The Singapore Chinese Orchestra held its annual fundraising dinner and concert at the Ritz Carlton Hotel on Sunday 15 September 2013. The theme was the musical adventures on The Silk Road, with works of Chinese music that blended the East and West. In attendance was Prime Minister Mr Lee Hsien Loong, Patron of the SCO, and Mrs Lee. In total, over $1,200,000 was raised for the orchestra to fund its worthy projects and a concert tour to China in May 2014.
|Members of the Singapore Chinese Orchestra|
wait to welcome the PM in a rousing celebratory number.
|The guest-of-honour was presented with a guqin|
with specially inscribed words of poetry by
SCO Board Member Mr Choo Thiam Siew.
|The concert proper opened with Maestro Yeh Tsung|
leading the orchestra in a movement fro,
Liu Wen Jin's Great Wall Capriccio.
|Guanzi soloist Han Lei shone in Zhao Ji Ping's|
Dance of Qiuci from Silk Road Fantasia Suite.
|Chairperson of the Dinner Organising Committee|
Ms Tan Choo Leng aka Mrs Goh Chok Tong
performed two soprano arias with Jenkinsian flair.
|Guzheng virtuoso Xu Hui, with the best hair-do |
outside of Turandot, gave a stirring display
in Huang Xiao Fei's Dance of Dunhuang.
|Not to be outdone, erhu soloist Tan Man Man|
let rip in Vittorio Monti's Csardas.
|Maestro Yeh Tsung was the piano soloist in Law Wai Lun's|
Lion City Fantasia, based on Di Tanjung Katong and Singapura,
in the style of Prokofiev, Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky.
|Dr Ho Chee Kong and Maestro Yeh Tsung|
|The fundraiser netted over $800,000, and the audience |
was encouraged to up this figure, with two
further arias from Mrs Goh as the reward.
|A further $400,000 was pledged, and so|
Mrs Goh duly obliged. FFJ must be very proud.
|All thumbs up for the Singapore Chinese Orchestra family!|