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SPH Gift of Music presents SCO Caring Series @ Singapore Botanic Gardens

29 April 2007 (Sunday), 6pm
Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage
Guest-of-Honour: Mr Khaw Boon Wan, Minister for Health
Open to Public, Free Admission

Singapore, Tuesday, 24 April 2007 -
For the first time, the Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO) Caring Series (新加坡华乐团关怀系列) will spread the joy of music making and appreciation outdoors when it performs at the Singapore Botanic Gardens on the evening of April 29 at 6pm.

The concert, sponsored by Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), will mark the official launch of this year’s SCO Caring Series, organised under the banner of SPH Gift of Music programme for the public.

The Singapore Chinese Orchestra, which is well-known for its innovative music programmes, has successfully toured several hospitals and hospices including Singapore General Hospital and Tan Tock Seng Hospital in the past year. More than 1,000 patients and caregivers have since enjoyed light-hearted classics and familiar favourites performed by talented musicians of the SCO. This year, in addition to hospitals and hospices, the SCO will extend its performances to children’s homes, where underprivileged children will get a chance to experience a live Chinese classical concert.

The April 29 concert at the Botanic Gardens will also benefit about 200 less fortunate children from Beyond Social Services, Boys´ Town, the Singapore Children´s Society, Ramakrishna Mission Boys´ Home and the Children´s Cancer Foundation. Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan will be the Guest of Honour.

TheSCO has come up with an exciting programme that should appeal to the young, in line with this year’s SPH Gift of Music’s theme — "Music for the Young". The audience can expect to hear lively Chinese classical pieces as well as popular Western classics.

Well known for their virtuosity as well as versatility, the SCO musicians will play Chinese folk-tunes including Overture (青年序曲), Reed Pipe (牧笛), A Flock of Birds (百鸟朝凤), Italian composer Vittorio Monti’s famous Hungarian dance Czardas, Indian and Malay folk-tunes such as Paaduvan Vaarungal and Ulek Mayang, and the well-loved Do Re Mi from the classic hit movie, The Sound of Music.

The entertaining concert will feature three award-winning young soloists from the SCO and Singapore Youth Chinese Orchestra (SYCO). They are dizi player Tan Qing Lun (陈庆伦), Zhou Ruoyu (周若瑜) an erhuplayer and Meng Jie (孟杰), a suonaplayer.

Says Ginney Lim, SPH’s Executive Vice President of Legal and Corporate Communications: "Apart from bringing music to the masses, SPH Gift of Music also touches the lives of the less fortunate by organising concerts such as the SCO Caring Series for underprivileged children as well as patients in the hospitals. SPH is proud to work with the SCO in this meaningful community project."

To celebrate the launch of this year’s SCO Caring Series, all the invited beneficiaries at the concert will be given a goodie bag filled with products sponsored by our concert supporters Nestle Singapore and MacDonald’s, in addition to a specially designed picnic mat for the children to sit on.

Apart from the concert at Botanic Gardens on April 29, SCO will also entertain patients and caregivers at Bright Vision Hospital on April 25. The other venues for this year’s SCO Caring Series are Infant Jesus Home, Assisi Home & Hospice, Singapore School for the Visually Handicapped and The Haven Children´s Home, Salvation Army.

Press invitation to cover the SCO Caring Series concert @ Singapore Botanic Gardens


We would like to invite your reporter and photographer to the concert on April 29 at Singapore Botanic Gardens, Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage at 6pm.

Mr Khaw Boon Wan, the Minister of Health, will be the Guest of Honour.

Please give the names of your reporter and photographer to Francis Mah at mahys@sph.com.sg or Chen Jingwen at chenj@sph.com.sg by 12pm, Friday, April 27.


Concert Programme

SPH Gift of Music presents
SCO Caring Series @ S´pore Botanic Gardens
指挥 Conductor :顾宝文 Ku Pao-Wen

(一) 合奏
《青年序曲》Overture(9´15”) 罗伟伦 Law Wai Lun

(二)笛子独奏
《牧笛》Reed Pipe(6´9”) 刘森、刘炽
笛子:陈庆伦(新加坡青年华乐团) Liu Sen, Liu Zhi
Dizi: Tang Qing Lun
(S´pore Youth Chinese Orchestra)

(三)合奏
《斯拉夫舞曲第八号》(~4´) 德沃夏克曲、朱晓谷配器
Slavonic Dances No. 8 Antonin Dvorak
Orchestrated by Zhu Xiao Gu

(四)二胡独奏
《Czardas》(5´13”) Vittorio Monti、杨培贤编曲
二胡:周若瑜
Erhu: Zhou Ruo Yu

(五)合奏
《Paaduvan Vaarungal》(3´10 ”) Pandit M Ramalingam 曲、 沈文友编曲
Pandit M Ramalingam
Arranged by Sim Boon Yew

《Ulek Mayang》(2´51”) 马来民歌、周熙杰编曲
Malay Folksong Arranged by Zhou Xi Jie

《Do Re Mi》(4´29”) 陈能济编曲
Arranged by Chen Neng Ji

(六)唢呐独奏
《百鸟朝凤》A flock of Birds(7´14”) 任同祥演奏谱
Chinese Folk Song Score by Ren Tong Xiang
唢呐:孟杰
Suona: Meng Jie

About the soloists
Tan Qing Lun
(陈庆伦) is an outstanding member of the Singapore Youth Chinese Orchestra (SYCO), a youth wing of the SCO. Tan started learning dizi from the age of 12 and entered the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) School of Young Talents soon after. He has won numerous gold awards at international Chinese orchestral competitions. Tan is currently pursuing a Diploma in Music at NAFA and is also the Woodwind Sectional Leader in the People´s Association Chinese Orchestra and the Dizi Sectional Principal in the SYCO. This promising musician is also a member of the Singapore Dizi Society.

Zhou Ruoyu
(周若瑜) is the youngest musician in the SCO. Together with Meng Jie (孟杰), both young and promising musicians were top graduates of the China Conservatory of Music and have won numerous awards in international Chinese orchestral competitions. Zhou plays the erhu while Meng is a suonamusician with the SCO.

About the conductor Ku Pao Wen

Ku Pao Wen (顾宝文) graduated with a Doctorate degree in Musical Arts, majoring in conducting from the School of Music in University of South Carolina. He was appointed Assistant Conductor of SCO and conductor of SYCO in November 2006. Born in Taipei, Ku started to learn the violin and piano since young and picked up the pipa at the age of 12. A highly talented pipa player, Ku has won many prizes in various national competitions including the First Prize at the Taipei Chinese Instruments Concerto Competition in 1982 and 1992. He also won First Prize in the youth category for pipa at the Golden Instrument Chinese Music Competition in 1985 and came up tops in the youth category at the Taiwan Music Competition in 1986 and 1985. A widely acclaimed conductor who infuses his music with emotional feelings, Ku has been invited to perform as a guest conductor by many local and overseas professional music groups.

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


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

Chen Jingwen
Asst Manager
Corporate Communications
Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
Tel: 6319 1226
Email: chenj@sph.com.sg

Koh Mui Leng
Executive (Marketing Communications)
Singapore Chinese Orchestra Co Ltd
Tel: 6557 4037
Mobile : 9833 0556
Email : mlkoh@sco.com.sg

About SCO Caring Series

The Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO) envisions in becoming a people´s orchestra and sees one of its core responsibilities as promoting the appreciation of Chinese orchestral music to everyone, both the healthy and the sick. After receiving overwhelming responses from its debut performance at Tan Tock Seng Hospital for the patients, their family members and care-givers during the SARS period in 2003, the SCO is encouraged to launch the SCO Caring Series, a concert series aims to deliver music to hospitals and hospices and provide music therapy to the patients. This year, the SCO hopes to bring joy and excitement to children by extending this programme to children´s homes and care-giving institutions.

About SPH Gift of Music

The SPH Gift of Music series has been entertaining Singapore audiences since 2005. Sponsored by the Singapore Press Holdings, this popular concert series features musical talents from the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) and the Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO) 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 underpriviledged 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.