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KVSS’s ‘Be Spirited Away’ Concert


Kinta Valley Symphonic Society’s (KVSS) recent ‘Be Spirited Away’ Concert on July 20 was a runaway success. The concert, held at Dewan Wan Chin Leong with a seating capacity for 900, was sold out to a mainly young audience, the targeted audience the organizers had hoped for.

The concert was performed by KVSS’s two orchestras, Kinta Valley Wind Orchestra (KVWO) comprising of 58 members and Kinta Valley String Orchestra (KVSO), 27 members.

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The music for the concert included music from popular Japanese animated fantasy films such as ‘Spirited Away’ (the most successful film in Japanese film history), ‘My Neighbor Totoro’ and ‘Castle in the Sky’.

According to KVSS music director Eugene Pook the featured music, besides introducing popular Japanese anime music to a wider audience, was also to encourage the younger audience to experience the powerful effect of orchestral music.

The ‘Be Spirited’ concert was also the culmination of its KVSS/MPO Music Camp project. Rehearsals for the concert with Pook started in early June and included coaching for the strings section by violin professor Mayya Musaeva from Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Tg. Malim.

Additionally, from July 16-18, nine professional musicians from the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) were in town, fine tuning the skills of KVSS members in preparation for the concert.

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A day before, the nine musicians from MPO treated KVSS members and invited guests to a wonderful chamber concert which included works by Mozart, Bach and Poulenc.

MPO trumpeter John Bourque when asked about the KVSS musicians who participated in the camp project, described them as “bright, enthusiastic and very eager to learn”. Similarly for KVSS trumpeter, Chow Kok Chin, 16, who said he totally enjoyed learning all the new techniques from the MPO team.

Undoubtedly, KVSS, which was founded in 2010, is certainly growing from strength to strength.


KVWO: On a Musical Journey


The Kinta Valley Wind Orchestra which was formed in 2010 will be embarking on another musical journey again, this time to Taiwan.

 ipoh echo issue 141, Kinta Valley Wind Orchestra (KVWO)According to Eugene Pook, KVWO’s Music Director their ‘journey’ began last July when they presented their ‘Around The World in 80 Minutes’ performance at a local hotel here as part of the PSPA’s Perak Performing Arts Festival 2011. After their performance there was an enquiry whether KVWO could do a performance in Penang.

Their first out-of-state performance in Penang was held in January this year. The Charity Musical Show 2012 was held in aid of the Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital which raised a whopping RM88,888.

Immediately after the show, “I was approached to enquire if we could perform in Taiwan” said a smiling Pook. Hence this coming June KVWO will be travelling for their first ever international performance in Taiwan.

Their stay in Taiwan will be sponsored by the Taiwan City Council and Tamkang University. The orchestra will have two performances to help raise funds for Taiwan’s aborigine community as well as scholarships for Taiwan’s Tamkang students.

To help raise funds for their passage to Taiwan, the KVWO together with the soon-to-be launched Perak Philharmonic Orchestra and ‘Friends’ held a fund-raising performance themed ‘For The Love of Music’ at The Dome, Meru Valley Golf & Country Club on April 8.

For Pook, these ‘invites’ are aligned with the orchestra’s aspiration which is “to put Ipoh/Kinta Valley on the world map” but more so to “give the orchestra’s student musicians an opportunity on an international stage and participate in an exchange programme”.

Considering that the orchestra is just two years old and has been invited to perform twice within 12 months, is an excellent recognition of the orchestras’ talents. However, Pook humbly shrugged off the statement preferring to thank their main sponsor KL Kepong Group and also The Haven and MVGCC for their continuous support of this community orchestra.


KVWO Looking For Musicians


Kinta Valley Wind OrchestraThe Kinta Valley Wind Orchestra (KVWO), Ipoh’s very own home-grown orchestra, is looking for musicians.

This was announced by Eugene Pook (pic, black shirt), the Music Director of Kinta Valley Symphonic Society (KVSS), during its open day celebration to create awareness of its activities.

KVSS manages the two orchestras of KVWO and PPO, the Perak Philharmonic Orchestra which will be launched in the middle of this year. Both KVWO and PPO shared the stage on the day to showcase their talents to students, parents and guests.

According to Pook, 15 of its musicians will be leaving this year to pursue their studies.


KVWO’s Music Camp


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.