Enjoy free concerts with SPH's Gift of Music

A concert in the Botanic Gardens to mark ST's 170th anniversary in 2015. The SSO will return to the same venue on July 22.
A concert in the Botanic Gardens to mark ST's 170th anniversary in 2015. The SSO will return to the same venue on July 22.ST FILE PHOTO

In 2015, some 10,000 Straits Times readers enjoyed a free concert in the Botanic Gardens by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) as the paper celebrated its 170th anniversary.

On July 22, the SSO will return to the same venue with The Straits Times Concert in the Park, playing a selection of well-loved classics and family favourites, with a full orchestra of more than 70 musicians.

This is part of the Singapore Press Holdings' (SPH) Gift of Music, an ongoing series of free community concerts.

The concerts, to be held at different locations across Singapore, will kick off next Thursday with a lunchtime show at Victoria Concert Hall. The SSO will play classics like Rossini's La Cenerentola Overture and music from the Star Wars films.

On Saturday next week, the SSO will return with more popular classics, including Mussorgsky's Night On Bald Mountain and music from Jurassic Park by John Williams.

  • Some upcoming events

  • SSO LUNCHTIME CONCERT
    March 9, Thursday Time: 12.30pm Venue: Victoria Concert Hall

    SSO @ GARDENS BY THE BAY
    March 11, Saturday Time: 6.30pm Venue: The Meadow, Gardens by the Bay

    SINGAPORE WIND SYMPHONY YOUTH WINDS @ PARAGON
    April 23, Sunday Time: 2pm Venue: Paragon Main Atrium

    S'PORE CHINESE ORCHESTRA COMMUNITY CONCERT
    April 29, Saturday Time: 7pm Venue: Carpark in front of Telok Blangah Community Club OPERA IN THE PARK BY SINGAPORE LYRIC OPERA June 17, Saturday Time: 6pm Venue: Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage, Singapore Botanic Gardens

    THE STRAITS TIMES CONCERT IN THE PARK
    July 22, Saturday Time: 6pm Venue: Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage, Singapore Botanic Gardens

    •Free admission for all concerts.

    •Concert details are subject to change.

    •Outdoor concerts are subject to prevailing weather conditions.

The Singapore Chinese Orchestra, Singapore Lyric Opera, The Philharmonic Winds, Singapore Wind Symphony and Ding Yi Music Company will also play in other concerts until December.

"SPH has always been a strong supporter of the arts, and through its SPH Gift of Music concerts, the SSO has been able to spread the love of music and enrich the diverse communities in Singapore. It was only natural for us to come on board and partner SPH again this year," said Mr Chng Hak-Peng, chief executive of the Singapore Symphonia Company, which runs the SSO.

•For the full list of concerts, go to http://sph.com.sg/sph-gift-of-music

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 04, 2017, with the headline 'Enjoy free concerts with SPH's Gift of Music'. Print Edition | Subscribe