This evening, Jia Hui, Michelle, Zhi Quan, and Zi Huan from the alumni of NUS Piano Ensemble were here to perform pieces that will be also played in their upcoming alumni concert "Touched: Appassionata", on 5 May 2018, comprising pieces to be played on two pianos. At ThePiano.SG, we encourage performers to visit Pianovers Meetups to perform, before their actual concert, so as to gain more confidence and showcase their pieces to the our piano community.
This evening, apart from the usual group photo, we also had one specially with the teachers. This was the first time we had such a big turnout of piano teachers, part-time or full-time, and it was only right that we took a photo to remember the occasion! There was a total of 8 of us! At ThePiano.SG, we always believe that it is important to expose piano students to out-of-classroom experiences and we are glad that our piano teachers are aligned with us!
Over two days, 7-8 April 2018, a most elaborate pop-up stall, complete with the offerings from ThePiano.SG Online Store, was set up to showcase the wide range of piano-themed products and gifts that ThePiano.SG carries. Moving on, there are two more upcoming Pop-Up Stall events we are also involved in, and we would love to see you there - (i) 7 - 13 May 2018, Bedok Point, and (ii) 9 June 2018, Serangoon Gardens Country Club.
Chronicling an 18-year journey in making pop-ish tunes that resonate with Singaporeans of all ages, local pianist, composer and founder of Intune Music Peng Chi Sheng’s newest piano instrumental album The Runaway Pianist tells an inspirational story of entrepreneurship, friendship and success.
David delighted Chopin’s fans by playing Etude Op. 25, No. 2 by Chopin. Incidentally, this piece was only the first of many of Chopin’s compositions to be played tonight! This makes tonight’s Meetup session a seemingly Chopin-themed night, not unlike the Bach-themed Meetup #72 several weeks back.
Because it was April Fool's Day, Gavin had first jokingly said that he would be playing 4'33'' by John Cage, a piece that would involve sitting by the piano doing nothing, and letting the audience listen to 4 min and 33 seconds of silence, or rather, the ambient sounds around them. He played Concerto in F by George Gershwin.
This evening was different from other Pianovers Meetups, as the first part of the Mini-Recital was reserved for the celebration of Johann Sebastian Bach’s 333rd birthday. Every year, in March, Bach’s music and talent are celebrated in a global Bach In The Subways event, which sees performers going to public places, like metro stations, and play Bach’s works.
This evening, we have another senior, Henry Wong, who joined us for dinner earlier. Uncle Henry stopped learning the piano at age 15 but picked it up again only eight months ago, after a 55-year-old hiatus. Both Uncle Albert, and Uncle Henry exemplify the quality of 活到老，学到老 (One is never too old to learn)!
In recent years, people have devised methods to take care of the body to ensure that it stays in top form. Just as professional athletes watch their diets and have enough sleep so that they are in tip-top condition during training and on the track, pianists have their unique ways with which they take care of their bodies to ensure they are on top of their game. One such approach is known as Piano-Yoga, a relatively recent technique developed by virtuoso pianist Génia.
Albert is a helpful member of the community. He had asked if he could offer to help with anything this evening and offered to arrive at 4pm if necessary. On hearing that we needed drinks, he proceeded to buy four large sets of drinks for us (24 individual packs in all). What was amazing was that instead of buying the drinks from the Orchard area, he actually purchased them near his home, where they were cheaper, and transported them all the way by train to Orchard Central. Thank you so much, Albert, for your thoughtfulness and your kind effort!