'Totoro' to Piazzolla: MPO revives in-person concerts at DFP


  • Arts
  • Friday, 18 Mar 2022

Joe Hisaishi’s 'My Neighbor Totoro' theme, a perennial favourite among Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli fans, is part of the MPO's Family Fun Day series on March 26 at DFP. Photo: Studio Gibli

The classic music outings are back.

The Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) is reviving in-person concerts at Dewan Filharmonik Petronas (DFP), KLCC.

This month’s line-up sees the MPO showcasing three famous composers in a concert titled Senorita, Carmen on March 19 at 8.30pm. Led by the MPO’s resident conductor Gerard Salonga, the concert will feature Rossini’s La Gazza Ladra, Ravel’s Ma mere l'Oye Suite, and Bizet’s Carmen Suite No. 1 & 2.

The popular Family Fun Day series returns to delight audiences - young and old - on March 26 at 3pm. It will be conducted by Naohisa Furusawa, MPO’s resident conductor, and narrated by Salonga.

Themed Totoro Goes To The Carnival, music lovers can look forward to a fun-filled afternoon concert as the MPO performs Saint-Saëns’ Carnival Of The Animals and Joe Hisaishi’s My Neighbor Totoro theme, a perennial favourite among Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli fans.

Even 100 years after its premiere, Carnival Of the Animals is set to captivate audiences with a parade of musical creatures. Come discover the humorous side of the symphony with a roaring lion, some hopping kangaroos and a most elegant swan. My Neighbor Totoro, needless to say, offers an adventurous soundtrack to a forest full of playful spirits and furry friends.

On April 1, the MPO, led by Salonga, will make a whirlwind musical journey through Latin America. Themed A Bailar!, the concert at 8.30pm will present the works of Elizondo’s Danzas Latinoamericano, Marquez’s Danzon No. 2, Copland’s El Salón México, and three Astor Piazzolla’s works namely Oblivion, Tangazo, and Adios Nonino.

Live performances were cancelled for 2020 and most of 2021 at the DFP because of the pandemic, though the MPO ventured online with a series of digital concerts and programmes.

For the live concerts ahead, the DFP will be operating at a reduced capacity and adhering to the standard operating procedure (SOP) for public health safety set by the government.

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