Celebrate Malaysia Day with the screening of OlaBola with its score presented ‘live’ by the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO).
The spectacular showcases are scheduled on Friday, 15 September 2017 and Saturday, 16 September 2017 at 8.30 pm at Dewan Fiharmonik PETRONAS (DFP).
This will be the first time the MPO accompanies the screening of a local movie; prior to this, the MPO has presented the ‘live’ soundtrack for the screenings of Hollywood movies such as Psycho (2010), Home Alone (2014) and Casablanca (2015).
In true Malaysia Day spirit, this local blockbuster is lauded for its positive themes of national unity, patriotism, determination and teamwork. Released in January 2016 by Astro Shaw, OlaBola is a Malaysian football film directed by Chiu Keng Guan and was inspired by the glories of the Malaysian national football team which successfully qualified for the Summer Olympics in Moscow in 1980. The movie collected about RM15 million at the box office.
OlaBola has won many awards at both local and international film festivals. Its theme song, Arena Cahaya, written and sung by Zee Avi and co-produced by her and Rendra Zawawi, won Best Original Theme Song at the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival, whilst Onn San, who wrote the movie score, won the coveted Best Original Score award at the 28th Malaysia Film Festival last year. The movie also won a Special Jury Award for its inspiring themes.
These concerts will be helmed by Australia-born Jessica Cottis.Themusic is orchestrated for the MPO by Isaac Chia and Onn San. Besides the original music score, the concerts will present new music for some scenes which was not in the movie.
Singer Juwita Suwito will perform Arena Cahaya with the MPO. The orchestra will also present two other songs from the movie; We Are Heroes and We Will Believe Again. The concerts will feature the UCSI Chorale.
Relive the magic of OlaBola with the MPO on Malaysia Day, only at DFP