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Estonian National Male Choir
Synopsis

The Grammy Award-winning Estonian National Male Choir makes its Singapore debut at the Esplanade Concert Hall, presenting choral works from the 19th century to the present!

The choir will be performing pieces by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Sergei Rachmaninov, Henrik Ødegaard, Galina Grigoryeva, Giovanni Bonato and Veljo Tormis.

Founded in 1944 by legendary composer and leader of the Estonian choral movement, Gustav Emesaks, the choir has since grown to become the largest full-time professional male choir in the world. Over its 60 years of existence, they have given more than 6000 concerts all over Estonia, in many cities of former Soviet Union, as well as Western European countries, Israel, Canada and the US.

In 2004, the choir won the Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance for their recording of Sibelius’ cantatas. A year later, their recording of Edvard Grieg's Peer Gynt was voted the Orchestral Album of the Year in BBC Music Magazine.

This concert is presented as part of Estonia 100, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia.

Mikk Üleoja
Mikk Üleoja is the chief conductor and artistic director of the Estonian National Male Choir. He has been the principal conductor of Pärnu chamber choir Mattone (1994–1996) and St. Michael's Boys' Choir (2003–2005). Since 2003, Üleoja has also been the conductor of the concert choir of Tallinn St. Charles Congregation. Üleoja has taught conducting in Viljandi Culture Academy (2004–2005) and been a long-time choir master of the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir (1998–2011).

Üleoja has been awarded the Golden Medal of Armenian Ministry of Culture for supporting and popularisation Armenian culture (2016) and the Annual Prize of the Estonian Cultural Endowment for Music (2007).

Start Sales Date

Internet : 15 Nov 2017, 9am
Other Channels : 15 Nov 2017, 10am

Language

English with subtitles

Duration

Approximately 1 hour 40 minutes, with 20 minutes intermission

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The playground, a child’s haven, is disturbed when two strangers take over. Fun turns into fear, but Woof Woof is near.With live music, minimal dialogue and puppets dressed in colourful batik, discover how Woof Woof helps the child overcome her fear. The Dog Who Goes Woof Woof is a heart-warming story of how friendship can be found in all forms if only the heart is open.Inspired by De große Hund by Andrea Hensgen and The Amazing Sarong by Quek Hong Shin.Creative TeamDirected by: Tan Beng TianScript by: Tan Beng TianMusic by: Stan x SoapSet designer: Razali Semuni (Joy)Lighting designer: Gabriel ChanPuppet designers: Loo An Ni and                             Zahidah Abdullah (Zack)Costume designer: Theresa ChanStage Manager: Carolene Ruth LiewAssistant Stage Manager: Chen RuiyuCastAnn LekLiz Sergeant TanSerene TanZhou ZihaoSensory-friendly version of this production will be available on 9 Mar, Fri and 10 Mar, Sat. A sensory-friendly performance provides a welcoming and relaxed environment for children, and is particularly suited for those on the autism spectrum or with sensory sensitivities. To find out what sensory-friendly performances are, visit www.esplanade.com/sensoryfriendly. 
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Feed Your Imagination (F.Y.I) 2018 Nuri Terbang Malam Directed by Syed Ahmad featuring Orkes Nuri
Nuri Terbang MalamDirected by Syed Ahmad featuring Orkes Nuri (Singapore) Lagu Nuri Terbang Malam, recorded back in 1903 by Malay singer, Qasim, is the earliest physical recorded evidence of Malay music.Under the direction of Syed Ahmad, the band Orkes Nuri will take audiences on a journey back in time to trace the chronology of Malay music from pre-independence 1900s to present day Singapore through Lagu Nuri Terbang Malam and more.Join us on a journey to reminisce the decades of Malay music through stories, nostalgia and history.Performed in Malay with English surtitles. 
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Esplanade&Me
In finding new ways to bring the arts closer to you, we also want to get to know you better. Esplanade&Me (E&Me) is an opportunity for us to grow our community and strengthen our relationship with you through the arts.E&Me is more than a card for arts lovers; it’s your special pass to experience the arts, a chance to go behind the scenes, a way to support the arts – an opportunity for everyone to be engaged, be involved and be entertained.Visit www.esplanade.com for details  
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Huayi 华艺节 2018 Blood & Rose Ensemble 血与玫瑰乐队 Shakespeare’s Wild Sisters Group (Taiwan/Singapore) 莎士比亚的妹妹们的剧团(台湾/新加坡)
Blood & Rose Ensemble takes on Shakespeare’s “Wars of the Roses” history plays, putting a fresh, satirical and highly entertaining spin on the question of how history gets made. Between the beauty and violence of roses and bloodshed, how is history written and re-written? How are these histories told, and who gets to tell them?In this brilliantly-inventive staging, prodigious Taiwanese director Wang Chia-Ming plays the invisible DJ, spinning in the arena of history, as he boldly remixes cuts, characters, and conflicts of Shakespeare’s Henry VI and Richard III, whilst jockeying the talented ensemble of actors in a madcap two-hour journey. The actors toggle multiple roles – playing various characters and performing their own music live – and cross-fade seamlessly between improvisation and performance, as they hurtle us through the voices and interwoven (hi)stories of Henry VI and Richard III, only to find that the enduring truth of our time is the illusiveness of truth itself.A co-commission by Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay and The National Theater & Concert Hall, Blood & Rose Ensemble features Singapore theatre actor Oliver Chong, alongside nine illustrious Taiwanese theatre actors, in a performance that is as disquieting a requiem to the blood and beauty of the historic Wars, as it is a striking indictment of truth in our post-truth times.There will be a post-performance talk for the performances on 24 Feb 8pm and 25 Feb 3pm.
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Huayi 华艺节 2018 Einstein in the Carpark 爱因与斯坦 Emergency Stairs (Singapore/China) 避难阶段(新加坡/中国)
- Feel the Earth MoveThe Theory of Relativity tells us: if Einstein can find a car moving at the speed of light, time will stand still, and space will cease. In the warm, stuffy, sometimes noisy, sometimes hauntingly quiet Esplanade Basement Carpark, two men meet. One is Zhang Jun, the prince of Kunqu, possessing in him 600 years of Kun Opera history. The other is George Chan, a leading actor of Singapore musical theatre, trained in the centuries-old Western art form.As they face each other, each with their own histories and cultures etched in their bodies, what do they say? What can’t they hold back? A unique original work where East meets West through past and present, Einstein in the Carpark is Huayi’s first-ever site-specific theatre production and is the second instalment of Emergency Stairs’ Post Dramatic Theatre Series. Einstein in the Carpark is directed and conceptualised by Young Artist Award recipient Liu Xiaoyi, together with two award-winning artists, lighting artist Lim Woan Wen and sound artist Darren Ng.Advisory: Recommended for audience aged 12 and above. Due to the nature of this performance, there will be no latecomer entry. Please be dressed comfortably as the Basement Carpark can be warm, and travel light as audience members will be walking and standing throughout the performance.Meet at the Esplanade B2 Carpark Foyer 15mins before start time. 
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A Date With Friends 2018 Gypsy Reunion
by Gypsy, featuring the Ferdinands brothers (Mel, Joe, Dixie and Don) (Singapore)The Ferdinands brothers are back together on stage again for an electrifying reunion concert! Relive the good old days at Peppermint Park, Rainbow and Gazebo at Paramount Hotel with their band Gypsy, known for impeccable harmonies and skilled musicianship in the vibrant Singapore music scene from the ’70s to the ’90s.Join Mel (guitar, keyboards), Joe (bass, guitar, keyboards), Dixie (guitar) and Don (drums) for a rocking good time featuring the hits of The Eagles, Bee Gees, Deep Purple and more. They’ve even got a dance floor and a bar ready so join in the party with all your friends!There are more performances and activities happening over the weekend for you to enjoy good times with good friends. Make A Date With Friends at Esplanade this March!
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Murray Perahia Piano Masterclass [Cancelled]
Observe and learn from one of the world’s most acclaimed concert pianists, Murray Perahia, as he works with talented young pianists from Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music.Don’t forget to buy your tickets to catch Murray Perahia in Recital at Esplanade Concert Hall on 8 Mar, Thu, 7.30pm.“The qualities that make Perahia one of today’s leading artists of the keyboard lie in his ability to shine a penetrating and personal light on such music, in such a way that there is nothing at all ‘standard’ about it. In other words, the commanding insights he brings to this repertory are more than enough to breathe freshness and distinction into works we’ve heard many times before, but seldom played at this inspired level.”– Chicago Tribune
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Murray Perahia in Recital [Cancelled]
“Perahia’s extraordinary pianism is a sacrament of purification and a kind of return to an age of pianistic innocence.” – Los Angeles TimesAmerican pianist Murray Perahia has become one of the most sought-after and cherished pianists of our time, performing in all of the major international music centres and with every leading orchestra.He is the Principal Guest Conductor of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, with whom he has toured as conductor and pianist throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, and Southeast Asia. He has a wide and varied discography, and is the recipient of two Grammy Awards and multiple Gramophone Awards, including the inaugural Piano Award in 2012.Perahia is an honorary fellow of the Royal Academy of Music, and he holds honorary doctorates from the Juilliard School, Oxford University, the Royal College of Music, Leeds University, and Duke University. In 2004, he was awarded an honorary KBE by Her Majesty The Queen of the UK, in recognition of his outstanding service to music.ProgrammeBach               French Suite No. 6 in E MajorSchubert         Impromptus Op. 142, D. 935Mozart            Rondo in A minor, K. 511Beethoven       Piano Sonata No. 32 Op. 111(2hrs, including 20min intermission)Apart from this performance, you can also attend the Murray Perahia Piano Masterclass to observe and learn from this great pianist as he works with talented young pianists from Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music. 
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Limelight 2018 by Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus (CHIJ Secondary) Concert Band
‘One Heart, One Mind, One Band, One Sound.’Join the young talents from the Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus (CHIJ) Concert Band in an evening of delightful tunes.  Under the baton of well-known conductor, Adrian Chiang, the CHIJ Concert Band has distinguished itself as one of the most promising secondary school bands in Singapore and has held outstanding performances to date. The band was awarded the Certificate of Distinction at the 2015 and 2017 Singapore Youth Festival Arts Presentation for Concert Bands.Look forward to a melodious repertoire that includes The Bells of Sagrada Familia, a musical tribute to The Sagrada Familia, a Roman Catholic church located in Barcelona, Spain, The Path of Wind from the popular Studio Ghibli anime movie My Neighbour Totoro, as well as a medley of songs from the soundtrack of the classic Disney movie Beauty and the Beast.In line with the school's motto "Simple in Virtue, Steadfast in Duty", the band believes in the value of diligence and hard work in her continual quest for musical excellence. 
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American Ballet Theatre Swan Lake
“This Swan Lake is a blockbuster production. With sets and costumes that evoke a rich Renaissance court at a lakeside castle, its sheer opera-house spectacle is a hit.” --The New York TimesOne of the world's best loved ballets performed by one of the most prestigious ballet companies. Set against Tchaikovsky's haunting score accompanied by Singapore Lyric Opera Orchestra, American Ballet Theatre’s Swan Lake brings his dark fairy tale to life through captivating storytelling and breathtaking choreography.2hr 15mins (including a 20min intermission)Dancers for Singapore’s performances15 Mar, Thu, 8pmMisty CopelandHerman CornejoAlban Lendorf16 Mar, Fri, 8pmHee SeoCory StearnsJames Whiteside17 Mar, Sat, 2pmGillian MurphyAlexandre HammoudiThomas Forster17 Mar, Sat, 8pmIsabella BoylstonAlban LendorfCalvin Royal18 Mar, Sun, 2pmChristine ShevchenkoJames WhitesideCory Stearns*Cast subject to change.
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PLAYtime! 2018 The Bird Who was Afraid of Heights (Sensory-friendly)
Being afraid of heights isn’t such a big deal – unless you’re a bird! Meet Eddie, a mynah, who lives behind an abandoned old house with Matt the rat, his only friend.One day, Matt is captured by the big, black crow! What does Eddie have to do to save his best friend? Will he have the courage to do it?Flutter, flap and fly with Eddie as he attempts the bravest rescue ever in the history of bird-kind! Watch the magic of theatre, music and puppetry unfold right before your eyes in this delightful performance.Adapted from the children’s book The Bird Who Was Afraid of Heights, written by Farah Bagharib-Kaltz, illustrated by Eeshaun.Creative TeamDirected by :    Ian Loy (Esplanade Theatre for                       Young Audiences Associate Artist)Script by:         Zizi Azah Binte Abdul MajidMusic by:         Stan x SoapA sensory-friendly performance provides a welcoming and relaxed environment for children, and is particularly suited for those on the autism spectrum or with sensory sensitivities. To find out what sensory-friendly performances are, visit www.esplanade.com/sensoryfriendly. 
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Huayi 华艺节 2018 Cut Kafka! 咔嚓卡夫卡! T.H.E Dance Company x Nine Years Theatre (Singapore) 舞人舞团x九年剧场(新加坡)
"The tremendous world I have inside my head. But how [to] free myself and free it without being torn to pieces. And a thousand times [I’d] rather be torn to pieces than rather it in me or bury it…”- Franz Kafka, Diaries of Franz KafkaA cross-disciplinary encounter between dance and theatre, inspired by the surreal world of literary icon Franz Kafka.Singapore's T.H.E Dance Company and Nine Years Theatre come together for the very first time, led by artistic directors Kuik Swee Boon (T.H.E) and Nelson Chia (Nine Years Theatre), in a playful and moving rumination on human nature and its many faces. Join them on a dreamlike journey, as two of Singapore’s leading performing arts companies gallantly experience their own metamorphoses.Regarded as one of the most influential writers of the 20th century, Franz Kafka's works, including The Metamorphosis, The Trial and The Castle, have had such an impact that they have also given rise to the term "Kafkaesque”, in reference to his signature writing style and poignant depictions of human alienation and absurd bureaucracy.There will be a Drink and Talk session after each performance.Advisory: There will be no latecomer entry. 
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The Studios x F.Y.I. 2018 How Did The Cat Get So Fat? An Esplanade Commission and Production
Performed with puppetry, How Did The Cat Get So Fat? is a fable/parable told through the eyes of Fatimah, a nine-year-old from a single-parent family. Fatimah, played by Siti Khalijah Zainal, travels on a kiddie ride, a lion she has named Mr Minismen, and meets people who are representative of various segments of Singapore society, e.g. the maid, the prosperous wife, the taxi driver, the scientist, the social media influencer and the tireless yuppie.How Did The Cat Get So Fat? seeks to examine how the national pledge applies to and manifests itself in various strata of Singapore society, as seen through the eyes of a young girl.How Did The Cat Get So Fat? is performed in Malay with captions.Creative and Production teamPlaywright Zizi Azah Bte Abdul MajidDirector Tan Beng Tian Assistant Director Daniel Sim Dramaturg Zulfadli RashidPerformer Siti Khalijah Zainal Set Designer Chan Silei  Lighting Designer Yo Shao Ann Sound Designer Chong Li-ChuanPuppet Designer Loo An Ni 
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PLAYtime! 2018 The Bird Who was Afraid of Heights
Being afraid of heights isn’t such a big deal – unless you’re a bird! Meet Eddie, a mynah, who lives behind an abandoned old house with Matt the rat, his only friend.One day, Matt is captured by the big, black crow! What does Eddie have to do to save his best friend? Will he have the courage to do it?Flutter, flap and fly with Eddie as he attempts the bravest rescue ever in the history of bird-kind! Watch the magic of theatre, music and puppetry unfold right before your eyes in this delightful performance.Adapted from the children’s book The Bird Who Was Afraid of Heights, written by Farah Bagharib-Kaltz, illustrated by Eeshaun.Creative TeamDirected by :    Ian Loy (Esplanade Theatre for                       Young Audiences Associate Artist)Script by:         Zizi Azah Binte Abdul MajidMusic by:         Stan x SoapSensory-friendly version of this production will be available on 24 Aug, Fri and 25 Aug, Sat. A sensory-friendly performance provides a welcoming and relaxed environment for children, and is particularly suited for those on the autism spectrum or with sensory sensitivities. To find out what sensory-friendly performances are, visit www.esplanade.com/sensoryfriendly. 
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PLAYtime! 2018 Bunny Finds the Right Stuff (Sensory-friendly)
Bunny, a floppy stuffed rabbit, is not happy with the way she is. She tries and tries to find the right stuffing to fill herself up, but she just cannot seem to get it right. Soon, her friends join her and they try to help her find the right stuff - but what is the right stuff?Let the little ones enjoy the magic of theatre through music, movement and interactive fun in this charming story of friendship. Bunny Finds the Right Stuff is an immersive theatre production especially designed for the young.Adapted from the award-winnng children’s book Bunny Finds the Right Stuff, written by Emily Lim, illustrated by Neal Sharp.Creative TeamDirected by :      Daniel JenkinsScript by:           Jean Tay Music by:           Stan x SoapSet Design by:    Sebastian ZengA sensory-friendly performance provides a welcoming and relaxed environment for children, and is particularly suited for those on the autism spectrum or with sensory sensitivities. To find out what sensory-friendly performances are, visit www.esplanade.com/sensoryfriendly.
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The Studios 2018 In the Silence of Your Heart An Esplanade Commission and Production
“You look to me. Eyes close, eyes open. I remember too.Like the clouds we named her after, she drifted in and out of our lives.”In the Silence of Your Heart is an invitation to enter the world of a charming politician and inveterate drinker. Lend him your ears because he needs to talk.Thian has been paralysed for 13 years.  He’s been still and silent all this time but his mind has not stopped dancing. He gets by with the two things he does have: his memory and his imagination. Today, his world is trembling. It is the birth day of his dead daughter and there is a hole in his foot.Wakeful and dreaming, he relives his life’s triumphs, passions and betrayals. But at the heart of his meandering memories, is a question: have I disappointed as a father?When the day is done, he remembers one last story… this one's for the road.Meditative and operatic, In the Silence of Your Heart is an in-ear audio experience for the theatre. Performed by Jalyn Han and Tan Hui Er, with the voice of Lim Kay Tong as ‘Man’.In the Silence of Your Heart was developed in residence at Centre 42.Click here to see full lineup for The Studios 2018.Creative teamPlaywright and Director Kaylene TanWoman Jalyn Han Girl Tan Hui ErVoice of Man Lim Kay Tong
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Huayi 华艺节 2018 in::music – Miss Ko: Here Comes the Queen 好in::乐 – 葛仲珊《皇后驾到》 (Taiwan台湾)
“Queen of Queens finds Miss Ko in fine form and ready to reclaim her throne.”– The Straits TimesAll hail the queen! Widely regarded as the queen of Mandarin hip hop, Miss Ko makes her Singapore debut at Huayi! Bask in the unabashed, fun vibes and groove to the highly infectious energy of her music in this livehouse experience.Growing up in Queens, New York, the Taiwanese-American Miss Ko was exposed to hip hop music and culture at a very young age. Miss Ko released her critically acclaimed debut album Knock Out in 2012, taking the Taiwanese public by storm, and in the same year won Best New Artist at the Golden Melody Awards, considered to be the Grammys of Taiwan.Known for her ability to rap fluently in English and Mandarin, she has performed at music festivals such as the CMJ Music Marathon, Glastonbury and at SXSW, and has collaborated with music bigwigs such as MC HotDog, Khalil Fong and A-Mei. She recently released her latest album Queen of Queens in 2016, and became the first-ever hip hop artist to be nominated for Best Female Artist at the Golden Melody Awards the following year. Miss Ko has created a sound and a signature style that is entirely her own, and is now recognised as a modern trailblazer for women. 
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Tuesdays with Morrie 最后14堂星期二的课 by Godot Theatre Company 果陀剧场
“The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in.”One of the world’s top selling memoirs of all time, Tuesdays with Morrie is a moving rumination about life and death, based on author Mitch Albom’s interviews with his college Professor Morrie Schwartz. Schwartz was afflicted with the terminal ALS disease (Lou Gehrig’s disease) and the story chronicles his thoughts about living a meaningful life over a series of meetings—always on Tuesdays—that Schwartz had with Albom before his passing. This heartwarming theatrical adaptation of the book features Golden Horse Award-winner Jin Shi Jie as Morrie and popular host Pu Xueliang as Mitch.Performed since 2011 with over 200 shows and high recommended by 200,000 audience, this gentle, charming and thought-provoking play is full of vitality and has touched the lives of many.Upgrade your theatre experience with an exclusive post-show meet-and-greet session with the artists.Limited Cat 1 tickets at $138.
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