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.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Review: Blue Man Group - 31 March 2016


The Blue Man Group on the first stop of their new international tour truly lived up to their tagline 'Experience Awesome'. Their show of two hours without intermission was a neon spectacle: a generous mix of sophisticated light and multimedia design, purcussion virtuosos on unusual instruments and gloriously weird humour that had both kids and adults belly laughing.

Singapore is the first stop of the new world tour which will make further stops in various South East Asian and East Asian countries. It consists of scenes from the group's 25 year existence since it first began off-Broadway in 1991, as well as new ones developed with today's technological advancements in mind.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Interview Feature: Reuben Lai and Akiko Otao from L'Arietta - 2 April 2016


It was a pleasure having a chat with Reuben Lai and Akiko Otao after a rehearsal. Both of them are prominent singers in Singapore's opera scene and have formed an educational and performance collective L'Arietta. They will be presenting a triple bills of chamber operas - A Hand of Bridge by Samuel Barber, Gentlemen's Island by Joseph Horovitz and Window Shopping by Chen Zhangyi, on 2 April in a show entitled Honestly! 3 Opera, 1 Hour

Baritone Brent Allcock and mezzo-soprano Angela Hodgins make up the rest of the cast, with direction by Jameson Soh and accompanied by pianist Wayne Teo. It promises to be a musical evening where comedic and serious issues are explored. Read on to find out more.

Akiko Otao
Reuben Lai

Thursday, March 24, 2016

'Singapore Pocket Opera Theatre' in Review


When a loving reader sends in a review ready to be published, of a show that he loves so much that he simply has to write about, what can I do but to put it up? Thanks Geoffrey Chok for taking the time and surprising us with your take of Singapore Pocket Opera Theatre's most recent performance at the Esplanade Concourse!



Esplanade Presents: At the Concourse

Cool Classics by the Singapore Pocket Opera Theatre

Performers:

Vincent Chen, piano
Evelyn Ang, soprano
Felicia Teo, soprano
Jeremy Koh, tenor
David Tao, flutist


7.15pm, 20 March 2016

Esplanade Concourse

Concert review by Geoffrey Chok

In such time of shrinking budgets that threaten the vitality of the arts here in Singapore, it is heartening to see how arts groups have strived in their community outreach efforts. Programmes like the Singapore Lyric Opera’s Opera in the Park, Singapore Symphony Orchestra’s Casual Concerts and Esplanade’s At the Concourse free concerts are all the more important.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Take 5's 'A French Connection'


Well-known piano quintet Take 5 present a recital programme consisting of Saint-SaĆ«ns's Piano Quintet in A Minor, Widor's Piano Quintet No. 2 and Messiaen's Piece for Piano and String Quartet with its themes of birdsong. The concert will be held on 27 March 2016 at the Esplanade Recital Studio. Check out the Esplanade's website for more information:

https://www.esplanade.com/events/2016/a-french-connection