Get tickets for 'electric' ChildAid concert from today

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TICKETS for the eighth run of charity concert ChildAid - on Dec 7 and 8 - will go on sale today.

Tickets cost $18 and $38, or $19 and $41 including booking fees, for the shows at Marina Bay Sands (MBS) Grand Theater.

MBS is the official venue partner for ChildAid 2012 while Citi and HSBC banks are the main sponsors. ChildAid, a showcase of young talents organised by The Straits Times and The Business Times, will run for 21/2 hours.

The line-up for The Electric Edition-themed concert includes song-and-dance numbers, piano and string performances by local and regional musicians and dances from ballet to hip-hop.

Taking to the stage are 210 youngsters. Some 140 will sing, dance or play musical instruments, mostly accompanied by a 70-strong orchestra.

The concert's artistic director, 2008 Cultural Medallion recipient Iskandar Ismail, who has been involved in ChildAid since its second edition in 2006, said this year's event includes new elements such as the use of the electronic violin and cello.

Show director Jeremiah Choy of Orangedot Productions said the feel will be more "eclectic, edgy and full of interesting genre juxtapositions". He added that the concert also included direct inputs from the performers.

A band made up of five Koreans studying here - Fred Nam Hyeonuk, 19, Yae Hyeon Kyeong and Joshua Park Young Joo, both 18, and Lee Chang Yoon and Michael Kim Si Jin, both 17 - will give a rock spin to Korean rapper Psy's Gangnam Style hit song.

Toh Yi Fan, 15, better known by his rapper name Tzire and who has a following on YouTube, will rap with Lineath Rajendran, 18, in an original composition they co-wrote for ChildAid.

The event's organising chairman Alvin Tay, who is also editor of The Business Times and chairman of the Budding Artists Fund, said: "At the launch of ChildAid 2012 earlier this year, we said that this year's concert will be bigger, better and brighter. Now that I have seen our final list of young performers, I dare say that it will be one of our best ever.

"Our young talents are looking forward to put together an electrifying show for all of you. Please come and support them, and support the two children's charities that they are performing for."

Proceeds will go to The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund, which helps children from low-income families with school expenses, and The Business Times Budding Artists Fund, a programme under The Old Parliament House which gives an arts education to underprivileged but artistically gifted children.

Since ChildAid started in 2005, $5.86 million has been raised.