Our Annual Concert Season
The NUS Symphony Orchestra puts up several performances throughout the year. These performances range from outreach efforts, chamber showcases as well as our annual full-length concert.
Firstly, NUSSO reaches out to the public through an outreach performance in September every year. This concert aims to bring classical music to the masses and introduce them to the wonders of this music genre that may at times seem inaccessible. This free concert usually takes place outside the National Library Board and features well-known classical music that is familiar to the ears of even non-classical music listeners. In 2013, NUSSO was invited to perform in the Beautiful Sunday concert series at the Esplanade Concert Hall. Through this concert, NUSSO hopes to expand the appeal of classical music, therefore showing that music knows no boundaries and can be appreciated by all.
Next, ‘Miniatures’ is a showcase put up by NUSSO members featuring chamber-sized groups. The aim of this concert is to expose the members and audience to more forms of classical music other than the symphony orchestra format. Members form their own groups, such as duets, string quartets, wind quintets and percussion ensemble, and choose their own repertoire. The theme for 2013 was “Music with Friends”, emphasizing how music, chamber music in particular can bring people together. As such, this showcase is an exciting and interesting one featuring a wide variety of musical styles.
The main concert in NUSSO’s calendar is our annual March concert. This full-length concert is the platform for the orchestra to tackle the more challenging classical pieces such as symphonies and concertos to challenge and improve the players’ technical and musical skills. For instance, during “Reverence” in March 2014, the repertoire included pieces such as Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4, Saint Saëns’ Piano Concerto No. 2 as well as Smetana’s Ma Vlast (Vltava).