‘An Uncommon Journey’ unites musicians far and wide

THE Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre’s (klpac) Symphonic Band will be presenting a concert called “An Uncommon Journey” this month, featuring over 50 like-minded music educators and musicians.

The concert is a labour of love and a massive undertaking to reconnect — after more than two years of isolation and restrictions due to the pandemic — to share and learn and to make music together.

Over 50 musicians, some from out-of-state, gathered weekly at klpac over a period of 13 weeks in this Outreach Collaborative Project 2022. 

From students to working adults — aged 16 to 22 of varied backgrounds — jumped at the opportunity to learn and perform with the klpac Symphonic Band, local band directors and guest conductors.

Come this Saturday (Aug 13) at 830pm and Sunday (Aug 14) at 3pm, they will be performing under the baton of three conductors and educators — Malaysian Zephyr Ensemble founder Ho Chee Kiang, Yamaha Music Malaysia’s artist-educator Dr Low Chee Meng and Selangor Symphony Orchestra and klpac Symphonic Band musician Mustaqim Abdullah.

Ho also teaches flute and lectures at UCSI and University Malaya; Low is the music director at the South-Western Alberta Youth Wind Ensemble and the Wind Orchestra of Lethbridge University; and Mustaqim is a brass teacher at Universiti Putra Malaysia, who travels around the country conducting trombone workshops.

Curated to celebrate people and various cultures, the show will open with the timeless “Melody” by Ukrainian composer Myroslav Skoryk, a symbol of hope in solidarity with the people of Ukraine.

Songs by Malaysian composers include Yeo Chow Shern’s “Celebration and Dance”, which portrays people of different races celebrating and dancing together. 

Also featured is “Puteri Gunung Ledang” by music director, composer and wind orchestra arranger Suhaimi Yacub and multi-award-winning folk song “Jingli Nona”, arranged by Mustaqim himself.

Among other highlights are “A Princess Tale”, a fantasy adventure composed by Austria’s Thomas Doss, and Canadian composer Cait Nishimura’s “In Dreams”, which will take you on an emotional and musical journey full of hope and yearning.

The concert will close with “The Legend of 1900” by Italian composer Ennio Morricone, arranged by Jun Nagao, which is the soundtrack to the 1998 movie of the same name (or “The Legend of the Pianist on the Ocean”).

Visit https://bit.ly/klpacsb_uncommon for tickets, priced at RM50. For more information, visit www.klpac.org. 

Each ticket sold goes towards keeping klpac and The Actors Studio afloat. The public can donate at https://www.klpac.org/donations/. — by TMR / Pic source: klpac