THE strains of The Sound of Music filled the theatrette at MSC International College as a 40-piece youth choir entertained an appreciative audience during the college's annual concert.
Themed Rhapsody of Colours, the third annual concert was organised to showcase the talents of MSC Internationals Music Department students who had taken or are undergoing various diploma programmes in music.
Head of Department Liu Ban Hong said the response from the 250-strong audience was really encouraging.
''Our theme highlights the diverse range of international music which we incorporated into this years show. We wanted to create a cultural-cum-classical flavour.
The crowd support motivated the performers to do their very best on stage, said Liu, an ex-choir director with the Malaysian National Symphony Orchestra.
The night's performances were tailored to accommodate the different fields of training at the college, said concert director Yii Kah Hoe, who also arranged some of the pieces.
Half of these students have just graduated, all with different majors vocal, classical guitar, violin, piano, music composition and flute.
We are looking at introducing a major in Chinese classical instruments soon,'' he said.
Yii said the concert and the preparation involved was aimed at giving the students a sense of professionalism which they would need in their respective future careers.
At the event, the audience was treated to classics as well as songs from movie hits Beauty and The Beast and Robin Hood.
One of the crowd favourites was 13-year old Dana Moult's violin solo of J.S. Bachs Preludio from Partita No. 3 and classical guitar pieces like El Negrito by Antonio Lauro and Bolero by Calatuyud, delivered by students Patrick Koh and Azizul Ahmad respectively.
There were also renditions of Taiwanese, South American and Indian folk music which lent an exotic touch to the concert.