Swiss 55th Anniversary Concert
Sunday, 8 April 2018
6.30 pm (to be seated by 6pm)
University Cultural Centre Hall
Dress code: Smart Casual
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The Swiss Arts Expression (SAE) 2018 is a celebration of a significant milestone of the school, its 55th Anniversary. SAE 2018 is a collaboration of six Performing Arts (PA) CCAs namely the Chinese Dance, Chinese Orchestra, Choir, Drama, Malay Dance and Swiss Winds (NCC Command Band). The theme for SAE 2018 is ‘Friendship’.
The showcase aims to:
- provide a platform for artistic and creative collaboration between the PA CCAs and to deepen PA students’ passion in the arts
- offer opportunities for student leaders to lead and organise SAE 2018
- inspire non-PA students and the larger audience towards the arts through a great performance and other audience education strategies
- bring the arts to less privilege community groups such as Lion Befrienders
1. Singapore National Cadet Corps Command Band Swiss Winds – Omisoka
We have all heard about New Year’s Eve, but not everyone has heard of Omisoka, a similar holiday celebrated in Japan. In the Land of the Rising Sun, Omisoka is time of great festivity and celebration with family and friends. Often, the Japanese head out to celebrate the occasion with friends with a massive feast, followed by catching the ‘Red Versus White’ Singing Competition on television.
This work by Itaru Sakai begins with an energetic opening, symbolic of the optimism of starting a new year. The work then progresses into a slower lyrical section, which seems to set one in a reflective and introspective mood. In the final section, the composer brings back the lively spirit of the New Year with a familiar motif, and the piece ends with a quick timpani solo.
2. Singapore National Cadet Corps Command Band Swiss Winds – Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da
Mention ‘The Beatles’ and two names would come to mind – John Lennon and Paul McCartney. The duo had known each other since 1957 and were as close as brothers. During his final interview, John Lennon expressed his friendship with Paul McCartney succinctly: “We certainly have our ups and downs and our quarrels. But at the end of the day, when it’s all said and done, I would do anything for him, and I think he would do anything for me.”
Lennon and McCartney often collaborated in composing new music for The Beatles. Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da is one stunning example. This famous Beatles hit from the late sixties is a nice jazz tube because of its syncopated melody and interesting chord changes.
3. Swiss Drama – Watch What You Wish For
Two friends, a watch and a wish. See the emotions unfurl as two friends who were granted a magic wish, quarrel over the watch and eventually realise that nothing is more valuable than their friendship.
4. Swiss Malay Dance – Joget Kenangan Manis (Dance of Sweet Memories)
Joget Kenangan Manis is a dance that portrays happiness and reminiscence of sweet memories. It also shows how friendship is cultivated and that sweet memories of friendship will always stay in our hearts. This joget piece also shows the strength of the bond of friendships and the teamwork needed to ensure that the choreographed dance is performed beautifully.
5. Swiss Choir – Reach
The song “reach” is sung by a 90s pop vocal group, S Club 7 and is an up-tempo number about following your dreams. It is a song about counting on your friends when you’re feeling low, and knowing that there are people around you who have got your back. Through the unity of friends, we can “reach for the stars”, dream big and achieve more.
6. Swiss Chinese Dance – Enlivening
In the face of choices that result from your actions, do you choose to be safe or choose to have faith? Battles do not only belong on the battleground. They are present in our daily lives. We fight our own thoughts, we fight with others. Who emerges the victor, and who loses? This dance represents the choices we make when navigating our friendships, and the ups and downs that follow.
7. Swiss Chinese Orchestra – Matsuri
Matsuri is a song written by well-known Japanese artist, Kitaro. This, fast and catchy piece was the inspiration in the naming of a fictional character from the Japanese manga series Strawberry Marshmallow, Matsuri Sakuragi. Matsuri, a timid girl, is often the subject of teasing from her friends. She discovers a friend in someone unexpected, and goes on to build a strong relationship with her.
8. Swiss Chinese Orchestra – Count on Me
Count on Me is a folk and tropical record by American singer-songwriter Bruno Mars from his studio album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans (2010). Count on Me is a popular record which resonates with the familiar images of the importance of friendship. It conveys a positive message about how friends could depend on each other, looking out for one another and creating good memories together.
9. Swiss Chinese Orchestra – Hao Han Ge (好汉歌)
好汉, translated to A Hero’s Song, was originally sung by Liu Huan and written by Zhao Ji Ping in 1995. The main aim of the song is to continue the tradition of classical Chinese songs. It sings of the courage and morals of a true hero, reminding us of the very same values we have to hold dear with our friendships.
10. Swiss Drama – We Are Friends
Emily is the new girl in school and she is often mocked because of her stuttering problem. Wary at first, Sophie learns to become a real friend to Emily. Follow Emily as she goes through a rollercoaster of emotions every day.
11. Swiss Chinese Dance – Mei Lan Zhu (Three Friends of Virtues)
The three different flowers represent different virtues that these three friends hold. Peach blossom, beautiful yet resilient in their friendship. Orchid, elegantly noble, bringing peace of mind to the three. Bamboo, virtuously humble yet keeping a strong front for the three friends.
12. Swiss Choir – Hikari Ga (The Light)
Hikari Ga means “The Light”. This song is about the light that comes with the May breeze to play on Earth. As Earth welcomes light with her lush greenery and nature, the composer likens it to the “green applause” as the trees sway in the wind, clapping in delight as the light shines down. The light and the earth are symbols of friendships and the composer describes them smiling as they embrace each other warmly.
13. Swiss Malay Dance – Teguh (Strong and Firm)
Teguh is a contemporary creation to show the strength of a person in his life journey. Life is never a bed of roses. It shows the strong and firm determination and willpower of a person to go through the hurdles of life in order to gain success.
14. Swiss Drama – Always There for You
Rika and Jun Qi are close friends since childhood. Rika’s wealthy and busy parents compensate their lack of attention with gifts. Jun Qi on the other hand, is from a humble, single-parent family. He shows both Rika and her parents what it means to be there for someone you care.
15. Chinese & Malay Dance Hip Hop – Remember the Time
Do you remember the time, when you were a kid, when life was simpler? Memories of faces who played with you, laughed with you, cried with you, and grew up with you? Sometimes they leave, sometimes they stay, but they will forever be our dear friends.
16. Finale – Can’t Stop The Feeling
The Trolls are small creatures who live in an almost perpetual state of happiness, singing, dancing and hugging all day. However, they are discovered by the Bergens, large miserable creatures, who can feel happy only after eating a Troll. The Bergens imprison the trolls and eat them every year on a special occasion, called Trollstice. In the movie, two mismatched friends Poppy and Branch were forced to work together to rescue their fellow Trolls when the grumpy Bergens invaded their village. The story ends with the Trolls and Bergens forming friendships and living in harmony.