Will the Pandemic Raise Awareness of Penang’s Need for a Proper Concert Hall?


THE PENANG PHILHARMONIC Orchestra (PPO) held its last publicised concert on March 1 before its plans for the year ahead was forced to be on a momentary interlude due to the MCO imposed on March 18. That was with soloist Foo Mei Yi. The orchestra has had to adapt to the New Normal, holding meetings and conducting rehearsals through platforms like Zoom. Likewise, on its Facebook page, PPO has been profiling its individual musicians and showcasing recordings of short performances. These musicians work on a voluntary basis, and come from diverse walks of life. “PPO offers a platform for young amateur musicians, ...

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