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SPH Gift Of Music Kicks Off Season 3 With SSO In Woodlands

SINGAPORE, 14 March 2007 - If Woodlands residents find that travelling to the Esplanade to enjoy a Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) concert is way too far for them, they would be delighted to know that the SSO will drop in at their neighbourhood this weekend to perform two spectacular concerts – for free!

After an absence of several years, the SSO will return to the town in the north to give a performance at Republic Polytechnic on Friday, March 16, and another one at the open field next to Woodlands MRT Station on Sunday, March 18.

Both concerts are brought to Woodlands residents and Republic Polytechnic students courtesy of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) through its SPH Gift of Music programme. The performances will kick off Season Three of the Gift of Music programme which began in 2005. SPH hopes to draw more young people to this season’s series of performances, hence the theme is "Music for the Young". And for the first time, the popular music series will widen its audience reach to include underprivileged children in charity homes.

At the Republic Polytechnic, the SSO will play easy-listening classics like Tchaikovsky´s much-loved Nutcracker Suite as well as movie and cartoon soundtracks from Harry Potter & the Sorcerer´s Stone and The Sorcerer´s Apprentice in a concert titled "Music & Magic".

For the outdoor concert next to Woodlands MRT Station, the orchestra will put up a "Russian Spectacular", comprising mainly familiar classics by Russian composers and capped by a rousing finale with Tchaikovsky´s ever-popular 1812 Overture.

The conductor-presenter of both concerts will be Singapore´s up-and-coming young conductor Darrell Ang, one of a handful of Singaporeans who have made it to the international stage as an orchestra conductor. Darrell has led the world-renowned St Petersburg Philharmonic and the St Petersburg Opera in Russia. He is also a co-founder of his own orchestra there, the St Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic. Last year, he won the Antonio Pedrotti International Competition For Orchestra Conductors in Italy.

The soloist for both Woodlands concerts is violin prodigy Selina Tang, a Secondary 1 student, who has won major prizes here and abroad.

Says conductor Darrell Ang: "As this is my first time conducting concerts in an HDB heartland, I’m looking forward to bringing music to people who might not usually go to an SSO concert. We have designed programmes that comprise popular works that might be familiar to many of them. It is my sincerest wish that the heartlanders come and discover a different but no less exciting form of musical experience. I would also like to introduce violinist Selina Tang. I think she’s the most incredibly gifted young musician Singapore has ever seen."

Admission to both concerts is free. However, due to the limited seating capacity at the Republic Polytechnic, seats will be available on a first-come-first-served basis on March 16. The public is advised to bring floor mats to the outdoor concert on March 18.

Information on other concerts in the SPH Gift of Music 2007 Calendar is available at www.sph.com.sg.

Invitation to the press to cover the Woodlands concerts
SPH would like to invite your reporter and photographer to cover the two concerts in Woodlands.

Ms Ellen Lee, an MP for Sembawang GRC, will be the guest of honour at the outdoor concert on March 18.

We would be grateful if you could give the names of your reporter and photographer covering the two concerts to Mr Francis Mah at mahys@sph.com.sg or Ms Chen Jingwen at chenj@sph.com.sg by 2pm, Friday, March 16.

Programmes of both concerts:
SPH Gift of Music Series – Music & Magic,SSO on Campus @ Republic Polytechnic
Fri, 16 Mar 07, 6pm
The Republic Polytechnic Cultural Centre

Darrell Ang, conductor-presenter
Selina Tang, violin

MUSIC & MAGIC

JOHN WILLIAMS Harry Potter and the Sorcerer´s Stone: Suite for Orchestra
4th movement – Harry´s Wondrous World (6´)

3rd movement – Nimbus 2000 (3´)
1st movement – Hedwig´s Theme (6´)


DUKAS The Sorcerer´s Apprentice (10´)

MASSENET Meditation from Thais (5´)

SARASATE Zigeunerweisen (10´)

TCHAIKOVSKY Excerpts from The Nutcracker Suite (10´)

TOTAL PLAYING TIME: 50´

The audience is invited to stay on for a chat with Darrell and Selina.
For more information, visit www.rp.sg.



SPH Gift of Music Series – Russian Spectactular, SSO @ Woodlands
Sun, 18 Mar 07, 6.30pm
Open field next to Woodlands MRT Station

Darrell Ang, conductor-presenter
Selina Tang, violin

RUSSIAN SPECTACULAR

GLINKA Russlan and Ludmilla Overture (5´)

BORODIN Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor (12´)

MASSENET Meditation from Thais (5´)

SARASATE Zigeunerweisen (10´)

TCHAIKOVSKY Polonaise from Eugene Onegin, Op. 24 (5´)

TCHAIKOVSKY 1812 Overture, Op. 49 (17´)

TOTAL PLAYING TIME: 54´
For more information, visit www.sso.org.sg.

More about the conductor and soloist

Darrell Ang, Conductor-Presenter
A second-prize winner (no first prize was awarded) of the Antonio Pedrotti International Competition For Orchestra Conductors in Italy last year, Darrell Ang, performed at the SSO President´s Young Performers Concert in 2005. He studied at the Vienna and St Petersburg music conservatories and took part in masterclasses with world-renowned conductors like Sir Colin Davis, Lorin Maazel and Jorma Panula. Currently a Graduate Fellow at Yale University, he has appeared with orchestras such as the Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and St Petersburg Opera. Ang will make his debut with more orchestras next year, in countries such as Italy, Germany, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

Selina Tang, Violinist
Currently a Secondary One student at Raffles Girls Secondary School, Selina Tang entered the Royal College of Music at the age of seven, and left two years later to study with highly accomplished musicians and teachers such as Erika Klemperer and Hilary Coates. Tang has won major prizes, including first prizes at the North London Music Festival in 2000, 2001 and 2002. She joined the NAFA School of Young Talents in 2005 and in the same year, won the 3rd prize at the National Violin and Piano Competition (Junior Category). Tang recently performed at the charity concert ChildAid 2006.




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For more information, please contact:

Ms Chin Soo Fang
Head
Corporate Communications
Singapore Press Holdings
DID: 6319 1216
Email: soofang@sph.com.sg

Mr Francis Mah
Manager
Corporate Communications
Singapore Press Holdings
DID: 6319 1028
Email: mahys@sph.com.sg

Ms Chen Jingwen
Assistant Manager
Corporate Communications
Singapore Press Holdings
DID: 6319 1226
Email: chenj@sph.com.sg

About the SPH Gift of Music Concert
The SPH Gift of Music series has been entertaining Singapore audiences since its launch in 2005. Sponsored by Singapore Press Holdings, this popular concert series features musical talents from the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and the Singapore Chinese Orchestra at free performances in the heartlands, school campuses, parks, hospitals and hospices. This year´s concerts, which focus on youth, will also be organised at homes for underprivileged children for the first time.

About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd

Newspapers and Magazines
Main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is the leading media company in Singapore, delivering news and information through print, Internet and broadcasting platforms. In Singapore, it publishes 14 newspapers in four languages. Every day, 2.7 million individuals or 83 percent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH’s news publications. SPH also publishes over 90 magazine titles in Singapore and the region, covering a broad range of interests from lifestyle to information technology.

Internet and Mobile
Beyond print, the Internet editions of SPH newspapers enjoy over 100 million pageviews with 6 million unique visitors every month. SPH’s online and new media initiatives include a revolutionary mobile advertising and information service, ZapCode; recruitment and job search service, ST701; and STOMP (Straits Times Online Mobile Print), a portal that connects, engages and interacts with readers on the Web and via mobile phone messaging.

Broadcasting
SPH has a 20 percent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8, U and TV Mobile, and a 40 percent stake in MediaCorp Press Pte Ltd, which publishes the free newspaper, Today. In the radio business, SPH has a 80 percent stake in SPH UnionWorks Pte Ltd, which operates entertainment stations Radio 100.3 in Mandarin and Radio 91.3 in English.

Outdoor Advertising
In addition, SPH has ventured into outdoor advertising through its wholly-owned subsidiary, SPH MediaBoxOffice Pte Ltd, Singapore´s largest outdoor motion display advertising network media company, and a 35 percent stake in TOM Outdoor Media Group, a leading outdoor advertising company in China.

Properties
SPH owns and manages Paragon, the prime retail and office complex in the heart of Orchard Road, Singapore’s main shopping belt. SPH’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, is also developing a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road.