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Post by BigSis » Wed, 04 Jan 2012 1:33 am

madwolfie wrote:Otherwise, it'd probably be a good idea to have a formal wear rental shop just at the front of house :)
LOL, I like that idea - like when you go to the temples and they loan stinky shirts out for you to put on.

I'm going to see the Carmina Burana in May - I think they're only doing one date here. Not sure how dressed up I'll be - but it will certainly be more dressed up than my usual jeans and t-shirt staples :)

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Post by the lynx » Wed, 04 Jan 2012 10:32 am

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sundaymorningstaple wrote:Are you kidding, a lot don't even bother to dress up in evening gowns & tuxedos. They also like to keep up a running commentary with their partners during the entire program, similar to the way they behave in the local movie theaters.
*ahem* not everyone has evening gowns & tuxedos but I'd agree to dressing appropriately to the occassion.

Otherwise, it'd probably be a good idea to have a formal wear rental shop just at the front of house :)
I am actually surprised that the Esplanade here doesn't have one. Even KLCC in Malaysia has a rental shop at the front for the 'forgetful' ones. Batik, coats, shoes etc...

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Post by nutnut » Mon, 23 Jan 2012 9:04 am

MY son has just started wanting classical music on the radio (92.4) when he goes to bed and I'd love to take him out to the symphony to see a real concert.

What's the script, having never ever been to a classical music concert anywhere in the world, is it very formal? Would a 5 year old with a loud voice be welcome? Do we have to dress up or is it informal attire? and so on.


I mean after all, we are going to appreciate the music, not a fashion show!
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Post by poodlek » Mon, 23 Jan 2012 7:49 pm

nutnut wrote:MY son has just started wanting classical music on the radio (92.4) when he goes to bed and I'd love to take him out to the symphony to see a real concert.

What's the script, having never ever been to a classical music concert anywhere in the world, is it very formal? Would a 5 year old with a loud voice be welcome? Do we have to dress up or is it informal attire? and so on.


I mean after all, we are going to appreciate the music, not a fashion show!
I haven't been here in Singapore, but when I went in Toronto I'd just wear respectable clothing, like I might wear to an office job. As long as your son can keep reasonably quiet at the appropriate times, I'd say go for it. It's great that he's interested! Have you talked about taking up an instrument? When I was that age I was dying to learn the violin, but my parents didn't think I was serious, so they ignored my requests for one. I picked up the saxophone at age 12 and bassoon at 15 and ended up with a scholarship to one of the top music schools in Canada :-) I sure showed them :-P

EDIT to add:

The Toronto S.O. often had kids concerts where the atmosphere was much more relaxed and the conductor would talk about the pieces/instruments/whatever to make it more educational and enjoyable for the tots. I don't know if something like that exists here, but it's worth looking for.

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Post by the lynx » Tue, 24 Jan 2012 12:56 am

nutnut wrote:MY son has just started wanting classical music on the radio (92.4) when he goes to bed and I'd love to take him out to the symphony to see a real concert.

What's the script, having never ever been to a classical music concert anywhere in the world, is it very formal? Would a 5 year old with a loud voice be welcome? Do we have to dress up or is it informal attire? and so on.


I mean after all, we are going to appreciate the music, not a fashion show!
Hmm depends on the events hosted by the Esplanade. I have been to both philharmonic and the smaller recitals. Here, the orchestra requires you to dress formally (covered shoes and collared shirts for males and 'acceptable wear' for female), of course, no noise is allowed and punctuality is highly treasured here (if you are late they will only let you in after intermission at the fifteenth minute.

As for the smaller recitals, the dress code is usually more relaxed but the same code of conduct is expected (silence and punctuality).

Of course, 5-year-olds are always welcomed (and sometimes they can get cheaper tickets) as long as they are able to remain quiet and well behaved throughout the entire performance. I have seen children behaving better than adults in recitals here :-(

If you are interested, you can always check Esplanade's official website (sorry can't paste link here, using mobile now) for updates and news of upcoming performances. I would recommend you to bring your child to the recitals. It is less stressful for children with more room to breathe for parents.

Sometimes I have friends performing from NAFA, SPO and MMS in Esplanade, few times even with kids performing. If you are interested, I can PM info if I know of any recital coming up.

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Post by nutnut » Tue, 24 Jan 2012 9:25 am

Thanks guys, the Esplanade has loads of stuff on at the concourse, I think this may be the place to start him off at, it's free, which helps if we need to make a sharp exit!!

Thanks for the info. I'll keep an eye on this.
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Post by the lynx » Tue, 24 Jan 2012 4:12 pm

nutnut wrote:Thanks guys, the Esplanade has loads of stuff on at the concourse, I think this may be the place to start him off at, it's free, which helps if we need to make a sharp exit!!

Thanks for the info. I'll keep an eye on this.
You are right. I forgot to mention about free performances at the concourse.

Have fun!

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Post by nakatago » Thu, 26 Jan 2012 2:15 pm

poodlek wrote:WELL PLAYED, SIR:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4nkJ-tB29U
Ah yes. It's been making the rounds in teh interwebs. You can see that he was miffed but he took it in stride.

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Post by poodlek » Wed, 08 Feb 2012 1:38 pm

jepackt wrote:the video is down :(
Google "Lukas Kmit cell phone" you should be able to find another copy of it :-)

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Post by natureavenue » Wed, 20 Jun 2012 7:19 pm

Hi,

there are always good professional concerts from the Singapore Symphony Orchestra in the Esplanade and they sometimes do outdoor sunday concert in Botanic Gardens. You could try getting their annual brochure and check out all their details of concerts for that month/year. ;)

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