Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Review: Sing'Theatre's 'Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris'

Running till 4 June at SOTA Drama Centre

Active promoter of French culture in Singapore, Sing'Theatre's latest production is a musical revue of the songs of Jacques Brel. It was first debuted off-Broadway in 1968 and was revived numerous times in NYC and other parts of the world.

This local production is directed, choreographed and performed by George Chan with Frances Lee, Stephanie von Driesen and Matt Jasper as his cast mates. It is a good example of how to fill up a relatively large stage with simple sets and costumes. Flies that also function as screen projections hide music director Joel Nah's four piece band behind only to reveal them at key moments, while giving the stage a sense of spaciousness. For sets, the performers carry four large suitcases of varying sizes that also function as theatre cubes.

The collective ensemble presented 28 songs without intermission. Each song was presented as a mini-play, with no discernible storyline throughout. Certainly Brel's way of lyrical storytelling, with themes of anti-establishment, personal struggles and the occasional torch song provide meaty challenges for the cast of singing actors.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Spectrum: 'Maximally Minimal' by Quinnuance - 10 July 2016

10 July 2016 (Sun), 5pm
Esplanade Recital Studio

The Esplanade's Spectrum concert series continue with its exploration of 20th century and 21st century classical music. This time, local ensemble Quinnuance with conductor Clarence Tan will present Maximally Minimal, a setlist of works composed in minimalist style accompanied by film sequences. On the bill are compositions by Bernard Lee Kah-Hong, Alicia Joyce de Silva, Terrence Wong and Lu HengCheck out the Events Page for more information.

Vox Camerata's 'Soulful Soundscapes' - 2 July 2016

Let your tired, weary soul find repose in the Soulful Soundscapes of Singaporean community choir Vox Camerata. This concert marks their return to our local stage after a successful Australian tour last year. Artistic Director Shahril Salleh and new associate conductor Jolene Khoo will be taking the lead. Here are the concert details:

Date: 2nd July 2016
Venue: Chamber at The Arts House (1 Old Parliament Lane Singapore 179429)
Time: 3pm and 8pm

Check out the Events Page for more information.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

The Illusionists - Live at MBS till 15 May 2016

Fans of live magic shows should not miss out The Illusionists, a collaboration by seven on the world's top magic acts (presumably none of them evangelical or homophobic). The show has played a successful run on Broadway and among many stops in its world tour. Expect hilarious magic tricks, death-defying stunts and acts of breathtaking wonder from the international cast of award-winning magicians from Portugal (Luis De Matos), Australia (Sam Powers), Korea (Hyun Jon Kim), Mexico (Leonardo Bruno), Monaco (Charlie and Sherry Frye) and European countries (Thommy Ten and Amelie van Tass).

The show will run at MBS's Sands Theatre till 15 May. Get your tickets now at SISTIC!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Free Tickets for Kids at 'Shrek the Musical'!

BASE Entertainment is offering free tickets for kids to Shrek the Musical. All you have to do is film a video and upload onto their Facebook Page. For the grown-ups, check out the Events Page to find out how to get tickets!

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Madagascar Live! at MBS - Till 24 Apr 2016

Bae Entertainment presents a live version of the animated film Madagascar. It looks to be a fun evening of song and dance for the kids and grown-ups. Check out the trailer below to find out what you can expect, and get your tickets via the Events Page!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Performance Review: The Joy Chorale with BHSO's 'Faure Requiem'

The Joy Chorale in Concert
with members of Braddell Heights Symphony Orchestra
conducted by Khor Ai Ming
SOTA Concert Hall, Singapore
3rd April 2016

A Review by Hawk Liu

It was a joy to witness this Faure's Requiem concert. The Requiem was a lovely work and I looked forward to it and I wasn't disappointed. The small orchestral forces blended surprisingly well for the seemingly big sound it needs to drive. The orchestra worked well together to produce a beautiful soundscape that is so important in the work. There was a weird moment when the cellos did 'leave the soundsound' for a few seconds and another when the horns went strangely off pitch. Despite the hitches, it was a great ensemble.

The Joy Chorale handled the score well. Great alto passage in the second movement - beautifully blended and sung with a lovely tone. The tenors sang well in their solo passage in the first movement albeit soft due to their small number. One thing was certain though, the work was sung with passion throughout and there wasn't a moment when I didn't feel they cared about what they sang and that's a rare quality.