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Rhythms & Rhapsodies 2003

5 - 14 March 2003

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Featuring a gleaming mix of six indoor and eight outdoor concerts from 5 to 14 March 2003 on the NUS campus, Rhythms and Rhapsodies, with its wide selection of music from the western orchestra to the Indian instrumental, adopts an upbeat accent this year.

This festival, which was launched in 2001, includes highlights A Double Bass Treat by NUS Symphony Orchestra, In Tempo 2003 by NUS Wind Symphony, and an exhilarating programme by the reputable Students’ Art Troupe of Tsinghua University. It looks set to expose new ears to music.

A Double Bass Treat on 12 March marks the first time double bass compositions – Giovanni Bottesini’s Passione Amorosa for Duo Double Bass and Gran Duo Concertante for Violin & Double Bass – are performed at a Singapore concert.

It showcases a collaboration between young musicians from the NUS Symphony Orchestra and members from the Singapore Symphony Orchestra – Alexandra Souptel on the violin and Guennadi Mouzyka on the double bass.

The performers in this festival are mainly student and alumni musicians who have received rigorous training from established artistes such as Alex Abisheganaden, Lim Soon Lee, and Lum Yan Sing.

The collaboration between the NUS Symphony Orchestra and Singapore Symphony Orchestra represents another milestone for the student orchestra.  In the past years, it has played with renowned soloists, including Swiss Jozsef Molnar and Singaporeans Pang Siu Yuin and Ee-Ping, Hong Kong singer Leslie Chung, the famous duo Dennis Lee and Toh Chee Hung, and also rehearsed under famous conductors, such as Professor Hikmet Simsek. 

In Tempo 2003, the opening concert on 5 March, will feature an award-winning student band performing outstanding, colourful works, including Persis, Dance Movements, and Night on Bald Mountain.  A participant of several music festivals and competitions overseas, NUS Wind Symphony was awarded a Gold Award in the 2nd Division Harmony Section at the 14th World Music Contest in Kerkrade, The Netherlands, in 2001.

Audiences will also receive an exclusive treat from an overseas university group with a glorious tradition – Tsinghua University’s art troupe.  In town to promote cultural exchanges, its over 70 performers including 30 traditional instrument players, 17 chorus members and 22 dancers brings a celebrated close to this festival with an hour-long concert of dance, folk, orchestral and vocal music.  

Like the out-door mini-concerts put up for the first time by NUS Jazz Band, NUS Choir, NUS Harmonica Band, NUS Rondalla, and Pipers Guild@NUS, this performance by overseas students comes with free admission.

This year’s line up also includes Touch 2003 by NUS Piano Ensemble, GENUS 2003 by NUS Guitar Ensemble, and Bharat Culture 2003: Ritu by NUS Indian Instrumental Ensemble.  Past audiences have commented that they loved the range and variety of the repertoire, with numerous returning for other concerts under the festival.  

Having enjoyed a successful second season last year – the attendance of 8000 people represents a 25 percent increase from the figure of the initial season in 2001 – the organisers are confident that Rhythms and Rhapsodies 2003 will attract a bigger crowd.

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17 January 2003

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Thanks to the Economic Development Board (EDB), Singapore attracted S$9.01 billion in investment commitments for the manufacturing sector in 2002, just shy of the S$9.17 billion in 2001 and S$9.21 billion in the boom year of 2000. A total of 20,900 jobs are expected to be created from 2002's investments with 72 per cent for skilled labour or professional positions, down from the 24,400 jobs created in 2001.(1)

Sengkang Light Rapid Transit (LRT) Line will officially start moving people tomorrow 18 Jan 2003, but only six of its 14 stations will open in the first phase. Adults will pay 64 cents per trip with the EZ-link card while schoolchildren pay 40 cents. (4)

A teenager was found dead in a flat in Tampines on the morning of Wednesday 15 Jan 2003. Miss TENG Shu Yan, 17, a waitress, may have died after drinking alcohol spiked with Ecstasy, her father told Chinese- language reporters. Three friends, who were with Miss TENG in the flat, were arrested for drug consumption. (H6)


Sydney: A strong smelling durian is the main suspect after a full-scale security alert and evacuation of a Virgin Blue passenger airliner yesterday. (3)


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