In 12 days, I'll be in KL and attending my first Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) concert in 2011 after so many years! Quite excited actually because the last time I've been there was for "Imbauan 2: Normadiah Dalam Kenangan" concert back in February 2010. The concert was superb and amazing with singers Azlina and Liza Aziz, as well as Musly Ramlee. That was also the night when I met Aziz Sattar in person.
On 21 May, its gonna be a classical Baroque concert showcasing several famous composers such as Handel, Corelli, Albinoni and Pachelbel. The theme for the concert is "Baroque Bon-Bons". To those who haven't been to such concert, or been into the philharmonic hall, you should attend at least one of them because the hall itself is very elegant and beautiful.
Looking up you can see the bright, sparkling crystal chandelier occupying the ceiling of the box-shaped hall. Dewan Filharmonik PETRONAS (DFP) was designed according to the traditional European opera or concert house which in those days were box-shaped. The seats are basically divided into 3 types; Stalls, Boxes, and Circles (Upper & Lower). Stalls are basically the staged-seat which are fixed into the floor similar to the one in a cinema. The Stalls are further divided into 4 levels (according to the ticket price) which are Premium, A Reserve, B Reserve and C Reserve. Boxes are two-tiered seats which are located at the right and left side of the hall. From there you can actually have a bird's eye view of the concert hall. Lastly is the Circles, which are located at the back of the hall which are also two-tiered; Lower and Upper. This seat is similar to a football stadium where you can see the front side of the hall but not the lower back Stall seats. Hidden in the front panels of the hall (the one with pipes in the wall) is actually a Klais Pipe Organ, which is seldomly played. The design of the organ is based on Sabah's traditional musical instrument of "angklung".
There you go a brief story of DFP. So, do drop by to listen to MPO in the future. I'm gonna be a permanent attendees after this.
Mr. Klaus Peter Flor, the Musical Director