Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra Presents ‘Dollar Symphony’

April 29, 2019
By Syahirah Mokhtazar

The Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) will spellbind its audience with a presentation of a delightful programme of musical gems on Saturday, 4 May 2019 at 8.30 pm and Sunday, 5 May 2019 at 3.00 pm at Dewan Filharmonik PETRONAS.

The programme offers a combination of the familiar and unfamiliar. Edvard Grieg’s incidental music for Peer Gynt (a poetic drama written by Norway’s most famous playwright, Ibsen) is atmospheric, beautifully written and the best known in the entire repertory. Written in 1876, the sights, sounds and folklore of Norway are deeply embedded in this music.

Yasushi Akutagawa’s Triptyque for String Orchestra is a powerful and energetic work with a lullaby part, written for his daughter. In this work, there are also rhythmic patterns meant to imitate traditional Japanese drumming at a festival.

Also included in the repertoire list is Symphony No.6 written by Swedish composer Kurt Atterberg for a competition held in Vienna in 1928. He won the grand prize of $10,000, hence the nickname Dollar Symphony.

Maestro Junichi Hirokami, who is leading the MPO in these concerts, have himself led the recording of the Dollar Symphony. The Tokyo-born conductor returns to DFP after his collaboration with the MPO in 2000. He has had experiences collaborating with orchestras around the world including the Wiener Symphoniker, Royal Concertgebouw, Berlin Radio Symphony and London Symphony, including those from Japan. He is also a professor at Tokyo College of Music.

For more concert details, visit You can also check out the rehearsal clips on the MPO facebook page a few days prior to the concerts.

Photo courtesy of Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra

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