Posts Tagged ‘Dewan Filharmonik Petronas’


MPO Chamber Concert

MPO Chamber Concert

It is that time of the month again where chamber music lovers can head on to Dewan Filharmonik Petronas and enjoy great performances by the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra Chamber Players. For the month of January 2012, the orchestra will be performing four pieces from renowned musicians.

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Tribute to the Queen of Instruments

Tribute to the Queen of Instruments

One of the many interesting things about some of the old churches in Malaysia, other than its remarkable architecture, is the organ that sits behind the altar. This keyboard instrument is played with its own keyboard and is operated either with the hands or with the feet. Though the instrument may look similar to those who are not musically inclined, there is actually three different types of organs – pipe organs, electronic organs and mechanical organs. Pipe organs uses the wind that is moving through the pipes to produce the sounds. An electronic organ generates electronically produced sounds through one or more loudspeakers whereas mechanical organs are controlled by mechanically by things like pinned barrels or book music.

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Fairytales in Music

Fairytales in Music

Music has always played a very big part in almost every aspect of our lives. We are constantly surrounded by music, and we have grown so used to it that it has become second nature to us. Without music, it is hard to imagine how our lives would be. Imagine a wedding or any sort of a joyous celebration without music. While laughter and smiling faces will always make these sort of events memorable, it is the presence of music that completes the whole picture.

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Johor Heads North

Johor Heads North

The Zapin dance was originally believed to be introduced by the Muslim missionaries that came from the Middle East during the fifteenth century. Although in the past it was only performed by male dancers, female dancers are now allowed to join in the performance during present times. The music that accompanies this famous dance comes from a traditional music ensemble that consists of the gambus, accordion, rebab, marwas, rebana and dok. Though there are numerous forms of Zapin, it varies from state to state within Malaysia. This dance form is especially famous in the state of Johor.

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MPO’s Native Foray

MPO’s Native Foray

Malaysians are very lucky to be blessed with so many wonderful things. Except for the occasional riots and demonstrations, there has been no life-threatening wars or genocide after World War II. Though the country was also affected by the downturn of the economy back in the 80s, most people still had jobs and enough funds to support their family. Children grew up playing together with their friends of all races, and it has become second nature for us to visit our friends during festive occasions such as Chinese New Year, Hari Raya Aidilfitri or even Deepavali.

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Malaysian Diversity

Malaysian Diversity

One of the many reasons why Malaysia is such a unique country is because of the existence of cultural diversity formed by the country’s people of different races. These unique cultural practises gives a more in-depth insight for tourists and locals to get to know more about the other races found here in Malaysia. To celebrate Malaysia’s rich cultural diversity, Dewan Filharmonik Petronas is proud to present ‘Malaysian Diversity’ on 28th October 2011. This concert will see Mohd Yazid Zakaria taking his place as the conductor of Orkestra Tradisional Malaysia and will feature guest singers such as Jaclyn Victor and Iqwal Hafiz as well as the Orang Asli group, Bahbola.

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