Esteemed Colleagues, Partners and Friends,
It is with a great sense of pride, achievement and purpose that the Metropolitan Festival Orchestra celebrates the success of our first season as Singapore’s first and only fully-independent professional symphony orchestra. With the aim of bringing fresh and unique perspectives to the orchestral scene with novel and innovative concert programmes, we are heartened to have achieved our aspirations for the year in distinctive fashion.
2013 has seen the MFO scale many musical heights, from the Southeast Asian premiere of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Movie-Concert and a special gala event with legendary Canadian singer/songwriter Paul Anka to musical performances with Broadway sensations Brad Little and Shoshana Bean, amongst many others. Best of all, we are only just getting started!
This musical adventure would not be possible without the combined efforts and tireless dedication of our fellow colleagues and collaborators: Our sincere thanks and appreciation goes out to all the MFO musicians and members of the management team, without whom the orchestra would literally not exist; Jia Hua and I are proud to work alongside you to build the best MFO that there can be. Of course, a big shout-out especially to Maestro Chan Tze Law for being the orchestra's guiding light during our inception and beyond; the MFO looks forward to many more years of music-making under his direction.
Finally, the biggest Thank You is reserved for our families, friends and fellow music aficionados for your unflailing support at our various events throughout the year. The MFO thrives on your generous applause and infectious enthusiasm for every one of our groundbreaking performances. Do keep in touch via our Facebook page or website for more details of our upcoming 2014 season. I am sure you will be duly inspired.
Happy New Year from all of us at the Metropolitan Festival Orchestra and my very best wishes for a successful and musically-fulfilling 2014.
Dr Kevin Koh
Metropolitan Festival Orchestra