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Min Lee and Prague Sinfonia Orchestra in Concert for The Business Times Budding Artists Fund and The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund

SINGAPORE, 20 August 2007 - Singapore´s very own international violinist, Min Lee, is set to once again perform in concert on homeground. And all for a good cause, as the proceeds from this concert will benefit The Business Times Budding Artists Fund and The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund.

In a one-night only performance on September 7 at 7.30pm at the Esplanade Concert Hall, Min Lee, along with the Prague Sinfonia Orchestra will present best-loved works from classical greats Vivaldi, Haydn, Mozart, Mendelssohn and Beethoven.

Born as an expanded version of the Prague Chamber Orchestra, the highly acclaimed "orchestra of the Velvet Revolution" launched by Vaclav Havel has earned multiple accolades and worked with notable composers and soloists. This stop in Singapore is part of their latest Asian Tour, which will see them also performing in Shanghai, Hebei, Tianjin, and Kuala Lumpur.

The Orchestra’s impressive performances over the years have left a distinguished mark on the international concert scene. They have been on sixteen extensive tours in the United States and Canada through Columbia Artists New York, and on six tours to Latin America and Japan. They have also toured South Korea and Malaysia with great acclaim. Frequent guest appearances in Europe include festivals such as Salzburg, Bregenz, Berlin, Dresden, Schwetzingen, the Mozartfest in Wurzburg, the Rheingau Festival, Konstanz, Athens, Bergen, Besancon, Baalbek, Biarritz, San Sebastian, Santander, Luzern, Montreux, Menuhin Festival Gstaad, Ascona, Dubrovnik, Stresa, Cheltenham.

Christian Benda conducts this series of first movements at the Esplanade Concert Hall. A descendant of the Czech Benda composer dynasty of the eighteenth century, Benda´s engagements have taken him to music centers such as Vienna and Budapest, and brought collaboration with singers such as Renee Fleming, as well as soloists Lazar Berman and Cristina Ortiz. He will also be performing on the cello for the concert.

This benefit concert also features one of the greatest Czech pianists of this generation, Vaclav Macha, as well as Singapore’s young artistes Gabriel Lim Jen-Wei, Choon Hong Yi and Ho Qian Hui. Standard tickets priced at $80, $58 and $38 and charity tickets with tax exemption priced at $250 which includes post-concert reception are currently on sale through SISTIC.

Concert Programme

Vivaldi Concerto for Four Violins
Haydn Cello Concerto in C
Mozart Piano Concerto in C
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto
Beethoven Symphony No. 8


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Tan Tee Tong
Director, Arts Enterprise
The Arts House at the Old Parliament
(managed by The Old Parliament House Limited)
Tel: 6332 6902
Mobile: 9003 6512
Email: tee_tong@toph.com.sg

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Corporate Communications
Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
Tel: 6319 1280
Email: chingsm@sph.com.sg


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About The Business Times Budding Artists Fund

The Business Times and the Arts House share a common belief that every artistically-gifted child in Singapore should be given the opportunity to develop that talent regardless of his or her own special needs and family’s financial background.

To realise this vision, The Business Times Budding Artists Fund was initiated by The Arts House to level up the playing field for the less privileged but no less artistically-talented children. Through this fund, The Business Times and The Arts House engage professionals in the performing and visual arts to help nurture these young talents in music, dance, theatre and visual art.

The Business Times and the Arts House play the role of fund-raisers for the fund - they collaborate with different partners, from corporate organisations to interested individuals, for various fund-raising events.

The Arts House, as the administrator of the fund, identifies the young talents through different platforms such as auditions and interviews. It disburses the funds to pay for professionals to conduct training programmes for the children as well as for the purchase of musical instruments, art materials or any other material deemed necessary to the training or performance.

More information on the fund can be found at www.theartshouse.com.sg/btbaf/


About The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund

The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund was initiated on Children’s Day in 2000 by The Straits Times. It has become an annual community project that makes pocket money available for school-going children from low-income families.

The aim is to ease the financial burden faced by parents when providing for their children´s education. At the same time, the funds will help children who are already facing difficulties in remaining in school to stay on.

As the official fund-raiser, The Straits Times rallies support for the cause and appeals to the public for their donation to the fund. It collaborates with different partners, from corporate organisations to interested individuals, for various fund-raising events.

The Straits Times also works closely with the National Council of Social Service (NCSS), which acts as the administrator of the fund. NCSS disburses the funds to the beneficiaries through their network of family service centres, special schools and children’s homes.

For 2007, the target is to raise $2.7m to help 9,000 children.