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Arts Picks: Ruan Lingyu's The Goddess, Singapore International Festival of Music, Penetrations, Mozart New Look


PHOTOS: ESPLANADE - THEATRES ON THE BAY, SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF MUSIC, LIM CHENG JUN, JOOST FLACH

RUAN LINGYU'S THE GODDESS - A SILENT FILM CONCERT

The Singapore Chinese Orchestra is bringing back its well-received silent film concert, where The Goddess is set to a fresh musical score by Singapore composer Law Wai Lun and Hong Kong composer Lincoln Lo.

The 1934 film (above on screen) depicts a mother's selfless love and was a star vehicle for Chinese actress and ingenue Ruan Lingyu. This concert premiered at the Esplanade's Huayi - Chinese Festival of Arts last year to warm reviews. Yeh Tsung conducts.

WHERE: SCO Concert Hall, 7 Shenton Way MRT: Tanjong Pagar WHEN: Tomorrow, 8pm ADMISSION: $30 to $70 from Sistic ( call 6348-5555 or go to www.sistic.com.sg)


SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF MUSIC

Journey to Vienna and Paris with these two concerts at the Singapore International Festival of Music. Vienna's line-up includes Schubert's lively Piano Quintet In A Major "Trout", as well as other classic chamber works written during years of peace, but with the threat of war looming in the background. A day later, Paris will feature French works written during or around the time of the two World Wars, such as Messiaen's Quartet For The End Of Time, written when he was a prisoner in a German concentration camp. It premiered outdoors, in the rain, in January 1941. Performers include Abigail Sin on piano and Lee Yun Chai (both above) on harp.

WHERE: The Arts House Chamber (Vienna) and Gallery (Paris) MRT: City Hall/Raffles Place WHEN: Today, 7.30pm (Vienna), tomorrow, 3.30pm (Paris) ADMISSION: $28 for a single show and $120 for a season pass from www.bytes.sg (or call 6332-6919)


PENETRATIONS BY VERTICAL SUBMARINE

Singapore's language policies and identity are skewered in this playful but thought-provoking exhibition by art collective Vertical Submarine. The group looks at the preservation of dialects, such as Hokkien, by taking familiar rhymes and presenting them in the form of advertisements and illustrations of yesteryear - imitating a marketing campaign with a penchant for nostalgia. Its show also features a piano studded with arrows (above), a nod to the Penetrations of the title.

WHERE: Chan Hampe Galleries, 01-21 Raffles Hotel Arcade, 328 North Bridge Road MRT: City Hall WHEN: Till Oct 18, 11am to 7pm (Tuesday to Sunday) ADMISSION: Free INFO: Call 6338-1962 or go to www.chanhampegalleries.com


MOZART NEW LOOK: NOT THAT NACHT MUSIC BY THE PHILHARMONIC CHAMBER WINDS

The Philharmonic Chamber Winds, the youngest chamber group in the Philharmonic Winds family, presents a Mozart-inspired line-up. This includes the famed composer's Quintet For Piano And Winds In E Flat and Serenade For Winds In C Minor; and 20th-century French composer Jean Francaix's Mozart New Look, a lively work based on themes from the opera Don Giovanni that features the rare use of double bass as soloist. Joost Flach (above) conducts.

WHERE: Esplanade Recital Studio MRT: City Hall/Esplanade WHEN: Tomorrow, 8pm ADMISSION: $10 at the door (Bring A Friend promotion: patrons can buy a ticket and bring a friend for free) INFO: Call 9798-6097

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 02, 2015, with the headline 'Arts Picks'. Print Edition | Subscribe