Love is in the air when the MPO celebrates Valentineâ€™s Day by presenting much loved works and Broadway masterpieces. This amorous concert is themed A Valentineâ€™s Serenade and is scheduled on Saturday, 17 February 2024 at 8.30 pm at Dewan Filharmonik PETRONAS (DFP), KLCC.
The MPO, under the helm of its Resident Conductor Gerard Salonga, is set to spellbind audience with an amorous selection of songs celebrating love with a touch of orchestral magic, such as Love Story (Where Do I Begin), Last Night, (They Long To Be) Close To You, Somewhere Out There, Love Changes Everything, If We Were In Love, Cinema Paradiso and Love Me Tender, sprinkled with some Broadway hits from Wicked, Funny Girl, Les MisÃ©rables and Phantom of the Opera.
Vocalists Sean Ghazi, Ida Mariana, Nikki Palikat and Izen Kong will collaborate with the MPO and enthral lovebirds at this special concert. Sean has played the leading roles in Londonâ€™s West End stage through Miss Saigon, Rent and The King & I. Recipient of the Cameronian Arts Awards, he has also won the coveted Anugerah Industri Muzik award for his debut album Semalam in 2007. He has acted on the stage for P Ramlee The Musical at Istana Budaya and La Cage Aux Folles in Singapore. His film works include Anna & The King and Spilt Gravy On Rice. He is the lead singer and creator of TARAKUCHA!, a Big Band with a Malaysian twist.
Ida Mariana is a singer for TARAKUCHA! and is also known as the ‘Queen of Kebaya Jazz’, a genre she founded 12 years ago. She is adept at singing in many languages and many will remember her vocal prowess and presence in Puteri Gunung Ledang The Musical. She studied theatre at University of New South Wales.
Known for her vocal prowess, Nikki Palikat has participated in singing competitions such as Malaysian Idol and Gegar Vaganza. She has released well-received albums such as Maharani (2005) and Hawa (2008), and has won awards at Anugerah Planet Muzik and Anugerah Era. As a theatre actress, she has acted in Cabaret (2015) and Euphrasia The Musical (2019).
Izen Kong has performed with many notable production companies in Malaysia. His stage work includes Dama Asiaâ€™s The Legends and Larger Than Life, Aladdin â€“ A Musical Comedy Reloaded, and Cabaret. He has performed with the MPO in The Best of Rodgers & Hammerstein concert in 2017, and Opera In The Park by Singapore Lyric Opera and Thatâ€™s Entertainment by PAN Productions.
Celebrate Valentineâ€™s Day with the MPO and the featured singers, only at DFP!
Saturday, 17 February 2024 at 8.30 pm
Dewan Filharmonik PETRONAS, PETRONAS Twin Towers
Orchestra / Conductor / Vocals
Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra
Gerard Salonga conductor
Sean Ghazi vocals
Ida Mariana vocals
Nikki Palikat vocals
Izen Kong vocals
Premium: RM398, A Reserve: RM338, B Reserve: RM258, C Reserve: RM218
Suite: RM448/RM488 per seat
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