“On 2 June, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra announced that Hans Graf will step up and assume the title of Music Director … for the upcoming 2022/23 season,” after serving as the SSO’s chief conductor during the 2020-21 season, writes Fidel Tan in last Tuesday’s (6/14) Bandwagon (Southeast Asia). “Graf has previously led several distinguished orchestras in North America and Europe, including the Houston Symphony, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, and the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg…. The SSO 2022/23 season will commence … on 28 and 29 July…. Ahead of the upcoming season, … Graf [shared] his thoughts on being appointed Music Director, his artistic vision moving forward, as well as the difficulties he faced in leading the orchestra as Chief Conductor amidst the pandemic.” Graf: “We just had an associate conductor audition…. We’re … trying to recruit musicians for the orchestra. Some musicians have retired while some moved to other orchestras in other cities due to family reasons. We have 10 positions to fill at the moment. We’re preparing for my first real big concert since before COVID-19. We’re doing the real thing with the full orchestra. And this is in July, it’s our big Inaugural Concert. And then the whole season will follow.”