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SPH Gift of Music celebrates Lianhe Zaobao’s 85th Anniversary with Chinese Classics in the Park

Singapore, 5 September 2008 --- Three world-class musicians and vocalists will take turns to wow the Singapore audience this Sunday at Chinese Classics in the Park (歌乐满园林), a special SPH Gift of Music concert (报业控股音乐献礼) to celebrate the 85th anniversary of Singapore Press Holdings’ Chinese flagship newspaper, Lianhe Zaobao.

The evening concert, which is open to the public for free, will be held on 7 September at the Singapore Botanic Gardens´ Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage from 5.30pm to 7pm.

Fresh from her successful concert in June at the renowned Carnegie Hall in New York this year, erhu maestro Ma Xiaohui (马晓晖) from Shanghai will impress with her virtuosity. Hailed as the “Queen of Erhu” and a “national treasure” of China, Ma Xiaohui has twice been awarded first prize at the National Guangdong Music Competition. She also claimed the first prize at the Shanghai Spring International Music Festival.

She has performed with some of the most accomplished orchestras in the world including the National Symphony Orchestra of China, the Hong Kong Philharmonic and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. Her duet with cellist Yo-Yo Ma on the Oscar-winning soundtrack for Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon also put her in the international limelight.

Christine Hsu (许景淳) from Taiwan is a multi-award winning vocalist whose versatility sees her performing a wide repertoire across different musical genres from pop, jazz to ethnic folk tunes. Often regarded as “Taiwan´s most beautiful voice” by music critics, Christine Hsu has performed at major music festivals.

Joining Ma Xiaohui and Christine Hsu will be the talented Jizhe (吉 喆) from China. The performer with a Masters degree in vocals from the Zhengzhou Song & Dance troupe has a popular fan base in China, and is famous for her lead roles in Chinese musicals.

The Singapore audience will be treated to an evening of familiar Chinese classics such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Butterfly Lovers and Jasmine Flower.

The three artistes will also be performing at the Lianhe Zaobao 85th Anniversary Gala Dinner on 6 September at St Regis Singapore, in the presence of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and SPH Chairman Dr Tony Tan.


Issued by Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
Co. Regn. No. 198402868E

For more information, please contact:

Francis Mah
Corporate Communications
Tel: 6319 1028
Mobile: 9697 8208

Teo Bee Lan
Asst Manager
Cultural Industry Promotion
Tel: 6319 1001
Mobile: 9693 2380

About SPH Gift of Music

The SPH Gift of Music has been entertaining Singapore audiences since its launch in 2005. For the past three years, the popular concert series has toured the heartlands, parks and school campuses. This year, SPH Gift of Music expanded to include shopping malls. The free concerts featured musicians from the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Chinese Orchestra, The Philharmonic Winds, as well as local bands such as Jive Talkin´ and Ngak & the Ang Mo Pais.

About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd

Newspapers and Magazines
Main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is the leading media company in Singapore, delivering news and information through print, Internet and broadcasting platforms. In Singapore, it publishes 14 newspapers in four languages. Every day, 2.9 million individuals or 81 percent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH’s news publications. SPH also publishes and produces more than 100 magazine titles in Singapore and the region, covering a broad range of interests from lifestyle to information technology.

Internet and Mobile
Beyond print, the Internet editions of SPH newspapers enjoy over 150 million pageviews with 9 million unique visitors every month. Apart from SPH AsiaOne portal, SPH’s online and new media initiatives include a revolutionary mobile advertising and information service, ZapCode; online marketplace for products, services and employment, ST701; local search and directory engine,; STOMP (Straits Times Online Mobile Print), a portal that connects, engages and interacts with readers on the Web and via mobile phone messaging; omy, a bilingual news and interactive portal and The Straits Times RazorTV, a free access interactive webcast service offering live chat shows and video on demand clips.

SPH has a 20 percent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8, U and TV Mobile, and a 40 percent stake in MediaCorp Press Pte Ltd, which publishes the free newspaper, Today. In the radio business, SPH has a 80 percent stake in SPH UnionWorks Pte Ltd, which operates entertainment stations Radio 100.3 FM in Mandarin and Radio 91.3 FM in English.

Outdoor Advertising
In addition, SPH has ventured into outdoor advertising through its wholly-owned subsidiary, SPH MediaBoxOffice Pte Ltd, Singapore´s largest outdoor motion display advertising network media company, and a 35 percent stake in TOM Outdoor Media Group, a leading outdoor advertising company in China.

SPH owns and manages Paragon, the prime retail and office complex in the heart of Orchard Road, Singapore’s main shopping belt. SPH’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, is also developing a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road.