The Music Makers

13 Aug 2017 – A Celebrations of Dreams

Fri: TGIF and tkx for good company from Seb&Adrian who kindly loan his Flux HD Zoom for me to try out.

Sat: neighbourhood setting up for the National Day party and was not even aware of it until I was heading for the bus in the late afternoon. Looks like quite a set-up, saw on the sign that the ticket for this party cost S$10.

Marina Square’s food-court is the only food-court I have seen robots along the aisles asking you to leave your trays in them. Was about to place my tray there, but the cleaning crew just took it off my hands, probably feeling threatened about their jobs by these robots! This location is good when I need a bite before or after a concert.

A delightful performance by OMM/Orchestra of the Music Makers with the Taipei Philharmonic Chorus and the International Festival Chorus&Friends at Esplanade Concert Hall.

Rit played the piccolo and also the flute in between – if my eyes were not playing tricks on me! Quite amazing to have such a large choir filling the hall with their glorious voices complimenting a full orchestra in this sold out concert. With Elgar in the program, one of the encore pieces were of course Pomp and Circumstance. May the Force be with them all.

We are the music-makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers
And sitting by desolate streams;
World losers and world forsakers,
On whom the pale moon gleams:
Yet we are the movers and shakers
Of the world for ever, it seems.
 
With wonderful deathless ditties
We build up the world’s great cities.
And out of a fabulous story
We fashion an empire’s glory:
One man with a dream, at pleasure,
Shall go forth and conquer a crown;
And three with a new song’s measure
Can trample an empire down.
 
We, in the ages lying
In the buried past of the earth,
Built Nineveh with our sighing,
And Babel itself with our mirth;
And o’erthrew them with prophesying
To the old of the new world’s worth;
For each age is a dream that is dying,
Or one that is coming to birth. 

Nice to see that Singapore Dreaming (2006) was showing@the Concourse as I was leaving. Have seen this movie and enjoyed it then, but stayed for a few minutes to soak in the ambiance, and there was an empty bean-bag available on the floor.

Sun: inspiring and worthy to document – especially when I hope to also go back to school when unable to travel and if my mental health is still intact 🙂

http://www.todayonline.com/world/91-year-old-thai-woman-earns-bachelors-degree

Grandmother in her 80s still rocking away.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/guitar-slinging-grandma-mary-shreds-stereotypes-9102144

Glad to see young local talents being recognized and encouraged.

http://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/arts/classical-engagement

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