Arts Picks: China through music and pioneering poetry

The Singapore Chinese Orchestra performing at the Botanic Gardens, led by resident conductor Quek Ling Kiong. -- PHOTO: SINGAPORE CHINESE ORCHESTRA
The Singapore Chinese Orchestra performing at the Botanic Gardens, led by resident conductor Quek Ling Kiong. -- PHOTO: SINGAPORE CHINESE ORCHESTRA


The Singapore Chinese Orchestra takes the audience around China through music. Resident conductor Quek Ling Kiong leads the ensemble through pieces such as Jiang Ying's The Silk Road, Kuan Nai-chung's The Beautiful Scenes Of Yunnan and Zhang Han Shu's Beautiful Ke Er Qin Steppe.

Where: Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage, Singapore Botanic Gardens MRT: Orchard/Botanic Gardens When: Sun, 6pm Admission: Free Info: www.sco.com.sg

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This two-day conference is a must for anyone curious about local history or how to tell their own life stories. The Arts House and writer Robert Yeo bring together biographers, historians and memoir writers, including Josephine Chia and Hidaya Amin, to share their stories of self and Singapore.

Where: The Arts House MRT: Raffles Place/City Hall When: Tomorrow and Sun, from 10.30am Admission: Free, but register first at www.ticketmash.sg/bioforum Info: www.theartshouse.com.sg

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Do not miss the chance to hear poets Lee Tzu Pheng, Gwee Li Sui and Paul Tan read from their latest books of verse. Tan and Gwee are breaking a long silence with their new books while Dr Lee is not only a pioneering poet but has also nurtured a new generation of writers.

Where: 51 Armenian Street MRT: City Hall/Dhoby Ghaut When: Today, 7.30pm Admission: Free

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The orchestra will be busy making music this weekend under the baton of associate conductor Jason Lai. First up are heartland concerts that are part of Temasek's 40th anniversary celebrations. The programme includes crowd favourites such as Suite No. 1 from the opera Carmen by Bizet. Then on Monday, the orchestra presents a free lunchtime concert at the newly renovated Victoria Concert Hall, in celebration of Singapore Press Holding's 30th anniversary. The programme includes easy-listening classics and movie themes, including Louis Vierne's Carillon de Westminster played by Margaret Chen on the hall's historic pipe organ.

Where: ITE College Central, AMK Auditorium, 2 Ang Mo Kio Drive MRT: Yio Chu Kang/Ang Mo Kio When: Today, 7.30pm Admission: $9 from Sistic Where: Victoria Junior College Performance Theatre, 20 Marine Vista MRT: Kembangan When: Sun, 4pm Admission: $9 (only single seats), from Sistic Tel: 6348-5555 Info: www.sistic.com.sg Where: Victoria Concert Hall MRT: Raffles Place When: Mon, 12.30pm Admission: Free

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