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The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre Symphonic Band (or klpac Symphonic Band for short) has been around for close to eight years.
Established in 2009, it is a community wind band aimed at providing a platform for musicians from various musical background, to get together, make music and perform on a regular basis.
But now, after years of performing classical repertoires, the band is set to undergo a face-lift. A rock inspired face-lift.
Remember jukeboxes? You know, those automated coin operated music playing machines?
Well, the klpac Symphonic Band under The Actors Studio Seni Teater Rakyat is set to hold a rock concert unlike you’ve ever seen before at The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (klpac).
Happening this week, the entire theme of Let’s Rock is centred around this jukebox!
That’s right. Jukebox. Apparently it took the crew a whopping 14 hours to paint the whole damn thing on the floor!
Director Ian Chow promises that just like the jukebox where music from every era can be played, the symphonic inspired rock concert is set to take music lovers on a nostalgic ride from the 50’s right up to current times.
“What’s amazing is that all of your favorite rock songs are set to retain their awesomeness but will still feel fresh and different!” he says.
Featuring three amazing vocalists; Fuad of Kyoto Protocol fame, songstress Bihzhu and singer-songwriter Nick Davis, the trio will be backed by the klpac Symphonic Band under the baton of Conductor Kevin Christensen (co-music director), the 4-piece band led by Loh Ui Li (who is also the co-music director) and the 20- member Young Choral Academy Chorus.
Imagine, a rock concert featuring kick ass singers and being backed by 30 something symphonic band members!
Concert of epic proportions!
Ian reveals that this is the very first time that the klpac Symphonic Band is shedding its classical image to take on a rock and roll repertoire.
“While previously the band had been performing classical and Broadway programming, this time around we intend to bring something entirely different and yet relatable on stage.”
This latest project will bring together almost 60 musicians and singers from different fields for a concert of epic proportions as well.
So what are the songs that will be performed at the concert? Check out the list below!
The concert marks the grand finale of klpac’s 2017 concert session and is set to bridge the gap between the different music circles, bringing together musicians and fans from different genres and push the musical possibilities.
Let’s Rock is set to open at Pentas 1, The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre this November 30 and ends on December 2. All shows are at 8.30pm with tickets purchasable by calling 03 4047 9000 or by purchasing online. Have an event or gig coming up? Let us know by emailing [email protected]!Tags: Bihzhu, Fuad of Kyoto Protocol, Ian Chow, Klpac, klpac Symphonic Band, Loh Ui Li, Nick Davis, Young Choral Academy Chorus
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