MPO celebrates Malaysia Day with ‘Ola Bola’

The Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) will be screening Malaysian football lm “Ola Bola” on Sept 15 and Sept 16 as part of the Malaysia Day celebration.

This will be the first time the MPO accompanies the screening of a local movie. Prior to this, it has presented the “live” soundtrack for the screenings of Hollywood movies such as “Psycho” (2010), “Home Alone” (2014) and “Casablanca” (2015).

The concerts — taking place at the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas in Kuala Lumpur — will be helmed by Australia- born Jessica Cottis (picture), with Isaac Chia and Onn San orchestrating the music.

Besides the original music score, the concerts will present new music scenes which were not in the movie, according to a statement from MPO.

The local blockbuster has been lauded for its themes of national unity, patriotism, determination and teamwork. Released in January 2016 by Astro Shaw, the film was directed by Chiu Keng Guan.

Inspired by the glories of the Malaysian national football team which successfully qualified for the Summer Olympics in Moscow in 1980, the movie collected about RM15 million at the box office.

“Ola Bola” has won many awards at both local and international lm festivals. Its theme song, “Arena Cahaya”, written and sung by Zee Avi and co-produced by her and Rendra Zawawi, won Best Original Theme Song at the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival.

Onn, who wrote the movie score, won the coveted Best Original Score award at the 28th Malaysia Film Festival last year.

The movie also won a Special Jury Award for its inspiring themes.


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