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Arts Picks (The Straits Times)

IT COULD HAVE BEEN ____! – A CROSSTALK THEATRE PRODUCTION BY SIN FENG XIANG SHENG SOCIETY

From colonial outpost to shimmering metropolis, It Could Have Been ____! captures Singapore’s journey to the present in a production that blends the traditional Chinese art of crosstalk with dramatic elements. Expect deliciously witty turns of phrase and sharp, rapid banter from writer Han Lao Da, a playwright and Cultural Medallion recipient who has more than 40 years of crosstalk experience. The line-up features crosstalk veterans (from left) Yong Ser Pin and Johnny Ng, who plays the 50-year-old son to Yong’s octogenarian father. The duo piece together a life’s worth of recollections in the course of the production.

Where: Esplanade Theatre MRT: City Hall/Esplanade When: Today, 8pm, tomorrow, 2pm Admission: $30 – $50 from Sistic (excludes booking fee, go to www.sistic.com.sg or call 6348-5555) Info: Presented in Mandarin with no surtitles. Go to www.esplanade.com

THE MAGIC TREETOP BY ESPLANADE’S PLAYTIME!

Hunt for a missing egg with Mama Robin in this interactive theatre production directed by Chow Keat Yeng for the Esplanade’s Playtime! series for young audiences. Designed for two- to four-year-olds, this 40-minute mini adventure in the treetops will help children learn about action words and rhythms with colourful puppets, catchy songs and inventive set pieces.

Where: Esplanade Recital Studio MRT: City Hall/Esplanade When: Till Wed, 9.30 & 11am (weekday); 11am, 2 & 4pm (weekend) Admission: $18 from Sistic (excludes booking fee)

Hong ShaoxuanXu Wen JingQuek Ling Kiong

SINGAPORE CHINESE ORCHESTRA MOTHER’S DAY CONCERT

Celebrate Mother’s Day with this special tribute concert by the SCO featuring xinyao pioneer Hong Shaoxuan, who will sing popular songs such as Liang Wern Fook’s When I Think Of You as well as a medley of evergreen tunes by Liu Chia-chang and from Hong Kong TV series including The Brothers and Chameleon. Dizi musician Tan Chye Tiong and gaohu musician Xu Wen Jing will also perform excerpts from the classic Butterfly Lovers concerto, and Capriccio Of Third Sister Liu by Chinese composer Liu Yuan. Conducted by Quek Ling Kiong, who curated the selection.

Where: Singapore Chinese Orchestra Concert Hall MRT: Tanjong Pagar/Raffles Place When: Today & tomorrow, 8pm Admission: Limited tickets at $30 – $70 from Sistic (excludes booking fee)

SSO PLAYS STRAUSS’ ALSO SPRACH ZARATHUSTRA

Here comes a concert of extra- terrestrial proportions. The Singapore Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Atlanta Symphony music director Robert Spano, will play Richard Strauss’ instantly recognisable tone poem Also Sprach Zarathustra (Thus Spoke Zarathustra), a sweeping orchestral work immortalised by Stanley Kubrick’s legendary film 2001: A Space Odyssey. The SSO will also tour the galaxy with English composer Gustav Holst’s grand orchestral suite The Planets, which will include an organ and two unusual woodwind instruments, the bass flute and bass oboe.

Where: Esplanade Concert Hall MRT: City Hall/Esplanade When: Today, 7.30pm

Admission: $15 – $75 from Sistic (excludes booking fee)