Fresh from a short vacation in Qingdao, China, pianist Lang Lang will head for the high seas after his performance here at the Sing50 concert on Friday. But it is all work and no play for the 33-year-old Chinese virtuoso, who will be performing for the first time at a concert cruise departing from Shanghai and bound for islands near the Korean peninsula and Japan. In fact, he cut short his Qingdao holiday to prepare for the Concerto In Three Movements that he will play at the
Nurse Elizabeth Ho has been living and breathing music every day for the past two months. This is because the 37-year-old is among 50 pianists who will be sharing the stage with renowned Chinese pianist Lang Lang at the Sing50 concert on Friday. Lang Lang will lead the pianists in Concerto In Three Movements, an original composition by Kelly Tang. They will be accompanied by the Metropolitan Festival Orchestra. The 50 pianists will also be performing in the grand finale. Ms H
Piano teacher Audrey De Silva's lifelong dream has been to play in an orchestra. At age 55, it will finally be fulfilled. On Friday, she will be among the 92 people performing in the Metropolitan Festival Orchestra (MFO) at the Sing50 concert.She will be playing the cello, an instrument she started learning just five years ago. "I started to learn the cello because I had always told myself that one day I was going to play in an orchestra. At age 50, it was now or never," says
Singapore's Mandopop superstar Stefanie Sun has performed in front of thousands over her 15-year career, but the Sing50 concert on Friday will mark the first time she is singing with a full orchestra. "It is one of those unknowns. To work with the orchestra and a conductor is not something that I am familiar with," she tells Life recently after her first solo rehearsal with the band, sans orchestra, at recording studio Leo Studio. At Sing50, Sun will be belting out four of he
Besides being a mega show celebrating 50 years of Singapore music, the Sing50 concert on Aug 7 is also expected to raise more than $200,000 for charity. Insurance group Zurich has pledged to donate $5 for every person who attends the concert at the National Stadium. More than 45,000 people have tickets to the show, which were sold publicly, via a Mapletree-Sing50 Charity Ticket Drive, and also given to schools and community groups. Mr Jonathan Rake, chief executive of Zurich'
Organisers for the Aug 7 blockbuster Sing50 concert will have only three days to set up at the Singapore Sports Hub, when an event of such a scale usually requires about a week. This is one of the many logistical challenges for Sing50, billed as one of the largest concerts held during the Golden Jubilee. More than 70 artists, ranging from classical virtuosos such as Chinese pianist Lang Lang to pop stars such as Stefanie Sun will gather to perform the country's favourite melo