SCO live streams second concert

The Singapore Chinese Orchestra is offering a live broadcast of its upcoming concert on Chinese daily Lianhe Zaobao's online platform.
The Singapore Chinese Orchestra is offering a live broadcast of its upcoming concert on Chinese daily Lianhe Zaobao's online platform.PHOTO: SINGAPORE CHINESE ORCHESTRA

Chinese music aficionados can once again enjoy a Chinese orchestral performance in the comfort of their homes, as the Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO) offers a live broadcast of its upcoming concert on Chinese daily Lianhe Zaobao's online platform.

The Flavours Of Chinese Music - A Night Of Liu Xi Jin's Works concert on March 4 is SCO's second concert to be broadcast live, after the concept was launched during the Strings Fantasy concert in November.

This time, viewers will enjoy better deals as e-ticket prices have been reduced from $10 to $8.

Those who buy e-tickets in bulk can also take advantage of a special bundle deal in which they can get 10 e-tickets for $50.

Ms Han Yong May, digital editor and associate editor of Lianhe Zaobao, hopes these incentives will encourage more schools and special interest groups to buy in bulk.

Flavours Of Chinese Music - A Night Of Liu Xi Jin's Works will be conducted by renowned Chinese conductor Hong Xia, who is also composer Liu's wife. It will feature locally inspired pieces such as Legend Of The Merlion, which debuted in 1999 with Li Bao Shun as the gaohu soloist. Li will be performing the same role for this rendition.

The concert will be held at Victoria Concert Hall in front of a live audience. Tickets start at $10.

E-ticket holders can also log in to review the performance for up to two weeks after the live concert.

Mr Terence Ho, executive director of SCO, notes that last year's online live concert drew many repeat viewings.

"The digital concert gives you the flexibility to watch it anywhere and at anytime, it's something that's worth developing," he says.

This year, the broadcast will be of higher production quality than the previous edition, he adds, noting that the staff are more familiar with the format and can organise the streaming better - resulting in a more seamless live video feed.

And while the audio quality of the live broadcast will not be "100 per cent", the broadcast will provide viewers with better visuals, he says.

Mr Ho says: "The camera will be able to zoom in to the best positions and get better close-up shots of the performers and conductor.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 22, 2017, with the headline 'SCO live streams second concert'. Print Edition | Subscribe