Happenings - Arts



2017 National Piano And Violin Competition

The biennial competition helps identify and develop young musical talents by providing them with the opportunity to perform before established local and international adjudicators. The competition, which runs from Dec 2 to 10, comprises solo piano and violin categories. Participants compete in the following age categories: artist (aged 25 and below), senior (aged 21 and below), intermediate (aged 15 and below) and junior (aged 11 and below). Applications close on July 28 at 5pm.

INFO: www.sso.org.sg/npvc


Launch Of Living With Myths In Singapore

This book brings together essays from the presenters of the Living With Myths series of seminars, a project on exploring Singapore's past and future. The launch features a discussion of the book by a panel of academics and activists, followed by an audience Q&A. Some authors of the book's chapters will be present to take questions.

WHERE: The Chamber, The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament Lane MRT: City Hall WHEN: Today, 7pm ADMISSION: Free, register at www.eventbrite.sg


Sifas Mehfil Series: Apoorva Gokhale

This Hindustani classical vocal concert features Apoorva Gokhale,

the granddaughter of Hindustani vocalist and violinist Pandit Gajananbua Joshi. She is accompanied by Singaporeans Nabendu Bhattacharya on harmonium and Sachin Bhide on tabla.

WHERE: Auditorium, Singapore Indian Fine Arts Society, 2A Starlight Road MRT: Farrer Park WHEN: Sun, 6.30 - 8.30pm ADMISSION: Free INFO: E-mail admin@sifas.org. Go to www.sifas.org

Stories Unfold

Led by conductor Luo Wei, kids' philharmonic@sg, a home-grown orchestra for children aged five to 16, perform selected pieces from films and musicals such as Schindler's List, Cinema Paradiso and West Side Story.

WHERE: Esplanade Concert Hall, 1 Esplanade Drive MRT: Esplanade/ City Hall WHEN: Sun, 3pm ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6828-8377 INFO: www.esplanade.com

The Philharmonic Orchestra's 15th Anniversary: The Complete Beethoven Symphonies (II)

Beethoven's Second Symphony was created at a time when the composer was expressing despondency about his increasing deafness in the Heiligenstadt Testament, a letter addressed to his brothers. The concert ends with Symphony No. 3, Eroica.

WHERE: Esplanade Recital Studio, 1 Esplanade Drive MRT: Esplanade/ City Hall WHEN: Wed, 7.30pm ADMISSION: $28 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg

Hansel And Gretel

The fairy tale has inspired many adaptations for the stage. Among the most popular is German composer Engelbert Humperdinck's 1893 opera. This semi-staged concert by Orchestra of the Music Makers is directed by Edith Podesta and conducted by Chan Tze Law, with Darius Lim as chorus master.

WHERE: Esplanade Concert Hall, 1 Esplanade Drive MRT: Esplanade/ City Hall WHEN: June 16, 7.30pm & June 17, 5pm ADMISSION: $16 & $24 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg

Billboard Rockx III

The Nanyang Polytechnic Chinese Orchestra returns for the third edition of its Billboard Rockx series, exploring arrangements of hit songs from 1980s classic rock acts such as Aerosmith, AC/DC and Bon Jovi, as well as from today's artists such as Adele and Ariana Grande. The concert also features home-grown singers Alfred Sim and Tay Kewei.

WHERE: Esplanade Concert Hall, 1 Esplanade Drive MRT: Esplanade/ City Hall WHEN: June 18, 5pm ADMISSION: $16 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg


Borderline - By T.H.E Dance Company & Muscle Mouth

Inspired by the complex work of visual artist David Altmed, New Zealand's Ross McCormack sculpts a multi-sensory vortex on stage with his theatrical and highly physical choreography, while Singapore's Kuik Swee Boon pushes the limits of the dancers in exploring the art of the fight. Part of M1 Contact Contemporary Dance Festival 2017.

WHERE: Esplanade Theatre Studio, 1 Esplanade Drive MRT: Esplanade/City Hall WHEN: June 22 & 23, 8pm; June 24, 3pm ADMISSION: $39 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg

Voices Of The Amazon

This music and dance production follows the story of Beleza, a water spirit from the Amazon River, whose wish to cure her dying sister takes her deep into the Brazilian rainforest. There, she is faced with the realities of deforestation and the loss of essential medicinal plants.

WHERE: Sands Theatre, MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue MRT: Bayfront WHEN: July 28, 8pm & July 29, 2 & 8pm ADMISSION: $49 - $139 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg


Joseon Korea: Court Treasures And City Life

This is an intimate inspection of 500 years of Korea's last dynasty and its definitive legacy and impact on modern Korea. The showcase features more than 150 artefacts and treasures from the National Museum of Korea and National Palace Museum of Korea.

WHERE: Asian Civilisations Museum, 1 Empress Place MRT: Raffles Place WHEN: Till July 23, 10am - 7pm (Sat - Thu), 10am - 9pm (Fri), closed on Sun ADMISSION: Singapore citizens & permanent residents: $10 (standard), $5 (Fri evenings, 7 - 9pm), free for senior citizens, students, children aged six & below & national servicemen; foreign residents & tourists: $15 (standard), $10 (Fri evenings, 7 - 9pm), $45 (family of five); foreign students & senior citizens: $10 (standard), $5 (Fri evenings, 7 - 9pm) TEL: 6332-7798 INFO: acm.org.sg

Ghost Nets Of The Ocean

Artists from the Erub Arts group, hailing from Darnley Island in Australia's Torres Strait, have transformed abandoned fishing nets (or ghost nets) into an art installation featuring marine life, to provoke reflection on how humans are impacting the world's oceans. More than 80 sculptures of fish, turtles, squids, jellyfish and corals woven from ghost nets are showcased.

WHERE: Asian Civilisations Museum, 1 Empress Place MRT: Raffles Place WHEN: Till Aug 6, 10am - 7pm (Sat - Thu), 10am - 9pm (Fri), closed on Sun ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6332-7798 INFO: www.acm.org.sg


My Passion In Art For 50 Years: Chinese Calligraphy, Painting & Seal Carving By Tan Kee Sek

This exhibition is a display of the Singaporean artist's calligraphy, painting and seal carving dating from his early work in 1968.

WHERE: Ion Art Gallery, Level 4 Ion Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn MRT: Orchard WHEN: Till Tue, 10am - 10pm daily ADMISSION: Free INFO: www.ionorchard.com

Radiant Material: A Dialogue In Vietnamese Lacquer Painting

This showcase pairs one modern and one contemporary artwork to highlight how two artists from different times - Nguyen Gia Tri and Phi Phi Oanh - have experimented with the unusual material of lacquer.

WHERE: Singtel Special Exhibition Gallery C, Level 3 City Hall Wing, National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew's Road MRT: City Hall WHEN: Till Sept 3, 10am - 7pm (Sun - Thu & public holidays), 10am - 10pm (Fri, Sat & eve of public holidays) ADMISSION: $20 (standard), $15 (concession), free entry for Singapore citizens & permanent residents TEL: 6271-7000 INFO: www.nationalgallery.sg


In The Garden

Curated by Adeline Kueh and Yuni Hadi, this exhibition sees six artists - Kray Chen, Hilmi Johandi, Gladys Ng, Homa Shojaie, Kirsten Tan and Ian Woo - respond to physical spaces within the home and its perimeters. Through media such as photography, painting, film and installation art, the works explore ideas of space, time and memory.

WHERE: Objectifs Centre for Photography and Film, 155 Middle Road MRT: Bras Basah WHEN: Tomorrow - July 9, noon - 7pm (Tue - Sat) & noon - 4pm (Sun); opening reception: today, 7.30pm; artist talk: tomorrow, 2pm ADMISSION: Free; registration required for artist talk TEL: 6336-2957 INFO: www.objectifs.com.sg/in-the-garden


Live Spectacle Naruto - Song Of The Akatsuki

This is the second stage adaptation based on Japanese manga artist Masashi Kishimoto's action manga series, after its first production here in 2015.

WHERE: Grand Theatre, MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue MRT: Bayfront WHEN: Tomorrow & Sun, 1 & 6pm ADMISSION: $82 - $172 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg

Being Haresh Sharma

This production directed by Natalie Hennedige looks at the work of Singaporean playwright Haresh Harma over the past three decades. It includes devised pieces in collaboration with various theatre practitioners and actors.

WHERE: Drama Centre Theatre, Level 3 National Library Building, 100 Victoria Street MRT: Bugis/City Hall WHEN: June 29 & 30, 8pm; July 1, 3 & 8pm; July 2, 3pm ADMISSION: $31 - $49 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg

Michael McIntyre - Big World Tour

The English comedian turns everyday situations into a masterclass of human exasperation. He has sold out arenas in New Zealand, Australia and Dubai, and also holds the record for the biggest selling comedy show in South Africa and Norway.

WHERE: The Star Theatre, 04-01 The Star Performing Arts Centre, 1 Vista Exchange Green MRT: Buona Vista WHEN: Nov 29, 8pm ADMISSION: $122 - $182 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 09, 2017, with the headline 'Happenings - Arts'. Print Edition | Subscribe