13 Oct 2017
The Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) and a young euphonist put up an animated performance that was a rare treat at an orchestral concert at the President’s Young Performers Concert (PYPC) held on 29 Sep 2017 at the Victoria Concert Hall.
The euphonium, a brass instrument with roots in the Greek word euphonos, which means a sweet or good sound, is seldom heard in an orchestra performance. That night, it was showcased beautifully by Kang Chun Meng, Singapore’s first Besson artist, and accompanied by an ensemble of mostly strings. His musicianship was shown through his nimble fingers in a dramatic piece that brought up images of horses galloping into the night.
The other highlight of the night was Singapore-born composer Er Yenn Chwen's Symphonia Anamneseos. At times playful, at times soaring, this epic-sounding piece will be a perfect soundtrack for a Hollywood animation or fantasy movie featuring dancing dragonflies or flights of majestic dragons. A very energetic Joshua Tan, Associate Conductor of SSO, conducted the orchestra expertly through the five-movement piece of varying tempos, never missing a beat.
To cap the night was President Halimah Yacob, there to grace her very first PYPC. This is the 17th year that SIM is sponsoring the SSO PYPC to support local young musicians in the pursuit of their love of music.
Guest-of-Honour President Halimah Yacob and her husband, Mr Mohamed Abdullah Alhabshee with
euphonist Kang Chun Meng (2nd from left) and Associate Conductor Joshua Tan.
President Halimah Yacob and her husband with (from left) Mr Ronald Tan, Executive Director, SIM; Mr Tan Soo Jin, Chairman, SIM Governing Council;
Prof Cham Tao Soon, Co-opted Member, SIM Governing Council; Ms Yong Ying-I, Deputy Chairman, SSO; and Ms Peggy Kek, Head, Development & Sponsorship, SSO.
Local celebrity Alaric Tay with his wife, Ms Juliet Chan-Tay, President, University of London Alumni, Singapore.
Say music! Guests having their photo moments with President Halimah Yacob.