Happenings - Arts

CONCERTS

New Year's Eve Countdown Concert 2016 Presented By The Philharmonic Orchestra

Celebrate the year end with orchestral favourites. Together with maestros Lim Yau and Terrence Wong as well as presenter William Ledbetter, The Philharmonic Orchestra promises a delightful evening. To top it off, have a glass of bubbly from official sponsor ewineasia.com.

WHERE: School of the Arts Concert Hall, 1 Zubir Said Drive MRT: Dhoby Ghaut WHEN: Thu, 10pm ADMISSION: $40 (standard), $69 (a pair of tickets) TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg

In Retrospect: The Road To Neoclassicism

Pianist Ryan Chow, a graduate of Singapore Management University and Manhattan School of Music, presents a masterful concoction of works by Mendelssohn and Grieg which culminated in the mature neoclassical works of the interwar period.

WHERE: Esplanade Recital Studio, 1 Esplanade Drive MRT: Esplanade/City Hall WHEN: Jan 2, 7.30pm ADMISSION: $28 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg

The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra Conducted By Maestro Zubin Mehta

Acclaimed classical music conductor Zubin Mehta will lead the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra on its return to Singapore with a classical programme of masterpieces of French, German and Russian origins. The concert will celebrate maestro Mehta's 80th birthday and the 80th season of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.

WHERE: Esplanade Concert Hall, 1 Esplanade Drive MRT: Esplanade/ City Hall WHEN: Jan 7, 7.30pm ADMISSION: $94 - $454 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg

Heroines Of Plucked Strings

Under the baton of resident conductor Quek Ling Kiong, the Singapore Chinese Orchestra's first concert of next year will feature world-acclaimed konghou musician Wu Lin and local twin sisters, zhongruan musician Tan Su-Min and guzheng musician Tan Su-Hui, to present a night of classical traditional Chinese music. Renowned Chinese composer and conductor Peng Xiu Wen's Three Variations On Plum Blossoms will be the opening piece for the concert.

WHERE: Singapore Chinese Orchestra Concert Hall, Level 1 Singapore Conference Hall, 7 Shenton Way MRT: Tanjong Pagar WHEN: Jan 9, 8pm ADMISSION: $33 - $74 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg


DANCE

Silk Road

Silk Road is an award-winning Chinese classical dance drama by the Gansu Dance Opera and Drama Ensemble. It is a colourful and vibrant depiction of an ancient Chinese tale, taken from the famed Dunhuang Frescoes of the Gansu province in China. It first appeared on stage in 1979 in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the People's Republic of China. In 1982, it was made into a movie by Xi'an Film Studio.

WHERE: Esplanade Theatre, 1 Esplanade Drive MRT: Esplanade/City Hall WHEN: Jan 23 & 24, 8pm (Sat), 3 & 8pm (Sun) ADMISSION: $21 - $204 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg


EXHIBITIONS (GALLERIES)

Tong Chin Sye: Portrait & Still Life Paintings

This exhibition of 40 oil paintings by second-generation Singapore artist Tong Chin Sye features portrait and still life compositions from the 1980s to early 2000s. They reflect Tong's dedicated pursuit of travel and painting and the inspiration behind his still life and figurative exploration.

WHERE: Artcommune Gallery, 03-39 Block 231, Bras Basah Complex, Bain Street MRT: Bugis/City Hall WHEN: Till Wed, noon - 7pm daily ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6336-4240 INFO: www.artcommune.com.sg

Ted Secombe

This showcase features Australian artist Ted Secombe's ceramic works, which are for sale. He is well known for his beautiful crystalline glazes as well as cobalt blue and deep crimson pots.

He works with a wide range of colours and, as with his forms, he is experimenting and developing a new range of glazes, some of which are reminiscent of ancient Chinese glazes. The new glazes involve different firing procedures and Secombe is attempting to achieve the best possible results by altering the time and temperature of the firing.

WHERE: One East Asia ArtSpace, 09-03, Thong Teck Building, 15 Scotts Road MRT: Orchard WHEN: Till Wed, noon - 7pm (Mon - Wed); closed today - Sun ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6737-1819 INFO: www.oneeastasia.org

A Hermannsburg Christmas

ReDot Fine Art Gallery is hosting its first show by the community art centre of Ngurratjuta Iltja Ntjarra (Many Hands Arts), famous for the Hermannsburg School style with its sublime watercolours of the Australian outback. This continues the tradition of the indigenous Arrernte artist and 20th-century Australian watercolourist, Albert Namatjira. More than 40 watercolours by nine senior artists of the cooperative and descendants of Namatjira will be exhibited.

WHERE: ReDot Fine Art Gallery, 01-08 Old Hill Street Police Station, 140 Hill Street MRT: City Hall WHEN: Till Thu, noon - 7pm daily ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6222-1039 INFO: E-mail info@redotgallery.com or go to www.redotgallery.com

Creatively Crafted Ceramics

This exhibition features ceramic tableware, paintings and photographs by artists Francis Poon, Wendy Lim, Noc Vvyne Lim and Esther Ng.

WHERE: Triple. Two Artspace, 02-03 222 Queen Street MRT: Bras Basah WHEN: Till Thu, 11am - 7pm (Tue - Sun), closed on Mon ADMISSION: Free INFO: Go to www.facebook.com/ tripletwoartspace or e-mail marketing@eastiebrekkie.com

Chun Kwang Young Solo Exhibition - Aggregation

This exhibition by the South Korean artist is a survey of works from his long-running series of the same name. In his search for a culturally authentic mode of expression, Chun combines his early experimentation with abstract expressionism, featuring his mastery of mulberry paper, a special Korean material.

WHERE: Pearl Lam Galleries, 03-22 Gillman Barracks, 9 Lock Road MRT: Labrador Park WHEN: Till Jan 3, 11am - 7pm (Tue - Sat), noon - 6pm (Sun), closed on Mon & public holiday ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6570-2284 INFO: www.pearllam.com

The Marriage Of In And Out: Ambiguous Wall

South Korean artist Kim Byung Joo is interested in the sculptural expression of architecture, constructed from overlapping external and internal elements of the space. This sculptor is under the spotlight for his contemporary sensibility and transcendent originality. His works are collected by national contemporary art centres in South Korea and he has had works commissioned by Imperial Palace Hotel and Lotte Hotel.

WHERE: Gallery Huue, Singapore 188 Bukit Timah Road MRT: Newton WHEN: Till Jan 8, 10am - 7pm (Mon - Fri), 10am - 5pm (Sat), closed on Sun & public holiday (by appointment only) ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6334-2805 INFO: www.galleryhuue.com

Looking In Is The Only Way Out By Soh Ee Shaun

In this exhibition of Soh's latest works, he shifts from the kooky and more accessible first phase of his art - with its renderings of faces marked by delight or trepidation - to more abstract territory, where colour, composition and shape serve as vehicles for emotion and meaning.

WHERE: Mulan Gallery, 01-07, 36 Armenian Street MRT: City Hall WHEN: Till Jan 9, 11.30am - 6.30pm (Tue - Sat), closed on Mon, Sun & public holiday ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6738-0810 INFO: www.mulangallery.com.sg


EXHIBITIONS(SHOWS)

The Art Of Giving Exhibition

This exhibition, in collaboration with Lasalle College of the Arts, features 10 artworks by students and alumni of the school's faculty of fine arts. They have transformed basic materials, ranging from paper to ceramic to plastic, into works of art.

WHERE: Level 3 Scotts Square, 6 Scotts Road MRT: Orchard WHEN: Till Sun, 10am - 10pm daily ADMISSION: Free INFO: www.scottssquareretail.com/artofgiving


THEATRE

The Teresa Teng Musical

This performance sheds light on the late Teresa Teng's little-known side. The musical will uncover the truth about the Taiwanese pop star and how she spent a lifetime pursuing her ideals of freedom, justice and the truth.

WHERE: Kallang Theatre, 1 Stadium Walk MRT: Stadium WHEN: Jan 22 & 23, 8pm ADMISSION: $52 - $172 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 25, 2015, with the headline 'Happenings - Arts'. Print Edition | Subscribe