Things to do, watch, listen this week: 6 to 12 Sep
The A List flags up a crowd-pleasing mix of cultural options for the coming week – from classical flute music to a Hungarian arthouse movie, a free open-air art installation tracing the creative and cultural energy that made Singapore, a great night out at the theatre, and cutting-edge creativity at Bukit Merah.
Intimate Moments – On the Air with Jin Ta
Jin Ta, veteran Principal Flute in the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, is the next artist in the Intimate Moments series, which gives SSO leaders an opportunity to talk about their life in music and choose their own programme. Taking the stage on 10 and 11 Sep at Victoria Concert Hall, Ta opens with Telemann’s technically demanding Fantasia No.1 in A Major for Solo Flute before easing things out with a polonaise by Dubois, and Beethoven’s melodic Trio for Flute, Clarinet and Bassoon (Op.87). Pierre Max Dubois’ Petite Suite brings us into the 20th century while the closing piece is one of Ta’s own compositions: Rice, a tone poem for flute and piano. Get tickets for Intimate Moments with Jin Ta here.
Head down to the KC Arts Centre for The Stage Club’s production of Willy Russell’s tragicomic exposé of human strength and weakness set in the world of higher education. Sparks fly and lives are changed when feisty working-class hairdresser, Rita, meets jaded, boozy lecturer, Frank. After a smash hit seven-year run in London’s West End, the play was made into a film starring Julie Walters and Michael Caine. It runs from 8 to 12 Sep. Get tickets for Educating Rita here.
Cana Film Festival 4 – Zarojelentes/Final Report
The human heart is a recurring theme in this film by veteran Hungarian director, István Szabó – and not just because the protagonist is a cardiologist. An ageing doctor returns to the village he grew up in but cannot reconnect with anyone except the priest, who shares his dim view of the locals. The pair often take sanctuary on a small lake, drifting around on two small boats as they fish, trade wry observations and ponder on the best way to take down the brash mayor who wants to turn the place into a bland tourist trap. Showing on 8 and 10 Sep at Filmgarde Bugis+. Get your tickets for Zarojelentes/Final Report here.
A Little Love Story in Singapore
Walk through the Esplanade Tunnel from 6 Sep to experience the emergence of modern Singapore as imagined by local artist Chiew Sien Kuan through a series of assemblages and mixed media paintings. Rather than tell the standard tale of survival against the odds, this artistic interpretation is filled with humanity and adventure, shaped by the communities that call Singapore home. While walking through the tunnel, viewers are transported to the harbour, the riverside, the airport and a street theatre; each site anchored by a set of works relating to a different aspect of the Little Red Dot. Find out more about A Little Love Story in Singapore here.
Expressing Heritage: Art & Sound Originality Unfold
The first annual exhibition by Temenggong Artists in Residence is a great reason to take the evening off and get over to Bukit Merah. The show highlights the work of four Singaporean artists – Theseus Chan, Sim Boon Yang, Sonny Liew and art collective, Phunk. This night exhibition that runs till 12 Sep is open every day from 5-10pm. Phunk’s piece, a projection over the entire façade of the 100-year-old colonial building Temenggong Artists in Residence calls home, is stunning in the darkness. Get more details on Expressing Heritage: Art & Sound Originality Unfold here.
(Photos: Singapore Symphony Orchestra, The Stage Club, Cana Film Festival, Chiew Sien Kuan, Phunk)