Happenings - Arts

AUDITIONS

NATIONAL PIANO & VIOLIN COMPETITION

The 10th edition of this talent-discovery platform for young classical musicians aims to develop the performing skills of musicians in Singapore, improve musical standards and identify potential talent by providing opportunities for musicians to perform before international adjudicators. The Singapore Symphony Orchestra has partnered the National Arts Council and winners will get the opportunity to perform with the orchestra.

Info: Open call for applications is on till June 30. For more information, go to www.nac.gov.sg/npvc

SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL CALL FOR ENTRY

The Singapore International Film Festival returns for its 26th edition from Nov 26 to Dec 6. Film submissions are open till Aug 21, 6pm. The festival will consider feature films and Asian short films that are at least making a Singapore premiere and have not been broadcast on television or made available on the Internet. It has also opened the call for applications for its Southeast Asian Film Lab for aspiring directors and its Youth Jury & Critics Programme for aspiring film critics.

Info: www.sgiff.com/submissions

BOOKS

BOOK LAUNCH - LOVE

A tribute to SG50, Love is edited by Grace Lee, editor-in-chief for Pin Prestige, and the art is directed by acclaimed creative director Theseus Chan. The publication by Chinese magazine Pin Prestige delves into the dual concept of love and Singapore and contains a thoughtfully curated collection of creative works expressing love for the country through photography, art and writing.

Where: Books Kinokuniya Singapore main store, 04-20/20B/20C Ngee Ann City, 391 Orchard Road MRT: Orchard When: Tomorrow, 3.30pm Admission: Free Tel: 6737-5021 Info: www.kinokuniya.com.sg

MEET-&-GREET CHARACTER MASCOTS: RAINBOW MAGIC BOOK SERIES

Take a picture with the fairies from the Rainbow Magic series and find out more about this best-selling series on fairies, adventures and friendship. The books are suitable for girls aged seven to nine.

Where: Books Kinokuniya Singapore main store, 04-20/20B/20C Ngee Ann City, 391 Orchard Road MRT: Orchard Where: Books Kinokuniya Jurong store, 04-23 Jem, 50 Jurong Gateway Road MRT: Jurong Eas When: Tomorrow, 2pm (main store); 4pm (Jurong store) Admission: Free

Tel: 6737-5021 (main store)/ 6430-0868 (Jurong store) Info: www.kinokuniya.com.sg

CONCERTS

SONGBIRDS SERIES 1 - ALL BEES SHALL COME

The Vocal Associates perform songs from the Renaissance and Baroque periods, favourites by Dowland and Vivaldi and contemporary tunes by Takemitsu and Whitacre and the Carpenters.

Where: Esplanade Recital Studio, 1 Esplanade Drive MRT: Esplanade/City Hall When: Sun, 3 & 7.30pm Admission: $28 Tel: 6348-5555 Info: www.sistic.com.sg

THE PHILHARMONIC WINDS' 15TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT: MARCO POLO - THE TRILOGY

The Philharmonic Winds presents the world premiere of the Marco Polo Trilogy, which traces the journey of Venetian explorer Marco Polo. The wind orchestra will be led by three conductors: music director Leonard Tan, principal guest conductor Timothy Reynish and the award-winning composer of the trilogy, Luis Serrano Alarcon. The concert will also feature musicians Krsna and Govin Tan, Ding Yi Music Company and Vocal Associates Festival Chorus.

Where: Esplanade Concert Hall, 1 Esplanade Drive MRT: Esplanade/City Hall When: Sun, 7.30pm Admission: $16 & $28 Tel: 6348-5555 Info: www.sistic.com.sg

LIMELIGHT 2015 BY CLEMENTI TOWN SECONDARY SCHOOL (CLEMENTI WINDS)

Clementi Winds, which had humble beginnings in the 1980s, now has 75 members. The award-winning band has performed in festivals and events in Singapore and overseas.

Where: Esplanade Concert Hall, 1 Esplanade Drive MRT: Esplanade/City Hall When: Tue, 8pm Admission: $14 Tel: 6348-5555 Info: www.sistic.com.sg

22ND SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL PIANO FESTIVAL - ROMANTICS AND NATIONALISTS: IMOGEN COOPER

British pianist Imogen Cooper, known as one of the finest interpreters of the classical repertoire, will perform in Romantics And Nationalists, a celebration of the intensity of expression of emotion of the Romantic movement and the inspiration of national culture and ethnicity through masterpieces, including Chopin's Barcarolle, Op. 60.

Where: Victoria Concert Hall, 9 Empress Place MRT: City Hall/Raffles Place When: Thu, 7.30pm Admission: $38 - $83 Tel: 6348-5555 Info: www.sistic.com.sg

DANCE

UP-STAGE! DANCE SHOWCASE

Dancers from various schools and community groups gather for a high-energy showcase of their original dance routines.

Where: Esplanade Outdoor Theatre, 1 Esplanade Drive MRT: Esplanade/City Hall When: Today, 9 - 9.30pm, tomorrow, 9.15 - 9.45pm Admission: Free Tel: 6828-8377 Info: www.esplanade.com

RAGA NRITYA RANG - EXPRESSIONS OF KATHAK BY PONNAMMA DEVAIAH (SINGAPORE)

Kathak soloist Ponnamma Devaiah showcases the versatility of the classical Indian dance form and its extensive repertoire. She performs a series of pieces of the Jaipur and Lucknow gharanas. Trained in bharatanatyam, Indian folk dances and martial arts, she is an up-and- coming kathak performer from India.

Where: Esplanade Theatre Studio, 1 Esplanade Drive MRT: Esplanade/City Hall When: Today, 8pm Admission: $28 Tel: 6348-5555 Info: www.sistic.com.sg

EXHIBITIONS (MUSEUMS)

IN MEMORIAM: LEE KUAN YEW

This memorial exhibition chronicles the life and political career of Singapore's first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew using photographic images, audio-visual recordings and artefacts.

Where: Glass Atrium, Level 2 National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Road MRT: Dhoby Ghaut/Bras Basah/City Hall When: Till June 28, 10am - 8pm (Sun - Thu), 10am - 10pm (Fri & Sat) Admission: Free Tel: 6332-3659/6332-5642 Info: www.nationalmuseum.sg

RETURN TO SENDER - AN EXHIBITION

The show marks the 80th year of the birth of the King of Rock 'n' Roll, Elvis Presley. On display are vinyl records and movie posters.

Where: Singapore Philatelic Museum, 23-B Coleman Street MRT: City Hall/Clarke Quay/Bras Basah When: Till July 1, 1 - 7pm (Mon), 9.30am - 7pm (Tue - Sun) Admission: Free for Singapore citizens & permanent residents, foreigners pay $6 (adults) & $4 (children aged three - 12) Tel: 6337-3888 Info: www.spm.org.sg

TREASURES FROM ASIA'S OLDEST MUSEUM: BUDDHIST ART FROM THE INDIAN MUSEUM, KOLKATA

This exhibition showcases the evolution of Buddhism through the art of India. Important sculptures and paintings from the Indian Museum in Kolkata trace the past life stories of Buddha, scenes from Buddha's life and symbols used to represent Buddhist concepts. Where: Asian Civilisations Museum, 1 Empress Place MRT: City Hall/Raffles Place When: Till Aug 16, 10am - 7pm (Sat - Thu); 10am - 9pm (Fri) Admission: Free Tel: 6332-7798 Info: www.acm.org.sg

EXHIBITIONS (GALLERIES)

KOPI CULTURE BY TAN PING CHIANG

The coffee-shop series in these 13 paintings by the Singapore artist offers a testament and homage to an authentic Nanyang (South-east Asian) coffee-shop culture, containing within it the rich tapestry of stories and lives that ebb and flow with the changing times.

Where: Mulan Gallery, 01-07, 36 Armenian Street MRT: City Hall When: Till June 30, 11.30am - 6.30pm; closed on Mon, Sun & public holiday Admission: Free Tel: 6738-0810 Info: www.mulangallery.com.sg

SONG OF GLORY

Malaysian artist Leong Chee Siong's paintings of the land and paddy fields reflect the glory of life and the land's sustaining power to mankind.

Where: East Garden Foyer Gallery, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore. 1 Fullerton Square MRT: Raffles Place When: Till June 29, open 24 hours Admission: Free Info: www.thefullertonheritage.com/whatsnew

EXHIBITIONS (SHOWS)

SAF50 ROVING EXHIBITION

This exhibition showcases the history of the Singapore Armed Forces through an interactive experience.

Where: Jurong Regional Library, 21 Jurong East Central 1 MRT: Jurong East When: Till Wed, 10am - 9pm daily Admission: Free Tel: 6332-3255 Info: E-mail saf50@defence.gov.sg or go to www.SAF50years.sg

REUNION - BABA & NONYA SERIES BY TUNG YUE NANG

This is an eclectic collection of realistic mixed- media paintings reflecting the Singaporean artist's fascination with and respect for the colourful and rich history of a culture unique to the Malay archipelago. Tung uses his signature technique of photo-realism. Through this body of work, he expresses ideals of happiness, love, health, wisdom and longevity.

Where: Pan Pacific Hotel, Level 2, Public Art Space, 7 Raffles Boulevard MRT: City Hall When: Till June 29, 10am - 10pm daily Admission: Free Tel: 6733-2155 Info: www.asiaartcollective.com

CAPTURING THE LIGHT - GOH SIEW GUAN WATERCOLOUR ART EXHIBITION

This exhibition features 20 award-winning watercolour works by Goh Siew Guan, which have a strong focus on the beauty of nature.

Where: Rendezvous Hotel Singapore, levels 1 & 2, 9 Bras Basah Road MRT: Dhoby Ghaut/Bras Basah When: Till June 30, 9am - 10pm daily Admission: Free Tel: 6738-3268/8268-5299 Info: www.datangfinearts.com

THE SINGAPORE STORY

An exhibition by prominent local art collector Vincent Chua showcasing Singapore's journey from village to metropolis. It features more than 300 oil paintings in conjunction with the SG50 celebrations.

Where: Crescent Room, Level 2, Suntec City Mall, 1 Raffles Boulevard MRT: Esplanade When: Till June 30, 11am - 7pm (Tue - Sun), last admission at 6.15pm; closed on Mon Admission: Free Info: www.facebook.com/thesingaporestory or www.the-singapore-story.com

THE LIFE AND WORKS OF WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS - 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BIRTH OF W.B. YEATS, IRELAND'S MOST FAMOUS POET

This exhibition, based on material in the National Library of Ireland, celebrates Yeats' life, work and contribution to the great debates of his age. It is made possible by the Irish Embassy in Singapore.

Where: Ngee Ann Kongsi Library Block F, Level 4, Lasalle College of the Arts, 1 McNally Street MRT: Little India When: Till June 30, 9am - 6pm daily Admission: Free Tel: 6496-5277 Info: www.lasalle.edu.sg

INTERPLAY

The blockbuster science-art exhibition features interactive and engaging installations. You can transcend time and technology, dance along with kinetic light sculptures, and visit far-away or long-vanished places.

Where: Annexe Hall, Science Centre Singapore, 15 Science Centre Road MRT: Jurong East When: Till Aug 16, 10am - 6pm daily Admission: $13 (adult); $9 (child aged three - 12); $36 (family package: two adults & two children) Tel: 6425-2500 Info: www.science.edu.sg

THEATRE

FUNG BO BO MEMORIES AND CHINATOWN

This Cantonese musical has been specially commissioned to commemorate Singapore's 50th birthday and the 45th anniversary of Kreta Ayer People's Theatre. Hong Kong actress Fung Bo Bo sings and relives her childhood memories.

Where: Kreta Ayer People's Theatre, 30A Kreta Ayer Road MRT: Outram/Chinatown When: Today & tomorrow, 8pm Admission: $20 - $60 Tel: 6222-3972 (Kreta Ayer People's Theatre box office, 10am - 5pm) Info: Tickets from www.kapt.com.sg

DIM SUM DOLLIES - THE HISTORY OF SINGAPORE PART 1

Fresh from their daringly hilarious romp through Singapore's recent history, the Dim Sum Dollies travel further back in time to when it all began. Dream Academy's critically acclaimed production was first staged in 2007. Catch the icons of the real Pioneer(ing) Generation!, Sang Nila and his quest for real estate, the Diva-licious Samsui Women, the Sin City Hustle of opium dens and brothels and prematurely ejected Kamikaze Pilots. It stars Selena Tan, Pam Oei, Denise Tan and Hossan Leong. Directed by Glen Goei.

Where: Esplanade Theatre, 1 Esplanade Drive MRT: Esplanade/City Hall When: Till Sun, 8pm (tonight & tomorrow); 3pm (tomorrow & Sun) Admission: $52 - $152 Tel: 6348-5555 Info: www.sistic.com.sg

UPSTAGE - CONTEMPLATING 50 YEARS OF SINGAPORE MANDARIN THEATRE

Weaving a wealth of historical material, recorded interviews and scenes from classic works, Upstage explores 50 years of Singapore Mandarin theatre through an interplay of fact and fiction. Performed in Mandarin with English subtitles.

Where: Esplanade Theatre Studio, 1 Esplanade Drive MRT: Esplanade/City Hall When: Thu - June 28, 8pm (Thu & Fri); 3 & 8pm (Sat & Sun) Admission: $33 Tel: 6348-5555 Info: www.sistic.com.sg

ANOTHER COUNTRY

Directed by Singapore's Ivan Heng and Malaysia's Jo Kukathas, Another Country takes the audience on a trip through shared memories and divergent dreams. Fifty years ago, Singapore and Malaysia divorced after a brief marriage of two years. But, doomed lovers that they are, they just cannot stay away from each other, no matter how often they squabble. Separated by history, they are united by their dreams for a better home.

Where: Drama Centre Theatre, Level 3, National Library Building, 100 Victoria Street MRT: Bras Basah/Bugis When: Thu - July 11, 8pm (Tue - Sat); 3pm (Sat & Sun) Admission: $43 - $69 (preview on June 25 & 26); $49 - $74 (Tue - Thu, 8pm; Sat & Sun, 3pm); $54 - $79 (Fri & Sat, 8pm) Tel: 6348-5555 Info: www.sistic.com.sg

DISNEY ON CLASSIC - A MAGICAL NIGHT ASIA TOUR 2015

This concert showcases some of the most beloved tunes from the Walt Disney Studios songbook, performed by eight international vocalists and Singapore's Metropolitan Festival Orchestra under the baton of Disney music maestro Brad Kelley.

Where: The Star Theatre, 04-01 The Star Performing Arts Centre, 1 Vista Exchange Green MRT: Buona Vista When: July 16 & 17, 7.30pm Admission: $38 - $169 Tel: 6348-5555 Info: Tickets from www.sistic.com.sg. Go to www.disneyonclassic.sg

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 19, 2015, with the headline 'Happenings - Arts'. Print Edition | Subscribe