The Beethoven Series

What The Fugue

In this second concert of a series that pays homage to Beethoven, the T’ang Quartet, in an embrace of change and variation, explores the fugue and the chaconne — both revered musical vehicles for metamorphosis.

Fiddling with the Fugue
While Bach was considered the intellectual master of the fugue, Beethoven took it to new spiritual and emotional heights with his Grosse Fuge.

In his final composition, dismissed as “incomprehensible, like Chinese”, Beethoven takes us on a psychotic journey of creativity and propels us headlong into “a confusion of Babel”. Only Stravinsky recognised it as “an absolutely contemporary piece of music that will be contemporary forever”.

Criss-crossing past and present with the Chaconne
Just as Beethoven revolutionised the fugue, Britten conveyed the ancient form of the Chaconne into the future.

His Second Quartet, dedicated to the memory of Purcell, begins evocatively, shifts into an unnerving and argumentative second movement, and concludes brilliantly — in a masterclass of musical transformation — with the Chacony.

What The Fugue
Sunday, 25 March 2018
7.30pm
Esplanade Recital Studio
Tickets at $48 (concessions available) from APACTix

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The Beethoven Series

The End & The Beginning


“Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” - Winston Churchill

T'ang Quartet presents a tribute to the master, Ludwig van Beethoven on the 190th anniversary of his death.

The End & The Beginning is the first of our retrospective series of six concerts that pays homage to Beethoven. We ask what his music mean today, and what it means for us, as the last quarter century of our lives turn, to have taken this journey as T'ang Quartet together.

The End & The Beginning
Saturday, 23 September 2017
7.30pm
SOTA Concert Hall
Tickets at $50 / $40 (concessions available) from APACTix

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Twenty-five and counting

T’ang Quartet – Trampled Souls Album Launch


We are celebrating our 25th anniversary with the launch of a new album, Trampled Souls, our third album in over a decade.

Trampled Souls showcases a diverse combination of styles, ranging from sheer darkness to fantasy to quirkiness. The common theme of darkness, albeit in varying forms, running through the pieces gives rise to the album title. It reflects our perspective of works that have shaped us over the years, collectively and individually.

We would like to invite you to our first public performance of Trampled Souls at one of Singapore’s national monuments, the Armenian Apostolic Church of St Gregory the Illuminator. Gazetted in 1973, the architectural masterpiece is a tribute to the Armenian community in Singapore.

Sunday, 30 July 2017
3pm • 7pm
Armenian Church
60 Hill St, Singapore 179366

Tickets are available at S$50 from APACTix, Hotline +65 3158 8588, Box Office and all SingPost Outlets.

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Singapore International Festival of Arts

Paradise Interrupted


We'll be playing in the Singapore International Festival of Arts' Paradise Interrupted later this week. Directed and designed by revered visual artist Jennifer Wen Ma, composed and conducted by one of the world's leading composers Huang Ruo and performed by opera princess Qian Yi, witness an arresting new music theatre blending traditional classical Chinese idioms from the Ming Dynasty and contemporary music, set against a beautiful garden inspired by origami and calligraphy.

Paradise Interrupted
31 August, 2 & 3 September, 8pm
Drama Centre Theatre
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Image courtesy of Julia Lynn Photography
SCO 20th Anniversary Concert Season

Homecoming II / 回乡之旅II


We’ll be collaborating with the Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO) in Homecoming II / 回乡之旅II, in celebration of the SCO’s 20th anniversary season. Conducted by Maestro Tsung Yeh, we’ll be performing two newly commissioned pieces, Pastorale in Five Episodes《田间五段景》 (World Premiere) by Zhu Lin and Fantastic Landscape of Rainforest — Reflections on Points and Lines 《雨林奇景--点与线的随想》(World Premiere) by Gao Wei Jie.

Join us on Sat 4 June 2016, 7.30pm at the Esplanade Concert Hall. Tickets are priced at $70 / $60 / $45* / $30* on SISTIC.

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NAC Arts Education Programmes

Back To School!


With every new year, we offer specially crafted programmes under the National Arts Council-Arts Education Programme (NAC-AEP) to introduce students to the world of classical chamber music and to encourage classical music appreciation. Hooked on Classics is suitable for students of all levels and is open for booking in 2016.

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