By Shahfizal Musa
Pix by Saliman Leman
BANGI, 31 Jan. 2011 – A Royal Concert performed by UKM very own Orchestra was held here last Saturday night to commemorate the 63rd birthday of the Yang di-Pertuan Besar Negeri Sembilan Darul Khusus, Tuanku Muhriz Ibni Almarhum Tuanku Munawir who is also UKM’s Chancellor.
The 66-member orchestra made up of students, staff and UKM Alumni was conducted and led by Malaysia’s renowned musician Dato’ Dr Johari Salleh, who is the senior Fellow at the Centre of Students Advancement and Mohamad Adzan Mohamad Fadzil an officer of the Centre.
A special piano perfomance by the Yang Di Pertuan Besar’s son, Tunku Zain Al-Abidin ibni Tuanku Muhriz was among the highlights of the night. Among the guest artists were popular 80s singer Francesca Peters and Roy, a renowned singer of patriotic songs.
The concert combined dances by the ARTIKASUMA Gamelan group, which among others performed the Muhibah dance, UKM choir presenting the UKM song Mengilham Harapan Mencipta Masa Depan among others as well as performances by students from the Faculties of Social Sciences and Humanities and Science and Technology as well as performances by UKM’s international students.
A similar concert was held to celebrate UKM’s 40th anniversary last May. UKM Orchestra has performed music of various genre’s such as Light Classics, Kontemporari, Jazz, Pop, Pop Rock, and traditional songs.
Formed in 2005 in conjunction with UKM 35th anniversary, it has performed at many auspicious events including a performance in conjunction with the Installation of Tuanku Muhriz as the Yang di Pertuan Besar Negeri Sembilan.
Also present among the 300 over guests were the Tunku Ampuan Besar, Tuanku Aishah Rohani binti Almarhum Tunku Besar Mahmud, Raja Muda Perlis, Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putera Ibni Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Jamalullail, Puan Muda Perlis, Tuanku Hajah Lailatul Shahreen Akashah, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Tan Sri Dato' Wira Dr. Sharifah Hapsah Syed Hasan Shahabudin, senior members of the university and the faculties.
Another concert was held last night for the public.