Singapore, 17 March 2010 --- Some of Singapore's finest musical talents will take centrestage at this year's SPH Gift of Music (GOM) series, sponsored by Southeast Asia's leading media group Singapore Press Holdings (SPH).
Expect a year-long programme of free concerts covering a wide range of musical genre, from classical, pop, rock, jazz, swing to operas.
Kicking off SPH GOM this year is SPH's long-time partner Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) at the SSO @ Toa Payoh Central concert on 20 March, 6pm, at the open space in front of the Toa Payoh Community Library.
Multiple-award winning conductor Darrell Ang will join young violinist Chan Yoong Han to interpret popular favourites including the theme from the movie Schindler's List , selections from The Sound of Music by Rodgers and Hammerstein, and light-hearted classics by Johann Strauss Jr. Chan is the appointed Concert Master by the National Arts Council for the Singapore Festival Orchestra. He is also the 2000 Shell-NAC Arts Scholar and the winner of the 2004 NAC Young Artist Award.
Coming up next in April is a series of concerts by the Singapore Chinese Orchestra, which has put together an exciting programme, infusing the traditional Chinese classics with modern elements such as hip hop, beat box and martial arts performances.
Over the years, SPH GOM has provided a platform for young musicians to showcase their talent. Apart from Ang and Chan, other notable talents who will appear in upcoming concerts include Quek Ling Kiong, Associate Conductor with Singapore Chinese Orchestra and Joshua Tan, Conductor with the Singapore Lyric Opera. Recipient of the 2002 Singapore Young Artist Award, Quek has conducted several symphony orchestras in the Czech Republic. Tan enjoys a multifaceted career as conductor, violinist and educator. He is a recipient of the 2007 NAC-Shell Scholarship and a graduate from the Eastman School of Music, where he clinched the Book Prize and Kilbourn Chamber Music Honors Recital.
A major highlight for this year's SPH Gift of Music is Opera in the Park by the Singapore Lyric Opera on 19 June at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. The much-loved Opera in the Park is part of the GOM series for the first time. Under the baton of Tan, the Singapore Lyric Opera, which is celebrating 20 years of operatic excellence this year, has lined up an hour-long of operatic favourites by Mozart, Bizet, Verdi and Puccini.
Other highlights include the award-winning Philharmonic Winds, which will make its return with its hugely popular Christmas concert at the Esplanade Concert Hall (26 Dec), and local singers and songwriters Jack & Rai, who will perform and mentor teen rockers at the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre (7 - 9 May). A Hip Hop Festival featuring young hip hop musicians from Singapore and the region will take place from 13 - 15 August at the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre.
Launched in 2005 as a gift to the nation to celebrate Singapore's 40th anniversary, the SPH Gift of Music series has been entertaining Singapore audiences in the heartlands, school campuses, parks, concert halls and shopping malls. Thousands of Singaporeans from all walks of life have enjoyed the free concerts by national orchestras, local bands and other arts groups.
Please see attached SPH Gift of Music calendar for 2010 or visit www.sph.com.sg/gom.shtml for more concert details.
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About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2009. It is Southeast Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms.
Newspapers and Magazines
In Singapore, SPH publishes 17 newspaper titles in four languages. Every day, 3 million individuals or 79 per cent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH's news publications. SPH also publishes and produces more than 100 magazine titles in Singapore and the region, covering a broad range of interests from lifestyle to information technology.
Internet and Mobile
Beyond print, the Internet editions of SPH newspapers enjoy over 225 million pageviews with 14 million unique visitors every month. Apart from SPH AsiaOne portal, SPH's online and new media initiatives include an online marketplace for products, services and employment, ST701; local search and directory engine, rednano.sg; Stomp (Straits Times Online Mobile Print), a portal that connects, engages and interacts with readers on the Web and via mobile phone messaging; omy, a bilingual news and interactive portal and The Straits Times RazorTV, a free access interactive webcast service offering live chat shows and video-on-demand clips.
SPH has a 20 per cent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8, U and TV Mobile, and a 40 per cent stake in MediaCorp Press Limited, which publishes the free newspaper, Today. In the radio business, SPH has an 80 per cent stake in SPH UnionWorks Pte Ltd, which operates entertainment stations Radio 100.3 in Mandarin and 91.3FM in English.
In addition, SPH has ventured into out-of-home (OOH) advertising through its wholly-owned subsidiary, SPH MediaBoxOffice Pte Ltd, Singapore’s largest outdoor motion display advertising network media company.
SPH owns and manages Paragon, the prime retail and office complex in the heart of Orchard Road, Singapore's main shopping belt. SPH's wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, is also developing a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road.