Martin Grubinger, one of the world's best percussionists, comes to Singapore this February to perform Tan Dun's percussion concerto, The Tears of Nature. The work, which was written specially for Grubinger, celebrates the human spirit in its endeavour to live, fight and dance with nature.
Tan Dun, whose music is regularly performed by the SSO, said of the piece: "While composing I thought about nature and focused on the passion of Martin Grubinger. Nature is the only suitable illustrator for the richness of percussion sounds and instruments."
A true icon, Martin Grubinger possesses a broad repertoire ranging from solo works and chamber music with partners including his own Percussive Planet Ensemble, to percussion concertos. Among the growing number of works written for Grubinger are Avner Dorman’s Frozen in Time and Friedrich Cerha’s Concerto, performed and recorded with the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by Peter Eötvös, as well as Tan Dun’s concerto, Tears of Nature.
Also being performed at the one-night-only concert are Oliver Knussen's The Way to Castle Yonder – a Singapore premiere –and Rachmaninoff’s soulful Third Symphony.
Martin Grubinger will perform with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, 29 February at the Esplanade Concert Hall from 7:30pm onwards. Tickets are being priced at $15, $28, $38, $48. $68 and $88. Get your tickets here.