The Kinta Valley Wind Orchestra (KVWO), Perak’s very own wind orchestra, recently held a weekend music camp where professional musicians from KL and Penang, some of whom are performing with the Petronas Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, turned tutors for a weekend.
According to KVWO’s Music Director and Conductor, Eugene Pook, the purpose of the camp was to expose the members of the orchestra with these accomplished musicians who would impart their musical knowledge and techniques to bring them to a higher level of performance or as Pook summed it “a fine tuning get together”.
The last day of the camp was a full orchestra rehearsal during which all the participants were given their certificates of completion.
KVWO which was formed this year is made up of 50 members from all strata of society which includes students from secondary school bands and adult amateur players.
Pook who has been coaching the orchestra every weekend without fail since its formation earlier this year held its inaugural concert in July. KVWO which indicated its objective is to provide 3 concerts per year are now rehearsing for their upcoming Christmas Concert which is scheduled for December 17. Undeniably this is an inspiring effort for a young orchestra less than a year old.
“My name is Foo Yit Lim. I am celebrating my 10th birthday on the 10th minute of the 10th hour, of the 10th day, of the 10th month, in the 10th year of the new millennium. “
It’s not an auspicious date neither superstitiously significant. Yet thousands of couples from around the country if not the rest of the world chose this day to tie the knot.
In Ipoh 100 couples said “I do” at the Chin Woo hall. Most said that it was time to make the commitment while most others felt that the numbers were a perfect combination to settle down.
For businessman Steven Gan, 31, and Joyce Ng, 30, a customer-service representative who have been together for several years the date presented a goal to make their commitment to each other.
For bride Tan Chai Har, 28, and groom Cheah Hoong Chuang, 27, who have been courting for 10 years, little did they realise when they picked the date that Chai Har’s younger brother Tan Kah Joon too would propose to his sweetheart of two years, 23-year-old Choo Choy Fun, making it a doubly joyous occasion for the family.
Ng Seow Bee,28, is probably the only bride for which the date has the most meaning as it is also her birthday. She and her groom, Ang Kok Pun, were discussing her upcoming birthday in June when Ang proposed that they get married on 101010. They had been courting for two years.
Maybe the number does have some magical power that make couples want to take the marital plunge after all.
The first Malaysia Day Celebration was held at Dataran MBI in Ipoh on September 16. The Sultan of Perak, Sultan Azlan Shah, Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Dr. Zambry Abdul Kadir and several state dignitaries were present.
Zambry in his speech stated that the meaning of Malaysia Day needed to be disseminated and remembered, for unlike Merdeka Day, Malaysia Day was when the different ethnic communities throughout the peninsula and Sabah and Sarawak became one and created what now constitutes as Malaysia.
The evening events included a pantomime depicting the formation of Malaysia with references to the Confrontation with Indonesia and objections by its other neighbours.
This was followed by the ever colourful cultural dance presentations donned in the multitude of ethnic costumes performed by the state and city councils dance troupes.