Toddler to rock new stadium

Toddler to rock new stadium
Among the players at the mega concert is two-year-old Yeo Jay Xun, who will be playing the drums.

SINGAPORE - The new National Stadium will be rocked by the sounds of nearly 5,000 traditional Chinese musicians and vocalists when it opens in June.

The June 28 mega concert, Our People, Our Music 2014, is organised by the Singapore Chinese Orchestra and will be the first arts event held at the 55,000-seat stadium in Kallang.

It also aims to set the Guinness World Record for the largest Chinese drum ensemble with close to 5,000 people playing in a five-minute segment.

The orchestra's resident conductor, Quek Ling Kiong, says: "We hope to inspire people with our music and the concert is on such a big scale that it includes people from many music and community groups in Singapore.

"Basically, the idea is to reach out to as many people as we can and through the concert, we can develop our audience and try to bring the orchestra and Chinese music to another level."

Under the baton of music director Yeh Tsung, who was last year's Cultural Medallion recipient, 80 members from the orchestra and 98 members from its youth wing, the Singapore Chinese Youth Orchestra, will form the core of the performance.

The two groups will be accompanied by musicians and choir members from schools, clan associations and community centres.

Expect to hear pieces such as Chinese composer Huang Hai Huai's Horse Racing, a Teresa Teng medley of popular songs and Power Singapura!, a commissioned piece written by Quek and young composer Phang Kok Jun, at this mega concert.

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