klpac String Orchestra’s July comeback debuts conductor Andrea Sim

by HAZATUL SYIMA HARON / pics source: klpac

THE klpac String Orchestra is back after a three-year hiatus, debuting a new conductor.

Music lovers can look forward to the orchestra’s first concert since 2019, “Reminiscing with the klpac String Orchestra”, which will run from July 1-3 at klpac (Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre) in Sentul Park, Kuala Lumpur.

The performance will see Andrea Sim making her debut with the 25-strong orchestra as its resident conductor and music director.

A graduate with first-class honours from UCSI University’s Institute of Music, she organised and led the UCSI University Orchestra Tour in 2018 and conducted the orchestra during a showcase as well. Sim has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, klpac Orchestra and the Vienna Young Artist Orchestra in Vienna, among others.       

The orchestra rehearsing with Sim at the helm. Expect to hear many of your favourite classical tunes from the Baroque to Romantic era at the concert, as well as contemporary numbers from popular films

“In the upcoming ‘Reminiscing with the klpac String Orchestra’, expect to hear many of your favourite classical tunes from the Baroque to Romantic era, as well as contemporary numbers from films that will thrill young ones and those young at heart — truly a programme for all ages to welcome both the orchestra and audiences back,” she said.

The concert opens with Sir Edward Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance March No 1”, first composed as a military march. Other well-known classics include Johann Strauss II’s “Blue Danube Waltz”, Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Brandenburg Concerto No 5”, Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Symphony No 7” and “Pavane” by Gabriel Fauré.

The orchestra will also be performing music from the world-famous ballet Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake” and Georges Bizet’s “Carmen Suite”. 

Among popular movie numbers in the repertoire are John Powell’s “Test Drive”, which can be heard when Hiccup rides Toothless in the movie “How to Train Your Dragon”, and the famed John Williams Trilogy, which includes the theme from “Jurassic Park”.

Datuk Dr Faridah Merican is the executive producer for “Reminiscing with the klpac String Orchestra”, with Joe Hasham OAM as the artistic director.

Tickets can be purchased online via https://bit.ly/reminiscing_tickets at RM50 each. Students, educators, disabled and seniors above 60 years get a 25% discount and groups are entitled to a “BUY 10, FREE 1” promotion. 

Each ticket sold goes towards keeping klpac afloat. Donations can be made via https://www.klpac.org/donations/. Visit www.klpac.org for more information.