We told you it was going to be a crazy music month! As if Mariah Carey, Yiruma and the Guinness bash weren’t enough, the nation’s foremost classical concert venue, the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas (DFP), boasts a mixed bag of famous acts scattered through the month. We give you some of the highlights on the cards.
With an illustrious career spanning over three decades, jazz band Spyro Gyra shows no signs of letting up, having played 100 gigs a year since they first spent Buffalo summers cutting their teeth in small clubs and working the scene. Fast forward to the present day and the five- piece band is 30 albums deep with over 10 million copies sold.
Founding members Jay Beckenstein (on the saxophone) and Tom Schuman (on the keyboard) have remained constant, with other members fluctuating through the years. Despite the changes, their live performances are full of energy, darting between classical and progressive jazz. Don’t miss their energetic performance!
Hailing from Seville, Isabel Bayón began dancing at the tender age of five, drawn to the sensual rhythms of flamenco. “It was something I couldn’t resist,” she says, having since then worked with the Andalusian Dance Company, the Spanish National Ballet, as well as founding her own flamenco dance school, A Dos.
Pitch Perfect Performances From a fiery flamenco to timeless jazz cats and a piano legend, the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas delivers a captivating cast of characters this month A master of the flamenco, Bayón is also an expert in a range of contemporary, classical and regional dance styles, incorporating all these into her routines.It’s an honour to welcome her to the DFP for what is set to be a mesmerising performance.
The Piano Prodigy
Vladimir Ashkenazy, one of the most gifted pianists of the 20th century with an almost mythical status, will be conducting the first prize winner of the 4th Hong Kong International Piano Competition (to be decided on 14 October) in pieces from Beethoven and Dvorák.
The soaring Prometheus overture from the former and the cheerful Symphony No 8 from the latter will open the show, while a concerto selected by the competition winner will close it. Prepare to be whisked away by classical compositions from some of the world’s greatest classical artistes.
Spyro Gyra Live at DFP
WHERE Dewan Filharmonik Petronas
WHEN 7 October 2017
TEL 03 2051 7007