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#Showbiz: The MPO returns with concerts at DFP

KUALA UMPUR: The all-new Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) will be performing in a variety of exciting concerts to a live audience this month and the next at Dewan Filharmonik Petronas (DFP) in KLCC.

The MPO will set the stage for a year of enthralling performances with Señorita, Carmen, a concert featuring three famous composers on Saturday at 8.30pm.

Led by the MPO's resident conductor Gerard Salonga, the show will enthral audiences with renditions of Rossini's La Gazza Ladra, Ravel's Ma mere l'Oye Suite and Bizet's Carmen Suite No. 1 & 2.

After that, music lovers both young and old can look forward to a concert under the popular Family Fun Day series on March 26 at 3pm.

The fantastically themed show, titled Totoro Goes To The Carnival, will be a fun-filled experience as the MPO performs Saint-Saëns' Carnival Of The Animals and Hisaishi's My Neighbour Totoro, under the baton of the MPO's resident conductor, Naohisa Furusawa.

The month of April will then see the MPO and Salonga making a whirlwind musical journey around Latin America, inspired by Mexico, Brazil and Argentina.

A Bailar! will showcase the works of Elizondo's Danzas Latinoamericano, Marquez's Danzon No. 2, Copland's El Salón México and three Piazzolla's works, namely Oblivion, Tangazo, and Adios Nonino.

The spicy concert will take place on April 1 at 8.30pm.

All concerts will be held with the best safety measures enforced to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

These include socially distanced seating and frequent sanitisation of all facilities (before and after the concert) with all guests required to check-in via the MySejahtera app before entering the DFP premises.

All SOP are based on the guidelines from the National Security Council (MKN).

The MPO also hopes that the public will show its support through donations.

A recent statement from the music entity read: "The MPO will continue to strive to provide the best performances and diverse programming accessible to everyone."

"You have been our inspiration, motivating us through all of our hard work, hours of practice, commitment and challenges at every level.

"All of our achievements are due to your love and support. Be the instruments that keep us alive.

"Donate to MPO now at www.mpo.com.my/donate. Any contribution given will be channelled to further develop the local talents, to engage our audience with a diverse selection of music and performances that appeal to all, and to continue to inspire hope by bringing the love of music to everyone," it said.

Visit www.mpo.com.my or check out the MPO social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram and YouTube) for the latest updates.

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