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Orchestra Of The Music Makers, playing music like the pros

Published on Jan 25, 2013 5:37 PM
Orchestra Of The Music Makers launches its fifth season at the Esplanade Concert Hall on Jan 26, 2013. -- PHOTO: COURTESY OF ORCHESTRA OF THE MUSIC MAKERS

Running an orchestra is not child's play, though the student leaders of the Orchestra of the Music Makers make it look easy.

The 140-strong amateur ensemble has presented four successful seasons in Singapore and overseas. It begins its fifth year on Saturday with a concert at the Esplanade Concert Hall, under the baton of conductor Chan Tze Law.

The musical programme was designed by the teens and 20somethings who make up the orchestra, and includes George Gershwin's Rhapsody In Blue and the Star Wars Theme written by John Williams.

Executive committee member and viola player Oliver Tan, 23, says: "Our dream is to show the audience that orchestral music is not high-brow or for the well-educated, but is also accessible and immediately rewarding for everybody."

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