THE Phnom Penh Symphony Orchestra held its inaugural concert at Chaktomuk Theatre last Saturday to celebrate ‘Orchestra Music in Cambodia’ with an awe-inspiring performance to a 500-strong audience.’
Regardless of who we are or from, music speaks to all of us with a universal melody of common emotion.
Keeping faith for the same reason, Lee Chan Hae, President of Phnom Penh International Institute of the Arts (PPIA), took the opportunity to say: “The establishment of Phnom Penh Symphony Orchestra will be the beginning of many opportunities for future artistes as well as for Phnom Penh to present Cambodia music to the world at large,” said Lee.
The concertos were punctuated with applause.
“My wish is to see everyone who has come to this event experience the historic moment of the orchestra. This will be a stepping stone in the development of Cambodia music,” said Lee.
The choir comprised professional musicians of Korea and Cambodia, most of them proficient music students and lecturers from Phnom Penh International Institute of the Arts (PPIA).
Ms Serin Baek, a violin prodigy, expressed her heartfelt joy for the night’s Inaugural concert that “Despite the short time of practices, I was very happy to share the same stage with so many great musicians here and I hope tonight’s classical music will bring joy and happiness to you,” said the 15-year-old.