BEST CONCERTS OF THE COVID PANDEMIC
These selections were part of an article published in The Straits Times on 25 March 2021 highlighting the best concerts (live and online) that took place during the period of lockdown and circuit breaker in Singapore over the past year.
Wong Kahchun, Conductor
Streamed on Youtube Live
from 30 July 2020
In what was possibly mankind’s darkest hour of the new millennium, Singaporean conductor Wong Kahchun’s “universal musical kampong” of over a thousand professional and amateur musicians delivered a heartwarming message in Beethoven’s Ode To Joy. Within a virtual concert hall with a 360° view of all performers, this marvel of modern digital technology and innovation made Schiller and Beethoven’s credo of “All People Become Brothers” a memorable and immersive experience worth savouring over and over.
TOGETHER WE STAND, LIVE AGAIN!
Ding Yi Music Company
Black Box, Stamford Arts Centre
15 November 2020
Ding Yi Music Company was one of the first groups to perform live concerts during the circuit breaker. It did so with fully-masked perfomers and wind players sequestered behind screens resembling Covid-swabbing stations. The audience was divided into two blocs, a gallery and onstage near the musicians, with a surround-sound experience being the result. Performing a programme of Chinese and locally-composed works, it was a contrapuntal stew which we could proudly call our own.