COMMUNITY OUTREACH: Performances under the Philharmonic’s Education and Outreach Programme brings the beauty of music to society’s underprivileged
THE Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO)'s Education and Outreach Programme (Encounter) continues to bring the beauty of music outside Dewan Filharmonik Petronas to society's underprivileged.
The musicians of the MPO visited Dementia Homecare Centre (under Alzheimer Disease Foundation Centre of Malaysia) recently. Violinists Brian Larson and Sherwin Thia, violist Toko Inomoto and cellist Gerald Davis enthralled the audience at PT715, Jalan Pandan 26, Telok Panglima Garang, Selangor.
Residents of the centre were visibly delighted when the MPO performed an exciting mix of varied songs, from baroque pieces by Corelli and Handel, other classical works like Mozart's, to hits from The Beatles and last but not least, Tan Sri P. Ramlee's Getaran Jiwa.
Throughout the session, the musicians also took the opportunity to briefly explain the unique characteristics of each of the music instrument, much to the audience's delight.
The session proved that soothing music could act as a therapeutic tool for long-term healing and recuperation/recuperating processes. The event clearly delighted the residents of the centre, whose ages range between 70 and 90, and also the children of Telok Panglima Garang kindergarten.
Those present included the centre's honorary secretary, Long Heng Kow, nurse manager Angela Lee and the principal of the kindergarten of Telok Panglima Garang, Mrs Silva.
This event was part of the Encounter's continuous initiatives to bring music to people from all walks of life through its community outreach programme.
Prior to this, the Encounter has organised visits to Dyslexia Centre, Kiwanis Down Syndrome Foundation, Autistic Centre Kuala Lumpur, Rumah Pengasih, Rumah Orang-Orang Tua Seri Setia (Sungai Way), Rumah Aman (Shah Alam), Rumah Anak-Anak Yatim Darul Izzah (Bangi), Malaysian Association For The Blind, National Stroke Organisation (NASAM), Pusat Jagaan Rumah Sinar Cahaya (Kajang) and schools.
The showcase was supported by the ExxonMobil Subsidiaries in Malaysia as in other Encounter's community outreach programmes. The ExxonMobil Subsidiaries in Malaysia support a range of community causes and projects aimed at helping to improve the quality of life.