Singapore Chinese Orchestra raises $730k at virtual concert

The one-hour concert, titled Yueqin Romance, featured the yueqin, played by soloist Zhang Li (left) and with music director Tsung Yeh as conductor.
The one-hour concert, titled Yueqin Romance, featured the yueqin, played by soloist Zhang Li (left) and with music director Tsung Yeh as conductor.PHOTO: SINGAPORE CHINESE ORCHESTRA
The Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO) played to a virtual audience last night, raising $730,500 for its operations and development at its annual fund-raising gala. This will be matched dollar for dollar under the Cultural Matching Fund. The one-hour
Mrs Goh Chok Tong.PHOTO: SINGAPORE CHINESE ORCHESTRA

The Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO) played to a virtual audience last night, raising $730,500 for its operations and development at its annual fund-raising gala. This will be matched dollar for dollar under the Cultural Matching Fund. The one-hour concert, titled Yueqin Romance, featured the yueqin, played by soloist Zhang Li and with music director Tsung Yeh as conductor. The string instrument is known in English as the moon lute because of its round wooden body.

Among the 180 who tuned in to watch were Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, the orchestra's patron, as well as Minister of State for Culture, Community and Youth Alvin Tan. Mrs Goh Chok Tong, who chairs the fund-raising committee of SCO, also performed, singing a song titled Plum Blossoms For A Better Tomorrow.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 24, 2020, with the headline 'Singapore Chinese Orchestra raises $730k at virtual concert'. Print Edition | Subscribe