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The Seattle Symphony is having a concert with the Labèque sisters! And it's featuring two-piano music! *squees!!!*

Must... book... tickets...

Hmm, I wonder if I want to attend the season premiere (September 12th) as well - featuring Rach 3 and Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto no. 1. Of course, these concerts are only from the UBS Masterworks series and don't include any other concerts that I might find interesting - I'm sure there will be something else that I like! (The Four Seasons in March... Doc Severinsen at the end of February... Itzhak Perlman... Tasmin Little... in April, Joshua Bell and the Seattle Symphony!?!!!! As well as Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances, Holst's The Planets and Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue)

Slightly bummed that I'm missing out on Rach 1 and Ravel's La Valse this weekend (Valentine's Day), but oh well...

Details and other concerts under the cut )
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I watched 타짜   (Tajja - War of Flowers) on Wednesday, and it was a really interesting movie. It centered around several gamblers and various card games, and ways that people would cheat at the card games and double-cross each other. There was quite a bit of violence, blood, nudity, sex and other things, but those didn't detract from the story line at all. ^^;;

It was really a good movie and I was really fortunate to be able to watch it with a (Korean) classmate of mine and his friend. :)

The Open Mic went off pretty well, although I had forgotten to take a stand and bench, so I had to put my keyboard on a table and sit in a chair. ^^;;; The keyboard vibrated quite a bit, but I was still able to give a pretty good performance. I'll see whether I can share out the recordings once I get them...

[Edit] I performed Souvenir de Porto Rico, Swipesy and Maple Leaf Rag, and I think a lot of people were really enchanted by Souvenir. ^^;
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My item's from 5:50 pm to 6:10 pm, or thereabouts, and I'm pretty excited about the chance to perform in front of people again!

I'm also looking forward to listening to the rest of the concert. :)
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I didn't mention this before, but I got an email yesterday asking me for a short 250-word synopsis.

I'm so happy! ^_^

And now I know (almost to the minute) what time my item will be, though I encourage everyone (or at least those who are eligible to ^^;;; ) to attend the whole concert.

Now to work on getting my "set" ready. :P

Edit: The concert is on May 3rd, and my item is around 5:21, in case anyone was wondering.
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So today I went to the first Microsoft Open Mic, which was basically a two-hour concert where various people/bands could perform their music to an audience. There were about 30 people, which is a lot more than I was expecting. ^^;;

There were a lot of different genres of music on offer, ranging from rock to jazz, soulful melodies to energetic beats, and there were a whole lot of instruments, too. ^_^ There were lots of guitars, keyboards, drums, saxophones and so on.

And a bagpipe.

Yes, a bagpipe.

It was so jaw-droppingly awesome that I just had to tap my feet to the beat as I listened, and I really thought that I was in Scotland. ^_^

I hope that the next Open Mic will be at least as successful! Even if I might not be performing in it
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So, I'm on a mailing list at work, and I posted a question about performance opportunities, and someone replied saying that he was going to organize an Open Mic event. In case you don't know what that is, it's basically like a free concert which doesn't have a fixed genre. So far, I think there are about 6 or 7 items, including several bands, and possibly even a jazz sextet (I think).

And... I'm thinking of performing some (maybe two or three) ragtime pieces. ^^;;;; I need to buy a keyboard first and practice like crazy, after my first paycheck I haven't decided exactly which ones yet, but I have some in mind, including possibly a certain ghostly rag. :P

I'm somewhat nervous about it, of course, but... We'll see how it goes?

In other news, mee goreng is coming up soon, and [livejournal.com profile] itsacz will finally get the chance to try my cooking and provide an unbiased review. Hopefully that will be enough to silence the critics such as [livejournal.com profile] wao... ^^;;;
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I was overjoyed that my visa documents finally came this morning, about an hour after my last entry. Perhaps the only problem now is that I'm very much buried in paper. ^^;;; (edit: just to clarify, these are the documents that I need when applying for a visa, not the visa itself ^^;;; )

I went out for lunch with my ex-NS colleagues (including my CC) for lunch at Ajisen Ramen in Lot 1 to celebrate a colleague's ORD (and as an unofficial "makan" which there wasn't time for when it was my turn last October) :P

The ramen that I ordered was pretty good (ton toro, with fried pork I believe), and it came with a side dish of chicken teriyaki. It wasn't very spicy and was easy to swallow. ^^ The same couldn't be said for the "volcano" ramen, though, which lived up to its name with a 4-chilli (for hotness) rating. :P Nevertheless, everyone who ordered it was able to finish it, and according to them, it tastes really great, if you can handle the spicyness. Perhaps I should try it next time. Any takers?

After that, it was time for a bit of brief shopping in which I bought two large spindles of CD-Rs and DVD+Rs respectively as well as a 60-page file clear holder for my loose scores, and then checked out the Winter Time warehouse sale at Jurong East. The prices are quite attractive, and I'll be going there tomorrow on Monday afternoon with my mother to actually buy stuff.

The cooking items may also be back on the agenda, because I don't believe that the import/customs duty will be that much. It'll certainly rebut show [livejournal.com profile] itsacz that I'm not that underequipped lightweight. :P

And... oh yeah, if you happen to be in the Esplanade/Raffles City area tomorrow evening, do come down to watch NUSPE perform "Da Capo" at the Esplanade Library from 5 to 5:30 pm. ^^
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The concert was very good! The first half was "Plays Bach", including the famous Air on a G String and the Brandenburg Concerto no. 5 in D major. The second half featured a very interesting interpretation of "Spring" from Vivaldi's Four Seasons and featured a drum solo. The final piece was an arrangement of Bolero for the trio. Jacques Loussier mentioned before the piece that Ravel (a fellow Frenchman :P) had composed it for a full-scale orchestra with at least 150 people, and "although we are only 3 people, we will still play this piece as well as those 150!"

But I was sick this morning. >_< I feel somewhat better now though, even though I didn't go to the doctor, by sleeping for some time. I hope I'll be able to recover in time to fly tomorrow.
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ZOMG YAY

His music is awesome. :) And stuff. Oh, and did I mention awesome?

I'm particularly looking forward to this concert because it's his trio's first time performing in Singapore and they're performing for only one night.

Getting tickets from a friend and going to watch it with her is probably a reason too. ^_^;

I have it!

Mar. 28th, 2006 08:15 pm
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My Touch 2006 concert recording, that is. :-)

If you want it, leave a comment here with your e-mail address (replies will be screened) or contact me some other way.

It's here!

Mar. 8th, 2006 11:55 pm
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"What is it?", you may ask? Well, it's Touch 2006, the annual concert of the NUS Piano Ensemble, which is held in March every year.

This year's concert is especially important for me because it marks the first time I'm performing at the concert after 3 years of doing backstage and other things such as video filming (and subsequent editing).

I'm very grateful that I've been given a chance to perform after making it through the auditions, and I'd especially like to thank our group's tutor, Mr Timothy Ku, for giving me the opportunity to perform, and for putting up with the trouble I caused him. I'd also like to thank my partner, Allan, for being accommodating of the very divergent amount of musical experience and styles each of us has.

And finally, I'd like to thank in advance everyone who will be attending, and I hope that the group as a whole, and my item in particular, can provide you your money's worth. See all of you there! :-)

edit: I ♥ everyone who's posted comments :)

A little something about the music (taken from the Wikipedia article on Scott Joplin). The Wikipedia article links to several locations where scores can be obtained freely (as the music is now in the public domain) such as this one.


Joplin had several marriages. Perhaps his dearest love, Freddie Alexander, died at age twenty just two months after they married, of complications resulting from a cold. The first work copyrighted after Freddie's death, Bethena (1905), is a very sad, musically complex ragtime waltz.
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It's now almost certain I won't be playing for Touch (or even taking part in the auditions), after my partner pulled out today.

I'm going to try asking around, but I seriously doubt anyone's willing to help. I should have known that classical was really out of my ability and that no one else is interested in playing two-piano rags.
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It went off pretty well, although there was some criticism of the piano's texture. At least there wasn't much (if any?) criticism of my piece, nor of most of the others.

Of course, my sister being who she is, had to criticize just about everything, from the singing to the piano, to the performances.

One thing they all agreed on though was that the Isle of Joy (the item immediately after mine) was carried off brilliantly.

Now, it's time for me to start catching up on all the projects that are pending. *le sigh*
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After 3 and a half months, it's finally here. And it's now at the UCC Theatre.

I'm happy that after 3 years, I get to perform in UCC as opposed to helping out backstage or filming. :-) And especially happy that, in spite of my lack of formal qualifications (or rather not having enough), I can play well enough for people to be willing to partner with me.

I wish I was able to play better so that my sister would actually be proud of and like my playing, but I guess that's life.

I'll probably write a longer, more substantial entry after the concert's over.
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NUS Piano Ensemble presents:

TOUCH 2005
Wednesday, 9th March 2005
7:30 pm
UCC Theatre, NUS

Tickets cost $10 (inclusive of $1 SISTIC booking fee).


(image courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] phoenixjean)
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So the concert went off pretty well in the end.

Now, it's time to go back to 3214 and 3253. I'm not looking forward much to tomorrow. =/
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By this time tomorrow... who knows what'll happen? (with reference to the concert)
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If you are, then why not make your way down to the UCC Theatre before 8pm?





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Finally got it from the person who recorded it:

Swipesy Cake Walk.

Note that despite being 4 minutes and 16 seconds long (excluding the last few seconds of applause), it's 10+ MB because it was encoded at a high bitrate (320 kbps). If you have problems getting it, let me know and I'll try and put up a smaller version (though probably still about 5-6 MB).
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Well, I can finally say that it's over. =P

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