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The second edition of the Singapore International Festival of Music is back and this year, it is showcasing Singapore’s finest young professional classical musicians! Line-up includes exciting collaborations between Singapore musicians and international artists in chamber performances.

SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF MUSIC 2016 is presented by SIFOM Ltd in collaboration with Arts House Limited and OperaViva Limited.

Tickets available via SISTIC

Standard Tickets: 

Concert Series: Cat. 1, $72 | Cat. 2, $52 | Cat. 3, $32  
Chamber Series: $36
Concession*: 10% off for students, NSFs and senior citizens

Festival Bundle*: 

20% off 1 Concert + 2 Chamber  [Purchase 1 Concert Series ticket + 2 Chamber Series ticket for S$115.20]
25% off 2 Concert + 3 Chamber  [Purchase 2 Concert Series ticket + 3 Chamber Series ticket for S$189.00]
30% off 3 Concert + 5 Chamber  [Purchase 3 Concert Series ticket + 5 Chamber Series ticket for S$227.20]

Discounts*:

15% off for MasterCard holders
15% off for Early bird tickets (ends 30 Sep 2016)
20% off for Group Purchase (min. purchase of 10 standard tickets, applicable to Cat. 1 and Cat. 2 only)

* Discounts applicable for standard tickets only and not in conjunction with other promotions
** All ticket prices exclude SISTIC booking fee

Promotion: Ticket holders to any one of the concerts below are entitled to a 15% discount on regular priced items at O'Parl Cafe at The Arts House from 13 to 30 October 2016.

 

Concert Series

1. Myths & Legends: Mother Goose and the Tales of 1001 Nights 

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Thu, 13 Oct | 6.30pm, 8pm | Victoria Concert Hall 

6.30pm
Aleksey Semenenko, violin
Kerim Vergazov, piano 

Grieg: Sonata no. 1
Ysaye: Ballade no. 3
Paganini: I Palpiti

8pm
Members of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Musical Olympus Foundation & The Singapore International Festival of Music Orchestra
Darrell Ang, Conductor

Ravel: Mother Goose Suite
Rossini: Nacqui all´affanno e al pianto… (from La Cenerentola) (Vasilisa Berzhanskaya, mezzo-soprano)
Gounod: Vous qui faites l’endormie  (from “Faust”)  (Li Ao, bass-baritone)
Sarasate: Carmen Fantasy (Aleksey Semenenko, violin)
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

 

Members from the legendary Chamber Orchestra of Europe, billed as “the world’s best chamber orchestra”, join forces with the Singapore International Festival of Music (SIFOM) Orchestra, to present an epic concert celebrating this year’s festival theme, Myths and Legends. Under the baton of SIFOM’s Artistic Director and Grammy-nominated Singapore conductor Darrell Ang, Myths and Legends presents an exhilarating repertoire evoking the beauty of folklore and fairytales.

Maverick violinist Aleksey Semenenko, joined by pianist Kerim Vergazov, begins the evening’s journey with a pre-concert recital featuring music indirectly inspired by legends. 

The concert ushers you into the world of Myths and Legends with French composer Maurice Ravel's ravishing orchestration of tales from Mother Goose. Be swept away by the sensuousness of Sleeping Beauty, the tearful meanderings of a wandering Tom Thumb, the oriental gaiety of the Princess of the PagodasBeauty and the Beast's bizarre but touching discourse and The Fairy Garden's lush, flowery paradise. 

Three of the world's young classical music stars then take centrestage with their favourite showpieces. Hailing from Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre, mezzo-soprano Vasilisa Berzhanskaya performs the spectacularclosing aria from Rossini's opera, Cinderella, where Cinderella seeks pardon for her evil relatives. This is followed by Chinese bass-baritone Li Ao’s dramatic portrayal of the devil Mephistopheles in a famous aria from Gounod's opera Faust. Violinist Semenenko, who recently bagged the silver medal at the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Competition, sets the stage on fire with virtuoso pyrotechnics from Sarasate's celebrated Carmen Fantasy.

Finally, Myths and Legends first concert triumphantly concludes with Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's retelling of the adventures of Sinbad the Sailor and 1001 Arabian Nights, with Scheherazade – full of unforgettable tunes, Scheherazade will leave you dreaming of flying carpets and magic lamps. 

 

2. The Seasons

The Seasons

Fri, 14 Oct | 6.30pm, 8pm | Victoria Concert Hall 

6.30pm
Nancy Yuen, soprano & The Singapore International Festival of Music Orchestra / Alvin Arumugam
Overture and Senta’s Ballad from Wagner: Der Fliegende Holländer

8pm
1B1
... and featuring Basil Ong Tze Wee, Kaelyn Yunci Soh, Yuri Tanaka, Mathea Goh on violins
Grieg: Holberg Suite / Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Piazzolla: The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires

  • Grieg: “Präludium” from “Holberg Suite"
  • Vivaldi: Spring from “The Four Seasons"
  • Piazzolla: Verano Porteño
  • Grieg: “Gavotte” from “Holberg Suite”
  • Vivaldi: Summer from “The Four Seasons”

 

Hailing from a land of ancient lore and stunning natural landscapes, one of Norway's most acclaimed string ensembles, 1B1, presents a selection of enchanting melodies that bring to life the splendour and ever-changing movement of the seasons. Adding to the stellar ensemble is Mikhail Simonyan, world-famous violinist and Deutsche Grammophon artist who will be leading 1B1 in place of Jan Bjøranger​.

This mesmerising programme juxtaposes three different, yet equally evocative, musical landscapes. The Seasons opens with Holberg Suite, a much-loved work by Edward Grieg, Norway’s most famous composer. Created to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of humanist playwright, Ludvig Holbert, Grieg’s inventive expressiveness in working with baroque styles from the 18th century will stir the heart.

The programme then shifts into melodies from The Four Seasons by Baroque composer Antonio Vivaldi. Brilliantly capturing the moods and scenes of the four seasons, this timeless classic has been billed as an outstanding example of pre-19th century programme music.

The Seasons then dives into a more contemporary dance form – the Argentine Tango. Be swept away into the seasons of the colourful Argentine capital city, Buenos Aires, through the sensous and electrifying tangos of celebrated Argentine tango composer, Ástor Piazzolla. 

Some of Singapore's most talented violinists will perform alongside 1B1 in Vivaldi's The Four Seasons – yet another reason to experience this very special concert.

The concert will be preceded by a pre-concert performance by Singapore's grand dame of opera, Nancy Yuen, with the SIFOM Orchestra. With excerpts from Wagner’s opera, The Flying Dutchman, about a wandering nordic, this is one concert not to be missed! 

 

3. 五 + 5 = ?

五 + 5 = ?

 

Sun, 16 Oct | 5pm | Victoria Concert Hall 

Ding Yi Music Company in collaboration with Song Hong Chamber Music (Vietnam)

Ding Yi Music Company
Chin Yen Chong, erhu
Chua Yew Kok, pipa
Kenny Chan, zhongruan
Toh Kai Siang Eugene, percussion
Yvonne Tay, guzheng

Song Hong Chamber Music
Pham Truong Son, violin
Pham Mai Anh, violin
Khuc Van Khoa, viola
Dao Tuyet Trinh, cello
Pham Quynh Trang, piano

Phang Kok Jun: 二胡与红河弦乐五重奏 Erhu with Song Hong Chamber Music  
Hua Yan Jun:《二泉映月》Reflection of the Moon on Er Quan Spring (7’)
Bright Sheng: 琵琶与大提琴二重奏 Pipa with Cello Duet
Bright Sheng:《野风舞》Native Dance (4’)  
John Patitucci: 中提琴与打击乐二重奏 Viola and Percussion Duet
John Patitucci:《Scene》Parts II and III (7’)
Phang Kok Jun: 阮、古筝与双小提琴四重奏 Ruan, Guzheng and two Violins Quartet

Interval

Dang Hong Anh: "Trong Com" scherzo (7’)
Darrell Ang, Liong Kit Yeng, Wang A-Mao: Commissioned Works

 

A charming evening where East meets West, this fascinating performance by Ding Yi Music Company and renowned Vietnamese chamber ensemble, Song Hong Chamber Music, blurs the boundaries between cultures and genres by combining a Chinese music quintet with a western piano quintet.

五 + 5 = ? showcases Ding Yi Music Company’s virtuosic musicians and new compositions by Ding Yi Music Company’s composer-in-residence, Phang Kok Jun, guest composers Liong Kit Yeng and Wang A-Mao, and guest composer-conductor Darrell Ang.

Since its establishment in 2009, Song Hong Chamber Music has been hailed as a leading chamber ensemble in Vietnam. The company has performed yearly in major cities in Vietnam, Thailand and China. Under the mentorship of renowned Grammy Award winner Jeff von der Schmidt and Jan Karlin, Song Hong Chamber Music has also included contemporary works from Vietnamese composers in their performances.

五 + 5 = ? also marks the first collaboration between conductorDarrell Ang with a Chinese chamber music ensemble as a guest artist. Awarded the Grand Prize, Audience Prize and Orchestra Prize at the 50th  Besançon International Conductor’s Competition, Ang will conduct his own original composition, Dao and the Four Ghosts 叶老脱.

Along with five excellent soloists from Song Hong Chamber Music and five brilliant musicians from Ding Yi Music Company, Ang lends his special brand of music-making to two original compositions in what promises to be an unexpected treat for Singapore audiences!

Chamber Series

1. Barock Lounge Outer Space

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Fri, 14 Oct | 11pm | Chamber, The Arts House

Elbipolis Barockorchester Hamburg

Take a headtrip into the astonishing soundscape of Barock Lounge Outer Space, a multi-dimensional experimental concert series where classical baroque collides with electronic beats.

Hamburg baroque orchestra Elbipolis's musical brilliance and stunning interpretations have brought audiences to their feet at their highly popular ‘lounge concerts’. 

Featuring cutting-edge European electronic artists, including London’s Tim Exile and Stereo Total’s Brezel Göring, Elbipolis’s inventive reinterpretations of baroque and electronic music have opened up fascinating new musical possibilities, dissolving and fusing classical fugue and counterpoint against electronic rhythms.

A cross between a formal classical concert and the heady atmosphere of a club, don’t miss this unique and spontaneous musical experience! 

 

2. Musical Olympus Foundation presents "Today’s Stars, Tomorrow’s Legends”

Musical Olympus Foundation

 

Sat, 15 Oct | 7.30pm | Chamber, The Arts House

Li Ao, bass-baritone
Vasilisa Berzhanskaya, mezzo soprano
Beatrice Lin, piano

Songs and arias by Rossini, Mozart, Rachmaninov, Bellini, Massenet, Bizet, Tchaikovsky, Handel, Schubert, Moore and Gounod
Mozart: "Ah scostati/Smanie implacabili", aria of Dorabella from Cosi fan tutte
Mozart: "Va pure ad altri", aria of Ramiro from La Finta Giardiniera
Mozart: "Voi Che sapete", aria of Cerubino from Le nozze di Figaro
Gounod: "Que fais tu", aria of Stephano from Romeo and Juliet / Depuis hier
Massenet: "Werther, Werther!", aria of Charlotte from Werther
Bellini: "Ascolta. Se Romeo/ La tremenda", aria and cabaletta of Romeo from I Capuleti e i Montecchi
Rossini: "Una voce poco fa", aria of Rosina from Il barbiere di Siviglia
Rossini: "Nacqui all'affanno", aria of Cenerentola from Cenerentola
Mozart: "Il core vi dono”, duo of Guglielmo and Dorabella from Cosi fan tutte
Mozart: "La ci darem la mano", duo of Zerlina and Don Giovanni from Don Giovanni
Scarlatti: Le violette              
Pergolesi: Nina
Schubert: Die Forelle
Schubert: Der Erlkönig
Bizet: “Quand la flamme de l'amour” from La Jolie fille de Perth
Gounod: “Vous qui faites l'endormie” from Faust
Tchaikovsky: Reconciliation     
Rachmaninov: “Aleko's Cavatina” from Aleko
Two Chinese Songs: Rainbow sister and Legend of the dragon

 

Two of opera’s rising young stars, Vasilisa Berzhanskaya and Li Ao, present a enthralling mix of operatic favourites inspired by Myths and Legends, in this unique event jointly presented with our partner, Musical Olympus Foundation.

A soloist at Moscow's famed Bolshoi Theatre, Vasilisa Berzhanskaya opens the evening with a selection of love scenes from masterpieces by Mozart, Gounod, Massenet, Bellini and Rossini. 

Berzhanskaya masterfully segues from a hysterical Dorabella in Mozart's lyrical opera, Cosi fan tutte; to the spurned yet undying lover of Arminda, Ramiro, in Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera; to the amorous page Cherubino scandalously attracted to the Countess in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro. Together with two interpretations of Romeo & Juliet by Gounod and Bellini, Berzhanskaya will also perform iconic scenes from Massenet’s Werther, Werther! and Rossini's comic opera, The Barber of Seville.

Li Ao, winner of Placido Domingo's prestigious Operalia competition and a soloist at New York's Metropolitan Opera, takes the stage with an eclectic selection of art-songs and operatic arias.

Be awed by Li’s rendition of Alessandro Scarlatti's Le violette, a role more frequently performed by the female voice. This is followed by a series of art-songs: Pergolesi's Nina, where a lover laments the death of his woman; Schubert’s Die Forelle and Der Erlköning; andTchaikovsky's haunting piece Reconciliation about forsaken love and time past.

Li turns his attention to opera: from Bizet’s La Jolie fille de Perth, he plays Ralph’s despair at not being loved; in Gounod’s Faust, thedevil Mephistopheles is let loose; and inRachmaninov’s opera about love between gypsies, Aleko broods over his catastrophic relationship.

In a lyrical ending to this evening, Li will close his recital with a rare performance of two Chinese folk songs.

 

3. The Sunken Cathedral and Other Stories…

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This concert is sold out.


Sun, 16 Oct | 3pm | Gallery II, The Arts House

Kseniia Vokhmianina, piano

Claude-Achille Debussy
Préludes, Book 1
Kelly Tang (b.1961)
Elegy (Solo Piano Edition 2015)
Alexander Scriabin
Piano Sonata no.5, Op. 53

 

Since becoming the darling of Singapore's most gifted young pianists, Ukrainian-born Kseniia Vokhmianina presents quite possibly the piano recital of the year, in a programme of daring imagination and characterful virtuosity.

Vokhmianina graduated with a Diploma in Music Performance from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts under the tutelage of distinguished professor, Boris Kraljevic. Winning international competitions in Europe, Australia and Asia, she now performs as a soloist on the international stage.

The Sunken Cathedral and Other Stories… opens with French composer Claude Debussy’s extraordinary Préludes, Book 1, 12 pieces for solo piano which were composed in just several months. Beloved for his impressionist masterpieces, Debussy’s preludes are known for their imaginative titles. One of its most famous movements, La Cathédrale engloutie (The Sunken Cathedral), tells the poignant tale of a cathedral in the lost of city of Y which sinks to the bottom of the sea, yet emerges to remind its people of their sins. 

Vokhmianina then performs Elegy by Kelly Tang, one of Singapore's foremost composers and pedagogues, who wrote Elegy in memory of Singapore's First Prime Minister Mr Lee Kuan Yew. Taken from the 2nd movement of Concerto in Three Movements commissioned for Singapore's 50th Anniversary, Elegy premiered at the SG50 mega-concert and was performed by internationally renowned pianist Lang Lang and the Metropolitan Festival Orchestra.

The Sunken Cathedral and Other Stories… dramatically concludes with the 5th piano sonata by mystical Russian composer, Alexander Nikolayevich Scriabin, whose powerful, ecstatic orchestral and piano works continue to reverberate across the history of 20th century music.

 

4. …And there was N0th1ng

TO Ensemble

 

Sun, 16 Oct | 7pm | Play Den, The Arts House

TO ensemble

Benjamin Wong, viola
Christina Zhou, violin
Lazar T.Sebastine, Indian violin
Teo Boon Chye, saxophone
Tze Toh, piano

 

Contemporary Asian fusion / Multi-disciplinary / Audio-film, featuring original music written by Tze Toh
Award-winning composer-pianist Tze and his TO ensemble make their SIFOM debut in a daring new composition. The exhilarating fusion of jazz and Asian sounds seeks to blur boundaries between jazz and classical, ethnic and popular music - a true Singapore first!

Tze's intriguing new work, … And there was N0th1ng is inspired by Mamoru Oshii's sci-fi animated film Ghost in the Shell and Issac Asimov's Foundation and I, Robot series. It is an original story/concert about an A.I (artificial intelligence) city Man that is established in a planet of a distant galaxy, searching for answers to the fate of its human masters. In the machine's attempts to understand humanity, it mistakes Man's memories of myth of creation as fact, and eventually realising and appreciating the imperfection, unpredictability, imagination of man as a pinnacle of evolution it can never achieve. This promises to be groundbreaking work!

 

 

5. Thief In The Night and Other Bizarre Tales

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Tue, 18 Oct | 7.30pm | Gallery II, The Arts House

Thomas Ang, piano

Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit
Chopin: 3rd Ballade in A flat major, op. 47
Chopin: Étude in E major, op. 10 no. 3
Chopin: Étude in C sharp minor, op. 10 no. 4
Chopin: Étude in G flat “Black Keys”, op. 10 no. 5
Chopin/Hamelin: Étude X “pour les idées noires” after Chopin’s “Black Keys”
Chopin/Godowsky: Étude no. 10 “Capriccio” in A major after Chopin’s “Black Keys”
Bach: Prelude and Fugue in F sharp minor from Book 2
Feinberg/Ang: The Dream
Feinberg: 2nd Sonata, op. 2
Tchaikovsky: Daydream and Lark-song from Children’s Album, op. 39
Tchaikovsky/Rachmaninoff: Lullaby, op. 16 no. 1
Tchaikovsky/Ang: When the day dawns 

 

Eloquently crafted and adroitly performed, Thief in the Night and Other Bizarre Tales showcases young Singaporean pianist Thomas Ang’s most luminous strengths: an extraordinary technique coupled with a bold clarity in programming. 

Fresh from his studies at London's prestigious Royal Academy of Music, Ang belongs to a new breed of talented Singaporean musicians primed to take on the international stage. Under the tutelage of Diana Ketler, Stephen Hough, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Imogen Cooper amongst others, Ang has won numerous prizes for his performances of Beethoven, Frederick Delius, Arthur Bliss and the contemporary piano repertoire.

This concert unleashes with Ravel's terrifying piano masterpiece, Gaspard de la Nuit, which Ang tackles head on for its devilish difficulty. Be transported into  Ravel’s unfathomable and unearthly universe, filled with imaginative and eerie musical images. Ravel’s three movements are inspired by Aloysius Bertrand's poetry, depicting respectively a Water Nymph, a corpse suspended from the gallows, and a mischievous dwarf-demon who has a tiny gold bell on his pointed hat.

From Ravel’s dark intensity, Ang segues to Chopin's overt romanticism. From the composer’s finger-twisting Studies and Etudes, to the playful poetry of Chopin’s Third Ballade, Ang present an impressively authoratative performance of Chopin’s most enduring compositions.

From Polish-American virtuoso Leopold Godowsky’s studies of the difficulties of Chopin's Études, Ang expands Godowsky’s work into his own set of studies. Ang has also selected a token Prelude and Fugue by Bach, and will perform his own transcriptions of songs by Tchaikovsky and Samuil Feinberg. 

Thief in the Night and Other Bizarre Tales will dazzle you with performances of technical profundity, promising to be an immensively satisfying evening of works of surreal power.

Proceeds from ticket sales of this concert will be donated to the Hamish Dyer Young Musicians' Scholarship.

 

6. New Music In A Mythic Landscape

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Wed, 19 Oct | 7.30pm | Chamber, The Arts House

SIFOM Ensemble
Marlon Chen, conductor
Ho Chee Kong: Echoes of Fall
John Sharpley: Singapore Dreams
Chen Zhangyi: Sandcastles
Tan Yu Ting: Chinatown
Bertram Wee: Love songs
Koh Cheng Jin: Ecstasy
Ding Jian Han: Slow Jogging on a Not-so-silent Night
Mick Lim: (Commissioned Work)

 

New Music in a Mythic Landscape explores the shifting landscape of music in Singapore, featuring a compelling cast of composers, all of whom find inspiration in an ever-changing Singapore.

The history of myth, proposes writer Karen Armstrong, is the history of humanity itself: our stories and beliefs, our curiosity and attempts to understand our world. Departing from Armstrong’s proposals, these composers conjure a vision of Singapore in metamorphosis, with each new representation of her musical landscape seemingly rendering its previous manifestation a myth. 

Be drawn into the world of Singapore’s veteran and young composers, along with five exciting new voices, as they share their unique stories.

Yong Siew Toh (YST) Conservatory Ho Chee Kong's Echoes of Fall is a meditation on lost innocence, an emotive homage to lives lost from natural disasters in Asia. YST’ latest faculty member, Chen Zhangyi, presents Sandcastles, a musical reminiscence of his childhood building sandcastles in the air.

A Singaporean resident for over 30 years, Texan-born Dr John Sharpley imbues Singapore Dreams with local flavour and nostalgia, paying tribute to the nation’s heritage. 

Three talented students from the YST Conservatory's Composition Department also take centrestage. Tan Yu Ting's Chinatown is a song-cycle based on poems about Singapore's iconic culture and traditions. Ding Jian Han's self-portrait of his night-time sport, slow jogging, is a study in sound and colour; while Mick Lim presents a new work commissioned by the Singapore International Festival of Music.

Finally, this concert showcases a new generation of composers. Currently studying at The Juilliard School, Cheng Jin’s piano quartet, Ecstasy, is a musical look at the effect produced by consuming drugs of the same name; while Bertram Wee, a student at London's Royal College of Music, presents seven love-themed miniatures for piano trio.

 

7. Victoria’s Greatest Hits

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Thu, 20 Oct | 7.30pm | Gallery II, The Arts House

Victoria Songwei Li, soprano
Thomas Ang, piano 

Verdi: Caro nome, Rigoletto
Schubert: Gretchen am Spinnrade
Britten: Be kind and Courteous, A Midsummer Night's Dream
F. Bridge: Love went a-riding
Donizetti: Chiedi all'aura lusinghiera, L'elisir d'amore
Donizetti: Prendi per me se libero.... L'elisir d'amore
Gounod: Ange adorable, Romeo et Juliette
Stravinsky: No word from Tom, The Rake's Progress
Rachmaninov: Zdes' horosho
Rachmaninov: Ne poy, krasavitsa, primne
Gounod: Je veux vivre, Romeo et Juliette

 

Journey with Singapore soprano Victoria Songwei Li, as she invites you to experience her take on the stages of love through operas based on European legends.  

A recent graduate from the Royal Academy Music in London and recipient of Hamish Dyer Young Musicians' Scholarship, Li began her musical education as a pianist and violinist at the age of six, and trained under Singaporean soprano Wong Su Sun and Korean soprano Jeong AeRee. After watching a performance of Puccini's spellbinding La Boheme, she discovered her true calling on the opera stage.

Come enjoy this passionate journey of the human heart through some of the world’s most memorable operatic compositions. Here, glimpse again the innocence of young love in Verdi’s Caro Nome; relivea young girl’s discovery of the excitement of love; and celebrate the undying joys of love in the face of abandonment and love’s departure, in this concert’s concluding segment from Gounod’s Je veux vivre. 

 

8. Portrait of a Composer / Ikan Girl

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Fri, 21 Oct | 7.30pm | Chamber, The Arts House

SIFOM Ensemble
Marlon Chen, conductor
Syafiqah 'Adha Sallehin, accordion

Syafiqah 'Adha Sallehin: Portrait of a Composer
Flutter (World Premiere)
Cenderawasih – I. Descend to Earth
Oasis (World Premiere)
Dance of the Merlions
Rintihan Nadim 

Interval

Ikan Girl
Syafiqah 'Adha Sallehin featuring Bhumi Collective

Part I: Portrait of a Composer

In Portrait of a Composer, composer Syafiqah 'Adha Sallehin will present her latest chamber music compositions - including a work for three flutes and a String Quartet. Some of the finest young musicians from the SIFOM Ensemble will be performing these compositions. 

Part II: Ikan Girl

A story of good triumphing over evil, the story of Ikan Girl reminds one of patience and kindness and the perils of engaging in evil acts especially the mistreatment of a fellow being. Inspired by a Malay ancient poem known as the Syair Bidasari, this story will be presented in the form of a multidisciplinary performance that incorporates movement vocabulary from Malay dance, Bharatanatyam and contemporary dance genres. It will also feature original music composed collaboratively and performed 'live' by classical and traditional musicians.

 

9. Portrait of a Virtuoso / Ikan Girl

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Sun, 23 Oct | 7.30pm | Chamber, The Arts House

Nabillah Jalal, piano
Syafiqah 'Adha Sallehin, accordion

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Ikan Girl
Syafiqah 'Adha Sallehin featuring Bhumi Collective

Part I: Portrait of a Virtuoso

Aside from composing, Syafiqah 'Adha Sallehin will showcase her talent: that of a virtuoso accordionist! Teaming up with pianist Nabillah Jalal, the duo promises to charm audiences with a unique repertoire. The concert is bound to show off a multitude of traditional colours! 

Part II: Ikan Girl  

A story of good triumphing over evil, the story of Ikan Girl reminds one of patience and kindness and the perils of engaging in evil acts especially the mistreatment of a fellow being. Inspired by a Malay ancient poem known as the Syair Bidasari, this story will be presented in the form of a multidisciplinary performance that incorporates movement vocabulary from Malay dance, Bharatanatyam and contemporary dance genres. It will also feature original music composed collaboratively and performed 'live' by classical and traditional musicians.

 

10. SIFOM @ PLMGSS

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Mon, 24 Oct | 7.30pm | Agape Hall, PLMGS

SIFOM Orchestra
Amos Chia

Wagner: Overture to “Der Fliegende Holländer”
Grieg: Piano Concerto (Song Ziliang, piano)
Wagner: Scenes and Arias from “Der Fliegende Holländer” (Cast 2)

 

11. Myths and Legends About Empires

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Sat, 29 Oct | 7.30pm | Tanglewood Auditorium, Tanglewood Music School

Andion Fernandez
SIFOM Orchestra
Jeffery Meyer

The Music of Jeffery Ching 

12. Myths and Legends in Singapore

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Sun, 30 Oct | 7.30pm | Tanglewood Auditorium, Tanglewood Music School

SIFOM Orchestra
Jeffery Meyer

Featuring the music of young composers from Singapore

 

Festival Fringe & Outreach Programmes

The festival will also present free, non-ticketed events at various locations, featuring performances and workshops by classical musicians such as Aleksey Semenenko (violin), Li Ao (bass-baritone), and Vasilisa Berzhanskaya (mezzo-soprano). For the festival fringe schedule and more information, please visit here.

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