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“The string sound (…) was gorgeous as it meandered from one climax to another.” — Straits Times Life!From the great era of the Golden Age of Hollywood, comes some of the most haunting and captivating melodies ever to have graced the silver screen.

Join re:mix, Singapore’s “…hippest crossover group” (Straits Times, 23 Dec 2008), Music-Director/Violin-Solo Foo Say Ming with Singapore piano virtuoso Lim Yan, as they pay tribute to great Hollywood features which centred around the colourful and tumultuous lives of their musician-characters.

With music from the great black-and-white classics as Intermezzo(1939), Dangerous Moonlight (1941) and Humoresque (1946), be transported back to the era of the luminous Ingrid Bergman, Joan Crawford and Leslie Howard:

Intermezzo for Violin and Orchestra
(Heinz Provost)
Warsaw Piano Concerto
(Richard Addinsell)
Tristan and Isolde Fantasy for Violin, Piano, and Orchestra
(Richard Wagner – Franz Waxman)

re: mix also pays special homage to the great actor/violinist Charlie Chaplin in presenting Darius Milhaud‘s Le Boeuf Sur Le Toit (The Ox on the Roof) for violin and Orchestra, which was originally composed for one of his silent films CinĂ©ma-fantaisie.

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Spending my Thursday and Sunday nights at the arty-farty Old School atop Mount Sophia to rehearse re: mix’s upcoming performance, Celluloid Concertos. Besides my teacher Mr Foo’s violin solo, we have, arguably Singapore’s busiest piano virtuoso, Lim Yan as well. So what’s with “Celluloid” ? A quick Google “define: Celluloid” search reveals:

  • highly flammable substance made from cellulose nitrate and camphor; used in e.g. motion-picture and X-ray film; its use has decreased with the development of nonflammable thermoplastics
  • film: a medium that disseminates moving pictures; “theater pieces transferred to celluloid”; “this story would be good cinema”; “film coverage of sporting events”
  • artificial as if portrayed in a film; “a novel with flat celluloid characters”

So, a rather apt title then!

Some of the music were originally written for orchestra and thus re-arranged by our local composers, one of them being Chen Zhangyi who is at Peabody now.

The music is haunting… captivating… and even……. weird….

Thursday, 17 December 2009
7.30 PM
Esplanade Recital Studio
$20 . For tickets and information,
or call +65 8434 3465
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  1. [...] taken during rehearsal at Esplanade Recital Studio. Celluloid Concertos was performed on 17 Dec 2009 to a full-house audience. Many thanks to my friends and students for [...]

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