As this Meetup was conducted just three days prior to National Day, it was appropriately National Day-themed. To mark this occasion, Pianovers tonight came in either red or white. The Mini-Recital this evening was split into two halves, the second half carrying a National Day theme. The many wonderful performances culminated in Zafri's performance of the most important song of all - Singapore's National Anthem.
Kris (Australian), was spotted chatting with Desiree (Indonesian) and her daughter, as well as Albert, an elderly Pianover (Singapore). Zafri (Malay), and Pat (Chinese) were seen jamming together. In another interesting observation, May Ling (Chinese) was chatting with Ploy (Thai) and Wayne (Hong Kong). These random interactions illustrated one important point. Pianovers Meetup is not just about bringing people together in the piano community, but also about strengthening the Singapore spirit. The event builds social cohesion and promotes racial harmony. Through Pianovers Meetup, people of all races, languages and religions come together to indulge in this commual space to make music.
Isao performed All By Myself, a piece by Eric Carmen in 1975 whose verse is based on Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18. When Carmen composed this piece, he was under the impression that Rachmaninoff's music was in the public domain and there were no copyright claims on it. After the album’s release, however, he was contacted by the Rachmaninoff estate and informed otherwise. The two parties reached an amicable agreement, under which the estate would receive 12 percent of the royalties from all sales of the "All by Myself "album.
In a very apt move, given the upcoming National Day, Vanessa played Home by Dick Lee. This piece was written in 1998 with both English and Chinese versions, and performed by Kit Chan. Until today, this song remains very popular among Singaporeans. Most Singaporeans would agree that "Home" is the best NDP song!
Researchers have established a link between playing sounds to the positive treatment of and relief from stress and ailments like Parkinson’s Disease and hormonal problems. People who have had problems speaking have also been healed with the help of music. In today’s modern, fast-paced world, where stress takes its daily, unrelenting toll on us, it may be worthwhile to take a step back and explore sound’s healing effects.
Steinway & Sons announces the release of a new limited- edition piano to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Steinway-Designed Boston line. These 125 unique “Silver Anniversary” grand pianos feature handsome additions and enhancements that showcase the sterling character of the Boston.
In Pianovers Meetup, we welcome piano teachers who bring their students. Exposure to platforms outside the classroom is something we value and appreciate. Learning should be holistic and at ThePiano.SG, we appreciate teachers like Jennice who make the effort to bring their students to Pianovers Meetups!
At Pianovers Meetups, we frequently have children joining us and we are very happy to have them around. We believe that growing up should not be just about classroom-based learning. Children should be exposed to other environments and learn from beyond their textbooks. It also helps that they gain confidence performing in public and make new friends along the way!
17 June 2017 marked a major milestone for ThePiano.SG. On this beautiful Saturday evening, Pianovers came together at Clarke Quay for what would be the inaugural Pianovers Hours. Taking on a very apt slogan “Indulge in an evening of piano music with Pianovers over dinner”, Pianovers Hours brings Pianovers Meetup to a whole new level, while allowing Pianovers to enjoy music and mingle over dinner in a cosy environment.
Owing to the school holiday period, this Meetup saw a number of children, many of whom were students of three piano teachers. The young ones were brought by their teachers to perform and to gain exposure in public performances. At ThePiano.SG, we wish all students all the very best in the upcoming piano exams! May you shine in your musical journey!