Otherwise for the other readers it'll give some hint as to how, um, rapidly SG is making cultural progress..
Anyways, there'll be Brahms 1st Symphony on 1st April (nope its not an april fools' joke). This work is probably known for being one of the most delayed works - it took over 10 years for him to finally publish this symphony - no thanks to the then critics (and wannabes) and the standard set by (ex-bonjwa) composer Beethoven.
It'll be performed @ the Esplanade(aka the Durian) Concert Hall. Titled Brahms Tonight! (with the "!") It'll showcase musicians from TPO (The Philarmonic Orchestra) and a talk by a musician-actor regarding Brahms and the symphony.
Personally, despite this programme consisting only of one piece, it was pretty draining as our orchestra is composed of amateurs i.e. its not full time or professional (read: paid) orchestra. For those who watch/read Nodame Cantabile its sort of like Roux-Marlet but without subscribers and with students (like me) as orchestra members.
Another small chamber concert has a programme of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos (Concerti) 2,5 and 6 (incidentally my friend who organised this said that they were composed, chronologically, in the order 6,2 then 5 IIRC) which will be performed on 18 Apr at the YST Conservatory Hall (Singapore only has 1 official conservatory as far as I know, 2-3 if I count those that effectively are conservatories).
Rehearsals for the 2nd one haven't gone into full swing yet, though i would expect my part at least to be far more difficult (am playing the 2nd solo viola braccio part for no.6 O_o). I'm not a music major either so that doesn't really help things but hopefull with some luck and practice i'll pull thru =p (so wish me luck haha). Anyway any SG ppl who feels like being a patron of the arts can drop me a PM (if my account is not locked cos of blatant advertising =p)
Is there a thread for Classical concerts on TL (didn't find any with search)?
Anyway, small gripe about the recent Classical Music + Elitism thread: if classical music is so elitist, then why do pop songs/"crossover" songs use classical themes so much in their songs (hypocrisy?)?
Then what are the movie soundtracks by John Williams (Star Wars, Jurassic Park etcetc.), Michael Nyman (GATTACA etc.), and Korngold (dunno offhand) supposed to be? Music for the elites in the masses that watch movies? I just came across Clair de lune on youtube and the top few searches has the Twilight (yes the fangirl movie) version. Perhaps criticisms of Classical music being "elite" should look at it from a equally supposed viewpoint of Popular, "crass" music (and media) "dragging" classical music down to the level of the masses. Oh wait, now its accessible and fashionable, but its still elitist?