Elly Winer (viola)
This morning we had an outreach concert for students at the National Planetarium in Kuala Lumpur. We set up and rehearsed in the planetarium and were quite challenged by the lack of space at the front of the auditorium. We had to stand in place for the entire program as there was no room for our choreography. The slides were modified and integrated to their projection system and were very impressive on such a large screen. The audience of students were very appreciative and asked (when prompted under teasing pressure from Jonathan) interesting and relevant questions of the orchestra.
After the show, we all went outside and were treated to a wonderful meal. We sat down with the organizers as well as the giggling students. We then had a prolonged photo shoot on the steps of the planetarium with the students. A very enjoyable afternoon!
Later in the evening, we played the second concert at the Philharmonic Concert Hall. By now, we were in fine form, and all seemed relaxed and played well. The audience was very receptive to such innovative programing.
For our final evening, many of the musicians headed out to a local favourite restaurant (actually a shack close to being under a bridge) called Suzi's Corner. We were treated to wonderful Dosas, Beef Skewers, and other Malaysian specialties. Tomorrow Beijing!
A collage from our friends in Kuala Lumpur, showing images from our outreach concert at the National Planetarium in Kuala Lumpur.
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