The premiere of an international virtual orchestra performance directed by Singaporean Kahchun Wong on the Straits Times FaceBook and Youtube channels will air on 30th July 2020, 8 pm. A 360 degree video format will be the first of its kind that assembles world-class musicians from Asia, Europe and beyond who are joined by a 1,000 voices strong virtual choir in the Choral finale of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.
This 2020, we celebrate Beethoven 's 250th anniversary as a revolutionary musical genius and to a double celebration that connects ASEAN and the European Union as Germany will assume the EU-Presidency in the second half of 2020 while, Singapore will continue as the coordinating chair of ASEAN for EU relations.
We are proud to be Platinum Sponsor to premiere a digital concert of the 4th movement of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.
Join us for a sing-along campaign that invites Singaporeans, Germans and participants from around the world to join a virtual choir. The ‘Dresdner Kreuzchor’ with its world-renowned boys’ choir has already pledged its support. The voices of participants will be integrated into the grand finale of ‘Ode to Joy’ of this year’s digital performance.
30th of July is International Friendship Day which connects to the global solidarity amid the Coronavirus pandemic. It will also be a powerful reminder of our shared humanity and further emphasize the message of unity.
Music can transform the world.
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
A native of Singapore, Wong is Chief Conductor of the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra. Since winning the Mahler Conducting Competition in 2016, he has also led distinguished orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Orchestre Nationale du Capitole de Toulouse and the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony.
In December 2019, he became the first artist from Singapore to be conferred the Order of Merit by the Federal President of Germany, for his contributions towards Singaporean-German cultural relations. He is a recipient of the Singapore Youth Award, Young Artist Award and the Lee Kuan Yew Scholarship.