How time flies! We’ve reached the final month of the year and December 2023 is full of festive cheer as we celebrate the end of a great year for the arts and culture scene in Singapore. To wrap up the 2023 season, Catch has prepared a line-up of seasonal events to catch, ranging from amazing concerts that celebrate both the international and local music scene to a Christmas-y play, all suited for families, lovers, and friends. Let’s toast to an amazing year and get revved up for an even more incredible year in 2024 with Catch!
1. A Singphonic Christmas by Die Singphoniker
A medley of compositions and styles blended together, it’s a Christmas concert unlike any other.
For over 40 years, Die Singphoniker has been hitting high notes, with over 1,300 concerts across 29 countries and a treasure trove of nearly 40 CD recordings. As part of the world’s elite vocal ensembles, Die Singphoniker magically blends musical genres, crafting a symphonic tapestry of innovation. Their sound is a warm, finely-tuned powerhouse, and their genuine love for music enchants global audiences. From Renaissance to the modern age, they've got it all in their repertoire, and their romantic renditions are hailed as the ultimate benchmark. Don't miss the chance to experience Die Singphoniker in a Christmas concert where they weave diverse works and styles into a harmonious masterpiece!
Catch A Singphonic Christmas by Die Singphoniker on 8 December at the Esplanade Concert Hall. Tickets are priced from $36.
2. Cinderella 2023 Presented by Singapore Ballet
A beautiful production of an iconic fairytale, Cinderella will whisk you away into a dream-like experience to behold.
Get ready for the enchanting rebirth of the timeless fairy tale Cinderella! From a grand ball to the stroke of midnight, this dazzling production transforms into one colossal, spellbinding ballet. A narrative that reignites the childlike wonder in all of us, this ballet weaves a mesmerizing tapestry of beauty and love that's bound to find a cherished spot in countless hearts. Choreographed by Artistic Director Janek Schergen, and accompanied by the live, soaring melodies of Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev, courtesy of the Metropolitan Festival Orchestra, with a world-class Singaporean creative team at the helm, this Cinderella rendition is destined to become an enduring masterpiece.
Step into the fairytale world of Cinderella 2023 Presented by Singapore Ballet from 14 to 17 December 2023 at the Esplanade Theatre. Tickets are priced from $26.25.
3. SSO Christmas Fundraising Concert
Honey, the band’s back together! The entire Singapore Symphony family is all revved up to make this holiday season a memorable one.
In the mood for dramatic Christmas cheer? The Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) brings the yuletide season to new heights with their annual Christmas celebration through the beautiful melodies of their orchestra. That’s not all; the entire Singapore Symphony family has banded together for one of their biggest festive performances for the year. Taking the stage alongside SSO are the Singapore Symphony Chorus, Singapore Symphony Youth Choir, and Singapore Symphony Children’s Choir. With the melding of angelic voices and harmonies, this year’s Christmas Fundraising Concert is surely one that will fully immerse you in the holiday spirit!
Celebrate Christmas cheer at the SSO Christmas Fundraising Concert from 14 to 15 December 2023 at the Esplanade Concert Hall. Tickets are priced from $40.
4. Jazzy Christmas One More Once!
It’s a full-fledged jazzy affair as Jeremy Monteiro pulls out all the stops with his merry band of top-notch musical talents!
Prepare to embark on a heartwarming journey through the corridors of nostalgia, guided by Jeremy Monteiro as he unveils the ultimate Jazzy Christmas extravaganza. With a rich history spanning 15 spectacular iterations in two decades, the Jazzy Christmas series has explored a vibrant spectrum of jazz styles, from the vivacious rhythms of New Orleans jazz to the soulful grandeur of big band melodies and the sultry embrace of R&B jazz. For this grand, show-stopping finale, Jeremy Monteiro is joined by an all-star cast, including Malaysian jazz pianist, Michael Veerapen, singer Melissa Tham, Grammy-nominated American singer Carmen Bradford, and vocal ensemble Stardust. Jazzy Christmas One More Once! promises a magical, toe-tapping medley of cherished Christmas classics, beloved jazz standards, and a dash of original compositions. You’re in for a real Christmas treat!
It’s a Jazzy Christmas One More Once! on 16 December 2023 at the Esplanade Concert Hall. Tickets are priced from $22.40.
5. The Merry Magic Show
When magic and theatre meet to unveil a festive experience like never before. Image credit: Theatre of Wonder
Step into the enchanting world of wonder as Theatre of Wonder proudly presents The Merry Magic Show, a festive extravaganza celebrating the true magic of Christmas. Join professional magicians Edward Loke, Shon Tan, and Kai Emmanuel for a high-energy spectacle that turns presents into more presents and conjures delicious Christmas treats with a sprinkle of magic. Audience participation is a must as the magic unfolds, making it the perfect holiday treat for families, couples, and friends alike. These three dynamic magicians, with a track record entertaining clients like Google and Changi Airport, promise a show bursting with fun and cheeky pieces of magic.
Experience true Christmas magic at The Merry Magic Show from 16 to 17 December 2023 at the Theatre of Wonder, 61 Ubi Road 1, #03-07, Singapore 408727. Tickets are priced at $35.
A festive celebration of new beginnings this December 2023
Christmas has always been a big affair to look forward to and this year, the arts and culture scene is ramping it up to stay true to the holiday spirit. Time to put on your Christmas hats and celebrate this merry holiday season to the sound of festive tunes and performances that are both elegant and hilarious with Catch!
Top image credit: Singapore Ballet. All other images are credited to SISTIC Singapore.