Multicultural Concerts Celebrate Singapore’s Multiculturalism in Music and Cultural Medallion Winners

Supported by the Temasek Foundation (TF), Asian Cultural Symphony Orchestra (ACSO) is pleased to present 【Musical Mosaics】– an upcoming orchestra concert that celebrates Singapore’s multiculturalism and features two renowned Cultural Medallion winners, Lynnette Seah and Tsung Yeh. This concert will be held at the Victoria Concert Hall on 3 June 2023 at 7.30pm, and is set to be a remarkable evening of music and culture.

The concert will showcase a family of ethnic musical instruments across cultures and feature multicultural music by Lynnette Seah (Cultural Medallion Winner, 2006) and Tsung Yeh (Cultural Medallion Winner, 2013) as well as the classic tale of Liang Shanbo 梁山伯 and Zhu Yingtai 祝英台, commonly known as the Butterfly Lovers. The story will be brought to life through the music, telling the tale of two lovers who are tragically separated by fate but reunited in death as two butterflies whose wings will beat together forever.

Lynnette Seah, an accomplished violinist and one of Singapore's most acclaimed musicians, was awarded the Cultural Medallion in 2006 for her outstanding contributions to the arts. She will be performing He Zhanhao and Chen Gang’s Butterfly Lovers’ Violin Concerto, conducted by Tsung Yeh, accompanied by ACSO. Tsung Yeh is an internationally renowned conductor and Cultural Medallion recipient in 2013. On top of Butterfly Lovers’ Violin Concerto, he will also lead the orchestra in a performance of Dr Kelly Tang’s Symphonic Suite on a set of familiar local tunes, showcasing Singapore’s diverse cultural heritage.

Pre-concert Activities to Strengthen Understanding in Multiculturalism in Music

To deepen interest and understanding of Singapore multicultural music among the young, a pre-concert exhibition by around 25 student ambassadors will also be displayed. These young ambassadors will spend five weeks to research and interview the Cultural Medallion winners, ethnic instruments featured in the concert as well as composers whose works are performed for the concert. The student ambassadors will share their findings with concert attendees and engage them in conversations. This educational exhibition will be opened to all ticket holders.

Prior to this concert, ACSO will bring multicultural music to the community and celebrate Mother’s Day on 7 May at Esplanade Concert Hall. This community concert will also spotlight local familiar multicultural tunes as a tribute to all mothers.

This series of concerts not only provides an opportunity for local music lovers to enjoy world-class performances, but also highlights the rich multicultural heritage of Singapore.

Tickets for the concert are now on sale, and music lovers are encouraged to purchase them early to avoid disappointment. With a line-up featuring two of Singapore's most esteemed Cultural Medallion winners, this concert is not to be missed.

For more information, please visit the BookMyShow website or contact the Asian Cultural Symphony Orchestra team. Don't miss this chance to witness a remarkable evening of music and culture.