17 August 2016

Singapore International Festival of Music all set for October performances

The Singapore International Festival of Music (SIFOM). Singapore’s first-ever classical music festival, is back for a second year. Themed Myths and Legends, the festival seeks to explore classical music inspired by folklore and fairy tales. The event will kick off with free public outreach programmes, masterclasses, and ticketed orchestral, musical theatre and vocal concerts from 13 October to 30 October.

SIFOM 2016 will include the festival’s own orchestra, SIFOM Orchestra, the SIFOM Ensemble and Ding Yi Music Company – representing the country’s best young musicians, alongside internationally-acclaimed guests from the Chamber Orchestra of Europe (COE), a leading chamber orchestra.

SIFOM, in collaboration with the Arts House and OperaViva, aims to place Singapore on the world map of classical music capitals and bring new audiences to concert halls. “The Singaporean brand is undoubtedly an international one. By establishing Singapore as the centre of classical music in the region, SIFOM hopes to further cement Singapore’s global reputation as a major cultural hub,” said Grammy-nominated Singaporean conductor Darrell Ang, SIFOM’s Artistic Director.

The festival will open with a symphonic concert featuring the resident SIFOM Orchestra side-by-side with members of the COE, under the baton of Maestro Ang. At SIFOM, COE will present a story told through French composer Maurice Ravel's orchestration of tales from Mother Goose: Sleeping Beauty, Tom Thumb, the Princess of the Pagodas, Beauty and the Beast, and The Fairy Garden.

Two young opera stars from the Musical Olympus Foundation will take centrestage on 13 and 15 October with their favourite showpieces. Chinese bass-baritone Li Ao, who won Placido Domingo's Operalia competition, plays the devil Mephistopheles in a famous aria from Gounod's opera Faust, in which he advises a woman to remain chaste until marriage. Vasilisa Berzhanskaya, from Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre, will sing Cinderella's closing aria from Rossini's opera on the fairytale: now married to the Prince, Cinderella seeks pardon for her evil relatives who have done her wrong.

Maverick violinist Aleksey Semenenko, who bagged the silver medal at the recent Queen Elisabeth Competition, promises to set the stage on fire with music from Sarasate's Carmen Fantasy. Semenenko will also start his evening concert on 13 October with a pre-concert recital featuring music inspired by legends, followed by Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's symphonic retelling of the adventures of Sindbad the Sailor and the 1001 Arabian Nights.

A story of good triumphing over evil, the story of Ikan Girl reminds one of patience and kindness and the perils of engaging in evil deeds, especially mistreating a fellow being. Inspired by a Malay ancient poem known as the Syair Bidasari, this story is a multidisciplinary performance that incorporates movement vocabulary from Malay dance, Indian bharatanatyam and contemporary dance genres, plus original music composed by Syafiqah Adha Sallehin, Artist-in-Residence at SIFOM 2016. The music will be performed ‘live’ by classical and traditional musicians. Percussionist extraordinaire Ramu Thiruyanam will also make a special appearance.

Chinese chamber music ensemble Ding Yi Music Company from Singapore and Song Hong Chamber Music of Vietnam will perform 五 + 5 = ?.

On 13 October, Hamburg baroque orchestra Elbipolis presides over an experimental concert series, with Tim Exile’s and Brezel Göring’s music synthesised in a style that blurs the lines between a formal concert setting and a club atmosphere.

On 19 October, listen to works from SIFOM Young Composers, who have created their own musical pieces in a performance called New Music in a Mythic Landscape, inspired by Singapore’s scenery and features.

“Classical music should not limit itself to the confines of a concert hall. By bringing it to the heartlands, we hope to promote classical music as an accessible art-form, and to nurture a new generation of listeners to classical music today,” said Ang.

Through its Outreach Programmes, SIFOM musicians will bring excerpts of the main programmes – such as Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite to various community venues in the heartlands, in parks and malls, at libraries and schools.

SIFOM will also collaborate with Sentire Singapore on a programme for special-needs children. The interaction is designed to help the children to express themselves and develop their artistic capabilities. Some of the students will be given the opportunity to experience their music performed ‘live’ at The Arts House on 19 October.


SIFOM begins 13 October and runs till 30 October.


13 October

6.30pm / Victoria Concert Hall

8pm / 
Victoria Concert Hall

Myths & Legends: Mother Goose and the Tales of 1,001 Nights 

Alexei Semenenko, violin
Kerim Vergazov, piano 

Grieg: Sonata no. 1
Ysaye: Ballade no. 3
Paganini: I Palpiti

Members of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe & The Singapore International Festival of Music Orchestra / Darrell Ang

Ravel: Mother Goose Suite
Rossini: Nacqui all´affanno e al pianto… (from La Cenerentola) (Vasilisa Berzhanskaya, soprano)
Gounod: Vous qui faites l’endormie  (from Faust)  (Li Ao, bass-baritone)
Sarasate: Carmen Fantasy (Alexey Semeneko, violin)
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

$72, $52, $32 excluding SISTIC charges
Concert Series

Discounts & promotions applicable.

14 October

6.30pm / 
Victoria Concert Hall

8pm / 
Victoria Concert Hall

The Seasons

Nancy Yuen, soprano & SIFOM Orchestra / Alvin Arumugam

Overture and Senta’s Ballad from Wagner: Der Fliegende Holländer

... featuring Basil Ong Tze Wee, Kaelyn Yunci Soh, Yuri Tanaka, Mathea Goh on violins

Grieg: Holberg Suite / Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Piazzolla: The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires
  • Grieg: Präludium from Holberg Suite
  • Vivaldi: Spring from The Four Seasons
  • Piazzolla: Verano Porteño
  • Grieg: Gavotte from Holberg Suite
  • Vivaldi: Summer from The Four Seasons
  • Piazzolla: Otoño Porteño
  • Grieg: Sarabande from Holberg Suite
  • Vivaldi: Autumn from The Four Seasons
  • Piazzolla: Invierno Porteño
  • Grieg: Air from Holberg Suite
  • Vivaldi: Winter from The Four Seasons
  • Piazzolla: Primavera Porteña
  • Grieg: Rigaudon from Holberg Suite
$72, $52, $32 excluding SISTIC charges
Concert Series

Discounts & promotions applicable.
11pm / Barbershop by Timbre (Arts House)
Barock Lounge Outer Space

by Elbipolis Barockorchester Hamburg, presented by Goethe-Institut Singapore

$36 excluding SISTIC charges
Chamber Series

Discounts & promotions applicable.

15 October
7.30pm /
The Arts House Chamber


Vocal Recital by Li Ao (bass-baritone) and Vasilisa Berzhanskaya (soprano)
Pianist: Beatrice Lin

Songs and Arias by Rossini, Mozart, Rachmaninov, Bellini, Massenet, Bizet, Tchaikovsky, Handel, Schubert, Moore, Gounod
Mozart: Aria of Dorabella from Cosi fan tutte / Ah scostati/Smanie implacabili.
Mozart: Aria of Ramiro from La Finta Giardiniera / Va pure ad altri.
Mozart: Aria of Cerubino from Le nozze di Figaro / Voi Che sapete.
Gounod: Aria of Stephano from Romeo and Juliet / Depuis hier/ Que fais tu
Massenet: Aria of Charlotte from Werter / Werter, Werter.
Bellini: Aria and cabaletta of Romeo from I Capuleti e i Montecchi / Ascolta. Se Romeo/ La tremenda
Rossini: Aria of Rosina from Il barbiere di Siviglia/ Una voce poco fa.
Rossini: Aria of Cenerentola from Cenerentola / Nacqui all'affanno.
Mozart: Duo of Guglielmo and Dorabella from Cosi fan tutte / il core vi dono 
Mozart: Duo of Zerlina and Don Giovanni from Don Giovanni / La ci darem la mano
A. Scarlatti: Le violette
Pergolesi: Nina
Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Reconciliation, Op. 25, No. 1 
Georges Bizet: Quand la flamme de l’amour from La jolie fille de Perth
Gounod: Vous qui faites l'endormie from Faust
Schubert: Der Erlkonig
Schubert: Die Forelle
Sergei Rachmaninov - Aleko’s cavatina All the gypsy camp is asleep from Aleko
Two Chinese songs: Rainbow sister and Legend of the dragon

$36 excluding SISTIC charges
Chamber Series

Discounts & promotions applicable.
16 October
3pm /
The Arts House Gallery II


Piano Recital by Kseniia Vokhmianina

Claude-Achille Debussy (1862 - 1918)
Préludes, Book 1
1. Danseuses de Delphes : Lent et grave
2. Voiles : Modéré
3. Le vent dans la plaine : Animé
4. Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l'air du soir: Modéré
5. Les collines d'Anacapri : Très modérée
6. Des pas sur la neige : Triste et lent
7. Ce qu'a vu le vent d'ouest : Animé et tumultueux
8. La fille aux cheveux de lin: Très calme et doucement expressif
9. La sérénade interrompue : Modérément animé
10. La cathédrale engloutie : Profondément calme
11. La danse de Puck : Capricieux et léger
12. Minstrels : Modéré
Kelly Tang (b.1961)
Elegy (Solo Piano Edition 2015)
Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915)
Piano Sonata no.5, Op. 53

$36 excluding SISTIC charges
Chamber Series

Discounts & promotions applicable.
5pm /
Victoria Concert Hall
+ 5 = ?

Ding Yi Music Company in collaboration with Song Hong Chamber Music (Vietnam)

Song Hong Chamber Music:  Pham Truong Son (Violin), Pham Mai Anh (Violin), Khuc Van Khoa (Viola), Dao Tuyet Trinh (Cello), Pham Quynh Trang (Piano)

Ding Yi Music Company: Chin Yen Chong (Erhu), Chua Yew Kok (Pipa), Kenny Chan (Zhongruan), Toh Kai Siang Eugene (Percussion), Yvonne Tay (Guzheng)

鼎艺团 Ding Yi Music Company Chinese Quintet
Commissioned Works: Composed by Phang Kok Jun

二胡与红河弦乐五重奏 Erhu with Song Hong Chamber Music   华彦钧 曲、冯国峻 改编

二泉映月 (Reflection of the Moon on Er Quan Spring; composed by Hua Yan Jun and rearranged by Phang Kok Jun)

琵琶与大提琴二重奏  Pipa with Cello Duet
野风舞 (Native Dance; composed by Bright Sheng)

中提琴与打击乐二重奏  Viola and Percussion Duet
Scene Parts II and III ; composed by John Patitucci

Ruan, Guzheng and two Violins Quartet;
arranged by Phang Kok Jun

Interval/休息 (15min)

Trong Com scherzo (7’): composed by Dang Hong Anh  
Commissioned Works: Composed by
Darrell Ang, Liong Kit Yeng, Wang A-Mao
$72, $52, $32 excluding SISTIC charges
Concert Series

Discounts & promotions applicable.
7pm / The Arts House Chamber
And there was N0th1ng

Tze & TO Ensemble
$36 excluding SISTIC charges
Chamber Series

Discounts & promotions applicable.

18 October
7.30pm / The Arts House Gallery II

Piano Recital by Thomas Ang

Ravel - Gaspard de la nuit
Chopin - 3rd Ballade in A flat major, op. 47
Chopin - Étude in E major, op. 10 no. 3
Chopin - Étude in C sharp minor, op. 10 no. 4
Chopin - Étude in G flat “Black Keys”, op. 10 no. 5
Chopin/Hamelin - Étude X “pour les idées noires” after Chopin’s Black Keys
Chopin/Godowsky - Étude no. 10 “Capriccio” in A major after Chopin’s Black Keys
Bach - Prelude and Fugue in F sharp minor from Book 2
Feinberg/Ang - The Dream
Feinberg - 2nd Sonata, op. 2
Tchaikovsky - Daydream and Lark-song from Children’s Album, op. 39
Tchaikovsky/Rachmaninoff - Lullaby, op. 16 no. 1
Tchaikovsky/Ang - When the day dawns

$36 excluding SISTIC charges
Chamber Series

Discounts & promotions applicable.

19 October
7.30pm /
The Arts House Chamber

SIFOM Ensemble / Marlon Chen

Ho Chee Kong: Echoes of Fall
John Sharpley: Singapore Dreams
Chen Zhangyi: Sandcastles
Tan Yu Ting: Chinatown
Bertram Wee: love songs
Koh Cheng Jin: Ecstasy
Ding Jian Han: Slow Jogging on a Not-so-silent Night
Mick Lim: (Commissioned Work)

$36 excluding SISTIC charges
Chamber Series

Discounts & promotions applicable.

20 October
7.30pm /
The Arts House Gallery II

Vocal Recital by Victoria Songwei Li
Piano: Thomas Ang

Caro nome - Verdi (Rigoletto)
Gretchen am Spinnrade - Schubert
Be kind and Courteous - Britten (A Midsummer Night's Dream
Love went a-riding - F. Bridge 
Chiedi all'aura lusinghiera - Donizetti (L'elisir d'amore
Prendi per me se libero... - Donizetti (L'elisir d'amore)
Ange adorable - Gounod (Romeo et Juliette)
No word from Tom - Stravinsky (The Rake's Progress
Zdes' horosho - Rachmaninov 
Ne poy, krasavitsa, primne - Rachmaninov 
Je veux vivre - Gounod (Romeo et Juliette)
$36 excluding SISTIC charges
Chamber Series

Discounts & promotions applicable.

21 October
7.30pm /
The Arts House Chamber

SIFOM Ensemble / Marlon Chen

Portrait of a Composer: Syafiqah ‘Adha Sallehin
- interval -
Ikan Girl: Syafiqah ‘Adha Sallehin featuring Bhumi Collective

$36 excluding SISTIC charges
Chamber Series

Discounts & promotions applicable.

23 October
7.30pm /
The Arts House Chamber

Syafiqah ‘Adha Sallehin & Nabillah Jalal

Accordion & Piano Recital
- interval -
Ikan Girl: Syafiqah ‘Adha Sallehin featuring Bhumi Collective

$36 excluding SISTIC charges
Chamber Series

Discounts & promotions applicable.

Browse the ticketed events occurring after 23 October, and explore the community events, which are slated for educational institutions from 24 to 27 October.

Browse the fringe events, which run from 13 to 16 October at the Arts House, National Gallery, and Victoria Concert Hall

Programmes and information are accurate up to 15 August 2016. Subject to change.