Wednesday, 8 June 2022
Esplanade Concert Hall, 7.30pm
Limited concessions for students, NSFs and seniors: $15
Be enchanted on this special evening at the Esplanade Concert Hall as Musicians’ Initiative presents Flights of Fantasy, the Platinum Jubilee celebration for iconic pianist Tedd Joselson, who was born in Antwerp, Belgium in 1951. Tedd Joselson’s historic return after a 23-year hiatus will feature the highly anticipated world premiere of the captivating Lim Fantasy of Companionship for Piano and Orchestra (Lim Fantasy) as well as enthralling piano concertos by Tchaikovsky and Brahms. The highly accomplished Alvin Seville Arumugam will be the principal conductor for this one-night only performance on the 8th of June 2022.
The highlight of the concert will be Lim Fantasy, a masterful piece created by Susan Lim and Christina Teenz Tan, and composed by the prodigious Manu Martin. It was first recorded at London’s Abbey Road Studios in 2019 by the London Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Arthur Fagen with Tedd Joselson on piano. This composition is cast in six acts that explore the potential of inanimate life and how these factors may influence new concepts of companionship. The accompanying short film “Fantasy of Companionship Between Human and Inanimate” has won numerous awards in international film festivals. Flights of Fantasy will also feature two other famous piano concertos, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto in B♭ Minor No. 1 and Johannes Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor. Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto in B♭ Minor No. 1 is a scorching, heart-rendering concerto that is well and truly the stuff of legends.
Set across 3 movements, this concerto is considered the crème de la crème of Tchaikovsky’s works. Johannes Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor is one of the longest and most emotionally intense concertos of all time. This concerto is written in the traditional 3 movement and is widely considered Brahms’ most personal and powerful works. This is a truly spectacular lineup for all ages that you do not want to miss!
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