I was invited to attend the opening night of W!ld Rice's children's pantomime Monkey Goes West but a bad bout of food poisoning prevented me from doing so (lost quite a bit of weight by the way). Nonetheless, check out these production pictures from that evening (click to enlarge). Looks like a fun production doesn't it? The show runs till 13 December 2014 and tickets are available on the Events Page.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Need I say more? Tickets are already selling out fast so get your's ASAP via the Events Page!
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Contemporary Spanish composer Oscar Navarro's Concerto for Clarinet, as performed this past Sunday by clarinettist Colin Tan and conductor Clarence Tan leading the Audioimage Wind Ensemble at NAFA's Lee Foundation Theatre, blew me away with its cutting edge yet completely accessible freshness.
Sandwiched among a programme of movie soundtrack and musical theatre arrangements, its dark, moody opening developed into a series of virtuosic turns, from high pianissmi to demanding runs at breakneck speed, incorporating upbeat jazz and folk influences. Despite a few flubs, the music was delivered with high and infectious energy from the soloist and largely young players, their collective love for the score is evident. It was a success for all involved.
Truth be told I'm not a big fan of jukebox musicals, they are usually more of a song-and-dance cabaret than musical storytelling, plots are reduced to set-ups for the next number as opposed to story telling, and the music is meant to elicit excitement from audience members at hearing familiar tunes than to move the plot along and heighten emotions with beautiful melodies.
And yet, watching Mamma Mia, the mother of the genre that started it all, I felt that everything flowed in a very smooth manner. The song and dance of ABBA's music was very much present, but the plot was actually quite interesting and engaging. The songs segue into the drama in the most natural way, and storyline advance while the songs go on.
And what a good looking cast we have here! Lots of handsome faces and toned pecs and abs, from young adults to more mature fellas. In the lead role of Donna, Sara Poyzer gave a highly energetic performance in a long and demanding role. Her voice tends to get screechy at times with flat high notes when she gets carried away, but later on she showed us her formidable vocal chops packed with emotional charge in The Winner Takes it All. Niamh Perry as her teenage daughter also had her share of screechy moments but turned out what is in total an energetic and charming performance.
Monday, November 17, 2014
Piano and violin duo 92steel&guts presents a free concert at the Esplanade Recital Studio, presenting sonatas by Grieg and Respighi. Here's more information:
92steel&guts presents THE WAY NORTH
Sunday, 4th January 2015 || 4:30pm – 6:15pm (incl. Intermission)
Esplanade Recital Studio
Free Admission – Registration Required! || Donations welcomed, post-concert
Gelato and pizza by the Leaning Tower, a scorching 40°C;
Star-gazing under the Aurora Borealis at a freezing –40°C.
Mamma-mia! Basta! ; Uff da! Så spennende!!!
FIRE and ICE.
Join 92steel&guts as we journey north in search of what really embodies Italy and Norway – is Respighi really the award-winning pasta chef? Is Grieg that capable seafarer from your last sailing holiday? Find out more at The Way North!
92steel&guts comprises violinist Tang Tee-Tong and pianist Wong Yun-Qi, Singaporean musicians who are currently based in USA and Germany respectively. The duo will be joined by guest singer Choy Siew-Woon for their debut concert.
A selection of norwegian folksongs and folkdances, transcribed and improvised for Voice, Violin and Piano || Edvard Grieg - Sonata for Violin and Piano, Nr. 3 || Ottorino Respighi - Sonata for Violin and Piano || A selection from Ottorino Respighi´s 5 Pezzi
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Opera Siam in Bangkok will present a production of Mozart's The Magic Flute on 25 to 27 December. Here's more information:
Opera Siam's The Magic Flute
25 to 27 December 2014
2 for 1 sale until 1 December 2014
Tickets available at all THAI TICKET MAJOR OUTLETS
or call (02) 2626-3456
for information or special group rates call (02) 231-5273
Have a magical Christmas this year at the Thailand Cultural Center with a world class production of Mozart's family classic "The Magic Flute". See this dazzling Thai-Sci-Fi production before it goes off to a run next year with Hawaii Opera Theatre in Honolulu!
14th Season Opens with MAGIC!
When Trisdee na Patalung conducted The Magic Flute in Opera Siam's 2006 production, London's "Opera" Magazine called him "a genius". He returns eight years later in the same opera having embarked on a brilliant international career in which he has conducted the Scottish National Orchestra, the R.A.I. Orchestra, and numerous other world-renowned ensembles.
International opera stars include Mexican-German tenor and Mozart specialist Emilio Pons and German baritone Falko Hönisch. Thailand's talent includes the ravishing Nadlada Thamtanakom, whose burgeoning worldwide career is based in Belgium. Members of the cast also include the up and coming Young Soloists of Opera Siam, and the Orpheus Choir.
Somtow Sucharitkul has revived his much-lauded "Thai-sci-fi" production, first presented for HM The Queen and HRH Princess Chulabhorn in 2003, but it will be much updated and filled with delightful new touches and new visual makeover by San Francisco designer Dean Shibuya, and new costumes courtesy of Thai fabric wizards the Pasaya company.
The music will be sung in German, but the spoken dialogue will be in English and Thai.
Surtitles in English, Thai, and Japanese.
Christmas Day - 7.30 pm
December 26 - 7.30 pm
December 27 - family matinee - 2 pm
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