Monday, June 15, 2009

Cultured side of me....

People have all sort of different perceptions of me. Some called me arrogant, snobbish, cool, party animal, crazy, and gluttony. I remembered once when I was in college, a guy was talking about me to his friend behind my back, calling me arrogant. I turned around and confronted him. Ever since then, we were friends! See, this is a good example of what they say - do not judge a book by its cover!

And thus, don't be surprised that despite all the eating, and eating and drinking, (I don't party much) I actually do have a cultured side. The side where I attend musicals, concerts and orchestra. I do love musicals but do not have the privilege of attending all due to time and money (ahem.. ahem..) constraints. But lucky, I managed to catch Mamma Mia last year and The Riverdance when I was in college which were the best shows!

Last Sunday, I was at MPO KLCC with my friend Emily and her cousin and her cousin's friend. Sounds complicated eh? Don't bother. The MPO Chamber Concert was on at 3pm and has four sessions. The first one was by French composer Darius Milhaud, where they have 3 players playing the violin, clarinet and piano. The second session was Gyorgy Ligeti, with pieces performed on a Solo Cello. The third was by composer William Penn right after a short interval where they have a player on Marimba and Tuba. It was pretty interesting as I love the melodies of the Marimba. It's like one of those over sized xylophones that I used to play when I was a kid. The last for the day was Sergei Prokofiev, a Russian composer and it was played with a combination of a violinist and a pianist.


The Magnificent Hall


I might not know any of the composers or the players, but I can sure appreciate a good piece of music. The hall was almost full except for the 2 empty rows in front. It was really funny to see how we never stop clapping at the end of the performance where the players have to exit and re-enter to take a bow at the audience. The last performance had the players taking a bow 3 times! Malaysians are simply generous. Don't you think so?!!

At only RM10 for a Sunday concert, don't you think it's really a good deal? It's almost like the price you pay for a movie, except that this can be a sleepy experience for many. Most of the people who attended are foreigners. They surely know how to appreciate music and I was surprised that they were kids as young as a few years old. Most kids at this age would prefer to fight with their light sabers in front of a Star Wars movie in the cinema.

The only restriction is that you have to be properly dressed for the MPO performances and probably smart casual on a Sunday. However, if you forget to wear proper shoes, don't worry, there's shoes for rent right before going up to the hall. Programme books are priced at RM3 and it's not free, mind you.

I want to catch Chuanyun Li on this coming 27-28th June. The New York Times referred to him as “a first-rate violinist". Tickets starts from RM20 only! Wanna go?


Ticket Price : RM20
Culture: Priceless

(Note: Under the new CULTURE tag, I will soon be posting some cultured trips that I went to sometime ago)

19 comments:

Kimmy said...

Errr I thought cameras were not allowed? ^^

-eiling- said...

Kimmy: I took the picture from the net! Hehe

Kimmy said...

Ahh okay ^^ I wish "Cats" will be back in Malaysia again, I really wanted to watch that musical.

YilingL said...

Didn't know you are cultured :-p

Kimmy said...

I was forced "cultured" by my parents hahaha

Kimmy said...

oops I thought it eiling that replied. Hahaha, my bad my bad.

kiankheong said...

I love classical musics, but only of a certain composers.

I used to attend MPO, particularly during the Beethoven month festival, some years back. Ticket then cost RM 50.

Chuanyun Li sounds good. I may consider attending. :)

-eiling- said...

Yiling: Don't be so sarcastic. I know you're way too cultured than me. Or are you talking bout being cultured like a pearl?!!

Kimmy: Haha.. I missed the Cats. It's ok, Yiling is my sister. You got confused!

KianKheong: I haven't buy the tickets yet. Will see how's my schedule like. Hopefully I can make it.

KY said...

and what's so wrong about being a glutton anyway? :D

-eiling- said...

KY: For a girl yes! Maybe people have the impression that I'm a big fat " g par". Lol...

Anonymous said...

As most forefathers of Malaysians were either farmers or labourers, culture is at the bottom of order of life, which is reflected by the cheap food, poor dress code and lax tradition.

Even today, there are too many people attending dinner wearing T shirts, wearing slippers and short in shopping mall and restaurant.

suituapui said...

I love musicals...but not classical music or drama/theatre unless it's a comedy.

foongpc said...

I love classical music except those which are very slow and never seem to end!

It's too bad many Malaysians still don't know how to appreciate classical music as they are among the finest of all kinds of music! (just to hint how cultured I am. Haha!)

At RM10, it's a steal!

suituapui said...

foongpc:...Ouch! LOL!!!

-eiling- said...

Anon: People should learn to dress appropriately and respect the host.

STP: Lol... I don't really like threater too.

Foongpc: Yes! We know you're cultured too!

STP: Haha...

auntielucia said...

Eiling, bravo! I've been to MPO concerts 2 or 3 times when visiting friends in KL who have season tickets. More Singaporeans shld visit yr site and sites like yours... then they will see Malaysians have no reason to be as apologetic as Penang's Chief M was when meeting our MM Lee.. I cringed when DAP's Lim said Penang has been in "gracious decline" for 18 years! One thing to be nice and diplomatic to a visiting octogenarian but another to let down your own side, esp Penangites.. sigh!

-eiling- said...

Auntielucia: Thanks. Yes. Why should he be so humble? I think Malaysians should start to learn to be bold in their approach.

Myhorng said...

cultural shock also priceless right?

-eiling- said...

Horng: Yes!

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