2 in 1 event

Hi,

Have you ever heard of The Alzheimer’s Disease Foundation Malaysia (ADFM)? If you never heard of this organisation, ADFM is an organisation that aiming to provide information and help to Caregivers of Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia patients.

You can search around about the organisation, but if you’re too busy here are the links for you to click.

ADFM ‘s website

ADFM’s blog

Then, ADFM is organising an event. Of course to help Caregivers of Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia patients. So how about a round of entertainment plus something to give to the needed?

Actually I found out about the event in here.

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Monday November 9, 2009

Charity concert in aid of Alzheimer’s Disease Foundation

By JADE CHAN

THE audience is in for a treat next weekend at the Unforgettable: Royal Charity Concert as they walk down a musical memory lane of light classics, popular favourites and sheer symphonic magic.

charity concert for Alzheimer - anaksenikl

World-class concert: (From left) AlzheimerÍs Disease Foundation Malaysia trustee Toh Puan Dr Aishah Ong, Wendy Ong, Pook, Sean, ADFM president Datuk Jeffrey Ng and ADFM trustee SS Leong having a chat after the press conference.

The Alzheimer’s Disease Foundation Malaysia (ADFM) is organising the event at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre’s Plenary Hall on Nov 14 and 15 to celebrate the 64th birthday of the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, as well as in aid of the non-profit organisation’s fund.

The concert will feature the Kuala Lumpur International Festival Orchestra, an all-star ensemble of 66 acclaimed international and local musicians led by Malaysian-born, New York-based conductor Eugene Pook, with guest soloists including virtuoso violinist Jessica Lee from the United States and Malaysian singer Sean Ghazi.

“It will be a musical journey of a variety of styles, eras and languages, from classical pieces to movie soundtracks, to oldies and pop numbers enhanced with a symphonic twist,” said Pook, who has established a versatile career for himself as a music producer, organiser, music arranger, orchestra conductor and clarinetist.

“We are presenting classical music in a modern way to reach out to the audience.

“The songs for the show were specially arranged by international arrangers from Britain and Malaysia for the concert,” he said, adding that the show would last about an hour an a half (not including intermission).

Pook revealed that the concert would feature two acts, with the first half comprising an introduction to a concert overture, followed by selections from the Broadway musical Phantom of the Opera, and a couple of instrumental solo work.

“We will be playing Russian composer Mikhail Glinka’s Overture: Russlan and Ludmila and English composer Gustav Holst’s Mars (from the Planets),” he said.

“Lee, the 2005 Concert Artists Guild International Competition first prize winner, will be playing two contrasting solo works – Czardas, a Hungarian dance number and Cinema Paradiso, a romantic breathtaking piece – while being accompanied by the orchestra.”

Vocalist Estee Pook will then present two songs – the theme from New York New York, and a Chinese tune entitled Zhang Sheng Xiang Qi (When the Applause Begins).

On the second act, Pook said the programme will kick off with a tribute to John Williams, the composer of memorable movie scores for Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Superman and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.

Blending smoothness and soul with the orchestra is AIM award-winning jazz singer Sean Ghazi, who will be presenting a selection of English and Malay favourites.

Currently residing in Los Angeles, he returns to sing for a good cause and promises to enthral the audience with classics such as Bridge Over Troubled Water, Unforgettable, Sway and songs from his debut album like Hujan Di Tengahari and Ku Impikan Bintang – his cover of the Pink Martini hit Let’s Never Stop Falling in Love.

“I picked the songs that would suit the genre and evening, some of which had to be rearranged to fit a large-scale orchestra,” said Sean.

Pook personally chose the 66 musicians who come from Singapore, Thailand, Japan, the United States, Hong Kong, Poland and Germany. They will be joined by accomplished local performers from the National Symphony Orchestra and Penang State Symphony Orchestra.

“There have been some challenges in terms of coordinating with musicians from around the globe and we’re only rehearsing together two days before the show,” he said.

“But they are experienced professionals who accepted the invitation to perform because they wanted to showcase their talent in Malaysia and contribute to charity,” said Pook.

ADFM patron Puan Sri Wendy Ong noted that the concert’s theme – Unforgettable – signifies the struggles of Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers.

The Star’s Fit 4 Life and Sin Chew Daily are the media partners.

The main sponsors are SP Setia, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre and Innovate Solutions.

Tickets for the charity concert on Nov 14 (Saturday) are priced from RM83 to RM383, while those for the royal charity gala night on Nov 15 (Sunday) are priced from RM100 to RM1,200.

Readers of The Star are entitled to a 20% discount when they present the newspaper’s masthead for issues between Nov 5 and 13 when buying the tickets at Axcess outlets.

For ticket enquiries and purchases, call Axcess Ticket at 03-7711 5000 or visit www.axcess.com.my.

Source: The Star

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~ by anaksenikl on November 9, 2009.

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