Celebrations 2015: Homecoming


Saturday, 21 March 2015, 8pm

University Cultural Centre Hall

$16, $19. Student and group discounts available.

NUS Symphony Orchestra conducted by Lim Soon Lee
Lim Chun, viola
Alan Choo, violin
Soh Ser Yee, piano


VERDI La Forza Del Destino Overture
CHEN Saving Theseus… Ariadne’s Love
GERSHWIN Rhapsody in Blue
LEONG Blessing the Seas Overture
BIZET Carmen Fantasy
TCHAIKOVSKY 1812 Overture

As part of the NUS Arts Festival 2015, NUS Symphony Orchestra presented an evening of exciting concertos and overtures in its annual concert, Celebrations 2015: Homecoming. It was a sold-out concert, as over a thousand audience members packed the UCC Hall for an unforgettable evening with 119 NUSSO musicians.

The evening opened with Verdi’s La Forza Del Destino overture, which tell site story of lovers Don Alvaro and Leonora, whose attempts to avoid the travails of the world are useless and are defeated by fate – the force of destiny. The overture was followed by the world premiere of composer Chen Zhangyi’s Saving Theseus…Ariadne’s Love, which featured prominent Singaporean violist Lim Chun. With the new first movement, the audience is transported to the world of Greek mythology, with a portrait of the Athenian hero Theseus, and the music grows increasingly brooding to reflect his conflict within himself. The second movement was re-orchestraed and the dream-like music depicts Ariadne awakening and coming to terms with her loneliness. Next, violin soloist Alan Choo enthralled the audience with his performance of Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasy, known for one of the most difficult in the violin repertoire.

Rhapsody in Blue was another highlight of the evening, as piano soloist Soh Ser Yee delighted the audience with her performance of Gershwin’s famous work. The piece blended elements of classical and jazz, bringing the audience back to the Roaring Twenties with its exuberance. The finale, 1812 Overture, was a fitting close to the concert, as 119 musicians joined Maestro Lim on stage to perform Tchaikovsky’s rousing work. With augmented brass band, joyous chimes and 16 booming cannon shots, the concert came to a conclusion.

In addition, we were honoured to be graced by the presence of Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, who took the time to speak to our musicians and encourage their pursuit of music. NUSSO looks forward to bringing more concerts to both the NUS community and the public in the future.


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