Asian Premiere Concert: Gustavus Symphony Orchestra & Jazz Ensemble

artistic coordinator, Mr Kok Kee Boon
artistic coordinator, Mr Kok Kee Boon

For almost two solid hours, Ipohites were enthralled by the orchestral and jazz music by the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra (GSO), conducted by Dr Ruth Lin, and Jazz Ensemble, with Dr Dave Stamps as director.

 organising chairperson, Mrs Ellen Yoong (L), presents a memento to Dr Dave Stamps & Dr Ruth Lin (R)
organising chairperson, Mrs Ellen Yoong (L), presents a memento to Dr Dave Stamps & Dr Ruth Lin (R)
conductor Dr Ruth Lin
conductor Dr Ruth Lin

GSO from Gustavus Adolphus College USA was one of the finalists in the 2015 American Prize (College/University orchestra division), and was featured at the 2016 MMEA Midwinter Clinic.

 Gustavus Symphony Orchestra
Gustavus Symphony Orchestra
Gustavus Symphony Orchestra
Gustavus Symphony Orchestra

All proceeds from this concert was in support of Lighthouse Hope Society, a non-governmental organisation in Ipoh that serves the Hungry, Homeless and Helpless.

The charity music performance began with the symphony orchestra playing the piece by Aaron Copland, Rodeo: Buckaroo Holiday. It was followed by Steve Heitzeg’s Fanfare for a Weapon-Free World, John William’s Star Wars theme, Leroy Anderson’s Alma Mater and Morton Gould’s Symphonette No. 2.

Gustavus Symphony Orchestra in action
Gustavus Symphony Orchestra in action

The second part of the event was by the jazz ensemble, but prior to the handover, the two groups of musicians collaborated on two pieces, with Anya Menk on vocals: Someone to Watch Over Me and St. Louis Blues.

vocalist Anya Menk
vocalist Anya Menk

Dr Dave Stamps brought out the best from his students, performing a repertoire of five jazz pieces combining classics and newer numbers, to the delight of the attentive audience. Beginning with Bill Holman’s Told You So, then Stevie Wonder’s I Just Called To Say I Love You, among others. The show concluded with Avalon.

saxophone section
saxophone section

The musicians from Gustavus Adolphus College are on a Malaysia-Singapore 2020 tour, which kick started in Kuala Lumpur on 28th Jan, followed with Penang (30th Jan), Ipoh (31st Jan), Melaka (3rd Feb), and thereafter, Singapore.

Anya Menk on the flute
Anya Menk on the flute
Jazz Ensemble
Jazz Ensemble
director Dr Dave Stamps
director Dr Dave Stamps

Event: Asian Premiere Concert: Gustavus Symphony Orchestra & Jazz Ensemble
Venue: Weil Hotel, Ipoh
Date: 31st Jan, 2020
Time: 8pm

 Gustavus Adolphus College Jazz Ensemble
Gustavus Adolphus College Jazz Ensemble
the hardworking organising committee, led by Mrs Ellen Yoong (seated centre)
the hardworking organising committee, led by Mrs Ellen Yoong (seated centre)

Video Playlist: Gustavus Symphony Orchestra & Jazz Ensemble

With love

2 thoughts on “Asian Premiere Concert: Gustavus Symphony Orchestra & Jazz Ensemble

  1. Thank you for posting this blog.
    Lighthouse is sure blessed and overwhelmed with the funds raised to help the poor and homeless in Ipoh.

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