Evening of fine mu­sic

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It’ll be a clas­sic serv­ing of the clas­sics with the cur­tain rais­ing to

Sym­phony No. 4, com­posed by one of Poland’s great­est icons, Karol Ma­ciej Szy­manowski. Writ­ten as Sym­phonie

Con­cer­tante Op. 60 in 1932, this work pre­miered in Poz­nan with great suc­cess and was fol­lowed by per­for­mances in about 30 cities all around Europe.

Per­form­ing this work with the MPO is pi­anist Con­rad Tao, dubbed a mu­si­cian of “prob­ing in­tel­lect and open- hearted vision” by the New York

Times. His past sym­phonic en­gage­ments in­clude the San Fran­cisco, Bal­ti­more, Toronto, St Louis and Detroit Sym­phonies. In 2012, he was awarded the pres­ti­gious Avery Fisher Ca­reer Grant.

The con­certs will close with Tchaikovsky’s Sym­phony No. 5, one of the world’s most beloved works in the en­tire sym­phony reper­tory. It is mu­sic of lyri­cal fer­vour, elfin en­hance­ment and shad­owy nos­tal­gia, writ­ten and pre­miered in 1888 in St Peters­burg, Rus­sia.

All con­certs will be led by Car­los Kal­mar, who brings a wide breadth of mu­si­cal ex­per­tise drawn from his 27- year ex­pe­ri­ence as a renowned con­duc­tor and mu­sic di­rec­tor. He has col­lab­o­rated with the RTVE Sym­phony Orches­tra of Madrid, Ber­lin and Vi­enna Ra­dio Sym­phonies, Czech and Rot­ter­dam Phil­har­mon­ics, and the BBC Na­tional Orches­tra of Wales. Tick­ets: RM60 to RM150 Time: 8.30pm

In cel­e­bra­tion of the Bard’s 400th death an­niver­sary, this play by The Ac­tor’s Stu­dio fea­tures seven direc­tors with seven short plays re­lated to Shake­speare, remix­ing the scripts of his clas­sic pieces and pre­sent­ing them in a fresh new take to re­cap­ture his fans.

Tick­ets, priced at RM45 for adults and RM35 for stu­dents, dis­abled, se­nior cit­i­zens and TAS card mem­bers, can be pur­chased on­line or re­served by phone.

For arts prac­ti­tion­ers, ed­u­ca­tion and com­mu­nity groups, call A. K. Siah ( 010- 366 6187) or e- mail ak­siah.mukas­pace@gmail.com for RM35 flat rate and group pro­mo­tion.

Time: 8.30pm

Art and ac­tivism bazaar Art For Grabs teams up with hu­man rights or­gan­i­sa­tions Amnesty In­ter­na­tional Malaysia, Lawyers For Lib­erty and Suaram to present a car­ni­val of cre­ativ­ity and crazi­ness to cel­e­brate free­dom, jus­tice and democ­racy in a fun at­mos­phere.

Be­sides over 80 booths of arts, crafts, causes and sur­prises, the cel­e­bra­tion will also fea­ture 11 events, in­clud­ing a live tour­na­ment of the elec­tions- themed card game Poli­tiko be­tween politi­cians and civil so­ci­ety lead­ers, a book launch by Sun­gai Siput MP Dr Jeyaku­mar of PSM, and a fem­i­nist con­ver­sa­tion on Women In Power.

Fo­rums, such as “Watch Me, Watch Me” by Lawyers For Lib­erty on on­line pri­vacy and free­dom, and “Lib­erty or Se­cu­rity: Choose!” by Amnesty In­ter­na­tional Malaysia, touch­ing on the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Bill, Sosma and other ex­ces­sive laws are also in­cluded.

For more info, visit https:// www. face­book. com/ events/ 186431275078027/.

Time: Noon- 8pm

In con­junc­tion with World Tapir Day on April 27, the Malaysian Her­itage and His­tory Club is or­gan­is­ing this aware­ness pro­gramme to high­light Malaysia’s rich nat­u­ral her­itage and pro­mote love for our wildlife.

There will be talks by the coun­try’s top ex­perts on tapirs, tigers, fly­ing foxes, horn­bills, pan­golins and mam­mal fos­sils, as well as exhibitions on var­i­ous wildlife, the im­pact of the 2015 earth­quake on Mount Kinabalu, and dor­mant vol­ca­noes.

For more info, visit https:// www. face­book. com/ events/ 240283196308352/ perma link/ 250551245281547/ Ad­mis­sion is free. Time: 11am- 6pm

The planet might not be in the same con­di­tion today as it was years ago, but it’s not too late to help Mother Earth and en­joy her many ben­e­fits.

A se­ries of events have been planned for the day, in­clud­ing Stacey Lee lead­ing the med­i­ta­tion ses­sion Lov­ing Mother Earth, Matthias Gel­ber giv­ing the talk “Cul­ti­vat­ing A Green Life­style” and M. Bey­er­lein pre­sent­ing ad­vice on Re­con­nect­ing To Mother Earth.

Time: 9.30am- 1.30pm

Or­gan­ised by In­sti­tut Jan­tung Ne­gara ( IJN), this fun run ( 5km and 10km) is part of an aware­ness cam­paign to pro­mote heart health. The event will also host a mini car­ni­val, which will in­clude ac­tiv­i­ties such as free health screen­ing for adults and chil­dren, games and a lucky draw.

Time: 4pm

Pi­anist con­rad Tao will tit­il­late the au­di­ence with his ivory- tick­ling skills at de­wan Fil­har­monik Petronas on satur­day.

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