October heralds an exciting repertoire of arts and culture events that can’t be missed and we’re kicking things off with music-forward shows throughout the month to commemorate International Music Day on 1 October 2023. Whether you’re an orchestra buff, mandopop lover or the hipster with alternative taste, you’ll definitely find something in this list! Here’s our selection of arts and culture events – the music edition – to look out for.
1. Baybeats 2023
Take a walk on the alternative music side of Singapore at Baybeats 2023. Image credit: Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
Singapore's grandest alternative music extravaganza is making a triumphant return this year, and it's coming back bigger and better! The 22nd edition of Baybeats is set to take the stage at Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay with an electrifying lineup featuring both local talents and international sensations. Thanks to thrilling partnerships with overseas music festivals and Principal Sponsor KEEN, Baybeats is on a mission to showcase Singapore's musical prowess on the global stage. With electrifying performances, unexpected collaborations, and an unforgettable festival vibe, Baybeats 2023 promises to be an unmissable experience for music lovers from all corners of the world.
Get the party started at Baybeats 2023 from 6 to 8 October 2023 at various venues at Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay. Admission is free but certain acts require prior registration.
2. Birdsong: Your Orchestral Experience
Get swept away with timeless tunes and debut melodies from Birdsong: Your Orchestral Adventure. Image credit: SISTIC Singapore
The Musicians' Initiative (MI) is back, and they're bringing an electrifying new show to you! Brace yourselves for Birdsong: Your Orchestral Adventure, a spectacle that will whisk you away with timeless melodies, featuring the Butterfly Lovers Concerto with Soloist Jocelyn Ng, and the iconic 20th-century masterpiece, Igor Stravinsky's Suite from the Firebird. That's not all – MI continues to rewrite the rulebook with two astonishing local debuts. Experience Cantus Arcticus, Concerto for Birds and Orchestra by Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara, where the captivating voices of Arctic indigenous birds take centre stage. And don't miss MI's grand reveal of the Asian premiere of Gliding Murmuration for Orchestra composed by Anibal Vidal from Chile.
A night of musical endeavours await in Birdsong: Your Orchestral Experience at Victoria Concert Hall on 25 October 2023. Tickets are priced from $38.
3. Heroic Tales of Richard Strauss
The world of orchestra takes a modern spin through the dramatics of the Heroic Tales of Richard Strauss. Image credit: Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO)
Prepare to be dazzled as the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) taps into the boundless creativity of the modern orchestra, ignited by the genius of German composer Richard Strauss. A symphonic journey like never before, find yourself transported to the whimsical world of mischievous prankster Till Eulenspiegel, and witness the epic exploits of Don Quixote, the valiant would-be knight. Leading this musical adventure are SSO Principal Cello Ng Pei-Sian and Principal Viola Manchin Zhang. Get ready to be swept away by a symphonic spectacle that will redefine your concert hall experience!
Get dramatic with the Heroic Tales of Richard Strauss on 5 October 2023 at the Esplanade Concert Hall. Tickets are priced from $15.
4. Blue Note Tokyo All-Star Jazz Orchestra
Japan brings their best jazz to Singapore shores with their snazzy jazz orchestra! Image credit: Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
The Blue Note Tokyo All-Star Jazz Orchestra, a stellar ensemble of Japan's jazz elite, returns to the Esplanade after a decade! Led by trumpet virtuoso Eric Miyashiro, this orchestra has taken the global jazz scene by storm, gracing festivals worldwide and jamming with legends like Pat Metheny and Marcus Miller. Their contemporary Japanese jazz fusion is a sensation, and they're here to ignite the night with their colossal big-band vibes. Joining this electrifying lineup are neo-soul vocalist Nao Yoshioka and Singapore's very own jazz maestro Chok Kerong on the electric organ. One night only – don't miss this sonic spectacle!
Blue Note Tokyo All-Star Jazz Orchestra is ready to liven your night up on 21 October 2023 at the Esplanade Concert Hall. Tickets are priced from $39.
5. One Love Asia Festival Singapore 2023
Looking to rock on or get in your feels with mandopop hits? Image credit: SISTIC Singapore
Prepare for the ultimate mandopop fiesta as IMC Live Global proudly presents the long-awaited return of One Love Asia Festival Singapore 2023! This two-day extravaganza promises a jaw-dropping lineup that will send music enthusiasts into a frenzy. From award-winning sensations like Hebe Tien and Lala Hsu to chart-toppers A-Lin and Karencici, not to mention NICKTHEREAL and legendary Taiwanese rock band Power Station, it's a star-studded spectacle like no other. Joining the stage are 831, Crowd Lu, Hins Cheung, and Kelly Yu, with opening acts by Simply Live Band and Eve Ai. Get ready to be blown away!
Catch One Love Asia Festival Singapore 2023 from 28 to 29 October 2023 at the Bayfront Event Space. Tickets are priced from $158.
Discover more of the world’s universal language – music – in Singapore
Music is truly the heart and soul of what brings people together to form bonds and share experiences. Take the chance to create new memories with the sounds you love and embark on new adventures with different genres and styles of music with the best of October’s tune-worthy shows on Catch!
Top image credit: SISTIC Singapore