Thursday, November 15

It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

One of the many reasons why I love this tiny island is the arts scene. Trust me...itz WAYYY better than Melbourne's or Adelaide's (I lived in these places for 5 years)

Christmas period is my fave time. Besides being the celebration of the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ, it is also the time of many concerts and playing of christmas songs.

The following are some concerts I would love to catch this season!

Jeremy Monteiro, Tuck & Patti and Paul Ponnudorai
Singapore, USA and Malaysia
22 Dec 07, Sat, 7.30pm
Concert Hall

Great company, abundant goodwill and fantastic music. What better way to mark the yuletide season?

In A Jazzy Christmas, Singapore’s "King of Swing", Jeremy Monteiro, acclaimed duo Tuck & Patti, and soulful singer-musician Paul Ponnodurai celebrate the festive season (as well as Jeremy’s 30th year in the world of jazz) with a delightful lineup of Christmas songs, original compositions and well-loved jazz, blues and gospel standards.

Husband-and-wife duo, Tuck and Patti, has been known to take audiences' breath away, melding guitar virtuosity and soulful singing into "an intimate musical conversation that involves everyone, moves everyone, shakes everyone" (Aspen Times).

Vocalist and guitarist Paul Ponnudorai has been acclaimed by Time magazine as "possibly the greatest musical interpreter of our time".

This December, experience some of the greatest musical conversations between friends in A Jazzy Christmas and let these gifted musicians lift you up with their music and passion.

(110 mins, with 20 intermission)

Pricing: $40, $60 or (i cannot afford liao)

The Standards: The Beatles, Nat King Cole, Teresa Teng, and Shanghai Jazz
Presented by re:mix
by re:mix
16 Dec 07(Sun) 3.00pm & 7.30pm
Recital Studio

Foo Say Ming violin, music direction

"To say the full-house audience enjoyed re: mix... would be an understatement" - Straits Times Life!

This December, re: mix traces some of the music of popular culture and examines how these works have become the "standards" of today. As a collaborative project with local composer Kelly Tang, re: mix also explores the potential of these musical pieces as concert pieces for the contemporary classical petit ensemble.

Delight in the music of Nat King Cole, Teresa Teng, and music that is increasingly known today as Shanghai Jazz, as well as selections from Peter Breiner's Baroque Beatles brought to you by re: mix and Kelly Tang.

Pricing: $20!

(No intermission)

Simple Gifts: Christmas with the Singapore Lyric Opera
Presented by Singapore Lyric Opera
Singapore Lyric Opera
20th and 21st Dec 07, Thu & Fri, 7.30pm
Concert Hall

In this time of sharing and giving, let the Singapore Lyric Opera present you with a gift of seasonal songs.

Enjoy the exuberance of John Rutter's Magnificat performed by The Anglo-Chinese Junior College Choir, Yishun Junior College Chorale, the Amadeus Chorus and the Singapore Lyric Opera Chorus, together with soprano Nancy Yuen. And delight in the angelic voices of the Singapore Lyric Opera Children's Choir, accompanied by harpist Katryna Tan, as they present Benjamin Britten's A Ceremony of Carols, one of the 20th century's seminal choral works.

Then celebrate with the choirs as they bring you popular carols and invite the audience to sing along.

Performing with the combined chorus is The Philharmonic Orchestra, led by young and upcoming homegrown conductor, Joshua Tan Kang Ming.

(110mins, including intermission)

Pricing: $18, 28, 38, ok...enuff...

Anyone interested? Leave a comment or shout at the CBox/shoutbox/tagboard