It is a cold winter’s night and Maximus Musicus, the intrepid mouse, is looking for a warm place to spend the night. Maxi ends up inside a large building, Dewan Filharmonik PETRONAS (DFP). Soon, the hall’s resident orchestra, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO), begins to practise and Maxi’s musical adventure begins.
Join Maxi’s discovery of the joy of music with the MPO’s Maximus Musicus Visits The Orchestra this Sunday, June 3 at 2.30pm and 4.30pm.
Maximus Musicus is an Icelandic children’s franchise aimed at introducing symphonic music to children, and this concert is part of the MPO Family Fun Day series, which are suitable for children of four years and above.
This Sunday’s concerts will be narrated by renowned radio and television host Datuk Yasmin Yusoff, while Korean-American conductor Gene Chang will lead the orchestra through an exciting programme.
Among the works that will be featured are Mozart’s energetic and bustling Abduction from the Seranglio and one of Ravel’s most famous works, Bolero, originally scored as a ballet piece. These will be followed by Beethoven’s iconic Fifth Symphony, one of the classical music’s most famous compositions.
The Firebird was the first of three ballets that established Stravinsky’s reputation as a composer. This will be followed by Rossini’s Finale from the play entitled William Tell; this movement was famously used as the theme music for the radio and television shows of The Lone Ranger.
Also included in the repertoire list are Strauss’ Radetzky March, a work popular among regimented marching soldiers, and Grieg’s ‘Peer Gynt’ Suite No.1 which charmingly captures the start of the day, opening with flutes and oboes before the music unfolds gently and almost magically.