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SING50

Spectacular, despite acoustic challenge

The concert featuring some 250 Singapore musicians drew praise for its line-up, but the sound system disappointed many.

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Pianist Lang Lang, the Metropolitan Festival Orchestra and 50 pianists on 50 Steinway baby grand pianos performing Kelly Tang's new composition, Concerto In Three Movements, a tribute to Singapore's past, present and future.
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From left, The Business Times editor Alvin Tay, SPH chairman Lee Boon Yang and editor-in-chief English/Malay/Tamil Media Group, Patrick Daniel, surveying the stadium before the big performance.
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As Tracy Huang lent her honeyed vocals to two classic numbers, the crowd whooped and cheered.
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From left, Melissa Tham, Jacintha and Rani Singam performing in a jazz segment led by Jeremy Monteiro.
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Reigning songbird Stefanie Sun singing four of her biggest hits in a gorgeous new arrangement by Golden Horse Award-winning composer Ricky Ho.
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JJ Lin sending the crowd into a frenzy with his biggest hits.
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From left: Shigga Shay, Dick Lee and Dru Chen singing Lee's biggest hits of his career, including Rasa Sayang, Life Story and Fried Rice Paradise.
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Veteran singer Rahimah Rahim and Rani Singam singing one of Singapore's classic songs, Roses by Gingerbread.
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Rock royals Wendi Koh and Douglas Olivero roaring out rock classics to the delight of fans.
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A diehard fan of Tracy Huang waving a lit placard for the classic star.
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Fifty Steinway-designed Lang Lang baby grand pianos were played by 50 pianists at Sing50. After the concert, the pianos will be adopted by various schools and institutions for the promotion of local music.
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Apl.de.ap (right) from The Black Eyed Peas leading a crew of rappers onstage, including Shigga Shay (centre), Najip Ali (left), Sheikh Haikel and TheLionCityBoy.

Singapore

BY all accounts, Friday's Sing50 concert at the National Stadium was a triumph of scale, spectacle and song, bringing together some of the biggest heroes of Singapore music past and present before an audience of 41,343. 

Unfortunately, the sound system left much to be