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from films, flamenco, ballet... Enjoy these treats from the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra
GREAT operas, amazing performances by renowned instrumentalists and acclaimed vocalists, concerts by local superstars and more!
For the upcoming 17th season which begins in August, the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas (DFP) and the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) will enthrall the audience with beloved classical works and contemporary performances by local and international artistes.
The season, with Fabio Mechetti as MPO’s new principal conductor, offers a line-up of timeless masterpieces and varied music genres performed by extraordinary artistes.
Mechetti begins his appointment from the start of the 2014/15 season. Born in Brazil, he has garnered consistent praise from critics and colleagues for his artistry and knowledge of the symphonic repertoire.
“We are thrilled to welcome Mechetti to the MPO. Known for his ability to build orchestras and to lead moving and insightful performances, he will provide the artistic leadership and inspiration to open a new chapter for the MPO,” says MPO chairman Datuk Dr Abdul Rahim Haji Hashim.
Machetti says: “I treasure the chance to be involved with an extremely talented and committed group of calibre musicians, to share the wonders of the symphonic repertoire with our audiences and to further the artistic goals of our orchestra so that music can, increasingly, become an integral part of our daily lives.”
He will conduct Carmen Festival in January next year, the centrepiece of the new season. Commemorating the 140th anniversary of the premier of Bizet’s Carmen, the festival kicks off with a ballet derived from Bizet’s music, choreographed by Malaysian Wan Chin Choong. It ends with a semi-staged opera performance directed by Brazilian Andre Heller-Lopes, marking the first time that a complete opera will be staged at DFP.
Mechetti will also conduct special New Year’s dance concerts in January and Mahler’s Sixth Symphony in May.
Opera spectaculars open and close the new season, from the Opening Opera Gala concert in August to the season finale concerts in June next year.
The gala concert will feature two superstars from New York’s Metropolitan Opera — conductor Fabio Luisi and soprano Deborah Voight — in an exciting programme of Wagner and Berlioz.
The finale concerts will see soprano diva Sumi Jo and the Transylvanian State Philharmonic Choir performing arias and choruses from favourite operas.
The choir will also be featured in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in June 2015 with conductor Nicolae Moldoveau and, together with child prodigy Tengku Ahmad Irfan and the MPO, will perform Beethoven’s Fantasy For Piano, Chorus and Orchestra.
In February 2015, renowned violinist Sarah Chang will once again charm listeners with the Dvorak concerto and in April, Janine Jansen, another superstar violinist, will treat audiences to the Mendelssohn concerto.
The MPO will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of two composers.
• Richard Strauss in October 2014 (with Sensational Strauss concerts conducted by acclaimed Dutch musician Edo de Waart)
• Jean Sibelius in 2015 (with concerts led by renowned Finnish conductors Jukka-Pekka Saraste and Hannu Lintu).
A few classical music luminaries will be making their debuts with the MPO, including soprano Susan Graham, conductors Christopher Hogwood and Robert Spano, and pianist Gabriela Montero.
Meanwhile, conductors Vladimir Ashkenazy, Eiji Oue, Benjamin Zander, pianist Alain Lefevre and trumpeter Byron Stripling will return to the DFP stage to enthrall audiences with their sheer craftsmanship.
The MPO will continue to cater to a wide audience with a variety of innovative and tantalising thematic pop concerts. Wicked Divas will feature music from Broadway musicals.
The MPO will also provide exciting “live” musical soundtracks to screenings of movies Home Alone and Casablanca, while Music From The Films Of Tim Burton features Danny Elfman’s famous film scores which will be enhanced on the big screen, with visuals of clips, sketches and storyboards from Tim Burton’s best films.
Mardi Gras I New Orleans will feature the best of New Orleans jazz, while Big Nightmare Music sees the return of the famous classical music comedy duo Igudesman & Joo.
This August, there will be two spectacular pre-season concerts — Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy, directed by Grammy-winner Arnie Roth, complete with expanded repertoire and an HD video presentation, and the Music Of Led Zeppelin, in which the orchestra will perform music by one of the most influential bands in history.
International jazz band Spyro Gyra will perform in October. Founded in New York in 1974, the band has a 40-year career and Grammy nominations for four consecutive albums.
Spanish flamenco dancer Isabel Bayon will showcase her powerful, sensuous talents in a collaboration with the Embassy of Spain on October 2014.
LOCAL FARE AND MORE
The music celebration continues with DFP Seni Festival in September. Held during the Malaysia Day festivities, there will be Akustika I and Akustika II, two acoustic (unplugged) type concerts showcasing some of the country’s most talented musicians.
The event will culminate with a special concert themed Malaysia Tanah Airku where the MPO will present a selection of patriotic and folk songs which represent our rich musical heritage and featuring renowned local artists.
A highlight of the new season is MPO’s collaboration with local King of Pop Datuk Jamal Abdillah, scheduled for March 2015.
Talented songbird Dayang Nurfaizah will celebrate her 15th anniversary in the industry with a concert in November 2014. With her smooth vocals, she will enthrall her fans and reaffirm her status as Malaysian R&B princess.
Also new this season is Create Your Own series, which offers customers a diverse choice of concerts to choose from in order to become a season subscriber.
THE newly-appointed principal conductor for the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Fabio Mechetti, has held the post of music director of the Jacksonville, Syracuse, and Spokane Symphonies in the United States and remains as conductor emeritus of the latter two.
In 2008, Mechetti was appointed music director and principal conductor of the Minas Gerais Philharmonic Orchestra in Belo Horizonte, with the task of creating a brand new professional orchestra in Brazil’s third largest city.
In addition to his Carnegie Hall debut with the New Jersey Symphony, Mechetti also appeared as guest conductor in the USA with orchestras including the Seattle, San Diego and Utah Symphonies, Rochester and Buffalo Philharmonics, as well as in festivals such as Chautauqua in New York and Grant Park in Chicago.
In Japan, he conducted the Tokyo, Sapporo and Hiroshima Symphonies as well as orchestras in Venezuela, Peru, Spain and New Zealand.
In Europe, he led the BBC Scottish Symphony, the Sinfonica di Roma, Danish Radio and Helsinborg Symphonies, and will be making his debut with the Spanish Radio and TV Orchestra in Madrid. He made his American debut with the Washington Opera and served as music director of the Rio de Janeiro Opera House.
Winner of the 1989 Malko International Conducting Competition in Denmark and holding Master’s degrees in conducting and composition from the Juilliard School of Music, Mechetti has recorded with the Minas Gerais Philharmonic for Naxos and the Sao Paulo Symphony for Biscoito Fino. He has worked with some of the world’s greatest artistes, including Mstislav Rostropovich, Itzhak Perlman, Alicia de Larrocha, Frederica von Stade, Thomas Hampson, Gil Shaham and Hilary Hahn, among others.
Exciting new season
The subscription sales launch for the new season began last weekend. Ticket sales for the public started yesterday. Single tickets are on sale from July 12.
For the Distant Worlds: Music From Final Fantasy concerts, tickets sales will start tomorrow.