The Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO), also known as the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas (DFP), is experiencing a resurgence in popularity thanks to TikTok and other digital media platforms. It has become a must-see destination in Klang Valley, offering something new for anyone curious about the fine art of classical music. The orchestra is not limited to those with an appreciation for classical music, and the stunning scenery of the venue provides a taste of Europe without the need to travel.
The Hallmarks Of The Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra
1. Shoebox Shape Inspired
The Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra concert hall was built by Cesar Pelli with a design inspired by the conventional shoebox shape of European classical music venues from the 19th century. The hall can accommodate up to 920 people, including VIP treatment with box seats, executive suites, and a royal suite. The stage floor has an adaptable design, with a base size of 297 that can be expanded to 369. The orchestra pit can comfortably accommodate up to 45 musicians, but the stage can be extended if needed to accommodate more.
If you’re curious about how the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra’s hall is set up for events, we’ve got you covered. Check out the video below for a full setup of the stage:
2. Officially Open To The Public In 1998
Construction of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra hall began on January 1, 1995, as part of the base floor of the Petronas Twin Towers. Although more remodeling was done until 1997, the project was completed on January 1, 1996.
On August 17, 1998, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra’s patron, Tun Dr. Siti Hasmah Mohamad Ali, and former Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, presided over the opening ceremony of the concert hall.
3. Acoustic Environment Simulation
One of the coolest features of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra is its concealed moveable ceiling panels, which allow for the hall’s volume to be changed and a variety of acoustic conditions to be recreated. The upper ceiling contains seven panels that can be moved, while the sidewalls have unique acoustically absorptive panels that can be opened or closed to adjust the hall’s resonance. These unique features were incorporated into the hall’s design to improve its acoustic qualities, with the aural method conceived by Kirkegaard Associates.
4. Klais Pipe Organ X Angklung
produce a wide variety of musical tones
Johannes Klais Orgelbau, a company based in Bonn, designed and constructed the impressive pipe organ in the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra concert hall. The design of the facade was inspired by the traditional Malay instrument, the angklung. The great pipe organ features 2,977 pipes, with the tallest measuring 32 feet and the smallest just over an inch, providing an additional dimension to the musical tones in the hall. On August 17, 1998, the day of the hall’s official opening, Simon Preston was the first to perform publicly on the pipe organ.
5. The Seating Plan
If you’re looking to capture some great photos of the performance space, then the front rows of Stall (8) are perfect for you. You can snap some pictures of the stage before and after the performance or during the intermission. On the other hand, if you’re interested in identifying the instruments being played during the performance, then the Circle (2 and 5) would be the ideal seats for you.
|Upper Circle: Suite
Some Of Top Performances At The Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra
1. Malaysia’s Virtual National Day 2020 Reception
2. MPYO: TCHAIKOVSKY – Suite From Swan Lake, Op.20: Excerpts
3. M. Nasir – Sentuhan Listrikmu
4. MPO Patriotism Series: Puteri Santubong
5. MPO: 2014/15 Season Opening – Opera Gala
What Else You Need To Know…?
When attending the show, it’s important to keep in mind that the event has its own set of regulations to ensure everyone’s enjoyment. This means refraining from any consuming, conversing, recording, or capturing during the performance. Additionally, the lights will be dimmed and the volume turned up, so please be considerate of those around you.
Proper dress is also crucial to ensure entry to the event. Dress codes may vary, ranging from black tie to business casual, so it’s best to double-check your ticket beforehand. Failure to adhere to the dress code may result in being denied entry, so it’s always better to err on the side of caution. Lastly, it’s essential to arrive on time. The show will start promptly, and latecomers may not be admitted until the break or after the performance, depending on its duration. So be punctual, and get ready to immerse yourself in a captivating and unforgettable experience!
You may find information about the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) and other performances at the philharmonic on their website and this site from DFP if you’re interested in attending one of these events.