Award Winning All Suite Resort, The Haven Resort Ipoh, in collaboration with the Selangor Symphony Orchestra, wowed guests of The Haven Musical Extravaganza with a one-of-a-kind performance from the 27th to the 29th of October 2022. Supported by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture, the musical was one of initiatives to promote Ipoh as the City of Limestone, Music and Arts.
As a first-of-its-kind ‘Sensurround’ experience, this music performance combined The Haven Resort’s unique natural acoustic landscape, technology and musical talent for a truly immersive experience. The musical extravaganza opened the audience’s eyes and ears to not only the grand, emotionally rich sound of “The Sound of Music”, “Phantom of the Opera”, and “Kitaro” by the Selangor Symphony Orchestra, performed under the baton of Eugene Pook, but also the euphonious voice of Jiayao Sun, the elegance of international violinist Dr Hyungi Kim and Malaysia’s very own Asyraf Farhan Adi Zairi.
The concert kicked off with an opening brass fanfare with selections from The Sound of Music and the theme from Swan Lake. This was followed by a beautiful rendition of “You Raise Me Up” and “Edelweiss” from the angelic voices of the children’s choir ensemble from the Estee Pook Academy.
Violinist extraordinaire Dr Hyungi Kim took the stage next with her most expressive and dramatic performance of the Four Seasons Violin Concerto, followed by a powerful Mezzo Soprano performance from Jiayao Sun, covering “Ombra Mai Fu” from Opera Serse, “O Mio Babbino Caro” from Opera Gianni Schicchi, “Nella Fantasia” from the film Mission and the Haven anthem.
At intermission, guests were treated to a graceful and unique cultural dance performance by Kumpulan Seri Warisan Pewaris. The night’s second part continued with a stellar musical performance from the Selangor Symphony Orchestra with selections from The Phantom of the Opera, Canon in D and Matsuri. Malaysia’s very own Asyraf Farhan Zairi delighted the guests with his moving rendition of ”You Raise Me Up” and brought the audience up to its feet with an energetic delivery of ”Sway”.
Ending the night, mezzo-soprano Jiayao Sun took to the stage to perform “I Could Have Danced All Night” from My Fair Lady, the musical “Seguidilla” and “Habanera” from opera Carmen and “Song to the Moon” from opera Rusalka, showcasing the spectrum of orchestral colour and power.
In attendance was the CEO of The Haven All Suite Resort, Mr. Peter Chan, accompanied by the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture of Malaysia (MOTAC), Datuk Seri Dr Edmund Santhara J.P, Datuk JL Solomon, Executive Advisor, The Haven All Suite Resort, Datuk Bandar Ipoh, Dato’ Rumaizi bin Baharin @ Md Daud and Perak Chairman of the Housing, Tourism and Local Government Committee, Dato’ Nolee Ashilin Mohammed Radzi.
The Haven All Suite Resort is a family-focused resort, amid its 7-acres of hillside landscaping on the edge of a virgin forest, with an ever-flowing lake and a 280-million-year-old limestone outcrop 15 minutes from the city centre of Ipoh. This mixed-use property combines both resort and residential living, consists of 150 suite apartments with lavish facilities, including a clubhouse, helipad, 600m jogging track and specially designed seahorse-shaped 5-section swimming pool.
This Haven Music Extravaganza is the first of many to come and is slated to be an annual event. For updates on future events and information regarding bookings and stays, please visit www.thehavenresorts.com.