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The Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra makes its debut in Singapore

Singapore, 7 September 2011 -  The renowned Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra (GSO) will make its debut in Singapore for a two-night concert on 12 and 13 September 2011 at the Esplanade Concert Hall. 
The concert is organised by SPH's Chinese flagship newspaper Lianhe Zaobao, supported by the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts, the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Singapore and sponsored by the SPH Foundation.
The concert is held with the objective of promoting friendship and cultural exchange between Singapore and China. 
Founded in 1957, the GSO is China’s first and only Chinese symphony orchestra that has toured five continents. It has gained great prestige both at home and overseas. Apart from musicians in China, the GSO has performed alongside many of the world's leading artists, including Itzhak Perlman, Emanuel Ax, Lang Lang and Sarah Chang. The orchestra has placed China in the global spotlight with their outstanding performances during the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 15th Asian Games held in Doha, Qatar in December 2006.
The GSO will collaborate with some of China's most celebrated conductors and musicians including Maestros Long Yu and Lin Daye, as well as violinist Lu Siqing and cellist Jian Wang at the upcoming Singapore concert. 
Maestro Long Yu is one of the most distinguished conductors in China, having conducted some of the world's famous orchestras including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra to name a few. He is currently the Music Director of the GSO.
Maestro Lin Daye, who is the Principal Conductor of the GSO, has conducted leading orchestras including the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Brandenburg Symphony Orchestra and Frankfurt Symphony Orchestra. 
Violinist Lu Siqing, who began to learn the violin at the age of four, became the first Asian violinist to win the first prize at the Paganini International Violin Competition in Italy when he was 17. He is often regarded as one of the most outstanding Chinese violinists of his generation. 
Cellist Jian Wang studied the cello under his father when he was four. In 1985, he entered the prestigious Yale School of Music where he studied with the renowned cellist Aldo Parisot. He has since performed with some of the leading orchestras in the world including the Cleveland, Philadelphia, Chicago, Boston and Berlin Philharmonic, and has made many recordings in his career. 
The GSO will entertain the Singapore audiences with familiar classics such as Chen Qigang’s Reflect D’un Temps Disparu for cello and orchestra, the Butterfly Lovers’ Violin Concerto by Chen Gang and He Zhanhao, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Op. 49 1812 Overture and Op. 64 Symphony No. 5 in E minor. 
Tickets to the concert are available at all SISTIC outlets at $88, $68, $48, $28, $18 (not inclusive of SISTIC charges). Contact ticketing hotline at 6348 5555 or visit for more information.
This concert is also sponsored by the Guangzhou Development District and Delphine Singapore Pte Ltd. 
Media Invitation
We would like to invite your journalist and photographer to attend the concert on 12 September 2011. 
Details are as follows:
Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra in Concert
12 September 2011, Monday, 7.30pm
Esplanade Concert Hall
Ticket collection at 7pm at the registration counter. There will be a 15-minute interval during the concert.
Note to media: Media photographers will be assigned a photography zone to take photos during the concert. Flash photography and videography are strictly not allowed in the concert hall. The organiser will provide TV or online media with video footage of the concert if required. 
Please RSVP with Francis Mah at 6319 1028 or email: by 9 September 2011. 
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Mr Francis Mah
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Singapore Press Holdings Limited
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Cultural Industry Promotion
Chinese Newspapers Division
Singapore Press Holdings Limited
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