May the Force be with you! MPYO plays a stirring 'Star Wars' tribute to frontliners

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  • Thursday, 16 Apr 2020

A screenshot of conductor Naohisa Furusawa (centre) and members of the Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra performing John Williams' epic 'Main Title - Star Wars Suite'. Photo: MPO

The Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (MPYO) has paid tribute to frontliners in Malaysia (and the rest of the world) with a stirring version of the Star Wars main theme.

Led by MPYO’s principal conductor Naohisa Furusawa, the six-minute long video, posted recently on the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra’s (MPO) Facebook page features 38 musicians playing the iconic Main Title - Star Wars Suite composed by the legendary John Williams.

The video - recorded remotely - begins in typical Star Wars style with a rolling title that reads “Star Wars: The Movement Control Order”. This is followed by a positive message that reads “We stand in solidarity with our frontliners. May the force be with you. Thank you for keeping Malaysia safe!”

A very enthusiastic Naohisa, who is seen wearing a Star Wars T-shirt, then waves his hands and the video zooms out to reveal all the musicians in their respective homes playing the uplifting Star Wars theme.

Early this month, the MPYO posted a whimsical hand-washing video tutorial, performing British composer John Hilton’s Come Follow.

It may be a while before patrons can return to Dewan Filharmonik Petronas (DFP) in KLCC to attend shows. The DFP will remain closed until further notice.

All of DFP's concerts, masterclasses, recitals and other activities scheduled for May and June have been postponed. The World Of Penderecki concert, scheduled for May 3, has been cancelled due to the death of the legendary Polish composer and conductor Krzysztof Penderecki on March 29.

To watch MYPO's Star Wars performance, visit MPO’s Facebook page.

Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (MPYO) - 'Main Title: Star Wars Suite'

This is a special tribute by the amazing talents of our Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (MPYO) for our frontliners who are working extremely hard in this trying times of the Covid-19 pandemic. Performing 'Main Title - Star Wars Suite' composed by John Williams, this is a gesture of gratitude from the MPYO, under the tutelage of its mentors from Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO), for all our frontliners all around Malaysia and the rest of the world. Please stay at home. Enjoy the music! May the force be with you ... Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Naohisa Furusawa, MPYO Principal Conductor #musicthatmovesyou #stayathome #togetherathome #musicconnectsus #togetherthroughmusic #allinthistogether #keepthemusicgoing KEMENTERIAN KESIHATAN MALAYSIA Kementerian Pertahanan Malaysia

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