Allegro String Ensemble, Istana Budaya: The Night My Heart Quivered

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An evening of Italian music at the Cultural Palace,
An accomplished conductor leads from concertos to symphonies,
A maestro is touched by the young talents surrounding her,
A beautiful wife beams with pride watching her husband go solo,
A passionate cellist feels every note echoed in his bones,
A Queen overwhelmed by the presence of other royalties,
A Malaysian monkey stands proud of his national treasure,
An audience applause in gratitude for an evening of sweet music.

The Embassy of Italy organised a free concert last Friday evening at the Istana Budaya featuring the talented Maestro Antonella Aloigi and the Allegro String Ensemble, conducted by its founder John Allan. The Allegro String Ensemble is a youth orchestra comprising of 15 members and aims to help develop young musicians. Their repertoire of the evening includes the fun Overture of William Tell, the touching Cavalleria Rusticana-Intermezzo, and the beautiful Concerto for Four Violins by Vivaldi to the approval of the appreciating audience which includes the members of the Cambodian royal family.

However, it was their soaring encore rendition of P.Ramlee’s classic Getaran Jiwa that resulted in a resounding applause from the mostly Italian crowd. A true display of music transcending all borders. I felt very proud being a Malaysian at that point. No Grinch was going to take that pride away from me.

Light Italian refreshments were also served after the show by Ciao restaurant (wow, they’re still around!). I went home and searched for my copy of Sean Ghazi’s Semalam CD, put Getaran Jiwa (my favourite recorded version to date) on repeat while I slowly went off to slumber.

“Tak mungkin hilang,
Irama dan lagu,
Bagaikan kembang,
Sentiasa bermadu.” 

Note: Thanks to HRH the Queen for inviting me as your guest for the evening and also to Marian for hosting us (and for the pictures too).

5 Responses to Allegro String Ensemble, Istana Budaya: The Night My Heart Quivered
  1. thenomadGourmand
    November 22, 2009 | 8:43 am

    Darn I had to miss this!
    Yup, ciao is stil ard! The food looks pretty much like waht i had during the Italian Language week. So-so only hor?

  2. Ah Pa
    November 22, 2009 | 3:38 pm

    i dunno how you managed to incorporate food into this post. a true testament to your genius. however, may i remind you about dead grammah…let every note resonates in pride?
    yeah, alas, ahpa couldnt join you. had that colmar thang on.

  3. Sean
    November 22, 2009 | 4:21 pm

    ooh i'm very curious about who this grinch is lah. i'm sure i dunno him/her, but still… :D
    yeah, getaran jiwa is probably one of the best malaysian melodies ever…

  4. Lyrical Lemongrass
    November 23, 2009 | 1:56 am

    Yar,I had tears in my eyes too from listening to Getaran Jiwa. It was good fun, munkeyboy!

  5. CUMI & CIKI
    November 29, 2009 | 8:46 am

    artsy fartsy munkey :P