Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra

The Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) gave its inaugural performance at Dewan Filharmonik PETRONAS (DFP) on 17 August 1998. With the initial search for outstanding musicians involving a worldwide audition tour, the MPO today are made up of many talented Malaysian musicians and musicians from other nations, a beautiful example of harmony among different cultures and nationalities.

With each new season, the MPO continues to present an exciting programme of orchestral music drawn from over three centuries, as well as the crowd-pleasing concert series. Its versatility transcends genres, from classical masterpieces to film music, pop, jazz, traditional, contemporary and commissioned works.

Among renowned Malaysian artists who have mesmerized audiences with the MPO include SM Salim, Sheila Majid, M Nasir, Siti Nurhaliza, Jamal Abdillah, Khadijah Ibrahim, Ramli Sarip, Ella, Faizal Tahir, Dayang Nurfaizah, Aishah, Jaclyn Victor, Aubrey Suwito, Akim and Sean Ghazi.

A host of internationally acclaimed musicians have performed with the MPO including Lorin Maazel, Sir Neville Marriner, Yehudi Menuhin, Joshua Bell, Harry Connick Jr., José Carreras, Andrea Bocelli, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Chris Botti, Branford Marsalis and Judika, many of whom have praised the MPO for its fine musical qualities and vitality.

The MPO regularly performs in major cities of Malaysia such as in Alor Setar, George Town, Ipoh, Johor Bahru, Kuantan, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching and many more. Internationally, it has toured Singapore (1999, 2001, 2003, 2005 and 2018), Japan (2001, 2009 and 2017), Korea (2001), Australia (2004), China (2006 and 2019), Taiwan (2007) and Vietnam (2013). The MPO has also released 21 CDs.

The MPO remains steadfast in its mission to be the premier Malaysian orchestra, providing the ultimate music experience through the power of live music that educates, entertains and inspires. Its main benefactor is PETRONAS, and its patron is YABhg. Tun Dr. Siti Hasmah Haji Mohd Ali.

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Galeri Khazanah (Exhibition 1)

Lenggang Mak Limah

Composer: Abu Kassim
Lyricist: Kamali Hudi
Arranger: Ahmad Muriz Che Rose

The earlier version of the song was recorded by Indonesian crooner Bing Slamet and featured in the 1960s LP Semalam di Malaysia, a duet album with Tan Sri P. Ramlee. In 1978, it was given new lyrics to reflect a festive atmosphere and performed by Halil Chik and Trio Manja in the LP Selamat Hari Raya.

Galeri Khazanah (Exhibition 2)

Seri Mersing

Composer: Pak Lomak
Arranger: Ahmad Muriz Che Rose

This Melayu deli number retraces the rich heritage of Johor in its purest musical form. It is believed to be composed as early as 1923 and later popularised by the Queen Of Songs Dato’ Sharifah Aini (from her self-titled fifth album in 1976) and later by Dato’ Sri Siti Nurhaliza (from her 1997 second album, Siti Nurhaliza II).