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Arts Picks: Hans Graf with the SSO, meet author James Frey and more

Austrian conductor Hans Graf leads the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) in the atmospheric works of Beethoven and Shostakovich. -- PHOTO: SSO
Austrian conductor Hans Graf leads the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) in the atmospheric works of Beethoven and Shostakovich. -- PHOTO: SSO

HANS GRAF WITH THE SSO

Austrian conductor Hans Graf leads the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) in the atmospheric works of Beethoven (Egmont Overture, Seventh Symphony) and Shostakovich (Violin Concerto No. 1). The concerto features SSO concertmaster Igor Yuzefovich.

Where: Esplanade Concert Hall MRT: City Hall/Esplanade When: Tomorrow, 7.30pm (pre-concert talk at library@esplanade at 6.30pm) Admission: $15, $22, $32, $45, $60 & $75 Tel: 6348-5555 Info: www.sistic.com.sg


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SCO COMMUNITY SERIES

Under the baton of assistant conductor Moses Gay, the Singapore Chinese Orchestra heads to the heartland for two spring-themed concerts ahead of Chinese New Year. The performances are part of the SPH Gift of Music series.

What: Joyous New Year @ Nee Soon East Where: Nee Soon East Courtyard (next to Block 293 Yishun Ring Road) MRT: Yishun When: Tomorrow, 7.30pm What: Joyous New Year @ Ang Mo Kio Where: Ang Mo Kio Central Stage MRT: Ang Mo Kio When: Sun, 7.30pm Admission: Free Info: www.sco.com.sg


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MEET THE AUTHOR: JAMES FREY

American writer James Frey is behind the best-selling Lorien Legacies series, which begins with I Am Number Four, a 2010 novel and 2011 film. He is in Singapore to talk about and sign copies of Endgame, his newest series for young adults. Readers who solve the complex puzzle in the novel stand a chance to win US$500,000 (S$673,000) in gold coins.

Where: Books Kinokuniya Main Store, 391 Orchard Road, 04-20/20B/20C Ngee Ann City, Takashimaya Shopping Centre MRT: Orchard When: Tomorrow, 2pm Tel: 6737-5021 Info: www.kinokuniya.com.sg Where: Popular Bookstore, 231 Bain Street, 04-23/33 Bras Basah Complex MRT: Bugis/City Hall When: Tomorrow, 5pm Tel: 6339-0772 Info: www.popular.com.sg


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ATARAXY - A SOLO EXHIBITION BY RUBEN PANG

Ruben Pang is an artist to watch. Aged only 24, he has already been shortlisted for major prizes, such as the Sovereign Art Award, and his latest solo show was sold out on opening night. Ataraxy, which closes this weekend, includes 12 works painted on aluminium surfaces using his hands, not brushes.

Where: Chan Hampe Galleries, Raffles Hotel Arcade, 01-21, 328 North Bridge Road MRT: City Hall When: Today - Sun, 11am - 7pm Admission: Free Tel: 6338-1962 Info: www.chanhampegalleries.com