Glee clubs strike a chord in Singapore
Hit American TV series inspires schools to set up own show choirs
Students from the Singapore Show Choir Academy doing their rehearsals at Scape. The academy began lessons earlier this month and provides free professional training for youngsters who show talent.
Glee, the hit American TV series, may be winding up next year but Singapore's own version of Glee clubs are starting to take off.
Schools and professional instructors say that interest in show choirs, which meld dancing, elaborate costumes and acting - think Broadway with pop songs - has been surging over the last year.
Glee clubs strike a chord in SingaporeHit American TV series inspires schools to set up own show choirs.
Rihanna's 'Styled to Rock' tries to strike a chord on Bravo
Yes, "Styled to Rock," produced by the pop star, is very much like that other design show. There's a big A-lister to head up the series, and a team of "mentors" that guide the designers through competition.
The difference, says Rihanna: They're "designing to define an artist's image."
After making her big entrance to greet the contestants, we actually don't see much of Rihanna. They're all competing for 100 K and a space on her design team, though, so she will return.
Poles strike a chord
This is not a winter, according to international pianist and Chopin master Piotr Tomasz and MC for the Embassy of Poland recital, Wojciech Woclaw. Real winters are found in Cracow, Poland, but in Australia we smile a lot and make visitors welcome according to this pair of ambassadors for music and the culture of Chopin and their Poland.
And how charming this evening of Chopin music was with moments to send the mind meandering and enjoy the mastery of Tomasz as he made a baby grand sound like a concert grand and Chopin’s Mazurkas and Polonaise Heroique a perfect accompaniment to those thoughts.
Ghazals strike a chord with Jews in Israel
Singer Pankaj Udhas to perform in Tel Aviv today.
Even though listening to ghazals is like a tradition in India, this soft classical music has a huge fan following in Israel too. Not only is it popular among Jews who migrated from India to Israel decades ago, but has spread to other Jews over the years.
Their love for ghazals will see Indian ghazal singer Pankaj Udhas perform once again at a concert in the Mann Auditorium in Tel Aviv on October 21. Udhas performed in Israel two years ago and 2,000 people attended the concert.
Fifty-year-old Benjamin Samuel, organiser of the show, migrated to Israel from Ahmedabad about 40 years ago. Yet, he vividly recalls his mother listening to ghazals by famous singers for years even after settling down in Israel. “That was the primary reason why I first invited Udhas to Israel for a performance two years ago,” said Samuel over telephone from Israel.http://www.dnaindia.com/lifestyle/report-ghazals-strike-a-chord-with-jews-in-israel-1906390