A classical evening by SONS orchestra

By Jude Toyat
@judetbpseeds

 

ABOUT 200 PEOPLE attended the orchestral performance ‘An Evening of Classical Touch’ presented by the Sarawak Symphony Orchestra (SONS) held at Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka at 8.15 pm on June 27 with support from the Ministry of Social Development (Cultural Development Section).

 

SONS cellists playing an intense set.

SONS cellists playing an intense set.

 

The show was the first collaborative effort between SONS and the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO), a symphony orchestra made up of musicians of different cultures and nationalities, as well young Malaysian talents from the latter’s Education and Outreach Programme.

 

Conductor Marcus Leong leading the orchestral performance.

Conductor Marcus Leong leading the orchestral performance.

Violinists

 

Presented by conductors Victor Leong and his father Marcus Leong, among the works presented for the evening were Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s ‘Romeo and Juliet Overture’ and ‘Waltz of the Flowers’, Franz Schubert’s ‘Unfinished Symphony’, Sir Edward Elgar’s ‘Pomp and Circumstance’, Lisa Chong’s ‘Cinta’ and ‘If I Got You’, P Ramlee’s ‘Menceceh Bujang Lapok’, Nor Fizah Busman’s ‘One Moment in Time’ and ‘Jeritan Batinku’ and Aaron Copland’s ‘Fanfare for the Common Man’.

 

Members of the audience looking and listening intensely to the performance by the orchestra.

Members of the audience looking and listening intensely to the performance by the orchestra.

 

Currently, SONS consists of three groups; SONS Classic Orchestra, Pop Jazz Orchestra and SONS Choir whose goals are to present various genres of music for public entertainment.

 

SONS was established in 1988 by then Sarawak Chief Minister, Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud and was then inaugurated on March 30, 1989 at Civic Centre, Kuching.

 

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