Tuesday, April 18, 2017

'If I could set with the sun' and 'RawGround:Clutter' by RAW Moves (Dance) - June and July 2017

Here are two upcoming productions by contemporary dance company RAW Moves, as they present two months of research with upcoming productions Archipelago Archives Exhibit #3: If I could set with the sun on 9 to 11 June 2017 and RawGround: Clutter on 14 -15 July 2017 at Goodman Arts Centre.

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Archipelago Archives Exhibit #3: If I could set with the sun
Dates: 9 to 11 June 2017
Venue: Goodman Arts Centre

If I could set with the sun is a 3-hour durational performance that undertakes the construction of dances in the Indian Ocean, somewhere between India and Indonesia. Conceptualised by Kiran Kumar (India), this dance-making process is part reconstructive, part speculative, part archaeological, part anthropological and part fantastical. The focus of the project is not to merely present dance as an accomplished object, but as a continual process embedded in the aesthetic, social, political, cultural and economic milieu of contemporary South and South-East Asia.

This research presentation will comprise a series of essayistic works in video, movement and installation formats.

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Featuring working concepts by Jeryl Lee, Matthew Goh and Ebelle Chong in collaboration with Neo Hong Chin and Pat Toh.

Dates: 14 and 15 July 2017
Venue: Goodman Arts Centre

In this process-oriented platform, audience will experience diverse modes of creative explorations based on the theme “Clutter”. With this platform, RAW Moves strives to provide company dancers a space to present their research ideas while promoting an active dialogue-exchange between practitioners and audience in an informal setting.

Tickets available at Peatix.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Piano and Violin Recital by Siew Yi-Li and Beatrice Lin - 24 April 2017

Brownhill Consultancy presents Les Sonates Françaises, a Monday evening concert at the Esplanade Recital Studio, April 24th. Come and join our beloved husband and wife duo violinist Siew Yi-Li and pianist Beatrice Li as they bring you an exquisite program of French violin sonatas by Claude Debussy, Gabriel Fauré and Gabriel Pierné. 

A protégé of the world-renowned concert violinist Pierre Amoyal, Yi-Li regularly performs as both a soloist and chamber musician, and is often invited to join orchestras as a freelancer. Recitals and concert tours have taken him to major cities in Switzerland, France, Austria, South Korea and China.

Beatrice graduated from the Royal Academy of Music and the Conservatoire de Musique de Genève, where she was awarded the Adolphe Neuman prize by the canton of Geneva. She has performed widely in Switzerland, collaborating with instrumentalists, singers, choirs and contemporary music ensembles.

Tickets area available at SISTIC.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Belleepoque Presents 'Scents of Josephine' - 27 to 29 April 2017

A new Bellepoque production, Scents of Josephine is an exploration of the multicultural life of African American jazz icon and civil rights activist, Josephine Baker, through the lens of four female performers.

Intrigued by what they know of Josephine, these artists discuss her life journey alongside theirs, accompanied with her signature tunes in both English and French.

Sharon Frese
Caitanya Tan
Sabrina Zuber

Playwright: Marc Goldberg
Stage direction: Samzy Jo
Music direction: Dr Robert Casteels
Ensemble: Viviane Salin and Balraj Gopal

Tickets available at Peatix

Friday, April 14, 2017

Local Composers' Showcase - 'a Feast of Melodious Songs' - 22 April 2017

Here is a concert of Chinese vocal works numerous local composers, featuring numerous singing talents based on our shores. More information via the banner below:

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Interviews with cast of W!ld Rice's 'La Cage aux Folles' - 19 April to 13 May 2017

We visited Victoria Theatre today to chat with two actors in the cast of W!ld Rice's La Cage aux Folles! One could not ask for better company than with Mae Elliessa and Sean Ghazi, who shared with us their passion for musical theatre, who they play in the production and what we audiences can look forward to. Check out our interview videos below!

See also: our exclusive interview with La Cage director Glenn Goei:

W!ld Rice's La Cage aux Folles runs from 19 April to 13 May. Check out the Events Page for tickets!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Yannis Xylas Piano Masterclass - 21 and 22 April 2017

Greek-American pianist Yannis Xylas will be giving masterclasses at Madison Academy of Music on 21 and 22 April. Now's your chance to have your skills honed by an expert in the field! (Hear Yannis play via YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQpsX4XxEQ4)

Apart from being a master of the classical piano repertoire, he is also a specialist in Greek classical music. He will be giving a talk at Madison Academy on 21 April, Friday at 7pm.

Please call 6836 1088 or email masterclass@madisonacademy.com.sg to reserve a slot. It will be an enriching experience!

Monday, April 3, 2017

New Performance Videos by Steven Ang

Here are two new performance videos by baritone Steven Ang (me!), performing Stars from Les Miserables and and Let it Go from Frozen. Check them out below. Hope you'll like them!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

'A Night at the Opera' by Cambridge International Opera - 5 Apr 2017

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Five young professional singers from the UK will be heading down to Singapore for an evening of operatic highlights. They are soprano Billie Robson, mezzo-soprano Simone Ibbett-Brown, tenor Robert Humphries, countertenor Tim Morgan and baritone Lawrence Halksworth, accompanied by pianist John Wright.

The concert will be held at the new Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre Auditorium on 5 April 2017 (Wednesday).

Here is their programme:

Pur ti miro (L'incoronazione di Poppea) - Monteverdi
Nella terra, in ciel, nell’onda (Faramondo) – Handel
*Lamento della ninfa – Monteverdi
Una furtiva lagrima (L'elisir d'amore) - Donizetti
Or dove fuggo io mai? (I Puritani) – Bellini
O mio Fernando (La favorita) – Donizetti

Selections from Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro:
Se vuol ballare
Sull'aria... che soave zeffiretto
Crudel! Perchè finora farmi languir così?
Contessa perdono

Habanera (Carmen) – Bizet
Come un’ape (La Cenerentola) – Rossini
 Ideale – Tosti
Au fond du temple saint/'The Pearl Fishers' Duet' (Les pêcheurs de perles) - Bizet
Adieu forêts (Maid of Orleans) – Tchaikovsky
Ombra mai fu (Xerxes) - Handel
Vissi d'arte (Tosca) - Puccini
È la solita storia del pastore (L'arlesiana) - Cilea
Sous le dôme épais/'The Flower Duet' (Lakmé) - Delibes
Bella figlia dell'amore (Rigoletto) - Verdi

Check out the Events Page for more tickets!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Interview With Ee Ping - 'Dreams, Passions and Love' - 6 April 2017

After a triumphant solo recital in 2014, London-based Singaporean soprano Ee Ping will be returning for another round at the Esplanade Recital Studio. Entitled Dreams, Passions and Love, it will see the veteran soprano perform up to 18 songs with pianist Pauline Lee, including works by Lehar, Barber, Poulenc and Pergolesi. Check out our interview below to find out what you can expect!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Glenn Goei Interview for Wild Rice's 'La Cage Aux Folles' - 19 Apr to 13 May 2017

Hawk Liu and I (Steven Ang) sat down with director Glenn Goei of Wild Rice's upcoming La Cage aux Folles production recently to discuss what we can look forward to.

While we had a fun, light-hearted time, the topics discussed touched on various political and social issues that the veteran theatre practitioner hopes this production can help to address. Check out our interview via the video below, and find out where to get tickets on the Events Page!

More information about the production at http://lacage.sg.

More information about Hawk Liu on his website:

Monday, March 6, 2017

The Basso Canaries Presents 'Of Laughter and Tears' - 18 March 2017

The Basso Canaries (Xiao Chunyuan and this website's editor Steven Ang) with pianist Winnie Tiopan will present a wide-ranging recital programme.

Steven's act will comprise of numbers from comedic operas and musical theatre including Mozart's Don Giovanni and The Marriage of Figaro, Fiddler on the Roof and The Pirate of Penzance, while Chunyuan will perform many popular numbers from the German, Italian and contemporary Chinese art song repertoire.

It's going to be a night of red-blooded singing and hilarity. Check out our concert info via the links below, and hope to see you at our concert!

Check out our Facebook Event Page!

And get your tickets at EventBee! - http://www.eventbee.com/v/thebassocanaries

Or call 9020 0417 or 9180 9453 to purchase tickets offline!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

SMU Chamber Choir: Wrinkles in The Air X: The Lost Word - 5 Mar 2017

The SMU Chamber Choir will present an evening's programme at Victoria Concert Hall on 5 March 2017. The SYC Ensemble Singers will be making a special appearance as well.

The full-length programme includes Eric Whitcare's Cloudburst, which will see the choir recreating the aural effects of a thunderstorm, and Steve Dobrogosz's setting of the Latin Mass using jazz and latin musical styles.

Tickets will be available at the door.

WHERE: Victoria Concert Hall
MRT: City Hall
WHEN: Sunday 5th March 2017 4pm
ADMISSION: $24 per ticket (door sales)

INFO: http://smuchamberchoir.com

Monday, February 20, 2017

'The Spanish Voyage' by Scherzo - 4 Mar 2017

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Locally-based opera scenes group Scherzo presents a programme Spanish and Spanish-inspired works. They are all frequent performers on local stages including many SLO and SSO productions. They are Kong Ling-Yi, Chieko Trevatt, Caroline Martin, Laura Abello, David Ng and Marky Canios. A chamber ensemble of orchestral instruments will be on hand to accompany the proceedings.

The concert will be held on 4 March 2017, 3.30pm at Forte Music Academy, 51 Waterloo Street 3rd floor. Find out more about this concert on their Facebook Event Page, and get your tickets at the Events Page

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Dance - RAW Moves Presents 'Indices of Vanishment' - 23 to 25 Feb 2017

Contemporary dance company RAW Moves presents Indices of Vanishment, an original dance piece  choreographed by ST Life! Theatre Awards nominee Edith Podesta. It also includes Lighting Design by Adrian Tan, Sound Design by Teo Wee-Boon and performed by the RAW Moves Company Dancers.

Edith Podesta is very excited to present her work with the RAW Moves dancers, 'Working with dancers is a luxury because their bodies are so eloquent and their muscle memory so enduring that I can work deeply and quickly in the studio. As a choreographer, I’ve always been interested in the democratisation of the dance form. Although I believe everybody can dance, there are caveats to that hypothesis. An untrained body lacks the powers of repetition, access to emotion and breadth of somatic articulation needed for live performance. Working with the dancers from RAW Moves is such an absolute joy!'

About her inspiration behind Indices of Vanishment, Edith shares 'The title comes from an essay about performance archives written by Rebecca Schneider titled ‘Performance Remains Again’, 'We understand ourselves relative to the remains we accumulate as indices of vanishment, the tracks we house, mark, and cite, the material traces we acknowledge as remaining'. I was also influenced by Marcia Siegel’s book 'At the vanishing point: A critic looks at dance'. Siegel states that dance 'exists at a perpetual vanishing point'; I thought the parallel between the ephemeral in dance and the transitory nature of life very striking."

Indices of Vanishment  by RAW Moves is on 23 to 25 February 2017. Log on to http://indicesofvanishment.peatix.com for tickets!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Interview with Chicago Cast and Director - Running till 26 Feb 2017

Our resident correspondent Hawk Liu interviews Matthew Goodgame who plays Billy Flynt in MBS's production of Chicago, and resident director Ian Waller, to find out what's in store for us audiences. Check out the performance footage between interviews as well!

Check out the Events Page to find out where to get tickets!

More information about Hawk can be found on his website http://hawkliuh.wixsite.com/singing.

Check out our exclusive production images on our Facebook Group here!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

'Sister Act' The Musical - 9 to 21 May 2017 at MBS

Get ready for a gospel high when Sister Act The Musical heads to town in May! Based on the hit movie starring Whoopi Goldberg, this original musical also features music by Alan Menken (composer of Disney's Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid). Check out the Events Page for more information as well as tickets!

Monday, January 16, 2017

'Hans Zimmer vs John Williams' - Live Concert on 10 and 11 March 2017

Conductor Anthony Inglis leads a live orchestra in the iconic music of Hollywood composers Hans Zimmer and John Williams at MBS's MasterCard Theatres on 10 and 11 March 2017.

On the programme is nearly two hours of musical scores from movies such as Pirates of the Caribbean, The Dark Knight Rises, The Da Vinci Code, Batman Begins, Man of Steel, Gladiator, Inception, E.T., Harry Potter, Jurassic Park, Close Encounters, Star Wars and Superman among many others. Check out the Events Page for more details!

Chicago at MBS - 8 to 26 Feb 2017

Kander and Ebb's sexy classic dance musical Chicago returns to Singapore in a production at MBS from 8 to 26 February 2017. The sexy, sassy score includes All That Jazz and Cell-Block Tango. It has won a slew of awards including 6 Tonys, 2 Oliviers, 1 Grammy, 2 BAFTAs and 6 Academy Awards based on the movie adaptation starring Renee Zellweger and Catherine Zeta Jones, Check out the Events Page for details so you can attend the live shows!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

'Re-Membering Identities' in Review - 14 Jan 2017

Paragraph presents
Re-Membering Identities
Goodman Arts Centre Blackbox

A Review by Hawk Liu

The dance concert is a triple bill of interdisciplinary works of an abstract nature.

The first piece by choreographer Royston Fan features two female dancers and a tall, speaking actor, dapperly dressed in a white suit, white pants and white shoes (Alvin Koh). There is a good mix of monologues, dance and mime. By the end of the piece, one wonders about the relationship between the three characters. It is well performed. However, on the sound balance side of things, the music level is too high for the monologues to be heard. Also, please do not use excessive percussion in the music if words are meant to be heard.

The second piece by Vroom Broom Group uses repeated techno music where two females dancers go through the same set of movements on a circuit round the entire stage and different times while a lone be-muscled man in the centre spot does his own sets of movements. At the end of the piece, one of the female dancers takes over the centre spot to replace the lone guy, thus completing one cycle of the dance. That is an interesting idea.

The 3rd piece by Max Chen is the longest one involving a number of dancers and an opera singer (soprano Satsuki Nagatome). There is an integration of operatic singing, mime, speech, story telling and dance. This piece is engaging as there is a variety of art forms and movement material than the previous two pieces. It is also humorous in nature and entails a fair bit of audience participation, most notably a latecomer who had his lack of ballet skills cheekily pointed out by the cast of dancers. The mobile phone becomes an object of focus too, likely linking our current obsessive devotion to it.

This article in its original form can also be found on Hawk Liu's website http://hawkliuh.wixsite.com/singing/re-membering-identities-2017-01-14.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Ee Ping Vocal Recital 'Dreams, Passions and Love' - 6 April 2017

UK-based Singaporean soprano Ee-Ping needs no introduction to long-time readers of this website. She will be staging her own solo recital at the Esplanade Recital Studio on the 6th April at 745pm.

Tickets are priced at $25.00 free seating. Here is another opportunity to hear that luscious, creamy voice in a wide ranging programme, live in person! Please contact Thomas Kuek at 9385 4219 for more information and ticket reservation.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

'Foreign Bodies' by the M1 Fringe Festival - 5, 6 and 7 Jan 2017

Singapore's first diverse, politically progressive burlesque troupe Skin in SIN opens with their debut show Foreign Bodies opens tomorrow, 5 January, and runs till Saturday 7 January! Your very own webmaster of this blog, Steven Ang, is featured on the publicity image above and has a key part in the show. Check out the SISTIC link below for more information and get your tickets soon! See you tomorrow!