Malaysian composers featured in MPO online series


Classical music fans only managed to catch three live concerts when Dewan Filharmonik Petronas (DFP) reopened on April 17 after 13 months of a pandemic shutdown.

At present, DFP is closed again under the latest lockdown, but the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) is still keeping the music alive with its online series “MPOPlaysOn”.

This time, DFO is working with the Malaysian Composers Collective (MCC) to present a digital audio collection titled MPOPlaysOn: Malaysian Composers Series – Vol 1.

Established in 2007, MCC actively promotes Malaysian composers at home and abroad.

The new series, which can be streamed for free on MPO TV’s Youtube channel, features a selection of classic works and insightful conversations from Malaysian composers under the MCC banner such as Vivian Chua, Johan Othman, Ng Chong Lim, Adeline Wong and Ahmad Muriz Ché Rose.

MPOPlaysOn: Malaysian Composers Series – Vol 1 serves as a spotlight of the pandemic era on the local orchestral scene.

The 11 works presented in this digital series were performed by MPO during concerts of the MPO Forum For Malaysian Composers between 2003 and 2006.

Highlights include Chua’s Mercu Kegemilangan (commissioned for MPO’s 20th anniversary season), Ahmad Muriz’s Bertabuh Kala Senja, a work with harmonic and melodic elements meaning twilight and dawn, Johan Othman’s Topeng 1 performance referring to the mythical bird Garuda, and Ng’s Rimba, a work inspired by the tropical forest.

For a literary touch, Wong’s Snapshots is inspired by The beautiful bones novel by Alice Sebold.

The MPOPlaysOn online series premiered last September with Beethoven Symphony No.4 on his MPO TV Youtube channel.

The campaign is an initiative to provide audiences with high-quality orchestral performances digitally during the pandemic.

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