The Singapore Chinese Orchestra
(SCO) has confirmed that it will perform in Kuala Lumpur for the
first time, as part of the Titian Budaya Singapore cultural season
in Kuala Lumpur which celebrates 50 years of Singapore-Malaysia
Conducted by SCO Music Director Tsung Yeh,
the Bridging Cultures
concert will be held at 20:30 on 8 December 2015 at Dewan
Featuring the winner of the first season of
Singapore Idol Taufik Batisah, jazz pianist Jeremy Monteiro, Tok
Dalang Eyo Hock Seng and wayang kulit group Kumpulan Sri Campuran,
and tabla performer Jatinder Singh Bedi, the concert will present
SCO’s unique Nanyang music and East-meets-West cross cultural
programme to the audience in Malaysia.
Singapore will get to watch a preview of the concert - Cross Cultural Extravaganza,
at 20:00 on 28 November 2015 at the SCO Concert Hall.
concert starts with Malaysian composer Simon Kong Su Leong’s award
winning piece Izpirazione II – Rambutan which won the 2nd prize at
the Singapore International Competition for Chinese Orchestral
Competition (SICCOC) in 2006.
Well-known tabla performer, Jatinder Singh Bedi, will perform local composer
and 1st prize winner of SICCOC 2006, Eric Watson’s Dialogue for
Solo Tabla and Chinese Orchestra. Tabla is a percussion instrument
that originated from India and plays a significant role in
Hindustani classical and traditional music. With an added Indian
music element to the concert, it reflects the diverse culture in
Singapore and Malaysia.
Recipient of Singapore’s Cultural
Medallion and well-known jazz pianist Jeremy Monteiro will perform
with jazz drummer Tama Goh and SCO double bassist (jazz bassist)
Frankie Lee in the rendition of Kelly Tang’s Montage: Three
Movements for Jazz Piano & Chinese Orchestra. The blend of Chinese
orchestral music with western jazz is one of the SCO’s unique
East-meets-West style of music.
Known as the doyen of Singapore theatre, playwright Kuo Pao Kun
has written more than 20 scripts during his career, where some has
been translated to other languages and performed worldwide. Kuo
Pao Kun was awarded the Cultural Medallion for his contribution to
the Singapore’s theatre in 1990 and his renowned work The Silly
Girl & The Funny Old Tree will be featured in this concert.
music accompaniment composed and adapted by SICCOC 2006’s 3rd
prize winner, Malaysian composer Yii Kah Hoe, Malaysia’s only
Chinese ethnicity Tok Dalang Eyo Hock Seng and wayang kulit group,
Kumpulan Sri Campuran, will world premiere this play in a wayang
kulit and orchestra format. Two selected SCO musicians will
perform with the Kumpulan Sri Campuran.
Taufik Batisah, will debut with SCO and sing songs of P. Ramlee in
the finale of this concert. P. Ramlee was well-known in the
Singapore and Malaysia film industry in the 1960s and 1970s and he
was regarded as an icon of Malay entertainment in Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia. Taufik Batisah will sing P.
Ramlee’s famous works including Getaran Jiwa, Senjakala and Bila
Mama Pakai Celana, which has been rearranged into a medley by
composer Eric Watson.
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