This new 2017/18 Season of the MPO marks another important milestone, as we celebrate the MPO’s 20th Anniversary Season. I would like to thank the MPO for enriching our lives with its wonderful and inspiring performances over the years.
The MPO have been such an important part of our culture, presenting world class classical music and creating an alternative entertainment for Malaysians. Despite its young age, the MPO has impressed Malaysians and the international community with its excellent musicianship and artistry.
With the launch of the new Season, I am confident that the MPO will continue to deliver beautiful and timeless world-class performances through their special line-up of internationally renowned artists and conductors. I am particularly excited to note that Tengku Ahmad Irfan will be making his Malaysian conducting debut with the MPYO in its 10th anniversary concert.
More importantly, the MPO has contributed to the public through its various activities under the MPO Education & Outreach Programme and have done well in promoting and nurturing our talented young musicians through the Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (MPYO).
My heartfelt thanks to PETRONAS, sponsors and our wonderful audiences; together, you have enabled the MPO to showcase their talent and virtuosity, while at the same time, inspiring and enriching the lives of those we touch.
Please join me to congratulate the MPO for its 20 years of success and its commitment to promote and cultivate the appreciation of classical music in Malaysia.
YABHG TUN DR. SITI HASMAH BT HAJI MOHD ALI
MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMAN
It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to the 2017/18 Season as the MPO celebrates its 20th Anniversary Season. Over the years we have had the honour and privilege of showcasing numerous great performances, hosting world-class orchestras and collaborating with various internationally-acclaimed artists and conductors.
The 2017/18 Season promises another season of exciting concerts featuring the MPO in collaboration with well-known guest conductors and soloists. Acclaimed conductors Stéphane Denève, Mark Wigglesworth, Roberto Abbado, Hans Graf, Lionel Bringuier and Eiji Oue will appear with the MPO. A variety of world-class soloists, including Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell, renowned violinists Renaud Capuçon and Baiba Skride and pianists Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Conrad Tao will also grace the DFP stage.
The Ballet of Armenia will make their debut in Malaysia to perform famous ballet works, while Cirque de la Symphonie returns featuring ‘Cirque du Soleil-style’ performances. As part of the Leonard Berstein’s 100th birthday celebration, a two-week ‘Bernstein at 100’ festival will feature some of his most popular Broadway and symphonic works.
The MPYO celebrates its 10th Anniversary this season with several events, among them an anniversary concert on its founding date, and a concert on which Tengku Irfan makes his conducting debut with the MPYO.
This celebration of music is made possible with the unwavering support of our beloved Patron, YABhg Tun Dr. Siti Hasmah Bt Haji Mohd Ali and of course our main donor PETRONAS, valuable sponsors, loyal subscribers, partners, as well as our ardent supporters and wonderful audiences.
Thank you for joining us on this wonderful journey. Let the celebrations of our 20th Anniversary Season be a wonderful music experience and I look forward to many more anniversaries to come.