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Concert review: OMMProm succeeds in entertaining young audiences

Published on Mar 2, 2014 10:31 AM

Now that the Familiar Favourites Concerts by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra are a thing of the past, the mantle of entertaining young audiences in the concert hall has now been passed to the Orchestra of the Music Makers in its OMMProms.

The third such concert on Saturday at the Esplanade Concert Hall, Rhythms & Rhapsodies conducted by Chan Tze Law and centred on dance music, can safely be said to be its best to date.

The opener, Khachaturian's Sabre Dance from the ballet Gayaneh, sent the pulses racing with timpani and xylophone going neck and neck at a furious pace.

Despite its immense popularity, this lollipop remains fresh because of the energy and vitality of the playing. One marvelled not just at the accuracy accomplished at high speed, but also how the orchestra responded readily to the rapid decrescendo as the piece wound down.

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