PETALING JAYA: The legendary Shanghai Symphony Orchestra is set to light up the Plenary Hall, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, on Dec 5 for a good cause.
The 72-piece outfit, which was founded in 1879 and is regarded as one of the earliest orchestras in Asia, will headline the “Forget Me Not: Konsert Amal DiRaja” charity performance.
Organised by Alzheimer’s Disease Foundation Malaysia (ADFM), the concert is one of the non-profit organisation’s biggest undertakings to highlight this most common form of dementia.
It is also in aid of the ADFM’s Building Fund, which is planning a dementia care centre and training centre in PJ Old Town.
ADFM was formed in 1997 to raise public awareness of Alzheimer’s and to set up more care and training centres nationwide.
The foundation’s patron, Puan Sri Wendy Ong, said the concert was not only to raise funds for ADFM but was also dedicated to people with dementia and their caregivers.
“We want to create more awareness of Alzheimer’s and to help people learn more about early detection of this condition,” she said at the launch of the concert at the ADFM head office here yesterday.
“We are pleased to have the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra accept this invitation to play at this ADFM initiative.
“We also have local talent like New York-based Najwa Mahiaddin on board.
“I’m looking forward to seeing music fans and many others coming together in aid of this cause.”
Klang Valley-based conductor Eugene Pook will lead the orchestra in a programme which will include Strauss’ Die Fledermaus overture, Tchaikovsky’s Waltz of the Flowers (from The Nutcracker) and the Malay folk song-influenced Bersama-sama by local composer, orchestrator and arranger Ken Hor.
Renowned US-based Chinese violinist and special guest Bin Huang will perform the Butterfly Lovers violin concerto.
Najwa revealed that her set would feature her original soul-based music, a Tan Sri P. Ramlee track “and a surprise or two”.
“I’m really glad to be a part of this meaningful concert. I’m still working with Eugene on the orchestral arrangements,” she said.
“We will be going to Shanghai to rehearse with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra.”
The sponsors for the event are Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, The Photoz, Innovate-Solutions Group, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, AirAsia X Bhd and Hatten Group.
The Star is the official media and a sponsor for the concert.
Tickets for the “Forget Me Not: Konsert Amal DiRaja” are on sale now. Ticket prices are RM200, RM300 and RM500.
Early bird discount of 15% is valid till Oct 15. Visit www.ticketcharge.com.my.
For more information, call ADFM at 03-7956 2008 or 03-7958 3008.