Happenings - Gigs

GIGS

Music@Empress

This monthly music concert series presents live performances by home-grown bands in the heart of the Civic District. Musicians performing this month are indie-pop/folk singer Ken Loh, singer-songwriter Jawn and synth-pop quartet Disco Hue.

WHERE: Civic District, Empress Lawn MRT: City Hall/Raffles Place WHEN: Tomorrow, 6 - 7.30pm ADMISSION: Free INFO: www.facebook.com/civicdistrictsg

Poland Sounds Good

The finale of the Polish Food Festival features a performance by Polish musicians Arkadiusz Bielak (piano), Hanna Krasnodebska (violin), Jacek Mirucki (bass) and Waclaw Turek (accordion).

WHERE: Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage, Singapore Botanic Gardens, 1 Cluny Road MRT: Botanic Gardens WHEN: Tomorrow, 6.30 - 7.30pm ADMISSION: Free INFO: www.nparks.gov.sg & www.polandshiok.sg

Big Band Bash

Thomson Big Band and Thomson Swing Band perform jazz standards from the 1930s and 1940s, along with jazz tunes from present-day composers.

WHERE: Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage, Singapore Botanic Gardens, 1 Cluny Road MRT: Botanic Gardens WHEN: Sun, 5.30 - 7pm ADMISSION: Free INFO: www.nparks.gov.sg

Hats Off To Led Zeppelin

This tribute band pay homage to the iconic English rockers and are managed by Warren Grant, son of Led Zeppelin's manager Peter Grant.

WHERE: Kallang Theatre, 1 Stadium Walk MRT: Stadium WHEN: June 2, 8pm ADMISSION: $31 - $72 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg

CHARITY

Faure's Requiem: A Charity Gala Concert In Aid Of Lions Home

Singapore's Vocal Associates Festival Chorus presents a charity concert in aid of the Lions Home for the Elders. It features newly formed orchestra Asia Virtuosi, led by Singapore conductor Joshua Tan Kang Ming.

WHERE: Esplanade Concert Hall, 1 Esplanade Drive MRT: Esplanade/ City Hall WHEN: Thu & June 2, 7.30pm ADMISSION: $29 - $102 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg

Acres 16th Charity Gala: Championing Harmony Together

This charity gala is held in celebration of Singapore's more than 400 species of wild animals and the people who help them. Every cent raised at the event will go towards the Animal Concerns Research and Education Society's animal protection programmes.

WHERE: Grand Ballroom, Orchid Country Club, 1 Orchid Club Road MRT: Yishun WHEN: June 9, 6.30 - 11pm ADMISSION: $268 a seat, $2,288 for table of 10 INFO: Tickets from acres.give.asia/movement/gala

TALKS

HistoriaSG: Religions In Singapore: A Historical Overview

This talk gives an overview of the history of religion in Singapore, looking at the five largest groups - Islam, Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism and Christianity - and their growth here. Speaker Bruce Lockhart is an associate professor at the National University of Singapore's history department .

WHERE: Gallery Theatre, Basement, National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Road MRT: Bras Basah/ Dhoby Ghaut WHEN: Tomorrow, 11am - noon ADMISSION: Free, register at tinyurl.com/ko9qpnw INFO: nationalmuseum.sg

Joseon Korea And Early Modern East Asia

Dr Lee Seung Joon from the National University of Singapore offers a revisionist narrative of Korea's Joseon Dynasty (1392 to 1910) which, despite its "hermit kingdom" nickname, was the centre of modern transformation in East Asia.

WHERE: Ngee Ann Auditorium, Asian Civilisations Museum, 1 Empress Place MRT: Raffles Place WHEN: Today, 7 - 8pm ADMISSION: Free INFO: www.acm.org.sg & www.fom.sg

Finding Liu Kang In Shanghai

Author Gretchen Liu shares her adventures of tracking down her father-in-law, Singapore pioneer artist Liu Kang's fascinating experiences in art and friendship in Shanghai from 1926 to 1937.

WHERE: Ngee Ann Auditorium, Asian Civilisations Museum, 1 Empress Place MRT: Raffles Place WHEN: Mon, 11am - noon ADMISSION: Free INFO: E-mail mml@fom.sg. Go to www.fom.sg

Political Economy Of The 2009-2016 Malaysia-China Relationship: A Synthesis

As China's power in South-east Asia rises, its bilateral ties with Malaysia have strengthened in the commercial, manufacturing and financial sectors. The speaker is Dr Elsa Lafaye de Micheaux, an associate professor in development studies and new political economy at Rennes 2 University in France.

WHERE: EAI Conference Room, 06-01 Tower Block, National University of Singapore Bukit Timah Campus, 469A Bukit Timah Road MRT: Botanic Gardens WHEN: Monday, 3.30 - 5pm ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6516-3715/ 6779-1037 INFO: eai.nus.edu.sg

Seminar: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia: A Game Changer Or A Non-Starter?

Malaysian politician Mukhriz Mahathir discusses the upcoming general elections in Malaysia and whether the ground is fertile for change. The newest political party, Bersatu, is making waves in the country's increasingly volatile political scene.

WHERE: Seminar Room 2, Iseas-Yusof Ishak Institute, 30 Heng Mui Keng Terrace MRT: Haw Par Villa WHEN: Tue, 10 - 11.30am ADMISSION: Free, register at www.iseas.edu.sg by Mon

Seminar: Apec Regional Integration And Connectivity In An Era Of Populist Policies

Amid a sombre mood of anti-globalisation, leaders of 21 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) economies concluded last year's Apec summit by emphasising the need for greater regional economic integration. This seminar will bring together policy-makers and experts to discuss three key aspects of Apec activities: policy discussion on service sector liberalisation and Apec post-2020 Bogor goals; outlook on globalisation and Apec economies; and ideas and issues to strengthen connectivity across Apec economies.

WHERE: Seminar Room 2, Iseas-Yusof Ishak Institute, 30 Heng Mui Keng Terrace MRT: Haw Par Villa WHEN: Thu, 10am - noon ADMISSION: Free, register at www.iseas.edu.sg by Tue

Seminar: The United States And China In South-east Asia: Competitive Co-existence?

South-east Asia has increasingly become the geographic epicentre of the strategic competition and perceived power shift between the region's two major powers - the United States and China. In this session, Professor David Shambaugh, distinguished visiting professor at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, will discuss the dynamics of the competition, as well as the assets and liabilities that each power possesses in the region.

WHERE: Seminar Room 2, Iseas-Yusof Ishak Institute, 30 Heng Mui Keng Terrace MRT: Haw Par Villa WHEN: Thu, 4 - 5.30pm ADMISSION: Free, register at www.iseas.edu.sg by Tue

CLASSES

Ballet Masterclasses With Ashley Ellis, Prima Ballerina At Boston Ballet

World-renowned prima ballerina Ashley Ellis will teach ballet techniques and her interpretation of the Gamzatti variation from La Bayadere, as well as conduct a special semi-private masterclass.

WHERE: Dance on Us studios, 8 Claymore Hill Road MRT: Orchard WHEN: June 11 & 12, various times ADMISSION: $85 a class, $245 for semi-private class (limited to four students); early-bird discount of $5 for registrations made by Mon with the code EARLYBIRD. Register at www.masterclass.cloudandvictory.com

FESTIVALS

The Lion City Youth Jazz Festival Concert

This concert features the Jazz Association (Singapore) Youth Orchestra and its mentors, and the result of a five-day programme consisting of intensive rehearsals and workshops, as well as interaction and guidance from professional jazz musicians, including Benny Golson (United States), Jeremy Monteiro (Singapore) and Fritz K. Renold (Switzerland).

WHERE: Victoria Theatre, 9 Empress Place MRT: City Hall/Raffles Place WHEN: Tomorrow, 7.30pm ADMISSION: $44 - $114 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg

Faber-Castell Art Festival

Activities ranging from an art exhibition by local emerging artists to interactive workshops with local art makers to a colouring competition for families will be held at this festival. Most of the activities will take place on the weekend.

WHERE: Marina Square Central Atrium, 6 Raffles Boulevard MRT: Esplanade WHEN: Tomorrow - June 4, 11am - 9pm daily ADMISSION: Free, individual workshop prices apply INFO: www.facebook.com/FaberCastell.Sg

24th Singapore International Piano Festival: Fantasies & Memories

Four internationally renowned pianists - Joseph Moog, Wong Chiyan, Huseyin Sermet and Stephen Kovacevich - will perform at this festival. Sermet and Kovacevich will also hold masterclasses.

WHERE: Victoria Concert Hall & Dance Studio, 9 Empress Place MRT: City Hall/Raffles Place WHEN: Recitals: Thu (Moog), June 2 (Wong), June 3 (Sermet) & June 4 (Kovacevich), 7.30pm; masterclasses: June 4, 4pm (Sermet) & June 5, 7.30pm (Kovacevich) ADMISSION: $16 - $90 TEL: 6348- 5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg

StoryFest: International Storytelling Festival Singapore

This festival features a variety of performances, including shows for families and adults, workshops and local commissions - a Young Storytellers Mentorship Project Graduation Showcase; and Stories For Change, which showcases key storytelling and spoken word organisations.

WHERE: The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament Lane MRT: City Hall WHEN: June 2 - 4, various times ADMISSION: From $10 INFO: storyfestsg.com

Beerfest Asia

There will be more than 500 kinds of beers, ciders and food, as well as performances, workshops and beer yoga.

WHERE: Marina Bay Cruise Centre, 61 Marina Coastal Drive MRT: Marina South Pier WHEN: Aug 17, 6pm - 1am; Aug 18, 6pm - 2am; Aug 19, 3pm - 2am; Aug 20, 2 - 10pm ADMISSION: From $21 (early-bird rate ends on Wed) INFO: www.beerfestasia.com

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 26, 2017, with the headline 'Happenings - Gigs'. Print Edition | Subscribe