SAF 2005 - Philadelphia Orchestra


Singapore Arts Festival 2005


~ The Season of Brilliance ~


26 May – 26 June




Philadelphia Orchestra (USA)


 Date  : 28 & 29 May 2005, 7.30pm
 Venue  : Esplanade Concert Hall
 Tickets  : $162, $122, $102, $82, $62, $52, $32
 Duration  : 110 minutes (with intermission)


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“….the aristocrat among American Orchestras…The Philadelphia Orchestra takes the prize for elegance and sheer sonic luster.” – Washington, Washington Post


Revel in the lush sounds of the celebrated 105 year-old Philadelphia Orchestra as they mark their debut in Singapore at the Singapore Arts Festival. Under the commanding presence of the talented, dynamic and charismatic Music Director, Christoph Eschenbach, the 107-member Orchestra is among the top leading orchestras in the world and will delight audiences for two nights with their renowned panache and technical precision.


On the first night, the Orchestra’s programme presents pianist Lang Lang, one of China’s rising stars, in Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1 – the very same work that caught the world’s attention in 1999 with his extraordinary talent and launched his international music career at the age of 17.  The orchestra will present two other pieces: Dvořák’s Carnival Overture, Op. 92 and Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra.


On the second night, Principal Oboeist Richard Woodhams takes the stage with Mozart’s Oboe Concerto in C, a typical Eschenbach fashion to feature soloists from among the orchestra’s musicians.  Woodhams has earned a reputation for being among the world’s foremost oboeists. The orchestra will also perform Mahler’s Symphony No.5 in C sharp minor.


The highly esteemed Eschenbach was a prolific and respected concert pianist – one of Philips’ “Greatest Pianists of the Twentieth Century” Edition – before he turned to conducting.  He has made several significant recordings both as a pianist and conductor and has been widely credited for enhancing the Orchestra’s outreach and education efforts.  Currently on his first Asia Tour with the Orchestra, Maestro Eschenbach aims to connect to audiences here with the universal language of music.  “I am so pleased to bring The Philadelphia Orchestra’s unsurpassed music making to Asia,” said Mr Eschenbach. “The Philadelphia Orchestra is known around the world for its great artistry, and I look forward to sharing our partnership with audiences in Asia this spring.”


Please find the attached annexes for more information on the orchestra and its repertoire:


  • Programme
  • Biography of Christoph Eschenbach 
  • Biography of Lang Lang 
  • Biography of Richard Woodhams 
  • Profile of the Philadelphia Orchestra