SCO 20th anniversary gala concert showcases celebrity violinist Joshua Bell

Singapore, 14 March 2016 (Monday) – Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO) celebrates 20th anniversary with a gala concert featuring internationally-renowned violinist Joshua Bell. Conducted by SCO Music Director Tsung Yeh, SCO 20th Anniversary Concert: Joshua Bell with SCO will be held on 9 April 2016 (Saturday), 7.30pm at the Esplanade Concert Hall. This concert also marks the debut of Joshua Bell performing with a Chinese orchestra.

As one of the most celebrated violinists worldwide, Joshua Bell has received numerous accolades including the New York Chapter and The Recording Academy (Grammy) in 2013; National Young Arts Foundation in 2012; the Paul Newman Award from the Arts Horizons and the Huberman Award from Moment Magazine in 2011. He is the Music Director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields since 2011. Joshua Bell received his first violin at the age of 4 and studied under acclaimed violinist Josef Gingold at the age of 12. He performed with Riccardo Muti and the Philadelphia Orchestra at the age of 14 and made his Carnegie Hall debut at the age of 17 with a Europe performance tour in the same year. Joshua Bell has recorded more than 40 CDs since his first LP recording at the age of 18, and these albums have garnered the prestigious Grammy, Mercury, Gramophone and Echo Klassik awards.

In this concert, Joshua Bell will perform Antonio Vivaldi’s Concerto No.1 in E Major, Op.8, RV 269, La Primavera (Spring) in his opening piece with the orchestra. He will also perform Camille Saint-Saëns’ Introduction et Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28, Pablo de Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20 and his interpretation of Chinese festive piece, Mao Yuan’s A Joyous New Year, which portrays the happiness of people with the arrival of a new spring.

In this concert, SCO will perform Ruan Kun Shen’s Da Ge, Liu Xing’s Invisible Sword, Wu Hou Yuan’s Yu Tang Chun inspired by well-known traditional Peking opera of the same title, Eric Watson’s The Ceilidh and Liu Tian Hua’s Song of Birds in a Desolate Mountain, which received the Chinese Culture Promotion Society’s 20th Century Chinese Classic Works Award. 

SCO 20th anniversary gala concert is presented in collaboration with Esplanade  – Theatres on the Bay and supported by the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth’s Cultural Matching Fund.

9 Apr
Conductor: Tsung Yeh             Violin:Joshua Bell

Concert details:
SCO 20th Anniversary Gala Concert: Joshua Bell with SCO
Date: 9 April 2016 (Saturday)
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Esplanade Concert Hall
Ticket prices (before SISTIC fees): $110, $90, $60, $35/$20*
Tickets from SISTIC

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