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Singapore International Festival of Music 2016 Returns This October

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Singapore’s first-ever classical music festival is back for its second edition this October with invigorating programmes, concerts and masterclasses for the public.

In collaboration with Arts House and OperaViva, SIFOM Ltd presents Singapore International Festival of Music (SIFOM) 2016 with the theme “Myths and Legends”.

The Festival will kick off with free public outreach programmes and masterclasses from 13 October to 30 October, and will culminate in a series of ticketed orchestral, musical theatre and vocal concerts running from 13 to 23 October.

SIFOM 2016 will see the gathering of some of Singapore’s finest musicians. Musicians include the Festival’s own orchestra (SIFOM Orchestra), SIFOM Ensemble, Ding Yi Music Company, as well as internationally acclaimed guests from the Chamber Orchestra of Europe (COE).

With everything from classical and contemporary music, to vocal concerts and musical theatre, there is certainly something for everyone at SIFOM 2016.

Some Festival highlights include:

Chamber Orchestra of Europe

LUCERNE FESTIVAL im SOMMER 2014: Sinfoniekonzert 11, Bernard Haitink dirigiert das Chamber Orchestra of Europe Luzern, den 28.08.2014 Copyright: LUCERNE FESTIVAL/ Priska Ketterer

The Festival will open with Mother Goose and the Tales of 1001 Nights, performed by reportedly the world’s best chamber orchestra – Chamber Orchestra of Europe, alongside SIFOM Orchestra. Conducted by internationally-renowned Maestro Darrell Ang, allow the music to take your mind off work and offer you solace amidst the daily stresses in life. Chamber Orchestra of Europe will also be performing other pieces such as Sleeping Beauty, Tom Thumb, Princess of the Pagodas, Beauty and the Beast, and The Fairy Garden.

Ikan Girl featuring The Bhumi Collective

This multidisciplinary performance incorporates movement vocabulary from Malay dance,  bharatanatyam and contemporary dance genres, and features original music composed by Syafiqah Adha Sallehin. Inspired by a Malay ancient poem known as the Syair Bidasari, the story of Ikan Girl reminds one of patience and kindness and the consequences of evil deeds. The music is performed ‘live’ by classical and traditional musicians including Syafiqah, and percussionist extraordinaire, Ramu Thiruyanam.

Ding Yi Music Company (Singapore) in collaboration with Song Hong Chamber Music

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Enjoy a night of East meets West as Chinese chamber music ensemble, Ding Yi Music Company collaborates with Vietnamese chamber ensemble, Song Hong Chamber Music to present 五 + 5 = ?. Featuring a series of contemporary compositions by renowned Vietnamese composers, as well as new compositions by Ding Yi, these performances are set to challenge barriers between cultures and genres.

Beyond that, SIFOM 2016 will be offering a series of Outreach Programmes where SIFOM musicians will bring excerpts of their main programmes to various community venues. Venues include various libraries, schools, and shopping malls.

Masterclasses hosted by SIFOM musicians and the Musical Olympus Foundation are also open to the public and are free of charge.

For the full list of SIFOM programmes, visit sifom-sg.com. Tickets are now available at SISTIC counters in Singapore as well as online.

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