Hello, March!

Published on 26 February 2017

Things to do & stuff to see. We bring you some of the highlights happening in March!
BY JO TAN

GROOVIN’ GOOD TIMES!

Relive the golden era of ’60s pop at The Esplanade’s annual festival for nostalgia buffs and seniors, A DATE WITH FRIENDS. Expect plenty of happy reminiscing when home-grown stars Joe Chandran, Veronica Young, The Meltones, and also Pop-Yeh-Yeh founder Jeffrydin take to the stage in a weekend of concerts.

SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL 2017

The annual jazz festival returns for its fourth edition, this time with a trophy-laden line-up of Grammy winners from the world over, including Corinne Bailey Rae, Youssou N’Dour and David Foster. This instalment also boasts the inaugural edition of The Late Show, where festival-goers can bop to music sets performed by international artists and DJs such as industry stalwart Incognito, electronic duo Basement Jaxx, Al McKay’s Earth, Wind & Fire Experience, as well as Rudimental DJ Set. 31 Mar-2 Apr, Fri 5pm till late, Sat & Sun 4pm till late. Marina Bay Sands. Click here to find out more.

CHECKPOINT THEATRE

While artistic director Huzir Sulaiman has produced volumes of iconic work in Checkpoint Theatre’s 15 years of existence, the company is also known for nurturing numerous talented young playwrights including Joel Tan, Shiv Tandan and Faith Ng. Checkpoint’s 15th-anniversary season opens with a restaging of Ng’s sell-out play, Normal, about Singapore’s school system.

23 Mar-16 Apr, various times, Drama Centre Black Box.
Click here to find out more.

THE MUSIC OF HANS ZIMMER VS JOHN WILLIAMS

Experience epic movie-music live at this concert showcasing the works of two master film composers, Hans Zimmer and John Williams, as heard in The Dark Knight Rises, The Da Vinci Code, Batman Begins, Close Encounters, Star Wars and Superman. Look out too for incredible lights and lasers! 10 & 11 Mar, Fri 7.30pm, Sat 2pm & 7.30pm, Sands Theatre, Marina Bay Sands. Get tickets here.

JANEK SCHERGEN

Born in Sweden but known to ballet companies all over the world, Singapore Dance Theatre’s artistic director Janek Schergen has worked in the United States, Europe and South America, before settling in Singapore. Other than staging classic Western ballets here, Schergen is known for creating his own three-part children’s ballet series, and will be making choreographic additions to Arthur St Léon’s choregraphy for the company’s new production of Coppélia.16-19 Mar, various times, Esplanade Theatre. Get information and ticketing details here.

THE NECESSARY STAGE

This landmark Singapore theatre company celebrates turning 30 with new works, new writers and restagings of seminal works such as the multi-award-winning Fundamentally Happy. The latest version, by Nine Years Theatre, is a Mandarin translation of the original play about a man coming to terms with his past. 16-19 Mar, various times, Esplanade Theatre Studio. Get more information and ticketing details here.

JASON’S YOUNG PERSON’S GUIDE TO THE ORCHESTRA

The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra by British composer Benjamin Britten was originally commissioned for educational documentary film, Instruments of the Orchestra. Through the piece, audiences are introduced to individual instruments including the piccolo, flute, oboe, clarinet, trombone and so on. Now, Jason Lai — Singapore Symphony Orchestra’s associate conductor — provides his own take on the tunes in Jason’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra as a melodious introduction to orchestral music. 18 & 19 Mar, 2pm & 4pm, Victoria Concert Hall. Get more information and ticket details here.

A DATE WITH FRIENDS

This annual arts festival, specially curated for seniors (and anyone with a taste for homegrown nostalgia) features sassy musicians from Singapore’s 1960s scene, theatre performances by senior artists and a concert of Hokkien folk songs. 9-12 Mar, various times and venues at the Esplanade. Get more information and ticketing details here.

UPPALAPU SHRINIVAS

Regarded the Mozart of classical Indian music, late mandolin prodigy Shrinivas was the first to learn to play the Western instrument in the rigorous Carnatic style, later even modifying the electric mandolin to be better suited to Carnatic music. He recorded over 137 albums in genres ranging from Carnatic music solos to jugalbandi with Hindustani musicians. As a tribute to the master, The MANdolin & Beyond is an annual concert featuring the finest in fusion Indian instrumentalists based all over the world. 19 Mar, 7.30pm, Esplanade Concert Hall. Get tickets here.

Uppalapu Shrinivas is often called Mandolin Shrinivas because of his history with the instrument — he began playing it at age five and was hailed as a mandolin star immediately after his first public concert at age 11. He never stopped playing till his passing at age 49.

“I’ve been living with sleep deficit for as long as I can remember. If there was a rare weekend I didn’t have to work, I’d travel, or hole up at home to read, draw and bake. That sounds heavenly.”

JEANETTE AW, ACTRESS

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