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Arts picks: A mix of classics from The Singapore Chinese Orchestra

Published on Apr 12, 2014 8:11 AM
 
SSO goes Botanic gardens. -- FILE PHOTO: SINGAPORE CHINESE ORCHESTRA

IF THERE'RE SEASONS...

This may be the third time since 2007 that The Theatre Practice is staging this popular musical, but its appeal remains evergreen because of the timeless songs by home-grown composer Liang Wern Fook, whose name is closely tied to the rise of Singapore's folk music movement in the 1990s. The play follows A-Le who leaves Singapore for New York after losing his girlfriend. There, he falls for aspiring actress Rose and finds himself torn between his old love and new flame. The actors put on a commendable performance and Liang does not disappoint with the tunes.

Where: Drama Centre Theatre, National Library Building Level 3 MRT: Bugis/City Hall When: Till April 27, 8pm (Tue - Fri), 2.30 & 8pm (Sat & Sun) Admission: $46 - $76 from Sistic (go to www.sistic.com.sg or call 6348-5555) Info: Some mature content

AUSPICIOUS DESIGNS: BATIK FOR PERANAKAN ALTARS

One may not immediately associate batik altar cloths with Peranakan art but the new exhibition at The Peranakan Museum aims to change that with the first large-scale show on the subject.

Peranakan families typically used embroidered cloths made in southern China to decorate their household altars for special occasions. In the early 20th century, however, some families in Indonesia began using batik or resist-dyed cloths, a move likely spurred by the flourishing batik industry in Java. The colourful batik altar cloths combine traditional Chinese symbolism with motifs and designs from South-east Asia and Europe, giving Peranakan ceremonial practices a distinct local flavour.

The batik altar cloths on display were drawn largely from a donation by Matthew and Alice Yapp.

 
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