Thursday, October 30, 2014

'Three' by the SYC Ensemble Singers - 14 Dec 2014

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Congratulations to the SYC Ensemble Singers for reaching their 50th Anniversary with this upcoming concert on 14 December 2014. Celebrating with them are friends from Japan and the Philippines, the Gaia Philharmonic Choir and the Ateneo Chamber Singers respectively. Here's more information:

Event name: SYC Ensemble Singers presents THREE – A 50th Anniversary Concert with SYC & Friends
Date: 14 December 2014
Time: 4 pm
Venue: Esplanade Concert Hall

Ticketing: $35, $30, $25 available through SISTIC

The SYC Ensemble Singers reunites with Happy THREE Friends, Gaia Philharmonic Choir (Japan) and the Ateneo Chamber Singers (the Philippines) in a 50th birthday bash filled with hugs exchanged, music shared, and the aural fireworks of Love! Joy! & Hope! Also expect triple choir works specially written for THREE, including a new work by Vytautas Miškinis.

About THREE:

THREE is a biennial collaborative concert series founded in 2006 by Ko Matsushita, Jennifer Tham and Jonathan Velasco featuring their respective choirs, Gaia Philharmonic Choir, the SYC Ensemble Singers and the Ateneo Chamber Singers.

THREE aims to foster friendship and cultural ties between the three Asian choirs, and in doing so, promote greater cultural exchange and understanding between the three countries. THREE also supports the International Federation for Choral Music’s World Choral Day initiative. World Choral Day is designated as the 2nd Sunday in December, and aims to promote peace, solidarity and understanding between the nations through choral music.

The first THREE concert was held in Singapore, and THREE has been staged in Tokyo, Manila and Sapporo since. 2014 marks the return of the concert series to Singapore for the first time since its inauguration.

Tickets available at the Events Page.

Monday, October 27, 2014

SSO's Auditions for President’s Young Performers Concert 2015

Here's an opportunity for those aspiring to perform a concerto with the SSO. All the best!

Auditions for President’s Young Performers Concert 2015

The Singapore Symphony Orchestra calls for applications from outstanding young musicians for the SSO President's Young Performers Concert 2015. Auditions will be held for shortlisted Singaporean conductors and musicians performing on Western classical instruments such as strings, woodwind, brass and percussion.

Winter Journey - Vocal and Accompanist Masterclasses in Thailand

After last year's masterclass series with Graham Johnson, the Winter Journey series return for a second time from 10 to 17 January 2015, and are looking for opera and lieder singing participants to work with their elite faculty. It will be held at Chom Dong Villa in Hua Hin. Course fees include food, accommodation and a shuttle bus from Bangkok airport to the location. Download the PDF flyer and application form for more information:

Flyer (PDF):

Application form (Word Doc):

Saturday, October 25, 2014

SLO's 'The Merry Widow' in Review

Ah opening night at the opera!!! If you were in the theatre, hope you enjoyed the production that I had a hand in presenting. Yes I'm a cast member and owner of this website. Its so wonderful to make a debut in this company that I've admired for such a long time. So for what its worth, here is Hawk's review, unedited, of the SLO's Merry Widow tonight. More pictures will come soon!

Lehár - The Merry Widow
24 October 2014
Esplanade Theatre, Singapore

Baron Mirko Zeta
John Bolton Wood

Tiffany Speight

Count Danilo Danilovich
Nicholas Ransley

Hanna Glawari
Kishani Jayasinghe

Camille de Rosillon
Ashley Catling

Vicomte Cascada
Melvin Tan

Raoul de St Brioche
Jeremy Koh

Steven Ang

Thursday, October 23, 2014

If You Are Not Watching Mariah Tomorrow...

Damn Mariah for staging her concert extravaganza on opening night of The Merry Widow! But if you're not already going to the National Stadium tomorrow, how can you turn this down as well?

Get your tickets here, remember to quote promo quote 'Madscene' for 20% discounts off every 4 tickets!

Monday, October 20, 2014

RWS's Priscilla Queen of The Desert - 16 Oct 2014

Hawk and I had a drag of a time yesterday's performance of Pricilla, Queen of the Desert. This jukebox musical meshes the plot of the groundbreaking Australian film about three drag queens on a road trip with famous disco hits and Kylie songs into a disco song-and-dance extravaganza. It runs at RWS till 26 October. Get tickets at the Events Page (!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

International Festival Chorus's '40 Years of Song' - 15 November 2014 (Saturday)

The International Festival Chorus will present their Christmas-themed 40th anniversary concert. New Music Director Masako Johnson will make her debut with help from accompanist Francesca Lee. The main highlight of the evening is J.S. Bach's beloved Magnificat, featuring orchestra My Symphonic Hall and  a cast of soloists (I'm the bass soloist, yay!!!)

The concert will be held at the SOTA Concert Hall at 7.30pm on 15 November 2014. Regular tickets are $25 and concession tickets are $10. Email to make your order.