The Penang Philharmonic serenaded and entertained the 2,000-strong crowd of music enthusiasts during its second open-air concert, set against the backdrop of the magnificent Homestead Building of Wawasan Open University (WOU).
The concert took place at the main campus grounds today for the second year running; the first was on February 26th last year. People from various cross-sections of society were able to relax and thoroughly enjoy the musical delight, free-of-charge.
The event this year was themed ‘Cinematic Greats and Jazz Works’ and was performed by 100 musicians from the Penang Philharmonic Orchestra and its Jazz Nonet, under the musical direction of maestro Woon Wen Kin.
The orchestra and jazz ensemble played jazz selections and classics from the movies, cartoon shows and Broadway alongside soprano Serene Yoong and local artiste Siti Andy.
Among the evergreen favourites presented were Shanghai Beach, The Sound of Music, The Prince of Egypt and the all-time favourite, The Phantom of the Opera, as well as popular tunes from the 50s and 60s, Chinese pop and jazz.
Local sensation Siti Andy thrilled the crowd with her rendition of Getaran Jiwa and I Dreamed a Dream.
The two-hour long concert that evening was attended by distinguished guests which included Penang Philharmonic chairperson Datin Seri Irene Yeap, Wawasan Education Foundation Chairman Dato’ Seri Stephen Yeap, WOU Vice Chancellor Prof Dato’ Dr Wong Tat Meng and wife Datin Dr Annie Foo, and member of WOU’s Board of Governors, Loo Choo Teng.