October Music Festivals at The Arts House
Singapore, 16 September 2015 – The Arts House is home to two music festivals in October – the inaugural Singapore International Festival of Music from 26 September to 10 October, and the 5th Lieder Festival from 16 to 18 October.
Singapore International Festival of Music
Presented by The Arts House and OperaViva, the Singapore International Festival of Music (SIFoM) is the first classical music festival in Singapore and showcases over 40 young Singapore musicians. Themed War & Peace, the Festival will feature six chamber music concerts with Singapore musicians as the pillars of the Festival. With repertoire from Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time to Grigori Frid’s The Diary of Anne Frank, the music of this Festival serves as a reminder that hardship and peace can bring forth great art. In addition, the Festival will include the world premiere of a new composition by Malaysia’s preeminent composer, Chong Kee Yong, whose String Quartet will be unveiled.
“The Arts House is delighted to be part of SIFoM where we engage with an outstanding cohort of classical musicians, eager to share the fruits of the hard work, knowledge and skills they acquired in prestigious international institutions. In an age when cultural activities and businesses are diversifying and proliferating, institutions such as ours must have the intuition to recognise the particular needs of our artists and to create a nurturing environment for them to grow and to sustain their growth,” says Lee Chor Lin, Chief Executive Officer of Arts House Limited.
“This is an opportunity to bring together the crème de la crème of Singapore’s classical talents. Globally, chamber music is the foundation of many music festivals. We want to introduce and expose Singaporeans to classical music via interactive and intimate music-making, tearing down boundaries and notions that classical music is intimidating,” say Artistic Directors, Darrell Ang and Loh Jun Hong.
The 5th Lieder Festival
The 5th Lieder Festival will return to The Arts House after four consecutive runs. Presented together with The Sing Song Club, Singapore’s only art song collective, this series of 3 recitals is dedicated to the works of Singaporean composers.
The Club will perform commissioned new works which will receive their world premieres at the 5th Lieder Festival on top of the existing repertoire of local art songs and chamber works for voice. The world premiere list include familiar local folk songs like 小白船and Burung Kakak Tua that will be performed as art songs. The line-up includes works by Singapore’s pioneering composers such as the late Leong Yoon Pin, Cultural Medallion recipient Dr Kelly Tang, Young Artist Award recipient Dr Zechariah Goh, as well as a new generation of young, upcoming composers.
Details of both SIFoM and the 5th Lieder Festival can be found on The Arts House website at www.theartshouse.sg. Festival passes are available for each Festival.
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