|The Singapore Symphony
Orchestra (SSO) is ready to hit a new note
with the appointment of a new music director.
Mr Lan Shui took over the post on Jan 1,
1997, succeeding maestro Choo Hoey who left
the SSO in July 1996 after a 17-year tenure.
local arts scene will get another boost in
2001 with the opening of The Esplanade -
Theatres on the Bay. Costing overt $500
million, the Esplanade will house a
1,800-seat concert hall, a lyric theatre that
can seat 2,000, three smaller indoor
theatres, several outdoor performing areas
and a retail complex.
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system in Singapore has seen many changes
through the years -- like the introduction of
streaming and National Education.
significant feature of the education system
was the emphasis on bilingualism. In the
1970s, the Government decided to promote the
use of Mandarin as the common language for
the Chinese by launching the "Speak More
Mandarin, Use Less Dialects" campaign.