Celebrated violinist Sarah Chang returns to join Lan Shui and the SSO for Dvorak’s richly lyrical Violin Concerto in A minor at the Esplanade Concert Hall on March 6. In the first half, Singaporean conductor Wong Kah Chun makes his SSO debut directing Wagner’s Tannhauser Overture and Liszt’s Orpheus and Les Preludes. Franz Liszt was one of the pioneers of the symphonic poem, and of the twelve he wrote, Les Preludes remains the most popular today. Since her debut with the New York Philharmonic at the age of eight, Sarah Chang has performed with the greatest orchestras, conductors and accompanists internationally.
Her recent recording for EMI Classics featuring performances of the Brahms and Bruch violin concertos with Kurt Masur and the Dresdner Philharmonie received critical acclaim and was her 20th album for the label. In 2006 Chang was honoured as one of 20 Top Women in Newsweek Magazine’s “Women and Leadership, 20 Powerful Women Take Charge” issue. In 2008 Chang was honoured as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum (WEF) for her professional achievements, commitment to society and potential in shaping the future of the world.
In 2005 Yale University dedicated a chair in Sprague Hall in Sarah Chang’s name and in 2012 Harvard University gave her the ‘Distinguished Leadership in the Arts Award’. For the 2004 Olympic Games, she was given the honour of running with the Olympic Torch in New York, and that same month, became the youngest person ever to receive the Hollywood Bowl’s Hall of Fame award.
Wong Kah Chun is the Artistic Director of the Singaporean-based Asian Contemporary Ensemble as well as Assistant Conductor to Yuri Simonov at the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra in the 2014/2015 season, having formerly served the Singapore Chinese Orchestra in a similar capacity from 2011 to 2013. The First Prize winner of the 4th International Conducting Competition “Jeunesses Musicales Bucharest” in 2013, Wong is the first and only recipient of the prestigious Lee Kuan Yew Scholarship by the Public Service Commission for Arts and Culture in 2012.
Date & time
6 March 2015 (Friday), 7.30pm
Pre-Concert Talk: 6.30pm, library@esplanade
Esplanade Concert Hall
Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Lan Shui, conductor*
Wong Kah Chun, conductor
Sarah Chang, violin
WAGNER Overture to Tannhäuser (14’)
LISZT Orpheus (13’)
LISZT Les Préludes (16’)
DVOŘÁK Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53* (32’)
Tickets are available from SISTIC hotline: 6348 5555, website: www.sistic.com.sg, SISTIC counters islandwide and Esplanade Box Office.