Friday, December 26, 2014
Sunday, December 21, 2014
Having watched the entire video from start to finish, I can't imagine what is so particularly controversial about this production that would warrant such fervent booing on opening night (edited out of this video unfortunately). Just that its not dripping in sequins, crystals and faux marble pillars. Sets are pared down and drama directed at inner conflict rather than outward theatrics. Direction was certainly unconventional but is done within and with respect to the text and characters. The three lead cast members' singing was excellent, particularly Diana Damrau of course. No subtitles unfortunately.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
If you are feeling tired and emotionally drained, check out this 7th release of the Piano Spa series of piano instrumental music that promises to sooth your weary soul and lift your miserable spirit. The album is available for CD purchase and for download on iTunes. Here's more information:
Presenting the 7th Installment of Singapore's New Age Piano Spa Series
Piano Spa is an anthology of successful New Age Instrumental albums.
The Piano Spa series is a collection of original instrumental compositions that have been described by listeners as “healing”, “relaxing” and “inspiring”.Unknown to many, the Piano Spa series is probably the best-selling Instrumental series to emerge from our very own Singapore.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
I attended a lovely concert by the kids of the SLO Children's Choir on Saturday night. Conducted by Rose Loh and accompanied by Aloysius Foong, the children sang and performed simple choreography in their colourful costumes, taking turns onstage with the Nanyang Children's Choir, conducted by Joyce Beetuan Koh and accompanied by Isaiah Koh,
Sunday, December 14, 2014
Yellow Chair Productions presents a musical revue entitled Our Times, featuring an original storyline about the life and times of twenty-somethings, with songs from contemporary musical theatre composers. Here's more information:
17th-21st December 2014
Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat: 8pm
Sat, Sun: 3pm
Drama Centre Black Box, 100 Victoria Street,
National Library Building Level 5, Singapore 188064
Mohamad Shaifulbahri, Kimberly Chan, Andrew Marko, Adeeb Fazah, Alyssa Lie, Sharon Sum, Ching Shu Yi, Aldafi Adnan Tiara Yap, Chen Meihui
Director: Mohamad Shaifulbahri
Music Director: Aloysius Foong
Choreographer: Kimberly Chan
Our Time - A Musical Revue
Set in a fictional café, Our Time journeys through the lives of a group of twenty-somethings in a musical revue that explores the fears, desires and hopes of a defining period in our lives- the Twenties. The characters sing of their lives, impacted by the happening’s and developments of their town and café, through a pastiche of modern and contemporary musical theatre songs from renowned composers like Stephen Sondheim, Marc Shaiman and Jonathan Larson to new ones like Kerrigan and Lowdermilk, Carner and Gregor and Ryan Scott Oliver. Our Time is a sincere and relevant musical anthology that will make our hearts laugh and cry, leaving us pondering: Are our twenties really the best years of our lives?
More information available at the Events Page!
Friday, December 12, 2014
After a slew of tacky imported jukebox musicals, its nice to finally get a new production with a local touch at Resorts World Sentosa. Dream Academy and its cast of trademark characters will a brand new show at Resorts World Sentosa in February 2015, recreating the vintage funtimes of the Great World Cabaret. In true RWS style, the stage will be crammed with singers, dancers, comedians and acrobats. Even the stars of yesteryear will come alive once again, including Rose Chan (played by Ms Seong Hui-Xuan), popular Malay folk singer Kartina Dahari (played by Ms Aisyah Aziz) and Singapore's reigning a-go-go and yodeling queen Sakura Teng (played by Ms Joanna Dong). Mark Lee, Broadway Beng Sebastian Tan, Hossan Leong and Judee Tan will take turns to make guest appearances and present stand-up acts.
Check out the Events Page for more information!
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
The Singapore Lyric Opera Children's Choir will be performing their annual concert this coming Saturday, 13 December 2014 at the Esplanade Concert Hall at 7.30pm. The Nanyang Children's Chorus are also featured as guest performers. Conductor Rose Loh and pianist Aloysius Fong will be on hand to guide the little kiddies. More information including full programme available at the SLO Website:
Here's what I want for Christmas! This new recording also features Joseph Calleja and Ludovic Tézier as Edgardo and Enrico.
Listen to sample clips on the Warner Music website.
Monday, December 8, 2014
Here's a first look at the upcoming film of Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years, hopefully to be making its way to Singapore soon. I fell in love with the musical when Dream Academy staged it earlier this year. It'll be nice to watch another interpretation of it, and see how the film can make a logical narrative of the score's disjointed storytelling.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
The ONE Chamber Choir under the baton of Ms Lim Ai Hooi will present their Esplanade Concert Hall debut with a concert entitled Seasons: The Earth in Motion, as part of the Esplanade's Voices ensemble singing festival. Check out the festival website for more details and see what else is in store:
Monday, December 1, 2014
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