Music by Dmitri Shostakovich opens and closes this concert by the Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. The composer’s Fifth Symphony is the featured work. It is not only the most popular of Shostakovich’s fifteen symphonies but one of the most popular symphonies of the entire twentieth century. The same composer’s impressive Festive Overture opens the concert, followed by a lovely musical landscape of the Bohemian countryside, Smetana’s Moldau.
The MPYO presents two of the world’s most beloved serenades; one for winds and one for strings. Dvořák’s Serenade is one of his sunniest, most enjoyable compositions. Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings is his tribute to Mozart, a thoroughly delightful work in which Tchaikovsky at times imitates the style of his favourite composer. A bold and brassy fanfare by Dukas opens the programme.
This is our first opera experience in a concert hall.
An Ochestra in front of us just like a ‘singing river’
Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra
Guillaume Tourniaire, conductor.
Steve Davislim, director.
Cast in order of vocal appearance:
Steve Davislim, Tamino.
Ang Mei Foonf, First Lady.
Yeoh Ker Ker, Second Lady.
YiLing Chaing, Third Lady.
Daniel Carison, Papageno.
Anna Siminska, Queen of the Night.
Solomin Chong, Monostatos.
Lauren Snouffer, Pamina.
Chi Hoe Mak, Speaker of the Temple.
Dimitry Ivashchenko, Sarastro.
Chi Mei Ho, Papagena.
Yap Jin Hin, Priest & Armoured Man.
Seow Chee Chuan, Priest & Armoured Man.
Kuala Lumour City Opera Chorus.
MOZART – The Magic Flute
Libretto in German by Emanuel Schikaneder with English dialogue by Steve Davislim.
The performance will last approximately 150 minutes with a 20-minute interval.
Concert of Choir of Clare College Cambridge and The MPO – Malaysia Philharmonic Orchestra.
This concert features the Choir of Clare College from the University of Cambridge, UK. The Choir has an international reputation as one of the leading university choral groups in the world, and tours extensively. Its current music director, Gharam Ross, presents a programme featuring Faure’s gentle, soothing Requiem and Bernstein’s rousing Chichester Psalms. To end, we hear Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, one of the most sensational sound spectaculars ever created in a rare performance which choral ending.
Malaysia Philharmonic Orchestra Graham Ross, conductor Choir of Clare College, Cambridge
Programme on 17 and 18 Sept 2016 :
DUKAS – Fanfare from La Peri (4 mins) FAURE – Requiem, Op.48 (39 mins)
– Alice Halstead, soprano
– Stephen Matthews, baritone
COPLAND – Fanfare for the Common Man (4 min) BERNSTEIN – Chichester Psalms (20 mins)
– Alice Halstead, soprano
– Henrietta Box, mezzo-soprano
– Alexander Porteous, tenor
– Stephen Matthews, bass
TCHAIKOVSKY – Overture 1812, Op.49 (16 mins)
Dewan Filharmonik Petronas, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Ground Floor, Tower 2, PETRONAS Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The CLASSICS series features great orchestral works ranging from the Baroque era to the contemporary period. Journey across the timeless beauty of the world’s best-loved classical music performed by the MPO partnered with renowned conductors and artists.