Letting Classical Music Bond

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The Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra recently graced our shores to celebrate our nations’ diplomatic relations, and served up local favourites and Thai medleys.

The Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra (TPO) enchanted classical music lovers during its debut performance at the Dewan Sri Pinang last September, marking a momentous occasion for the performing arts scene in Penang. “This is the first time in our state’s music history that we are graced with a foreign national orchestra of such calibre,” says Datin Seri Irene Yeap, the chairperson of the Penang Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO).

The 120-member orchestra performed pieces by famed Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich and the late Thai sovereign King Bhumibol Adulyadej (“No Moon” and “Hungry Men’s Blues”), as well as P. Ramlee’s “Getaran Jiwa” and “Hujan Di Tengah Hari” to the delight of Penangites. 


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