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PPO’s Superb Debut

PPO’s Superb Debut

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The Perak Philharmonic Orchestra’s (PPO) recent inaugural performance titled ‘New World, New Beginnings’ was a superb performance which received positive accolades from not just the members of the audience but also the guest players.

PPO’s Superb DebutThe PPO is made up of 57 musicians half of whom were guest players who hailed from the National Symphony Orchestras of Taiwan and Malaysia, RTM Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (MPYO) as well as from the promoted members of the Kinta Valley Wind Orchestra. Helming the PPO was its Music Director and Conductor Mr Eugene Pook.

The programme offering that night featured Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9, The New World followed by Vivaldi’s Four Seasons Violin Concerto by violin soloist Fung Chern Hwei and Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro Overture.

The programme selection was great and everyone loved the performance. Perak Society of Performing Arts (PSPA) President, Datin Rosalina Thong, described the performance as “excellent” and gave it a 5-star rating while music lover Dato’ Dr Majumder described violin soloist Fung’s rendition of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons as “excellent” which ‘brought tears’ to her eyes.

Violin Soloist Fung in turn praised the members of the PPO describing them as “a new and wonderful group who had lots of positive energy and was hard working”.

Fung was born and raised in KL but has established himself as a versatile violinist in New York, USA.

Despite rehearsing with the orchestra for just two days the performance was good which he attributed to the “positive energy exuded by the members of the orchestra”.

Similarly, young violin prodigy Verena Koay, who was a guest player, said it was “great playing with the PPO” adding that they played so well.

PPO’s Superb DebutHowever, PPO’s Music Director Pook shrugged off any praise about the performance and just said, “well, we had one year to prepare for this performance”.

Another good show by the PPO. Keep it up.

JAG