In typical fashion, KL doesn’t hamper in terms of ongoing melodious offerings, with April continuing the trend of stocking quality live shows that are rich in variety. There’s a mix of languages and genres amidst the local and international performances spread across these four weeks, leaving one spoilt for choice. Take these three for instance.
Her real name is Gloria Tang Sze-wing, but this illustrious Hong Kong lass goes by G.E.M. when the spotlight beam hits her. Though only in her late twenties, this songstress has accumulated quite the list of achievements.
Recognised as a professional singer at 16, she put out her first EP a year later – the self-titled G.E.M. – before going on to release a farther three EPs, four studio albums, two live albums and one compilation album in the following decade. Her latest is last year’s Queen G, the culmination of the three-EP project called Fairytale Trilogy.
Success has entered her grasp multiple times. In 2014, she netted a Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award for Favorite Asian Act, and came in second in China’s I Am a Singer competition, heightening her popularity. She was then ranked 11th on Forbes China Celebrity 100 in 2015, and became the only Asian artist in 2016’s Forbes 30 Under 30.
Now on her Queen of Hearts World Tour, she’s ready to dole out her Mandopop hits, and then some in her Malaysian layover spanning a couple of nights!
WHERE Arena of Stars, Resorts World Genting, Pahang
WHEN 8.30pm (5 & 6 Apr)
TEL 03 2718 1118
Each a singing phenomenon in her own right, Misha Omar, Noryn Aziz and Siti Sarah combine their presence and prowess for the Soul Sisters Concert 2019. With over half a century of musical experience between them, expect a presentation that is a sweet treat for the ears.
These songbirds are quite adept at belting out numbers in Malay and English, and here they utilise a live band as well as dazzling lighting to create a rousing environment of sounds and sights that befit the occasion. Venerable musical director Dato’ Nasser Abu Kassim takes charge of the musicians. Production company Edd Razhe Entertainment (ERE) approached the ladies for this concert, forging the congenial alliance built on soul and R&B. In many ways, it’s an epic three-in-one showcase of musical goodness.
“Soul Sisters offers a unique experience for the audience, showing different sides to the three artistes. In addition, this will be the first time soul and R&B songs are performed at Istana Budaya. The audience can definitely expect to see a varied showcase during the two-day concert,” said Edd Razhe, Managing Director of ERE.
WHERE Istana Budaya, Kuala Lumpur
WHEN 8.30pm-11.30pm (5 & 6 Apr)
TEL 03 4026 5555
For a more classic angle on concerts, look no further than the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO), for they perform a number of arrangements this month.
Under their Classics series is Mozart’s Opera Arias, with Naohisa Furusawa as the conductor, Ang Mei Foong as the soprano and Mak Chi Hoe as the baritone tackling the celebrated composer’s creation. 20th Century Gems meanwhile looks at the two world wars through symphonies by Prokofiev and Shostakovich, and a violin concerto by Korngold. Roberto Abbado wields the wand, and Ryu Goto, the violin.
Rounding up the Classics is Ode To Life: Mahler 9, in which Mark Wigglesworth unfurls the symphony’s layered focus on life. The Specials series dives into 30 years of composer Nobuo Uematsu’s Final Fantasy game scores in Distant Worlds: Music From Final Fantasy, conducted by Arnie Roth and featuring the Dithyrambic Singers.
Other MPO endeavours also feature, including the third and fourth instalments of the Chamber Concerts – which see smaller ensembles – and Happy Hour I – Swing Kings that brandishes a rather informal tone for a uniquely different orchestra experience.
WHERE Dewan Filharmonik Petronas, Kuala Lumpur
WHEN Check website for full schedule
ADMISSION Check website for pricing
TEL 03 2331 7008