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The Consoler

Take 5 Piano Quintet (Singapore)

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  • In-venue: Chamber, Festival House

    19 May Wed, 7.30pm

  • $15

    • 1h, no intermission

    • No admission for infants-in-arms
      Admission for audience age 6 years and above

      Late arrival or Re-entry may result in non-admittance until a suitable break in the performance.

  • Important Information for attendees of the live performance

    Measures will be taken to ensure the health and safety of all patrons.

    This includes but not limited to wearing a mask at all times for both staff and patrons, hand sanitization before and after performance, temperature taking,TraceTogether check-in and observance of social distancing around the theatre.

    Failure to comply will result in refusal of entry into the venue. Please note that admission into the venue requires TraceTogether (TT). Do download the TT app on your mobile and set it up beforehand, or bring along your TT token for check-in at the venue. No other check-in modes will be accepted. We regret that patrons without TT at the entrances will be denied entry.

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The Consoler

Take 5 Piano Quintet (Singapore)

Taking inspiration from periods of great upheaval – specifically the two World Wars – The Consoler features two remarkable piano quintets written in early part of the 20th century.

Dimitri Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet was written in 1940 when war had already broken out in Europe. In 1936, the Great Terror began, a political crackdown during which many of Shostakovich’s friends and relatives were imprisoned or killed. Yet the Piano Quintet marked the peak of his return to favour with the Soviet authorities, winning the inaugural 100,000-ruble Stalin Prize in 1941.

While sketches for his work existed from as early as 1908 and 1911, Charles Koechlin composed the bulk of his Piano Quintet between 1917 and 1921, spanning not only the end of World War I in November 1918, but also – pertinently for our times – the outbreak of the Spanish flu pandemic.

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