MYOF Gala Dinner & Concert Performance – June 29th, 1997

The inspiration sparked from the need to created and artistic and cultural awareness amongst our youth through the positive influence of orchestral music.

The motivation ignited the desire for a memorable an successful kick-off year for the Malaysian Youth Orchestra Foundation (MYOF).

Hosting the Asian Youth Orchestra (AYO) Rehearsal Camp was a big step and a great challenge for the infant MYOF. The end result, however, is an intensely fulfilling one.

It was a night to remember for orchestral music enthusiast. Culminating the three-week rehearsals of the AYO is a Gala Dinner and Performance on June 29th, 1997, at the Putra World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur. The 102 young and most talented musicians from Asia gave a sterling and most endearing performance to the excited members of the audience. The performance was a preview of musical pieces to be played in Hong Kong to celebrate the reunification of Hong Kong and China on July 1, 1997.

The orchestra was conducted by Maestro Sergiu Commissiona. The repertoire for the eveningincluded a stellar line-up of masterpieces such as Edward Elgar’s Cello Concerto and Enigma Variations, Hector Berlioz’s Le Corsaire Overture, Richard Strauss’ Don Quixote and Leonard Bernstein’s Waltz from Divertimento for orchestra.

To make the night even more exhilarating, celebrated world-class cellist, Yo Yo Ma took the stage as guest performer, adding his personal touches to pieces taken from Edward Elgar and Richard Strauss. The performance fetched rousing applause and shouts of “bravo”! For many Malaysians, the opportunity to experience Yo Yo Ma in a live performance was a dream come true.

The Gala Dinner and performance was graced by the Patron of the foundation, YABhg Datin Seri Dr. Siti Hasmah Hj. Mohd Ali. Other guests include various corporate leaders, cabinet ministers, ambassadors and foreign dignitaries.

In achieving our objectives of reaching out to youths and Malaysians towards orchestral music appreciation, tickets for the performance were given out free. This was done by a balloting exercise received through newspapers advertisements. The response was tremendous and most encouraging. The MYOF committee members were pleased with the turnout, which gave a good representation of Malaysians in general, particularly of our youths.

The Gala Dinner and Performance was a memorable highlight of the year for the MYOF. The strong and unbending support received from all parties- the press, corporate leaders, the various ministries and government agencies, volunteers and Malaysians in general is most valued.