Things to do, watch, listen this week: 29 Nov to 5 Dec
The A List selection this week takes in a spectacularlight show at Gardens by the Bay, live and online performances from the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, a multinational exhibition of cutting-edge print and paper artworks at the STPI, and a contemporary dance double-bill.
Garden Rhapsody – An Evening of Musical Theatre
This spectacular free show of light and music amidst the Supertrees illuminates the night sky at Gardens by the Bay every evening from 8 Nov to 2 Dec, before switching to The Christmas Special from 3 Dec. It’s a feast for the senses that has been a big hit since its inception in 2015, and once again award-winning lighting designer Adrian Tan and composer and arranger Bang Wenfu are at the helm. Immerse yourself in a special arrangement of tunes from The Phantom Of The Opera, Les Misérables, Chicago, and more. Find out more about Garden Rhapsody here.
Baiba Skride Plays Mozart – Profound Beauty
Join star violinist Baiba Skride as she plays Mozart’s technically demanding Violin Concerto No.4 in D major and Symphony No.40 in G minor with the full Singapore Symphony Orchestra – a rare sight since the pandemic began. Symphony No.40 in G minor is one of Mozart’s most admired works; not least by Beethoven, who copied out 29 bars from the score in one of his sketchbooks and used the same pitch sequence in his Fifth Symphony. Book your tickets for Baiba Skride Plays Mozart – Profound Beauty here.
The Lines Fall Where They May
This fascinating show curated by Jason Wee at the STPI Gallery features works made by eight artists who have enjoyed residencies at STPI. The core of the exhibition is a series of sap-drenched pressings by Berlin- and Seoul-based Haegue Yang and three sets of paper works embossed with ink and copper by Indian artist, Prabhavathi Meppayil. The exhibition runs from 9 Nov to 5 Dec and entry is free. Find out more about The Lines Fall Where They May here.
Seeing __ Through the Eyes of Impermanence
The Human Expression (T.H.E) Dance Company (Singapore) offers up a double-bill of contemporary dance at Esplanade Theatre Studio, tackling the question of how we face up to the reality of impermanence in our lives. Acclaimed choreographer Albert Tiong brings a new work (entitled Us) to the stage, and there is a second piece – An Impression – created by breakthrough talent Anthea Seah. There are four live shows from 3 to 5 Dec and two live-streamed performances. Find out more and book tickets for Seeing __ Though the Eyes of Impermanence here.
Ancient Airs and Dances
The delicate charm of renaissance lute music was given a new lease on life when Ottorino Respighi, a notable musicologist as well as a renowned composer and conductor, orchestrated it into his Ancient Airs and Dances. This instantly appealing music is matched by the Italian’s witty depictions of The Birds. Written in 1928 but using musical forms from the 17th and 18th centuries, it attempts to transcribe birdsong and bird actions (fluttering wings and scratching feet) into musical notation. Join the SSO and Associate Conductor Joshua Tan on this excursion into Italian nostalgia. Get tickets for this online showing of a pre-recorded live performance of Ancient Airs and Dances here.
(Photos: Gardens by the Bay, Singapore Symphonia Company Limited, STPI, Bernie Ng)