Lang Lang, Tracy Huang join Sing50 concert

YOU may never again see such a constellation of stars on stage as you will on Aug 7 when Singapore’s favourite musicians come together for the Sing50 concert at National Stadium.

Tickets at S$20 go on sale on Monday at the Singapore Indoor Stadium’s box office, SingPost outlets and online at Evergreen songstress Tracy Huang and Mandopop superstars Stephanie Sun and JJ Lin are the latest musicians to join the breathtaking line-up for the mega-concert organised by The Business Times and The Straits Times which is expected to draw 45,000 people.

Dick Lee, Jeremy Monteiro, Jacintha Abisheganaden, Liang Wern Fook, Rahimah Rahim, Ramli Sarip, Vernon Cornelius, Mohamed Raffee, X’ Ho, MS Maniam and Douglas O are among the stars who signalled their commitment earlier.

Also making an appearance is the world renowned concert pianist Lang Lang who will perform with Lin on their hit Clash Of The Souls and lead a cast of 50 pianists in a specially commissioned medley backed by the Metropolitan Festival Orchestra.

Speaking from New York, Lang Lang said: “I feel very honoured to have this opportunity to celebrate andbe part of Singapore’s Jubilee celebration of such a grand scale. Most of all it is very exciting for me musically to be performing together with 50 most talented Singaporean pianists.

“It will be an incredible experience putting together a commissioned piece specially for this Sing50 concert. It’s a medley of familiar tunes written for the orchestra, choir and 50pianos ledbymeona uniquely Singapore Red Steinway Concert Grand D.”

Another international star joining the celebrations is from The Black Eyed Peas. He will lead a contingent of rappers comprising Najip Ali, Sheikh Haikel, Shigga Shay, TheLionCityBoy and 50 rappers for what promises to be a knockout hip-hop segment.

Najip said: “Never in allmylife as a musician did I think I would see this – a broad cross-section and cross-generation of Singapore musicians coming together for one event . . . Hopefully this concert will introduce a wholenewworld of Singapore music to the younger generations, who will then carry out their ownefforts to preserve this heritage.”

The concert will feature Singapore’s best-loved songs in the past five decades and in all four languages.A committee of music experts has been consulted in drawing up a long list of songs which is available online along with hyperlinks to the songs’ Youtube videos.

The public is also invited to suggest any song they feel should be included in the concert. Ultimately, only about 50 of the songs will be played during the two-hour concert due to time constraints. (See other story)

Lim Sek, chief executive of entertainment company Music & Movement and member of the Sing50 organising committee, said: “It’s really tough to shortlist the songs. We have more than 100 suggestions of songs that we are looking at. We are also hoping that the public can share with us their favourite local pop songs which we will also consider including into the repertoire. “But I hope that the eventual sampling of the biggest hits from the past 50 years by our most iconic performers will inspire audiences of all ages to explore our own Singaporean pop music history and discover not only the rich musicof the past but alsosupport future generations of talents.”

Mapletree Investments, Resorts World Sentosa and Zurich Insurance are the main sponsors of the show, which is produced by The Rice Company Limited and supported by Steinway Gallery Singapore. After the concert, the 50 Steinway- designed Lang Lang pianos used during a concert highlight featuring Lang Lang will be adopted by the schools.

Lang Lang said: “I am thrilled to hear that the 50 pianos are being donated as I feel it is an amazing way to give back to the local music community, especially for the youth. “To be able to practise on a Steinway piano is a wonderful privilege and I remember how much I wanted one when I was younger.

The recipients will have the opportunity to practise on a musical instrument that is used in major concert halls worldwide, with an unparalleled sound and touch. I hope every kid who loves piano will have the opportunity to practise on a Steinway.”

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