“OOH you can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life. Ooh, see that girl, watch that scene, digging the dancing queen.”
If these lyrics get you moving, then break out your dancing shoes and be ready to relive the nostalgia of ABBA on Dec 2 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre’s Plenary Hall.
The Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) will be playing a tribute concert to the legendary Swedish pop supergroup called “Arrival from Sweden: The Music of ABBA”.
The MPO will be breaking out of the box and fusing pop and classical elements, giving the audience music richness on a whole new level, while capturing the spirit of the pop group.
This is not the first time the MPO has paid tribute to legendary artists or groups. Previously, the MPO paid tribute to many iconic musicians, including Michael Jack- son in 2013, Billy Joel (2018), Pink Floyd (2017), U2 (2016), Queen (2015) and Led Zeppelin (2014).
The MPO isn’t going to be performing alone. Arrival From Sweden, one of the world’s most popular and best-selling ABBA tribute bands, will also performing.
Founded in 1995, the band is described as the absolute best and most authentic ABBA show there is, with many of ABBA’s hit songs such as “Dancing Queen”, “Mamma Mia” and many more performed and delivered with such accuracy that it’s difficult to believe that it’s not the real ABBA on stage.
The band has toured in 70 countries and appeared on numerous TV stations and radio shows worldwide. Arrival From Sweden has also performed with over 100 symphony orchestras, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
The concert will be conducted by MPO’s very own resident conductor, Gerald Salonga.
ABBA fans will be able to hear familiar elements of the music, with an orchestral enhancement, during the concert. So, get ready to groove to timeless hits such as “Money Money Money”, “Take A Chance” and “Mamma Mia”.
Visit www.mpo.com.my for tickets and check out the MPO social media platforms for latest updates. — by TMR
- This article first appeared in The Malaysian Reserve weekly print edition