Performing arts for beginners

Don't quite enjoy performing arts as much as you'd like to? The newly revamped Singapore International Festival of Arts and its pre-event The OPEN have several performances and talks that give valuable introductions to the various performing arts. HELMI YUSOF takes a look at its programmes for classical music, Greek tragedy and contemporary dance.

20th-century classical music 101

IF you're a novice in classical music appreciation, there's no better way to expand your knowledge quickly - and pleasurably - than to attend the excellent series of concerts given by the London Sinfonietta.

Last year, the London Sinfonietta gave a much-acclaimed series of concerts at London's Southbank Centre called The Rest Is Noise, a title taken from the 2007 best-seller written by The New Yorker's music critic, Alex Ross.

The concerts took the audiences through a sweeping odyssey of classical music in the 20th century, from Debussy to Prokofiev to Stockhausen to Takemitsu. The tour de force performances so impressed Singapore International Festival of the Arts...

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