Sing50 concert a walk down memory lane
Last night's Sing50 concert was a walk down memory lane.
The concert, held at The National Stadium, celebrated 50 years of Singapore music with singers and musicians - past and present - belting out familiar tunes.
Organised by The Straits Times (ST) and The Business Times, and produced by The Rice Company, the two-and-a-half hour concert was a major undertaking.
More than 250 Singaporean performers and a 1,000-strong community choir entertained a sell-out crowd of 45,000.
The show began with an item called Anita Forever - a tribute to 70s pop diva Anita Sarawak - performed by Amni Musfirah, Liwani Izzati, Jermaine Leong and the ITE Show Choir.
Other big names in Singapore's music scene like Stefanie Sun, Jacintha Abisheganaden, Rahimah Rahim and "Papa Rock" Ramli Sarip and X'Ho, cranked up the volume by a notch.
From classics to smooth-as-silk jazz numbers, every music genre was represented at Sing50.
Singapore's 70s sweetheart Tracy Huang, 63, charmed the audience with her love ballads Feelings and Weeping Sands.
The audience sang along to familiar and catchy numbers during Dick Lee's medley of Fried Rice Paradise and Rasa Sayang.
JJ Lin and Chinese pianist Lang Lang then staged a fierce musical face-off on their pianos, leading to a rousing orchestral performance by the Metropolitan Festival Orchestra.
Sing50's guest of honour, President Tony Tan Keng Yam, with Mrs Mary Tan, and Minister for Education Heng Swee Keat, made a special appearance on stage in the finale.
The Sing50 Finale featured a special arrangement of five popular local songs over the last five decades.
Mr Alan John, ST's deputy editor and co-chairman of the Sing50 concert, said: "For me, the best part of being involved in Sing50 has been seeing so many wonderfully talented people come together to celebrate Singapore songs and music from the past five decades."