The Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra has become well known for offering not only classical concerts with
internationally acclaimed musicians, but also a diverse programme for lovers of all types of music. The 63-strong ensemble has even played entire scores and soundtracks to films that are beamed behind them. This month, they accompany the Ballet of Armenia in two exclusive shows.
Leading the orchestra through the performances will be Armenian conductor Karen Durgaryan, who was principal conductor at the Armenian National State Opera and Ballet Theatre for 15 years.
Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake was the first ballet performed by the theatre when it was founded in 1933, and here it will reprise key excerpts from the famous story. One of the other three ballets from the Russian composer, the ever-popular Christmas tale of The Nutcracker rounds out this special.
The final show in the Ballet Festival sees the company take on two of fellow Armenian composer Aram Khachaturian’s most well-known works. Spartacus is packed with emotion, energy and a thrilling score as it recounts the slave uprising against the Romans in the Third Servile War, while Gayané offers a dreamy and sublime score to a tale of love and betrayal.
Armenian choreographer Armen Grigoryan provides his expertise across all the shows, bringing over 20 years of experience to the stage. Having cut his teeth at the Armenian National Ballet School, he went on to dance with some of the world’s leading ballets, taking on lead roles and winning countless awards.
There are few occasions to watch a globally renowned ballet company dance on Malaysian shores, and in one of the country’s premier venues for concerts and musical performances no less. Don’t miss what will undoubtedly be one of the highlights on the calendar this month!
Ballet Festival – Tchaikovsky Spectacular
WHEN 8.30pm (2-3 Feb), 3pm (4 Feb)
Ballet Festival – Khachaturian Spectacular
WHEN 8.30pm (9-10 Feb), 3pm (11 Feb)
WHERE Dewan Filharmonik Petronas, Kuala Lumpur
TEL 03 2051 7007