#Showbiz: MPO pays tribute to iconic patriotic works in digital concert campaign

KUALA LUMPUR: In conjunction with Merdeka and Malaysia Day celebrations, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) has embarked on a new digital concert campaign.

Called the MPO Patriotism Series, it comprises seven videos which are made available periodically for free on the MPO's YouTube channel – MPO TV – from Aug 31 to Sept 16.

Led by conductor Ahmad Muriz Che Rose, the series will witness MPO paying tribute to several iconic patriotic works and folk tunes, presented in unrivalled symphonic arrangements.

"Apart from marking National Day and Malaysia Day, this digital concert series is also to show appreciation towards the local symphonic compositions while conveying the expressions of national sentiment conceived in purely orchestral terms.

Among the tunes are Ahmad CB's Tanggal 31 Ogos (popularised by Datuk Sudirman Arshad), Suhaimi Mohd Zain's Cindai, Syed Ahmad Haron's Warisan, Tan Sri Ahmad Merican's Tanah Pusaka, Madzhi Johari's Puteri Santubong, and Datuk Mokhzani Ismail's Prihatin Malaysia.

Each performance will be complemented with messages and commentary by renowned figures in the music scene including MPO patron Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali, RTM music director Mokhzani, music arranger Datuk Johari Salleh, composer Madzhi, lyricist Hairul Anuar Harun as well as singers Datuk Syafinaz Selamat and Aishah.

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