The maestro returns

Choo Hoey gave up a conducting career in Greece 40 years ago to set up Singapore’s national orchestra from scratch.
Choo Hoey gave up a conducting career in Greece 40 years ago to set up Singapore’s national orchestra from scratch. ST PHOTO: JASMINE CHOONG

Founding conductor Choo Hoey picks up the baton specially for the 40th anniversary of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra

Forty years ago, maestro Choo Hoey conducted the debut concert of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) and included in the programme American composer Charles Ives' The Unanswered Question to symbolise his worries about whether the new ensemble would last.

His concerns turned out to be unfounded. Tonight, he conducts the SSO at the Esplanade Concert Hall for its 40th anniversary season and the programme promises early works from noted composers who would go on to transform the musical landscape.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 18, 2019, with the headline 'The maestro returns'. Print Edition | Subscribe