Singapore Symphony Orchestra’s 2023/2024 season to feature Hans Zimmer music, return of youngest artist-in-residence Chloe Chua

Between July 2023 to June 2024, classical music lovers can look forward to concerts featuring world-acclaimed musicians as well as free island-wide performances.

Caleb Lau

Grew up a musician, found a calling in photography and writing. Still in love with all of them.

Published: 2 June 2023, 9:41 AM

After wrapping up its previous season with performances by its youngest artist-in-residence Chloe Chua, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) is extending her role for another year in their upcoming 2023/2024 season.

Running from July 2023 to June 2024, the new season will feature music by acclaimed film composer Hans Zimmer. World-renown guest soloists and guest conductors will also be at concerts. 

Titled SSO Pops: The Music of Hans Zimmer and conducted by Gerard Salonga, the concert on Jul 14 and 15 will feature Zimmer’s iconic works from films including The Last Samurai, Interstellar and The Dark Knight.


Classical music lovers can look forward to concerts with guest soloists and conductors such as (from left) Mischa Maisky, Leonidas Kavakos, Bomsori Kim and Han-Na Chang. PHOTO CREDIT: SINGAPORE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA


With her return in SSO’s new season, Chloe Chua will perform in four concerts, said SSO in a press release on May 4.


At her upcoming concert ‘Chloe Chua Plays Paganini’ on Sep 2, Chloe will perform Violin Concerto No. 1 by Paganini, a composer famously known for impossible feats on the violin. PHOTO CREDIT: SINGAPORE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA


In the months of July 2023, March and May 2024, classical music enthusiasts can also enjoy free concerts across the island such as SSO Lunchtime Concerts, SSO In Your Community, Temasek Foundation SSO Symphony In The Gardens, Temasek Foundation SSO Music In The Meadow, and SSO Mother’s Day Concert.


One of many free concerts of the season, ‘Temasek Foundation SSO Music In The Meadow’, led by Associate Conductor Rodolfo Barráez, will take place on Mar 6 2024 at Gardens by the Bay. PHOTO CREDIT: SINGAPORE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA


The 2023/2024 season will draw to a close with two concerts showcasing masterpieces by Beethoven and Berlioz, a newly commissioned piece by award-winning local composer Koh Cheng Jin as well as special programme under SSO’s VCHpresents series.


Titled ‘VCHpresents Organ: The Crow and the Dove’, the concert of ballet and Filipino folk dance features doyen of Singapore’s organ scene Margaret Chen, who will narrate the performance, and organist Phoon Yu. PHOTO CREDIT: SINGAPORE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA


“Local talents, celebrated conductors and musicians around the world, family-friendly programmes – the new season has something for everyone,“ said Director of Artistic Planning Hans Sorensen.

“I hope to continue keeping SSO’s long-time fans excited while reeling in curious first-time concertgoers through new works and crowd favourites.”


Since being founded in 1979, the SSO has been recognised locally both for its subscription series concerts and its outdoor and community performances. PHOTO CREDIT: SINGAPORE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA


The orchestra’s first concert of the season, SSO Pops: The Music of Hans Zimmer, will take place at Esplanade Concert Hall at 7.30pm on July 14 and 15. The tickets, ranging between $20 to $88, are available for online purchase. 

More information on the rest of SSO’s 2023/2024 season programme lineup along with ticket purchasing details of concerts can be found on its official website.

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