Alternate Worlds II
Date 20th August 2016
Venue Esplanade Recital Studio
Ticket prices $25 (standard), $15 (student concession)
Alternate Worlds II / もうひとつの世界2 is the second installment of TO ensemble's unique concert series Alternate Worlds which explore new worlds of music.
A young boy discovers a mysterious device left behind by his Grandfather in the cellar of his home. He soon realized it's a trans-dimensional gate that can open a portal to any time and space, allowing him to travel forward and backwards in time, as well as access parallel universes. Thus his adventures begin.
Experience a musical journey that will surprise and delight all ages, and be moved by stories of love, loss and dreams. From ancient worlds of the East and West, to future cities in the far reaches of space, the concert features new music where the worlds of classical, jazz, film score, carnatic music, pop to Korean drama/anime soundtracks collide, creating alternative new ones. For the first time, TO ensemble will also celebrate lesser known but outstanding classical works, featuring the Asia premiere of Iosif Andriasov's String Quartet, Op. 1.
Alternate Worlds II features TO ensemble musicians Indian violinist Lazar T.Sebastine, saxphonist Teo Boon Chye, pianist Tze Toh, violinist Christina Zhou, violist Benjamin Wong, oboist Bernice Lee and flautist Yukari Usui, as well as guest musicians tenor Jonathan Charles Tay, violinist Gabriel Lee, cellist Ryan Sim. The performance will also showcase young talents Taiwanese singer-songwriter Shoie Su and soprano Lauren Yeo.
The first Alternate Worlds concert was a sold out success, lauded for its originality and winning much praise from audiences of all ages, for its eclectic program with chamber orchestral, wind quintet, string quartet, duo works which juxatpositioned classical, carnatic music with jazz, video game soundtracks-inspired pieces.
Alternate Worlds is also a platform to feature upcoming musicians, soloists and young talents – it is one of TO ensemble's main programs dedicated to development of the local music scene, while exploring, experimenting with new music.