MPO makes an emotional live return after 13 months in the dark


Furusawa leading the MPO during its reopening on April 17, which featured a Strauss programme. Photo: MPO

Japanese conductor Naohisa Furusawa will not forget the moment he walked on stage to join the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra's (MPO) long-awaited live return with the Strauss: A New World show last Saturday at Dewan Filharmonik Petronas (DFP).

“The most memorable thing was the applause! I will never forget hearing the audience's applause resounding throughout the hall for the first time in 13 months, ” says Furusawa.

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