The National Geographic: Symphony For Our World was presented in grand form at the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas (DFP) in early October. Held on the 6 and 7th of October 2018, the ground-breaking musical merged artistry and science with captivating footage from the National Geographic.
A pioneering presentation of music, science and nature, the Symphony For Our World concert series has been held across the world and performed by renowned orchestras the world over. It was fortuitous for Malaysians to be able to catch this unique concert experience in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur.
Held as part of its innovative programme as well as its 20th anniversary celebrations, the MPO collaborated with Australian conductor Jessica Gethin to bring the Symphony For Our World to life. Helping them on this musical journey was the Malaysian Institute of Art’s Mixed Voices Choir.
The Symphony For Our World delivered an incredible multimedia symphonic experience for music lovers, as the concert combined the stunning footage on screen with a mesmerising score from the Emmy and BAFTA nominated Bleeding Fingers Music. The two-hour musical journey evoked elements of nature in all its magical splendour, each movement a powerful homage to the wonder and beauty of Planet Earth.
Driven by a five-part composition, the concert brought audiences from the depths of the sea to magnificent coastlines and over the mountains and soaring into the sky. It was undoubtedly a breath-taking musical journey through some of the world’s most incredible wildlife spectacles, interspersed with first-hand accounts from legendary National Geographic explorers.
Although the incredible footage and score formed the major part of the concert, the interview portions of the show with National Geographic explorers help bring to light the powerful message of conservation. Watching these passionate men and women on screen helped shine a light on the importance of caring for nature and preserving our natural resources.
All in all, as the concert came to an end, audiences were not only left entertained but they were also touched on what they saw on screen. Admittedly, a Symphony For Our World left an indomitable mark for those fortunate to have attended the two day concert experience whilst simultaneously bringing the arts landscape in Kuala Lumpur to another level.