The 40-piece Selangor Symphony Orchestra (SSO), under the baton of founder-music director and conductor for the programme, Ipoh-born Eugene Pook, kicked off the three-night Haven Musical Extravaganza symphony performance that lasted three hours to the delight of a most appreciative audience.
A unique first-of-its-kind “Sensurround” immersive aural experience, the floating stage was set amidst the lush setting of the luxurious family-friendly The Haven All Suite Resort to offer a soundscape from a combination of the natural landscape that includes towering karst limestones hills, with the iconic 280-million-year-old 14-storey limestone outcrop named ‘Rockhaven’ serving as a majestic backdrop.
The brainchild of the resort’s CEO, Mr Peter Chan, this musical extravaganza brings together people, music and nature for an immersive sound experience, where the audience can sense the melody all around us in a natural environment. Besides playing from the floating stage, musicians from SSO were also scattered around the property, from the forest’s edge to the balconies of the three towers.
A repertoire of some of the best works by SSO mesmerised the audience, especially when the more popular pieces were played, such as tracks from The Sound of Music, Phantom of the Opera, and Kitaro. Drawing the loudest claps were collaborations with the ravishing mezzo-soprano Jiayao Sun from China, the enchanting international violinist Dr Hyungi Kim from Korea, and Malaysia’s homegrown singing sensation, the dashing Asyraf Farhan Adi Zairi.
The endearing children from Estee Pook Academy also stole everyone’s heart with their performance, particularly when paired with Jiayao Sun to render The Haven Song. Members of Kumpulan Seri Warisan (PEWARIS) also gave the musical performance a cultural touch with their ethnic dance, much to the enjoyment of foreign guests, in particular.
Guests were able to watch the performance while savouring a scrumptious dinner at the resort’s Cuisines Restaurant, awarded “Luxury Family Restaurant” in Malaysia, at a dedicated sitting area, or best of all, from the comfort of their own balconies of their well-appointed suites. Tickets to The Haven Musical Extravaganza are not “sold” but those keen to experience this one-of-a-kind breathtaking symphony orchestral performance by SSO within such a natural setting should take up one of the accommodation packages that are specially curated for this exquisite event. For further information and to secure one of the limited musical packages to partake in The Haven Musical Extravaganza, click: https://www.thehavenresorts.com/musical-extravaganza.html or send a WhatsApp message to +60197598285 or +60125705498.
The Haven Musical Extravaganza is supported by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MOTAC), the Perak state government through Tourism Perak, and Ipoh City Council. With the successful hosting of this first of three nights outstanding show, it serves as a catalyst for many more events to come that will propel Ipoh as the “City of Limestone, Music and Arts”, in line with the Mayor’s vision for Ipoh City.
Event: The Haven Musical Extravaganza
Venue: The Haven All Suite Resort, Ipoh
Date: 27th – 29th Oct, 2022 (Thurs – Sat)
Time: from 8pm