T'ang Quartet staged UPsized Christmas, a classical concert with much laughter, fun and festive cheer.
The first set of the concert featured the quartet's performance of Shostakovich's Polka and Hindemith's Minimax — named after a brand of fire extinguishers — on a stage filled with assorted furniture and a giant chair. The audience was treated to a delightful parody of pompous musicians and military music, intentional wrong notes, and even a staged derision of unsilenced phones in concert halls where the musicians played along to an intruding ringtone.
In the second set, composer and jazz pianist Kerong Chok joined T'ang Quartet in setting a warm, cheerful tone for the rest of the evening with memorable tunes such as Silent Night and Let It Snow!, wrapping up with young composer Syafiqah Sallehin's Nutty But Nice.
UPsized Christmas demonstrated T'ang Quartet's ability to wind down and have fun when the occasion calls for it, 20 years down their career as a quartet. Above all, it also showed what the quartet is all about: music, friends, and having a good time!
Press Coverage & Reviews
Only the T'angs could bring out a barrel of laughs from the usually austere figures of 20th century composers Shostakovich and Hindemith. The former's Polka from The Age of Golden was performed straight – itself two minutes of pure satire - and the latter's Minimax benefited from scripted gags by Pamela Oei and Ivan Heng.
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