Arts Picks: Catch Chinese New Year concerts and opening acts of Huayi: Chinese Festival of Arts

SCO COMMUNITY CONCERT: SPRING ABUNDANCE AT FAR EAST PLAZA

Led by resident conductor Quek Ling Kiong, the Singapore Chinese Orchestra will perform a festive repertoire including resident music arranger Sim Boon Yew's Spring Festival Medley and Beijing-born composer Kwan Nai-Chung's New Year's Eve, based on his childhood memories of celebrating the arrival of spring. Also keep an ear out for a medley of theme songs from popular anime feature films produced by Studio Ghibli.

WHERE: Driveway of Far East Plaza

MRT: Orchard

WHEN: Feb 16, 6pm

ADMISSION: Free

INFO: www.sco.com.sg

ONCE UPON A TIME 2019

The Teng Ensemble performs popular and festive melodies for Chinese New Year at this concert presented by Mapletree Investments. The ensemble is both rooted in Chinese instrumental tradition and contemporary music. This performance also features young musicians from the Guzheng Association (Singapore) and singer-songwriter Ling Kai.

WHERE: Level 3 SkyPark Amphitheatre, VivoCity, 1 Harbourfront Walk

MRT: Harbourfront

WHEN: Feb 16, 7.30pm

ADMISSION: $4, $3 for children below 14, via mapletree16feb.peatix.com

THE TRAGEDY OF HAMLET, PRINCE OF DENMARK


Directed by acclaimed Beijing theatre director Li Liuyi, The Tragedy Of Hamlet, Prince Of Denmark is based on a new Chinese translation from the Shakespeare Folio Translation Project. PHOTO: ESPLANADE - THEATRES BY THE BAY

The annual Huayi: Chinese Festival of Arts presented by the Esplanade - Theatres On The Bay opens this weekend. A top draw is The Tragedy Of Hamlet, Prince Of Denmark, co-commissioned by the Esplanade and Hong Kong Arts Festival. Directed by acclaimed Beijing theatre director Li Liuyi, the play is based on a new Chinese translation from the Shakespeare Folio Translation Project. It stars Chinese film star Hu Jun as Hamlet, with stage veterans Pu Cunxin and Lu Fang playing double roles. Pu is Hamlet's father and uncle, and Lu, Hamlet's mother and lover Ophelia.

WHERE: Esplanade Theatre, 1 Esplanade Drive

MRT: City Hall/ Esplanade

WHEN: Feb 15 and 16, 8pm, Feb 17, 2.30pm

ADMISSION: from www.esplanade.com or from Sistic (call 6348-5555 or go to sistic.com.sg)

INFO: www.esplanade.com

DEAR JOHN


Dance, music and kinetic art installation are used to investigate the process of making sound in Dear John, a work that pays homage to the artistic process of the late American composer John Cage. PHOTO: ETANG CHEN

In this intriguing experimental production by Taiwanese group M.O.V.E. Theatre, a dancer is connected to the inner workings of the piano, creating sounds as she moves. Dance, music and kinetic art installation are used to investigate the process of making sound, in a work that pays homage to the artistic process of the late American composer John Cage.

WHERE: Esplanade Theatre Studio

MRT: City Hall/ Esplanade

WHEN: Feb 15, 8pm; Feb 16, 3pm and 8pm

ADMISSION: $38 from Sistic