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Promotions in May 2004

Come what "may", this spring month has plenty of bounce at library@esplanade

If you thought Peter Jackson had never flexed his directing muscles before helming Lord of the Rings, think again ! The upcoming New Zealand film festival gives you the chance to see the gorefest he brought to the screen in his early films.

Just sign up for Premium membership OR introduce a new member to the library (if you're already a Premium Member) and you can win a pair of tickets to see any film at the New Zeland film festival from 14-19 May at GV Marina (details at www.sfs.org.sg) And on your next visit, why not pick up our list of Kiwi films available at library@esplanade?

Programmes

Friday 7 May

Dvorak's Eighth Symphony Pre-concert Talk with Dr. Eugene Dairianathan

Join Dr. Eugene Dairianathan, NIE-NTU Head of Music, as he delves into the works to be performed at the SSO concert later in the evening: Dvorak's Eighth Symphony, a masterpiece that blends sublime lyricism with nationalistic fervour; Sibelius' Pohjola's Daughter, a tone poem inspired by the last stanza of the Finnish epic, Kalevala, as well as Barber's Violin Concerto, one of 20th century's most loved and performed concertos.

Time: 6.30 - 7.00pm

 

Saturday 8 May

NAFA Dance programme

Always thought modern dance was way too weird ? The dance students of Nanayan Academy of Fine Art will prove otherwise as they showcase their own works. And who knows ? - their moves may even move you!

Time: 4.00 - 4.30pm

 

Friday 14 May & Saturday 15 May

FASCINATIN' RHYTHM: AN EVENING OF CONTEMPORARY DANCE MUSIC

Pre-concert Talk with Wang Meng Ngee. Bring out your dancing shoes and flowy dresses as Wang Meng Ngee warms you up to a night of dance music. From the Argentine tango by Astor Piazzolla, a foxtrot from John Adams' opera Nixon in China, to Gershwin's Cuban Overture, you will definitely be spoilt for choice.

Time: 6.30 - 7.00pm

 

Saturday 15 May

Open Mic

Musicians from Kawai music school, and pianist Karen Lee, a protégé of renowned Professor Pan Yi Ming showcase their varied repertoires, featuring familiar tunes and works from the classical greats.

Time: 4.00 - 5.00pm

 

Friday 21 May & Saturday 21 May

DVORÁK'S CELLO CONCERTO Pre-concert Talk with Lionel Choi 

Come join music reviewer Lionel Choi, as he discusses Dvorák's cello concerto that will be performed by cellist Wang Jian. In this last concerto composed by Dvorák, in which he reminisces about his sister-in-law's death, the three movements display power, warm lyricism and bravura respectively. Janácek's Taras Bulba, a vivid sound portrait of the life and tragedy of the 16th-century Ukrainian Cossack chieftain's battle against his country's Polish oppressors will also be discussed along with Brahms Academic Festival Overture, Op.80 at this talk.

Time: 6.30 - 7.00pm

 

Saturday 22 May

Book Launch: A Song For You: Selected Songs by Liang Wern Fook

This book is a collection of 40 songs, handpicked by local songwriter and Xinyao pioneer Liang Wern Fook (Liang Wenfu)as a representation of his 20 year songwriting career. Besides the lyrics and musical scores, this book also contains articles about Liang from local and overseas contributors, such as singer Kit Chan, academic Gui Wei Hsin and songwriter Lin Chiu-Li. Come see & hear Liang Wern Fook speak and play as he launches his book. 

Time: 3.00pm

Enquiries: epcl@nlb.gov.sg

 

Promotions in April 2004

April in Singapore is traditionally Film Fest month and this year, library@esplanade is working with the festival to present a special FREE film talk on 18 April (see below for details)

Also, this month we get your creative juices a-flowing with a talk about how to write a play in 24hours - presented by Theatreworks as a prelude to their 24 Hour playwriting competition.

and of course, we have PROMOTIONS !

WIN TICKETS TO SHANTY by Theatreworks

Conceived and directed by Loke Meng Chue and starring Chua Enlai (Best Actor Life Theatre Awards 2002) & Joe Pang (One of CLEO's most eligible bachelors 2001) amongst others, this work is inspired by "Call it Shanty, the Story of the Quests" by Henry Chua, and tells the tale of Singapore's grooviest band of the 60s.

Just sign up for premium membership or fill up your loan quota if you are already a premium member, and you can go into the running to win a pair of tickets to the show at Jubilee Hall on 15 April PLUS If you bring a brand new member to sign up, you can enter twice !

APRIL PROGRAMMES

Friday 2nd April

Brahms' Double Concerto

Pre-concert Talk with Lionel Choi

Join music reviewer, Lionel Choi as he shares interesting insights about Brahm's Concerto for Violin and Cello, Op. 102, and Mendelssohn's Fifth Symphony - nicknamed Reformation!

Time: 6.30 - 7.00pm

 

Wednesday 6 April

Life, Death & Transfiguration

Pre-concert Talk with SSO Composer in Residence, Dr. John Sharpley Come explore the vibrant sonic world of the symphony orchestra and its enormous wealth of possible sounds and effects. Using examples from Ravel's Pavane for a Dead Princess, Ruckert Lieder by Mahler, Death and Transfiguration by R. Strauss and Medea's Meditation and Dance of Vengence by Barber, each of these has a story to tell.

Time: 6.30 - 7.00pm

 

Saturday 10 April

How to write a play in 24 Hours

Presented by Theatreworks

Ever wondered what it would be like to write a play in 24 hours ? Come and  get tips from those who've survived it and perhaps you'll be game enough to enter this year's competition, held at the Angsana in Bintan !

Time: 4.00 - 4.45pm

Friday 16 April

Brahms' Second Piano Concerto

Pre-concert Talk with Dr. Susan L. Kim, Visiting Fellow at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music at NUS

Celebrate the joyful spirit of music! Don't miss interesting did-you-knows about Wagner's Siegfried Idyll, composed to rejoice the birth of his son, and Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 83, and Mozart's Symphony No. 3 6 in C major, K. 425.

Time: 6.30 - 7.00pm

This talk will be repeated on Saturday 17 April at 6.30pm

Saturday 17 April

Open Mic

Soul goes acoustic in this installment of Open Mic in April. Local youths grab the mic to bring you their fave tunes in pure acoustic fashion. An afternoon of beautiful music awaits you.

Time: 4.00 - 5.00pm

Sunday 18 April

"Lawyers in the Frame: How we see Lawyers on Film"

Michčle Asprey, BA, LLB

The Internet Movie Database gives more than a thousand references to lawyers in film. Some video rental stores have entire sections devoted to "Courtroom Dramas" which seems to be a genre in itself. As part of the Singapore Film Festival, Michčle Asprey, an Australian lawyer and film critic, will screen clips from some of the most revealing films about lawyers, and will examine lawyers on film at their best ? and their worst.

A panel of lawyers related to the film industry will also be present to discuss the Topic and questions are welcome.

Time: 4.00 - 5.30pm

Saturday 24 April

Taking The Stage:'O' Dance III - - Dance on the Move

Young Artists Project Performers

What's contemporary dance? Get a first-hand explanation from dancers and learn to appreciate dance and the techniques involved in this demonstration and exhibition.

Time: 4.00 - 5.00pm

Bruckner's Fourth Symphony

Pre-concert Talk with Mona Lim

Be inspired by the "romanticism of nature" in Bruckner's Fourth Symphony, complete with hunting-horn calls and country dances. Then get swept away by a showcase of violin fireworks with Dvorak's brilliant Violin Concerto!

Time: 6.30 - 7.00pm

Promotions in March 2004

CINDERELLA PROMOTION
Win FREE TICKETS to see the Singapore Dance Theatre's new production of the ballet, Cinderella !

Come to a FREE talk by Cinderella's  choreographer, Mr Graeme Lustig and be treated to  a sneak peek at  video excerpts of past productions.
BUT  best of all .... you'll have a chance to win the tickets just by attending the talk  !

When: Saturday 13 March - SATURDAY !!
Where: library@esplanade Open Stage
Time: 4.00pm - 4.30pm

See you there .... glass slippers optional


And

ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL PROMOTION
If you're more of a pasta and prada person ...

Just sign up for Premium Membership and you can go into the lucky draw for a pair of tickets to the Italian Film festival
Already a premium member ? Then just fill up your loan quota and you can also enter .

Contest runs from 15 - 22nd March and the film festival runs from 26-31 March at GV Marina.
Check out the films at www.sfs.org.sg 


And lastly, if you fancy finding out a bit more about library@esplanade's social dance collection, and trying out a few lindy hop moves - why not drop into our FREE public talk on Sunday 21st March at 4.00pm.  I'll be talking about Western social dance in  and screening excerpts from some titles from our collection.

cheers

Jaki, library@esplanade

Programmes in March 2004

March on into library@esplanade this month for more 'artful' programmes and freebies....... and of course for our wonderful collection !

PROMOTIONS

My Girl

Win a pair of tickets to the premiere of this hugely popular Thai coming-of-age story. In Thailand, this film outgrossed Matrix Reloaded and Lord Of the Rings, the Two Towers.

Just be at library@esplanade on 1-3 March at lunchtime or in the evening and when you hear the announcement, borrow 8 items and be the first to our counter and a pair of tickets is yours.

Screening Date: 6.45pm, GV Grand, Friday 5 March

MARCH PROGRAMMES

Saturday 6 March

Film Sat: Moving Images

Sample an eclectic selection of award-winning Singaporean short films about love, loss and obsession by local filmmakers like Wee Li Lin, Jason Lai, Victric Thng and others. Among them are "All My Presents", where a woman finds out that not everyone appreciates nice presents; "3 Feet Apart", an  enduring love story about two people that has to be always three feet apart; and "Crammed" where a mother's obsession with academic success leads to disastrous results. A Q&A session follows with some of the mentioned filmmakers. This programme is part of the AsPI Journey.

Time: 4.00 - 5.30pm

Sunday 7 March

Chinese Cross Talk - Preview of "Laughter Round The World 2004"

If you think only native Chinese speakers can perform crosstalk, or xiangsheng, come and see for yourself five Westerners in action at this performance. These performers from North America, Africa and Europe will entertain you with rapidfire repartees, jokes, talk and singing in performances of crosstalk, the traditional Chinese art of comic dialogue.

Among them is Canadian-born Mark Roswell, popularly known as Dashan (Big Mountain), and is now the hottest Western crosstalk star in China. They will be giving a preview of their performances at the libraries, so do watch out for it.

Time: 1.00 - 2.00pm

 

Let's Dance with...Kirana Seni

Catch Majlis Pusat-Kirana Seni, a dance wing of Majlis Pusat, showcasing Zapin Serumpun and Serampang Dua Belas. Zapin Serumpun is a fusion of the different zapin forms from the different parts of the Malay world whereas Serampang Dua Belas is danced by a group of couples and it originated in Sumatera. Serampang Dua Belas is a must know by all traditional Malay dancers.

What's more, audience are invited to try out the different forms of Malay Dance; Zapin, Inang and Ronggeng!

In Malay

Time: 4.00 - 5.30pm

Sat 13 March

Cinderella

It's not just a fairy tale but also a fairytale ballet staged by Singapore Dance Theatre from March . Come and find out what goes into choreographing and creating a full length ballet such as Cinderella and watch video versions of the work during this talk.

Time: 4.00 - 4.30pm

Friday 19 March

Staff Jam

If you thought all library staff were stiff, starchy and bespectacled, you haven't seen the NLB Staff in action- croonin', groovin' and gettin' down at this informal and definitely entertaining 3rd installation of Staff Jam.

Time: 7.00 - 8.00pm

 

Saturday 20 March

Open Mic

Check out the 2 performances that are coming up!

1) Tanya Tan and Irvin

Cheung Presents - A voice and music prodigy, Tanya Tan, and her voice and music teacher, Mr Irvin Cheung present an afternoon of light entertainment of Broadway songs and familiar favourites.

2) mizeryFree Local band, 

MizeryFree will be performing songs from their upcoming full-length album. While the band has been accustomed to be playing in a full electric setup, this will be their first attempt at an acoustic interpretation of their songs, which are known for their strong melancholic melodies & lyrics.

Time: 4.00 - 5.30pm

Sunday 21st March

Not Strictly Ballroom ? Dance Collection in library@esplanade

If you've been wondering exactly what library@esplanade has on its shelves, come and get better acquainted with the library's dance collection as esplanade Librarians talk you through the videos and books for loan. Plus, you'll get to try a few fancy moves yourselves !

Time: 4.00 - 4.30pm

 

Friday 26 March

DVORÁK ANNIVERSARY: FROM THE NEW WORLD

Pre-concert Talk with Dr. Eddy Chong

Dvorak's New World Symphony marks the orchestra's commemoration of the Czech composer who died exactly 100 years ago. Why was this work, one of numerous composed in USA, such a huge success when it was first performed in Carnegie Hall in 1893. What influenced Dvorák to develop a national American style? Why is Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43 considered the most brilliantly written and perfectly structured concertos of the century? Discover the answers to these questions and many more at this evening's pre-concert talk with Dr. Eddy Chong, Assistant Professor from NIE Visual & Performing Arts-Music.

Time: 6.30 - 7.00pm

Log on to our website for more information.

http://www.nlb.gov.sg/fr_LAC.html 

 

Programmes in October 2003

The skies are rainy, and the weather's cool, so what better than to head indoors and cosy up at library@esplanade
And here are the autumnal (well, the Singapore version of autumn, at least) treats awaiting you this month .......

PROMOTIONS

5 Under 25
Win a copy of 5 Under 25  - prize winning plays from the Theatreworks Writers' Lab.
Find the names of 5 well-known Singaporean playwrights in our word search (We have added the word search at the end of this section in case you want to try & figure it out at home !)
AND Borrow 4 items from library@esplanade THEN Bring your borrowing receipt to the Customer Service Counter to enter the
contest.


Haunted Castle
Who's the scariest of all ?
Are you scary enough to win tickets to the new IMAX movie Haunted Castle (in 3D - for extra horror) ?

Just Sign Up  for Premium Membership AND  show us your scariest face to go into a lucky draw for  a pair tickets to a special preview of the Haunted Castle on 20th October.

But that's not all.
If you're willing for us to take a photo of you as one of our Halloween
Pinups, you could also win an additional  pair of  preview tickets, an
in-season pass for the IMAX theatre and a movie poster of Haunted Castle. (if you're already a Premium Member, don't be afraid ? borrow 4 premium items and you can also go into the competition )


EXHIBITIONS
Personas of Modern Dance
library@esplanade presents a brand new exhibit at our Innovation Gallery telling the story of modern dance via 4 themes - identity, freedom, resistance, and equality.  The exhibit includes reproductions of rare photographs from archives in Germany and USA and a video art installation created by the presitgious Deutches Tanzfilminstitut in Bremen, Germany.
Admission is free.

Singapore Dance Theatre Exhibition
In conjunction with the SDT's presentation of the ballet Madame Butterfly, library@esplanade is presenting a mini-exhibit which chronicles their history and showcases ballet costumes from their vast wardrobe - so if you've never come tete a tete with a tutu - why not pop by?
From October 1st - 19th

PLUS - you can win a pair of tickets to the ballet Madame Butterfly, or a poster signed  by the principal dancers in  Madame Butterfly. Just complete our quiz and borrow 4 items, including 1 dance item.


PROGRAMMES
Sat 4th Oct
Rachmaninov's Second Piano Concerto
Pre-concert Talk with Dr. Susan L. Kim
Come join Visiting Fellow at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music at NUS, Dr. Susan L. Kim as she talks about Rachmaninov's ever-popular Second Piano Concerto.Dr Kim will also discuss the other piece that will be performed by the SSO.
Time 6.30 - 7.00

Fri 10th Oct
Bluff Your Way thru Classical Music: French Impressionist Music
Come join us in this insightful series of lively conversations with special guests Dr Chang Tou Liang and SSO Education and Outreach Manager Mr George Wong. The duo will discuss the distinct approach of the French Impressionist composers who followed the movement of the Impressionist painters, of which Ravel and Debussy were the leaders.
Time : 6.30 - 7.30pm


Sat 11th Oct
Toa Payoh Guitar Club Performance
Get ready for some passionate strumming by the guitarists of the Toa Payoh Guitar club, accompanied by some foot-stomping, skirt-flying Flamenco dancers!
4.00 - 5.30pm


Fri 17th Oct
Staff Jam
If you thought all library staff were stiff, starchy and 'speccy' - witness them in a whole new light in this informal and definitely entertaining 2nd installment of Staff Jam.
7.00 - 8.00pm


Sat 18th Oct
Open Mic
The beauty of the violin and the piano will be presented by Vanesa and Oliver Tan, a talented brother and sister team.  Kevin Ho will then change your mind about storytelling as a professional art form.  He presents tales to inform, educate and entertain!
Time: 4.00 - 5.30

Saturday 25th Oct
Taking The Stage
Odyssey Dance Theatre Ltd Proudly Presents: Youth Dance @ Xposition 'O' 2003, By Young Artists Project Performers
Be mesmerised by passion for dance and the performing arts.
This event is part of Xposition 'O' Contemporary Dance Fiesta 2003, a series of distinctive and interactive events to celebrate the art of dance in the community.
Time: 4.00 - 5.30

Pre-concert Talk with Dr. Susan L. Kim
Mozart and The Titan
The SSO concert for the weekend consists of works by two of the greatest composers of all time, Mozart and Mahler.
Come join music lecturer Dr. Susan L. Kim as she discuss these two works that will be performed by the SSO.
Time : 6.30 - 7.00pm

Enquiries: 63323255 or email epcl@nlb.gov.sg



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Hope to see you at the library this October!

Public Enquiries:  63323255, epcl@nlb.gov.sg

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 Commenced on 18 Feb 2003