(SOLD OUT) 遇见 | Rhapsody in Verse
DATE / TIME
10 Nov, Sat
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
VENUEVictoria Theatre and Victoria Concert Hall (VTVCH), Victoria Theatre
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This session is in Mandarin
Lim Chin Huat
The Chinese term for “poetry” is shi ge, literally meaning “poem and song” – a testament to the origin of poetry as something to be sung, and hence its kinship to music. A marquee event in Lianhe Zaobao’s year-long 95th anniversary celebrations, ‘Rhapsody in Verse’ brings together the works of 16 Singaporean Chinese poets, such as Dan Ying and Yeng Pway Ngon, across different generations. These works are put to new and original music by six young composers, such as Phang Kok Jun and Liong Kit Yeng. This one-of-a-kind concert showcases the beauty of lyricism in Chinese via a mix of ensembles and choirs, accompanied by piano.
This session is co-presented with Lianhe Zaobao.
Composer-conductor Albert Tay is in demand internationally as a musician, educator and adjudicator. Apart from guest conducting, he has delivered keynote lectures and professional development courses, and conducted workshops. He is the founding director of the Kodaly Academy of Music (Singapore) and artistic director for Schola Cantorum Singapore. His choirs have consistently won top reviews and prizes internationally. His compositions are performed by renowned musicians and choirs from around the world.
Anna Koor is a lyrical-dramatic mezzo soprano, known for her rich mellow timbre. She holds a fellowship from the Trinity College of Music in voice performance. Her voice was acclaimed by The Arts Magazine as being “dark, yet rich in tone colour”, while her interpretation of ‘Dido’s Lament’ in one of Singapore Lyric Opera’s productions was described as an “enigmatic, spine-chilling sense of woe and self-destruction”.
Colin Tan studied in the UK, where he was awarded BMus (Hons) at the Birmingham Conservatoire and a postgraduate diploma with distinction at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. As a well-sought-after peripatetic instrumental tutor, he has worked with local and international schools ranging from elementary to university levels. He has also been continuously advancing his musical performance as soloist and orchestra musician both locally and overseas.
Photo Credit: Andrew Bi
Dingyi Music Company
To Dingyi Music Company, composing, interpreting and performing Chinese chamber music is a journey into realms – from the historic to the contemporary and avant-garde, from places familiar to exotic, from the sensual to the surreal. Dingyi has won the accolades and support of patrons, arts institutions and chamber music fans across Asia.
Violist Jeremy Chiew graduated with a Master in Viola Performance from the Longy School of Music of Bard College, under the tutelage of Dimitri Murrath. A recipient of the Patricia Sherman Award, he has performed with The Chamber Players and English Symphony Orchestra. He freelances with the Macao Orchestra, re:SOUND, The Philharmonic Orchestra, Singapore Lyric Opera Orchestra and English Symphony Orchestra.
Jonathan Charles Tay
Singapore tenor, Jonathan Charles Tay, attained his Bachelor of Music at the Manhattan School of Music, studying with renowned tenor Neil Rosenhein, and his Master of Music at Northwestern University. He is also the recipient of the Eckstein Merit Scholarship Award in 2013 and a New Horizon Aspen Music Festival Award in 2014. He was awarded a scholarship to the 2017 Richard Wagner Stipendienstiftung in Bayreuth, Germany, representing the Richard Wagner Association of Singapore.
At the age of 19, aspiring soprano Phoebe Chee debuted as Fiordiligi in Mozart’s ‘Così fan tutte’, as Operalab’s artist in 2018. Among her most recent engagements, she performed as Tamiri in Mozart’s ‘Il re pastore’ together with The Opera People. As the assistant general secretary of Cappella Martialis, she has performed as a soloist with the group since 2015.
Schola Cantorum Singapore
新加坡室内合唱团习唱堂（英文简称”SCS”）成立于2015年，为爱好合唱的人提供多元以及富有教育意义的音乐与合唱体验。同时也希望培养新一代的音乐家、音乐教育家和音乐爱好者。SCS是本地第一个使用360度虚拟现实技术进行演出拍摄的合唱团。SCS参与了许多世界和本地的首演。 其中包括 John Sharpley 的小型歌剧 《The Tanglin Tree》 ，理查德·瓦格纳的传统歌剧 《漂泊的荷蘭人》 以及中国作曲家罗麦朔特地为合唱和华乐团而创作的合唱交响曲《作家奋斗。玉》。作为新加坡的文化大使，SCS成员曾前往台湾参加首届亚洲城市合唱交流会。
Schola Cantorum Singapore (SCS) was established in 2015 as a choral collective of singers to provide choral enthusiasts with an open educational outlook to music and singing. With the SCS Chamber Choir, SCS Opera Chorus and SCS Festival Chorus, it seeks to nurture the next generation of professional musicians, music educators and music lovers. The first Singaporean choir to experiment and record with 360-degree virtual reality technology, it is responsible for numerous world and local premieres of musical compositions.
Wang Hao started learning the violin at the age of eight. In 2015, he graduated with a Bachelor of Music (Honours) degree in a collaborative programme of the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and Royal College of Music. He was awarded the first prize at the 2013 Thailand Mozart International String Competition. He has also performed in orchestras such as The Philharmonic Orchestra, re: mix and the Singapore Lyric Opera Orchestra. Currently, he is a freelance musician and a full-time instructor at kids’ philharmonic@sg.
Singapore baritone, Sun Zhaorui, graduated from Beijing Central Conservatory of Music where he was taught by Professor Zhao Dengying and majored in vocal music and opera. During his university days, he has won many national scholarships and other awards. He has acted in children’s opera ‘The Fisherman and the Goldfish’ (the National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing), as well as other operas like ‘Le Nozze Di Figaro’ (Verona Opera Festival of Italy) and ‘Aida’ (Singapore Lyric Opera).
Chee Junsian is currently pursuing his music diploma full-time in the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) under the tutelage of Leslie Tan from The T’ang Quartet. Chee was the cello principal in the Singapore National Youth Chinese Orchestra before serving his national service in the Music and Drama Company’s String Quartet. He is a recipient of Tan Chin Tuan Merit Award, Yamaha Music Scholarship 2017 and the Kris Foundation Scholarship. He currently plays in the Ding Yi Music Company as cellist and NAFA orchestra as the cello principal. He also performs with The Philharmonic Orchestra and re: mix.
Pianist Song Ziliang graduated from the Royal College of Music, London, with a Master of Music in Performance (Distinction) under the tutelage of Gordon Fergus‐Thompson. He has also studied at the Moscow Conservatory with Mikhail Petukhov. He has won prizes at national and international competitions, and performed in major concert venues in Singapore and internationally.
Photo Credit: Stefen Chow