International pianist leads charity concert to help Taiping school band

Mok presenting three masterpieces of classical piano music.

THE Taiping New Club hosted a public charity concert to raise funds for the SK Edward VII school marching band.

The two-hour recital by renowned German-Taiwanese pianist Marcel Tienhao Mok was also held in conjunction with Taiping’s 150th anniversary celebrations.

Over 200 at the sold-out hall were fascinated by a world-class performance of Beethoven’s majestic Waldstein Sonata and his famous classic Moonlight Sonata, followed by the energy-laden Piano Sonata No. 2 which Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev had written just before World War I.

Aside from public donations to watch this special performance, the event also attracted corporate and private sponsors.

Among them was Pokok Assam assemblyman Ong Seng Guan, who sponsored 30 tickets for Taiping residents.

Over RM14,000 was raised from the event and donated to the SK Edward VII marching band, also known as “Band of Edwardian Tigers” (Beats), to fund the purchase of uniforms and instruments.

Following the solo recital, the audience was in for a surprise when Mok was joined by 23 members of Beats to perform some popular tunes.

The combination of classical and popular music highlighted the night’s overall experience of how music builds bridges between cultures.

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