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Movements In Time – Artworks From The National Gallery
Metropolitan Festival Orchestra
Esplanade Concert Hall
Singaporean composers do not often get commissions to write substantial works of music. Other than the Singapore Chinese Orchestra, which has an ongoing composer-in-residence programme, no major musical organisations here commissions major new works with any regularity. Token gestures just will not do.
This is set to change with the new Music Commissioning Series initiated by the Foundation for The Arts and Social Enterprise founded by Michael Tay, Singapore’s former ambassador to the Russian Federation. The foundation’s first commission was Movements In Time – Artworks From The National Gallery by Cultural Medallion recipient Kelly Tang.