Has there been a bigger concert of Singapore music than the Sing50 Concert held on Friday 7 August 2015 at the National Stadium? Presented by The Straits Times and Business Times as a gift to the nation, a capacity audience was greeted by two and a half hours of Singaporean popular music, featuring hits performed by some of the most iconic local musicians past and present, and some well-heeled guests.
It wasn't Woodstock, but attempts were made to connect Singaporeans with their particular brand and blend of music that ruled the airwaves and stages from the 1950s to the present. This historic concert could be summed in two words: bloody noisy.
|A tribute to Malay pop music.|
|Icons of yesteryear: Malay pop diva Rahimah Rahim |
and indie rocker X'Ho (Chris Ho)
|Music from the younger generation,|
songsters and MICappella.
|Jazz singers Melissa Tham & Jacinta|
accompanied by Jeremy Monteiro.
|Jazz divas Mel T, Ja & Rani Singham.|
|The ageless Tracy Huang with Feelings.|
The audience lights up with their handphone lights.
|A medley by the King of Musicals, Dick Lee.|
|Ravers on stage, whatever that was.|
|Mandopop star JJ Lin,|
who was later paired with Lang Lang.
|The "classical" highlight of the evening:|
Kelly Tang's Three Movements for
51 pianos and Orchestra.
|The infamous Red Steinway was commandeered|
by Lang Lang, here partnered by the
Metropolitan Festival Orchestra.
|The 2nd movement Elegy was dedicated to the memory of|
Founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew
(the Singapore royal family pictured above).
|The 50 Lang Lang Steinway baby grands|
final get to see some action!
|Lang Lang with conductor Chan Tze Law.|
|Singapore's highest grossing Mando-pop star|
Stefanie Sun gets to sing with a full orchestra.
Its not the SSO but the MFO.
|A melange of pop songs, remembering|
the days of Talentime.
|The Grand Finale.|
|The National Anthem:|