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SPH Gift of Music opens new season with Valentine’s concerts by the SSO

13 February 2008, Singapore – Celebrate the month of romance with the SPH Gift of Music as it kicks off its fourth season with two Valentine’s concerts this weekend on Feb 15 and 16.

The Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) will perform at two free outdoor concerts - Singapore Management University on Feb 15 at 6pm and Nee Soon South on Feb 16 at 6.30pm.

Members of the audience can also send a Valentine’s message to their loved ones. They can submit their messages through the SSO website at www.sso.org.sg and the SSO will select four most creative submissions to be read out during the performance this weekend.

The Valentine’s concerts will boast a repertoire of romantic classics such as the Barber of Seville Overture by Rossini, Voices of Spring by Johann Strauss Jr, the Viennese Waltz King, as well as excerpts from the Romeo and Juliet suites, Russian composer Prokofiev´s homage to that most timeless of all love stories. As the Lunar New Year festivities are still in full swing, composer Phoon Yew Tien´s Lunar New Year Suite, made up of four familiar New Year favourites, will also be played. The conductor for both concerts is the SSO´s Resident Conductor, Lim Yau.

The SPH Gift of Music has been entertaining Singapore audiences since its launch in 2005. For the past three years, the popular concert series has toured the heartlands, parks and school campuses. This year, SPH Gift of Music will be expanded to include shopping malls in addition to touring the heartlands and parks. In addition to concerts by the SSO and the Singapore Chinese Orchestra, this year’s programme will also be beefed up to include new groups such as The Philharmonic Winds as well as local bands like Jive Talkin’ and Ngak and the Ang Mo Pais.

Commenting on the new season of SPH Gift of Music, Chin Soo Fang, Head of Corporate Communications, said: “The challenge is to sustain public interest and attract new followers to the series. That´s why we are moving beyond SSO and SCO to work with other musicians of different music genres. It has been rewarding to know that on the one hand, we are making good music accessible to all, and on the other, we are providing a platform for deserving artistes to showcase their talent.”

Concert Details:

SPH Gift of Music presents
SSO on Campus
15 February 2008 (Friday), 6pm
Singapore Management University
Venue: Open space opposite Singapore Art Museum

Send in your Valentine´s Day message to SSO by 14 Feb and the four most creative messages will be read during the concerts. More details at www.sso.org.sg.

SPH Gift of Music presents
SSO @ Nee Soon South
16 February 2008 (Saturday), 6.30pm
Venue: Open field opposite Khatib MRT Station

Pre-concert Session: Discover Musical Instruments
5.30pm – 6.00pm at Nee Soon South Community Club

Suitable for ages 4 to 9 years old. Sign up free with People´s Association at www.one.pa.gov.sg. (Type “SSO” in the search box)

Send in your Valentine´s Day message to SSO by 14 Feb and the four most creative messages will be read during the concerts. More details at www.sso.org.sg.

Performers
Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Lim Yau conductor

Programme
ROSSINI The Barber of Seville: Overture
LI HUAN ZHI Spring Festival Overture
STRAUSS Jr, J. Voices of Spring, Op. 410
FAURE Pelleas et Melisande: Sicilienne
PROKOFIEV Romeo and Juliet Suites: Excerpts
PHOON YEW TIEN Lunar New Year Suite
BERNSTEIN arr. MASON West Side Story: Selections

For more concert information, please visit www.sso.org.sg.

Issued by Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
Co. Regn. No. 198402868E

For more information, please contact

Francis Mah
Manager
Corporate Communications
Tel: 6319 1028
Mobile: 9697 8208
Email: mahys@sph.com.sg

Adrian Cheong
Asst Manager
Corporate Communications
Tel: 6319 2261
Mobile: 9798 6097
Email: cheongcy@sph.com.sg

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