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Arts Picks: A touch of gold

From left violinist Loh Jun Hong, pianist Abigail Sin and trumpeter Lau Wen Rong.
From left violinist Loh Jun Hong, pianist Abigail Sin and trumpeter Lau Wen Rong.PHOTOS: ESNA ONG, SI JAE BYUN, CHEW SENG KIM


The More Than Music concerts, which aim to present classical music in an intimate and engaging way, are back. Join violinist Loh Jun Hong, pianist Abigail Sin and trumpeter Lau Wen Rong for this one-night showcase, as they perform works by composers such as Johannes Brahms, Ernest Chausson and Giuseppe Tartini.

WHERE: Esplanade Recital Studio, 1 Esplanade Drive MRT: City Hall/ Esplanade WHEN: Sunday, 7.30pm ADMISSION: $30 from Sistic (call 6348-5555 or go to sistic.com.sg) INFO: Go to www.facebook.com/MoreThanMusicConcerts


Singapore-based Korean artist Si Jae Byun is not just a painter, but also works with materials such as textiles and new media, exploring topics such as nature and architecture in her art. The 40-year-old has held solo shows in cities in South Korea and the United States, and was a recipient of the Phillips Collection Emerging Artist Prize in 2013.

The paintings at her debut solo exhibition here are majestic whirls of colour done on multiple sheets of silk, imbuing them with a more layered look.

WHERE: Chan Hampe Galleries, 328 North Bridge Road, Raffles Hotel Arcade, 01-21 MRT: City Hall WHEN: Till July 3, 11am to 7pm daily from Tuesday to Sunday. Closed on Monday and public holiday. ADMISSION: Free INFO: Go to www.chanhampegalleries.com


Politics, democracy and the environment are inextricably intertwined in this new play by director- playwright Irfan Kasban (photo), which centres on the conflict that arises when a 150-year-old tree has to be cleared to build a highway. The other option is to take another route, where a 50-year-old tree, planted by a former high-ranking politician, stands. The cast include actors Jo Tan, Faizal Abdullah, Chng Xin Xuan and Shafiqhah Efandi, who play multiple characters. Part of the Twenty-Something Theatre Festival.

WHERE: Goodman Arts Centre Black Box, 90 Goodman Road, Block M, 01-53 MRT: Mountbatten WHEN: Tonight, 8pm; Tomorrow, 3 and 8pm; Sunday, 8pm ADMISSION: $37 from 20something-treesacrowd.peatix.com


The National Gallery Singapore's open house features performances and interactive art activities. Its basement concourse will be transformed into a mini-Chinatown with art activities and food stalls.

WHERE: National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew's Road MRT: City Hall WHEN: 11am to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday ADMISSION: Free. Admission fees to exhibitions may apply INFO: Go to www.nationalgallery.sg

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 10, 2016, with the headline 'Arts Picks'. Print Edition | Subscribe