Events and Promotions
Aureus Productions is proud to present the third instalment of the Aureus Great Artists Series featuring Valentina Lisitsa. With more than 160 million views and some 400,000 subscribers to her channel, Lisitsa is among the most frequently viewed pianists on YouTube.
Born in Kiev, Ukraine, she began playing the piano at the age of three. She began her musical education at the Lysenko Music School for highly talented children and later studied under Ludmilla Tsvierko at the Kiev Conservatory.
In 1995 Lisitsa made her New York debut at the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center. Since then, Lisitsa, whose multi-faceted playing has been described as “dazzling”, has performed at prestigious venues worldwide such as New York’s Carnegie Hall, Vienna Musikverein and the Royal Albert Hall. Renowned conductors she has collaborated with include Paavo Järvi, Kristjan Järvi, Vasily Petrenko, Vladimir Fedoseyev, and Lorin Maazel among others.
Valentina Lisitsa has recorded a wide variety of repertoire exclusively for Decca, including every piano concert by Sergei Rachmaninoff, works by Chopin, Philipp Glass, Liszt and Scriabin. Upcoming highlights include appearances with the Orchestre de Chambre du Luxembourg and at numerous festivals such as Palermo Classica Festival, Festival der Stille, and Festival Savoy Truffle in Megève.
Valentina Lisitsa will be performing at the Esplanade Concert Hall in May 2018.
Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 “Appassionata”
Piano Sonata No. 1 in D minor, Op. 28
Gaspard de la nuit
Pictures at an Exhibition
BEETHOVEN Bagatelles, Op. 126
BARTÓK Selections from For Children, Sz. 42
BARTÓK Elegy No. 2
BARTÓK Improvisations, Op. 20
RAVEL Gaspard de la Nuit
CHOPIN Nocturne in C-sharp Minor, Op.27 No.1
CHOPIN Nocturne in E Minor, Op.72 No.1
CHOPIN Scherzo in B Minor, Op.20 No.1
“His sensational technique, deep musicality, wide range of interest have made Dénes Várjon one of the most exciting and highly regarded participants of international musical life. He is a universal musician: excellent soloist, first-class chamber musician, artistic leader of festivals, highly sought–after piano pedagogue.” (denesvarjon.com) On day 2 of the SIPF 2018, Dénes Várjon invokes a plethora of characters from the piano, with music by Beethoven, Ravel, Chopin and his Hungarian compatriot, Béla Bartók.
25th Singapore International Piano Festival
The Singapore International Piano Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary! To mark its silver jubilee, six phenomenal virtuoso pianists from across Asia, Europe and the Americas, from rising star to celebrated veterans, will present varied, colourful programmes in their Festival debuts. The youthful passion of Seong-Jin Cho rubs shoulders with the established artistry of Jeremy Denk, Dénes Várjon and Darío Alejandro Ntaca, in a myriad of works spanning Mozart and Beethoven, Chopin and Schumann, Debussy and Ravel, Prokofiev and Bartók. The quarter millenial celebrations culminate in the long-awaited Singapore debut of the legendary Martha Argerich in duo recital and in Prokofiev’s brilliant Piano Concerto No. 3.
Our grandest edition yet, this is the piano event of the year you simply cannot miss!
SCHUBERT Allegretto in C minor, D. 915
SCHUBERT 12 German Dances, D. 790
CHOPIN Barcarolle in F-sharp major, Op. 60
CHOPIN Andante spianato et Grande polonaise brillante, Op. 22
PADEREWSKI Mélodie in G-flat major, Op. 16 No. 2
PADEREWSKI Legend in A-flat major, Op. 16 No. 1
PADEREWSKI Nocturne in B-flat major, Op. 16 No. 4
PADEREWSKI Minuet in G major, Op. 14 No. 1
PADEREWSKI Krakowiak in B-flat major, Op. 5 No. 3
LISZT Réminiscences de Norma, S.394 (“Reminiscences of Bellini’s Norma”)
Vietnamese-Canadian pianist Dang Thai Son shot to fame when he won the Tenth Chopin Competition in 1980. A concert veteran renowned for his free and fluid virtuosity and golden sonority, Dang Thai Son has performed in more than 40 countries. This year he makes his very welcome Festival debut in a programme of lyrically pensive Schubert, poetic Chopin and Paderewski, as well as the dramatic flair of Liszt.
HAPPY EVER LAUGHTER, Dream Academy’s® fourth instalment of the biggest local live standup comedy event, takes things to a whole new level with THE BATTLE – 12 of Singapore’s best comedians are pitted against each other on The Capitol Theatre stage, as they pull no punches in a no-holds-barred full-chuckled fight to the rib-tickling end.
They will be trading punchlines. They will be tearing down each other’s cool and calm exteriors. They will be throwing all caution and niceness out of the ring.
Irene Ang, Koh Chieng Mun, Selena Tan, Sebastian Tan a.k.a. Broadway Beng®, Suhaimi Yusof and Kumar will be defending their egos and reputations against Alaric Tay, Judee Tan, Sharul Channa, Fakkah Fuzz, Preetipls and Rishi Budhrani.
Each and every one a household name, each well-loved by their fans and huge followings, THE BATTLE will bring out their natural comedic instincts and call forth their rapier-keen ripostes.
Which team will win the bragging rights to be the true representatives of the best in local comedy?
Nothing will be off-limits – searching for new PM, flooding in MRT, dwindling staff and readers at SPH, increasing GST and retiring in JB. No one and nothing will be spared when these sharp-tongued and quick-witted performers train their critical eyes on what is bothering and bewildering Singaporeans and their foreign friends these days.
If you’re looking for laughing aches from belly to brain, grab a ring-side seat, get close to the action and see for yourself who emerges victorious asHAPPY EVER LAUGHTER – THE BATTLEunfolds
LAMC Productions is excited to announce that global YouTube sensation, THE PIANO GUYS, will be returning to Singapore on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at The Star Theatre, The Star Performing Arts Centre. They will be performing their trademark classical renditions of todays pop hits.
What do you get when you mix up a marketing genius that does video, a studio engineer that writes music, a pianist that had a successful solo career, and a cellist that does pretty much everything? The Piano Guys: a miraculous meeting of guys with the same intrinsic purpose to make a positive impact in the lives of people all over the world through music videos.
The Piano Guys Steven Sharp Nelson, Jon Schmidt, Al Van der Beek and Paul Anderson became an online sensation by way of their immensely successful series of strikingly original self-made music videos, which have far surpassed 1 billion views and garnered 6 million subscribers on YouTube. Theyve made over 50 music videos since 2011, including their breakout hit, an innovative multi-handed version of One Directions What Makes You Beautiful and a gorgeous reinvention of the hit song Let It Go from Disneys Frozen. Christmas Together is the Utah-based classical-pop groups seventh major label album on Portrait/Sony Music Masterworks, following: Wonders, The Piano Guys, The Piano Guys 2, A Family Christmas, The Piano Guys Live! and Uncharted.
The group originated as a social media strategy for Anderson’s piano store, The Piano Guys, in St. George, Utah. Anderson was acquainted with Schmidt, a locally notable pianist who often came in to practice on the pianos when he was in town. In 2009, Anderson saw a music video that Schmidt had uploaded to YouTube, “Love Story Meets Viva la Vida” a musical blend of the Taylor Swift country pop version and Coldplay’s Baroque pop song “Viva la Vida”, which Schmidt performed with Nelson on cello. That video logged more than one million hits. Anderson asked the musicians to do more videos that he would professionally film and upload to his store’s Facebook and YouTube pages to promote his store. Nelson brought his neighbor, van der Beek, a songwriter and music arranger, onto the team. Tel Stewart initially assisted with video production.
While the first few videos did not make much of an impact, “Michael Meets Mozart” (2010) gained a respectable showing after Schmidt invited the nearly 30,000 people on his fan mailing list “to watch it and share it”. In June 2011 the group won the “Most Up-and-Coming Channel” award in the YouTube “On the Rise” contest, which brought 25,000 new subscribers to their channel. In 2011 and 2012, the group uploaded a new music video every week to two weeks, attracting thousands of new viewers each time. Meanwhile, The Piano Guys store did not register any piano sales from two years of posting videos, and closed in March 2012.
The Piano Guys, The Piano Guys 2, A Family Christmas, Wonders, Uncharted, and Christmas Together, each reached number one on the Billboard Classical Albums and New Age Albums charts.
The Piano Guys story is a miracle. Their mission will always be to produce music videos that inspire, uplift, and make the world a better place. If we can make a positive impact in even one persons life it has all been worth it to us.
Set on a Greek island paradise where the sun always shines, a tale of love, friendship and identity is irresistibly told through the timeless hits of ABBA.
Sophie’s quest to discover the father she’s never known brings her mother face to face with three men from her distant romantic past on the eve of a wedding theyll never forget!
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