[Performing Arts] Music For The People : Merdeka Concert by the klpac String Ensemble

[Performing Arts] Music For The People : Merdeka Concert by the klpac String Ensemble

24th July 2014, Kuala Lumpur Do you love classical music? Do you want your Merdeka night be filled with amazing music performances?

Take note as The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre celebrates the National Day with the Merdeka Concert by the klpac String Ensemble this August at its Pentas 2 this coming 30 – 31 August 2014.  

Date: 30-31st August 2014
Venue: Pentas 2 of The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre.

Educated Listening
Classical music has not always enjoyed a wide range of followers and admirers as the public generally believes it may appeal to only a certain niche category of audiences. On the contrary, The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre is working hard to change that perception. Changes are difficult but it can be done. The classical music has been in our midst for decades and it is time its enjoyment be taught to the people. In this Merdeka Concert (so called due to the concert dates that fall on the eve of and the National Day) will see the klpac String Ensemble play a diverse range of music from classical favourites, folk music to tunes of celebrated musical shows easily identifiable to any music listener.

The resident conductor of klpac String Ensemble, Dr. Takahisa Ota says, “For educating young musicians, first of all we must let them know good music. Music pieces should be real fine arts materials which are important for human beings especially young people’s maturity of souls.”

For that important purpose of educating, the Merdeka Concert will feature a series of repertoire specially chosen for the scores arrangement to suit such educational needs. This time the band will perform all four movements from Mozart’s Eine Kleine Natchmusik by Mozart; which literally means “a little serenade” reputed for its high quality “even when heard on a street corner,” together with Strauss’ three-act operetta of revenge, seduction and mistaken identity Die Fledermaus and Edvard Grieg’s dramatic Piano Concerto in A minor inspired by the warm climate of Denmark while taking influence from the Norwegian Haling Dance. These symphonies describe in themselves stories told in folklores that affect humans in their daily relations with each other; including the personal experiences of the musicians as people. Audience with or without the musical knowledge should also be able to relate.

For regular patrons of the klpac String Ensemble concerts might be surprised with several new repertoire included in the concert mix; says Dr. Ota “It is especially true for young musicians that they may feel bored playing only the classical tunes so I include entertainment pieces to the repertoire to make them more interested and thus making the concert also suitable for casual listening.” The entertainment pieces to be expected are the Butterfly lovers Violin Concerto 4th Movement, by Chen Gang & He Zhan Hao, I Could Have Danced All Night, from My Fair Lady, by Frederick Loewe, In The Hall of The Mountain King, from Peer Gynt, by Edvard Grieg and The Promise of the World : The Merry-Go-Round of Life, from Howl’s Moving Castle, by Youmi Kimura and Joe Hisaishi. These pieces are selected as the arrangement is not too difficult for the young musicians’ study and development.
Come together and keep the legend of classical music alive at the Merdeka Concert happening on 30-31 August 2014 at the Pentas 2 of The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre.

Tickets are priced at RM33 (Adult) and RM23 (TAS Card Members/Students/Disabled). For more information, please visit www.klpac.org.

Published by WLJack. (based on official release by klpac)

WL Jack

Dr Jack Chan Wah Loong is the Head Of Medical Department and Internal Medicine Specialist in his current Hospital. Apart from medical related works, he is also a blogger, journalist and photographer since the year of 2008. He is also the chief editor for wljack.com, a website with a dedicated team of journalists that write coverage on Malaysia events and happenings since 2013.

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