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Our annual concerts & other events
Oct 16 2021
7.30pm, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, Conservatory Concert Hall
Inspired by the flavourful contrasts brought about by an interesting collab by the T’ang Quartet with esteemed members of the YST faculty and successful alumni, the Salt and Pepper analogy depicts a plethora of fascinating connections between the young and the seasoned, the new and the old, as well as the vast diversity of pitch range, textures and artistic styles.
Comprising a quintet, sextet and septet, this programme also holds much significance for the YST faculty and alumni, alumni-turned-faculty and alumni-turned-colleagues, where they reunite to make music together. They are T'ang Quartet; Brett Stemple (tuba); Adeline Wong (composer); Qin Li-Wei (cello); Zhang Manchin (viola); Viktoriya Klyukina (B.Mus4, flute); Charmaine Teo (harp); and Li Xin (clarinet)
Introduction and Allegro for Flute, Harp, Clarinet and String Quartet
Echoes for Tuba and Strings (world premiere)
Strings Sextet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 36
Mar 15 2020
5pm, Festival Arts Theatre, OurTampinesHub
Featuring tunes that were composed for festive celebrations since the beginning of time from all around the world. Just as these tunes demonstrate moods and characters, the quartet will show how a musician may express the emotions and story behind a piece through a mix of technique, talent and passion.
Nov 22 2019
7.30pm, YST Conservatory Concert Hall
Tickets @ $50, $28, $18
Dvořák: Quartet No. 10 in E-flat major, Opus 51
Beethoven: String Quartet No. 14 in C♯ minor, Op. 131
Introducing a 7-movement layout played without a break; the exceptional emotional range of Beethoven's material made this string quartet's revolutionary structure necessary.
The fusion of classical style and Bohemian folk spirit, and a riveting contrast to his more famous 'American' quartet, Dvořák’s 'Slavonic' Opus 51 quartet is described as "a superb blend of high art and music from, and for, the people", essentially marking the beginnings of his mature, celebrated chamber works.
Aug 22 2021
7.30pm, Esplanade Recital Studio
Tickets @ $78, $75, $50
T’ang returns to the stage with a juxtaposition of string quartets featuring Papa Haydn's light-hearted The Joke and Franz Schubert's profoundly dark Death and the Maiden.
Believed to have made pianist-composer Clara Schumann laughed aloud after a performance, The Joke is notable for Haydn's display of musical humour and wit in his writing; revealing its tricks in the final movement, thereafter earning its nickname.
Set to a poem by Matthias Claudius in which Death comes to claim a girl not prepared to go quietly. Schubert first composed Death and the Maiden as a song in 1817 before setting it as a theme-and-variation 2nd movement of a string quartet. Described as "one of the pillars of the chamber music repertoire", this particularly dark work conceived on a symphonic scale shows extreme depth and expressiveness but within its lines also reflect the composer's despair at the end of his life as he battled his ailing health.
Dec 17 2020
Feat. compositions of Beethoven and Schostakovich, both composers who have battled and overcome personal difficulties. Supported by NAC's Digital Presentation Grant, T'ang lends their musical talent in collab with TOUCH Community Services to express appreciation for all front-line workers during the Circuit Breaker. The 60-min live-stream from YST Conservatory of Music will also feature a fresh rendition of Dick Lee’s Home, specially arranged by eminent local producer /arranger / composer Bang Wenfu.