6 upcoming live performances you shouldn’t miss
At the height of the pandemic, live performances were forced to go virtual, and, in many cases, were put on indefinite hold. Our streets went quiet, concert halls closed their doors, and bars were left devoid of live entertainment. But with the latest easing in COVID-19 Safe Management Measures (SMM), the future of live performances is looking brighter than ever.
To help you rediscover the magic of live music, we have handpicked six upcoming performances you can look forward to in person.
1. Lost Dreams: Music of Webern, Berg, and Strauss
“So choose and speak for me, ye memories, and at least give me some reflection of my life before it sinks into the dark!” -Stefan Zweig, The World of Yesteryear.
A symphonic experience that transcends time, Lost Dreams is the second concert experience staged by young chamber orchestra Wayfarer Sinfonietta. The event presents early works of the revolutionary Second Viennese School, with Webern’s Passacaglia and Berg’s 7 Early Songs, juxtaposed with the late works of Richard Strauss.
Led by the orchestra’s director Lien Boon Hua and featuring sopranos Joyce Lee Tung and Teng Xiang Ting, with direction by Tang Xinxin, Lost Dreams is an ode to loss and joy in the face of a changing world.
It is a one-day-only concert on 3 May at Victoria Concert Hall.
Get tickets for Lost Dreams here.
2. Mellow Blues
What’s better than sipping a warm (or iced!) cup of your favourite coffee while watching live blues music? Head down to RUMI The Poet’s Cup along Haji Lane and try not to let guitarist and singer-songwriter Mellow Blues serenade you.
Catch his first performance live at Haji Lane on 17 May.
Get updated on Mellow Blues’ live gigs here.
3. Songs from a Woman’s Heart
Join in on the celebration of songs about love by women composers that include Amy Beach, Alma Mahler, and Pauline Viardot!
Taking the stage with their enviable musical chops are Singapore-born mezzo-soprano Rebecca Chellappah and pianist Pauline Lee. Chellappah’s opera credits include the title role in Bizet’s Carmen, which won National Opera and Dramatic Association UK Best Operatic production 2018, while Lee had won the Silver Prize in Asia International Piano Academy Festival & Competition in Korea. Both musicians have toured Asia and Europe extensively and currently run their own courses to develop the talent of our next generation.
Catch this lunchtime concert on 23 May at Esplanade Concert Hall.
Get tickets for Songs From A Woman’s Heart here.
Missing the tunes of the early 2000s? Catch the band live and relive your teen (or pre-teen) days of headbanging to pop-rock and pop-punk classics. RACH covers songs from iconic bands such as My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy, and Hoobastank, and will also perform original music with tracks like You’re A Liar (But So Am I) and I Like It.
RACH will perform at the Esplanade Concourse on 26 April.
Find out more about RACH here.
5. Stephen Hough Plays Mozart: Comedy, Contemplation and Cognizance
Join the Singapore Symphony Orchestra as they perform alongside one of the most distinguished classical music personalities of our time, the celebrated pianist Stephen Hough, to play Mozart’s sparkling Piano Concerto No. 21.
Conducted by acclaimed maestro Fabio Biondi, the concert will also feature Rossini’s Overture to The Barber of Seville and Kalliwoda’s Symphony No. 1 in F minor, Op. 7.
This lineup of orchestral greats will be on show on 29 April at Esplanade Concert Hall.
Get tickets for Stephen Hough Plays Mozart here.
6. Busking #BackToLive
Finally, buskers are back on the streets! From classical guitar and vocal performances to traditional Chinese instruments, beatboxing and more – there will be many upcoming performances lined up all over the city and our heartlands.
Find out where and when your favourite buskers are performing via the busking portal.
Go ahead and indulge in the above events and more – to make up for lost time and to make new memories. You can also discover more local music and artists by following I Play SG Music playlists on Spotify and YouTube.
(Photos: National Arts Council, Esplanade, Songkick, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Victoria Theatre & Concert Hall)
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