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The Capitol Kempinski Concertini – Music Series

The Capitol Kempinski Concertini – Music Series

Singapore, 28 May 2019 – The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore and Capitol Theatre will present a gift of music to mark the Grande Dame’s 89th birthday. The refurbished theatre, a part of the hotel complex’s heritage home, will host The Capitol Kempinski Concertini – Music Series, a series of performances planned for the rest of the year.

The festivities kicked off on the theatre’s actual birthday, on 22 May, with a performance by Buena Vista Social Club songstress Omara Portuondo, who coincidentally also turns 89 this year, and is currently on her final world tour, Last Kiss. This night of Cuban delights also included performances by the Ernesto Enriquez Trio and the Havana Social Club.

Next up, Argentinian-Swedish indie folk singer-songwriter Jose Gonzales will take to the stage on 11 July, followed by British singer, multi-instrumentalist and YouTube jazz star Jacob Collier, who will perform on 10 September. On 18 September, the theatre will host Earth, Wind and Fire Experience, featuring Al McKay. Acts for the remainder of the year are being firmed up.

The Capitol Kempinski Concertini – Music Series, a collaboration between the hotel and concert organisers Sing Jazz and Vamp Productions, will feature top-class acts from around the world, says Managing Director Christian Gurtner.

“Wherever we are in the world, Kempinski has always committed to celebrating heritage and creating new traditions. Bringing Singapore and our guests these stellar acts, hosted in a one-of-a-kind setting like the Capitol Theatre, is a continuation of that. The Capitol Kempinski Concertini - Music Series will, no doubt, be a delight for lovers of both music and heritage,” he added.

Capitol Theatre, which now functions as both a theatre and an events venue, is part of Capitol Singapore, a luxury heritage complex that also includes The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore, Arcade @ The Capitol Kempinski, the exclusive 39-unit residential tower Eden Residences, and premium retail mall Capitol Piazza.

The entire development, which includes the now-linked neoclassical-style Capitol Building (1930) and Venetian Renaissance-style Stamford House (1904), was meticulously restored and renovated by acclaimed architect and Pritzker Architecture Prize winner Richard Meier. It reopened in May 2015.

Following its refurbishment, the theatre, which is managed by the hotel, now boasts 1,000 seats and both cinematic and theatrical capabilities, including a state-of-the-art sound system. The theatre’s rotational floor, allowing the seats to be retracted to create a flat floor, means the space can also be used for galas, conferences and even weddings.

The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore is the Kempinski brand’s first hotel in the Lion City. The new property adds to the brand’s 75 five-star hotels and residences in 34 countries around the world, including Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi, and Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin.


About The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore:

Located in Singapore’s charming civic and cultural district, the iconic Capitol Building and Stamford House have been restored to unveil as The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore. A quintessential masterpiece of beautifully conserved architecture uplifted with a modern touch and bespoke hospitality, this exclusive retreat promises luxury at its finest.

Timeless yet contemporary, the hotel features 157 guestrooms and suites, a lobby lounge, an outdoor saltwater relaxation pool, a fitness centre and spa, and an exclusive event space, as well as a bespoke bar and a signature restaurant helmed by a Michelin-starred chef. The discovery continues, with the hotel connected to the luxury heritage lifestyle destination Capitol Singapore – encompassing the exclusive 39-unit Eden Residences Capitol, the premium retail mall Capitol Piazza and the legendary Capitol Theatre. Visit our website for more information.

About Kempinski:

Created in 1897, Kempinski Hotels is Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group. Kempinski’s rich heritage of impeccable personal service and superb hospitality is complemented by the exclusivity and individuality of its properties. Kempinski now comprises a portfolio of 76 five-star hotels and residences in 34 countries and continues to add new properties in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Americas. Each one reflects the strength and success of the Kempinski brand without losing sight of its heritage. The portfolio comprises historic landmark properties, award-winning urban lifestyle hotels, outstanding resorts and prestigious residences. Each one imbues the quality guests have come to expect from Kempinski while embracing the cultural traditions of its location. Kempinski is a founding member of the Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), the world’s largest alliance of independent hotel brands.


Appendix 1:

Get to know: The Grande Dame

Capitol Theatre

  • Capitol Theatre was built in 1929 by M.A. Namazie, an early Singapore pioneer of Persian origin.
  • The Grand Dame, as it is fondly known, was the Republic’s first cinema and considered one of the finest cinemas of its time. It opened on 22 May 1930 with the musical comedy Rio Rita.
  • Spanning some 2,100 sq m, the theatre was designed by British architects P.H. Kys and F. Dowdeswell, who drew inspiration from the seating, lighting and plan of the Roxy Theatre in New York.
  • Before the Japanese Occupation, it was requisitioned by the British as a food depot and to screen films to boost morale. During the Occupation, in 1942, the Japanese took it over and renamed it Kyoei Gekkyo. After a few months, Western films were banned and it screened only Japanese or propaganda films.
  • The building’s façade was severely damaged by an explosion in 1944.
  • The theatre was sold to Shaw Organisation after World War II, but was acquired by the Singapore government for conservation in 1987, although Shaw continued to lease the building.
  • Capitol Theatre screened its last movie, Soldier, on 29 December 1998, and closed the next day.
  • It reopened on 19 May 2015 after a 17-year hiatus – including a four-year refurbishment – with the world premiere of Singapura: The Musical.
  • It now boasts both cinematic and theatrical capabilities, and is fitted with one of the largest single screens in the region. Direct ground-floor access also means that it is able to host red-carpet events, and was where Crazy Rich Asians made its Singapore debut.
  • The venue has 1,000 seats, but a rotational floor system means the area can be transformed into a flat floor in under eight minutes, lending itself to a variety of events, including weddings, conferences and galas.
  • Care has been taken to retain aspects of the theatre’s neoclassical design, including the Pegasus panels flanking the stage, the zodiac decoration on the dome ceiling, and the Art Deco detailing of the Capitol Theatre sign.

Media contacts:

Elaine Chan

Director of Marketing Communications, The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore

Tel · Mobile: +65 6715 6811 · +65 8533 1063


Joyce Shen

Assistant Marketing Communications Manager, The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore

Tel · Mobile: +65 6715 6810 · +65 9173 0006


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