This year’s edition of ‘Songs Our Parents Love‘ features singers Chriz Tong and Robert Fernando alongside the Philharmonic Youth Winds on 24 September at the Esplanade.
With two singers that a wider age group of the Singapore population can relate to and enjoy, the balanced programme will showcase classics from the east and the west, as opposed to being heavily focused on “Xinyao” pieces, or local music alone.
“Each year, we try to bring something better to the table. Robert Fernando is one of Singapore’s most respected and sought-after vocalists, and he has been called Singapore’s Andy Williams and many other Jazz legends. Fans of local Channel 8 dramas should be familiar with Chriz Tong (汤薇恩) as she has sung several of the theme songs of local dramas.
Having heard both singers live during rehearsal, I must say their vocals would definitely captivate every audience in the house!” said Edwin Ang, President of Philyouth.
Audiences will be able to rock and roll with classics from Queen and Bon Jovi, and tune into hits by Jacky Cheung (张学友), Frankie Kao (高凌风). They will also get to hear some local flavour with a medley of theme songs from classic Mediacorp shows, including 雾锁南洋, 红头巾, 双天至尊, and an original Channel 5 medley featuring hits from Phua Chu Kang, Growing Up and Under One Roof.
“The most rewarding part of any pop concert for us, is to look out into the audience and see people smiling and clapping along! So definitely, giving new life to well-loved songs is the core of what we do for SOPL and other pop performances.
It’s important to us that our audience can recognise and relate to the music and the little symphonic additions that make it special, and most importantly we want everyone to enjoy the pieces as much as we enjoy preparing them.”
Songs Our Parents Love III
24 September (Sunday)
Esplanade Concert Hall, 7.30pm
Tickets available from SISTIC
A contributing editor at TBP.