So here I am thinking that MPO did not have that many good shows for 2016/17 period. Then, as I pass by the ticket counter when I was heading up to the office, I noticed that Aubrey Suwito was going to be having a show here. This is the first time that MPO will have a non artist heading the bill in this magnificent venue. To top it, vocal maestros of Malaysia will be part of the show as well. Dayang Nurfaizah, Faizal Tahir, Jaclyn Victor and Sean Ghazi will be Aubrey's friends for the show.
Managed to get rather good seats. So on Friday 19th May, I took the Mrs for a date night before Ramadhan kicks in. And what a night it was. We arrived KLCC at about 815 pm. We still managed to grab a quick dinner at our favourite Nyonya Colours kopitiam and got our nasi lemak pandan fix. The show started on time at 830 pm. From there on, it was just a musical bliss till 1045 pm.
Aubrey started with a brief history of his involvement in the music industry. He was actually one of the early members of the late Sudirman Hj Arshad group of musicians. He stayed on until he became the musical director for him. But its when Aubrey wrote his masterpiece Seribu Impian which became a hit for an artist called Casey in early 90s that he became more well known....well at least to me. For this concert, Aubrey opened the show with an instrumental version of Seribu Impian, backed up by the MPO, led by the conductor Ahmad Muriz Che Rose.
From there on, Aubrey entertained us by inviting his chosen friends to perform songs written by him or songs that inspired his musical approach. Tanah Pusaka was very well delivered by Sean Ghazi but what worked for me that night was Faizal Tahir's and Dayang Nurfaizah's strong performances, delivering the chosen tracks by Aubrey.
The Mrs and I came out from the show feeling well entertained not only by Aubrey and friends but also classy performance from the MPO. It made us realise even further that there are classy local artists that have very highly talented but under appreciated. Most probably because they don't get themselves in petty controversy or popularity contests like others.