - A Tribute to the Bee Gees

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, parks, and now at hospitals and hospices to connect with the community. The second season of SPH Gift of Music series was launched recently on April 24 at the Tan Tock Seng Hospital with the SCO Caring Series by the Singapore Chinese Orchestra.

The SPH Gift of Music series is one of many outreach events supported by SPH as part of its broadening community involvement.

Issued by Singapore Press Holdings Limited
Co. Regn. No: 198402868E

For more information, please contact:

Eric Ching
Assistant Manager
Corporate Relations
Singapore Press Holdings
Tel: 6319 1280

About Singapore Press Holdings Limited
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 80 magazine titles. Everyday, 2.8 million individuals, or 88 per cent of the people above 15 years old, read one of the SPH publications. Its Internet Business Unit manages the online editions of SPH’s major newspapers, which enjoy over 100 million pageviews from 6 million unique visitors every 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 sheet Today. SPH has a 70% stake in UnionWorks, which operates two entertainment radio channels, UFM 100.3 FM in Chinese and WKRZ 91.3 FM in English. In addition, SPH holds an 80% stake in SPH MediaBoxOffice Pte Ltd, Singapore´s largest LED network media company, and a 35% stake in TOM Outdoor Media Group, a leading outdoor advertising company in China.