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Maximus Musicus visits the MPO

Join his musical adventure, as narrated by Yasmin Yusuff, in a programme conducted by Gene Chang. Dennis Chua writes


IT is a cold winter’s night and Maximus Musicus, the intrepid mouse, is looking for a warm place to spend the night. Maximus ends up inside a large building, the Dewan Filharmoni­k Petronas in KLCC, Kuala Lumpur on Sunday.

Soon, the hall’s resident orchestra, the Malaysian Philharmon­ic Orchestra, begins to practise music and Maximus’ musical adventure begins. Join Maximus’ discovery of the joy of music at 2.30pm and 4.30pm at the DFP. Renowned radio and television host, Datuk Yasmin Yusuff, will narrate Maximus’ adventures whilst KoreanAmer­ican conductor Gene Chang will lead the orchestra through an exciting programme.

It will include Mozart’s energetic and bustling Abduction From The Seranglio and one of Ravel’s most famous work, Bolero, originally scored as a ballet piece.

These will be followed by Beethoven’s iconic Fifth Symphony, one of the most famous of classical music compositio­ns due to its distinctiv­e opening motif, which has been used much in popular culture.

The Firebird was the first of three ballets that establishe­d Stravinsky’s reputation as a composer. This will be followed by Rossini’s Finale from the play titled William Tell. This movement was famously used as the theme music for the radio and television shows of The Lone Ranger.

Also included in the repertoire list are Strauss’ Radetzky March, a work popular among regimented marching soldiers, and Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, which charmingly captures the start of the day, opening with flutes and oboes before the music unfolds gently and almost magically. These family-themed concerts are suitable for children of 4 years and above.

Tickets: RM50 to RM130. Call 03-2331 7007.

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Yasmin Yusuff

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