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Arts Picks: SSO Subscription Concert: A is for Aiyah

Paris-based Singaporean composer Diana Soh
Paris-based Singaporean composer Diana SohPHOTOS: DANIEL CAMPBELL, SSO, ST FILE


The Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) premieres a 10-minute work from Paris-based Singaporean composer Diana Soh. A Is For Aiyah is inspired by Soh's thoughts about language and gender and questions the traditional repertoire of the soprano.

French singer Elise Chauvin performs under the baton of the orchestra's associate conductor Jason Lai. The evening also includes Mahler's Ruckert-Lieder, based on the poems of Friedrich Ruckert, and Ligeti's Mysteries Of The Macabre.

WHERE: Victoria Concert Hall, 9 Empress Place MRT: City Hall/ Raffles Place WHEN: Today, 7.30pm ADMISSION: $18 to $72 from Sistic (call 6348-5555 or go to www.sistic.com.sg)


From a seller of snake meat in Chinatown to markets in Clarke Quay, this exhibition of black-and-white photographs captures slices of life in Singapore from the 1950s to 1970s.

They are taken by self-taught photographer Lui Hock Seng, who has won several local and international photography competitions, but is holding his first solo exhibition at the age of 81.

WHERE: Lower Gallery, Objectifs, 155 Middle Road MRT: Bencoolen/ Bras Basah WHEN: Until March 11,noon to 7pm (Tuesdays to Saturdays),noon to 4pm (Sundays) ADMISSION: Free INFO: Call 6336-2957 or go to www.objectifs.com.sg/passing-time


There is just over a week left to catch two blockbuster exhibitions at the National Gallery Singapore.

Over 60 Impressionist masterpieces from the Musee D'Orsay in Paris, including paintings from Monet (left) and Manet, run alongside a showcase of 19th-century South-east Asian work from revered Filipino painter Juan Luna and his famous Indonesian contemporary Raden Saleh.

WHERE: Singtel Special Exhibition Gallery, City Hall Wing, Level 3 National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew's Road WHEN: Till March 11, 10am to 7pm (Saturdays to Thursdays), 10am to 9pm (Fridays) ADMISSION: $15 for Singaporeans and permanent residents, $10 for concession-holders; $25 for non-Singaporeans, $20 for concession-holders; free for kids aged six and younger INFO: www.nationalgallery.sg


Noted British pianist Paul Lewis (left) traces connections between three Austro-German composers in this recital featuring Haydn's whimsical Piano Sonatas In C Major and G, Beethoven's Six Bagatelles, and Brahms' 6 Klavierstucke.

WHERE: Conservatory Concert Hall, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, 3 Conservatory Drive WHEN: Today, 7.30pm ADMISSION: $25 from Sistic

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 02, 2018, with the headline 'Arts Picks'. Subscribe