THE Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (MPYO) has embarked on a tour of Kedah today and tomorrow.
During the tour, the MPYO will perform Konsert Kenangan Warisan Keroncong.
The concert will be co-presented by the Kedah state government and is scheduled at 8pm tonight at Dewan Seri Negeri, Wisma Darul Aman, Alor Setar.
In addition to the concert, musicians from the MPYO will present two outreach programmes tomorrow at Dewan Institut Kemahiran Belia Negara in Jitra and SRJK (C) Yang Kao in Gurun.
This special concert will showcase the young orchestra’s versatility as it performs our much-loved traditional music genre.
Prior to this, the orchestra was known for its repertoire of Western classical music, commissioned works and jazz.
To be led by Ahmad Muriz Che Rose, the MPYO will perform a selection of popular keroncong gems which include Sayang Di Sayang, Kucupan Azimat, Tinggallah Mustika Hati, Syurga Di Telapak Kaki Ibu and Jangan Ditanya Ke Mana Aku Pergi.
Also included in the repertoire list are patriotic songs which will be given a keroncong touch such as Putra Putri and Pahlawanku, and much loved folksongs such as Mega Mendung and Ayam Didik.
The MPYO is also privileged to be given an opportunity to collaborate with renowned singers Datuk Yusni Hamid and Datin Paduka Julie Sudiro, and a young keroncong artist Jamilah Abu Bakar who will enthrall audiences with their soothing vocals.
Yusni and Julie are veteran singers who have more than 40 years of experience in Malaysia’s music scene and are regarded as industry’s royalties for their contributions and charisma, whereas Jamilah is an immensely talented artist of the new generation who is taking over the legacy of these Malay classics.
Ahmad Muriz is a conductor of excellent credibility, having worked with the MPYO and the MPO in prominent concerts staged at Dewan Filharmonik Petronas such as the Keroncong Merdeka and MPO Rocks concerts.
One of Malaysia’s youngest orchestras, the MPYO was officially launched on Jan 13, 2006 with the objective to nurture and encourage local young musicians’ passion and for the appreciation of all genres of symphonic music.
As a ‘stage for young talent’, each section of the orchestra receives professional coaching from the more senior MPO musicians.
The MPYO aims to support Malaysia in the provision of well-trained professional and amateur musicians, inspiring audiences and teachers alike as well as nurturing aspiring composers.
Besides major cities in Peninsular Malaysia, the MPYO has brought the beauty of its music to audiences in Sabah, Sarawak, Singapore and also Brisbane, Australia in 2012, to overwhelming responses and press acclaim.