The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre Orchestra (klpac Orchestra) (formerly known as klpac Sinfonietta until 2008) was an amateur symphony orchestra located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It presented performances at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (klpac), which fostered creative excellence and develops and nurtures a performing arts culture in Malaysia. At the time that the Centre was proposed a music conservatory was part of the proposal, but the cost proved to be too high at that time.
Klpac became the home base of the orchestra, in order to cater for the growing number of classically trained music students and amateurs. The first auditions were held in October 2006, and appealed to a wide range of music students and music teachers as well as professional musicians. The orchestra's debut concert in December 2006 was "Candlelight Christmas", conducted by Resident Conductor Brian Tan with guest choir, La Voce. Its final performance was enthusiastically received.
The Centre was able to provide training and provide performing opportunities since it has a well-equipped rehearsal and performance spaces which is supported by management and marketing. In setting up the orchestra, klpac hopes to provide enriching and engaging musical experiences for people with varying musical backgrounds. The creation of klpac Orchestra provide opportunities in the Klang Valley for aspiring musicians and those seeking an outlet for musical expression. At the same time, it helps to promote orchestral music.
klpac Orchestra Conductors
- Brian Tan Wee Thean - Resident Conductor (2006-2008)then (2009-2011) under the klpac Orchestra. Brian Tan died at 41 on 31 October 2011 of pancreatic cancer.
- Lee Kok Leong - Assistant Conductor (2009-2012)
- Dr. Takahisa Ota - Resident Conductor (2011-2014) under the klpac Orchestra and klpac String Ensemble.
- Lee Kok Leong - Resident Conductor (2015 - present) under klpac Orchestra
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