Thursday, June 27, 2013

Events * MPO

A Trip to the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra! 

It’s been almost three years since I last listened to classical music and I think four years since I last made a trip to the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. I'm quite embarrassed by that actually as I grew up with a mother who played Tchaikovsky on the radio in the morning to Wagner in the evening. So I decided it was time to get back into it, and what better way than Beethoven!

Getting the tickets to see the MPO perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4 and Symphony No. 7 was smooth sailing. I picked up the tickets at the counter without any issue and luckily not much of a queue. But I advise booking online as these tickets can run out pretty fast.

Entering the amazing hall is a trip on its own. I almost forgot how stunning and beautifully designed it was. I was also quite keenly aware at how well the sound carried when I walked in with my shoes. Maybe next time I won't wear wooden clogs.

But nothing could compare to the sound that spread throughout the room which was filled to the brim when the Orchestra started. It was breathtaking. Literally. The fourth symphony perfectly encapsulated the spirit of the space with its liveliness and lightness and the seventh symphony showcased the drama and passion that I've come to love from Beethoven.

By the way, I have to give it to the men and women who work tirelessly throughout the week to bring us such cultured and beautiful music at the MPO. During the performance, I would catch myself nodding my head to the music and there were many others doing the same. This is what classical music is about, where one falls into it and get swept away in its wonder, but it takes a very talented group of musicians to bring us there and I can safely say Claus Peter Flor, the conductor and his orchestra did just that.

So that was my adventure on the weekend and it most definitely won't be my last. I plan on making a trip to the MPO a monthly thing, after all, don't they say music is food for the soul? If you have the chance, do check out what they have in store this season. I can guarantee it will be time and money well spent.

Click here to visit the Malaysian Philharmonic Webpage. 

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