Singapore Orchestra

German concert life is about to be enhanced by a new flavor. The Singapore Symphony Orchestra is beginning a twelve-day tour on October 20, covering eight cities in Germany. It is the first time that the orchestra from Singapore can be heard in Germany. The 21-year-old orchestra is best described as entrepreneurial, fresh, and exotic, and it has already attracted a lot of attention. Not only does it present Asian orchestra repertory to Western audiences, it also has a clever way of building bridges between East and West. Music Director Lan Shui, who took the job in Singapore three years ago, is a native of China, and he underwent profound training in the United States. One of his mentors is Kurt Masur, whom he assisted at the New York Philharmonic. American conductors taught him not only about the interpretation of Western music but also about methods of outreach, as Georg Hirsch reports.

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