Often programmed in orchestra repertoire, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5, Op. 64 will be performed by The Young Musicians’ Foundation Orchestra (TYMFO) on 16 August, under the baton of resident conductor Alvin Seville.
The orchestra, whose musicians are from all walks of life, hopes that their performance stays as true to the score as possible without being overly indulgent.
“Well-loved by audience all over the world, we found several performances of this work with unintended tempi alterations. However, the subtle nuances in every line that Tchaikovsky conceived require great attention and that is what we work towards in our rehearsals,” said Alvin Seville.
While Symphony No. 5 remains the highlight of the concert, the orchestra will also present two other works, namely Beethoven’s Overture to ‘Egmont’, Op. 84, and Brahms’ Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56.
“Egmont overture is a powerful opener to Goethe’s play of the same title. In its compact 8 minutes or so you hear the Drama of the oppressed in the plot; the arrest and execution of Count Egmont and in the coda, darkness giving way to light.”
“Brahms’ St. Anthony’s variations on the other end calms the listener with his unique and intellectual take on a theme attributed to Haydn. Side by side, these works balance the musical palette of the first half of the concert.”
As part of TYMFO’s mission to nurture and provide further opportunities for students from Singapore’s music schools, it has a mentorship model where young musicians get to interact and learn from professional and veteran musicians.
With the group envisioning to be Singapore’s next professional homegrown orchestra, Lee Hui believes that whatever the backgrounds of the musicians, the love of music binds them all and brings the orchestra together.
TYMFO’s next concert will feature Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, a gargantuan work that audience can look forward to.
(photo credit: Jerald Ang)
16 August (Wednesday)
Victoria Concert Hall, 7.30pm
Tickets: $18, $22, $24, $28 (Group discounts available)
Tickets available from http://ticketbox.sg/tymfo-presents-tchaikovsky-s-fifth#
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