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Fairytales in Music

January 13, 2012 at 5:15 pm

Music has always played a very big part in almost every aspect of our lives. We are constantly surrounded by music, and we have grown so used to it that it has become second nature to us. Without music, it is hard to imagine how our lives would be. Imagine a wedding or any sort of a joyous celebration without music. While laughter and smiling faces will always make these sort of events memorable, it is the presence of music that completes the whole picture.

Melvin Tix the clownductor will be the guest conductor for ‘Fairytales in Music’, happening at Dewan Filharmonik Petronas this 14th and 15th January 2012

What better way to make music more special than to add the element of fun into it? Come 14th and 15th January 2012, laughter and music are the two main elements that will greet its patrons as they attend the ‘Fairytales of Music’ performance. Melvin Tix, the unique ‘clownductor’ will surely set one’s imagination on fire with vivid musical pictures and keep the audiences tickled with his funny antics. He first started out as a musician but later turned to the ‘funny’ side when he got bitten by the magic bug. He has been performing in concerts as Melvin Tix on a full time basis since 1988, playing in more than 100 concerts every year.

So do not miss the chance to catch this one-of-a-kind ‘clownductor’ when he works his magic at Dewan Filharmonik Petronas this 14th 15th January 2012. Tickets are priced at RM 20 / RM 40 / RM 60 and RM 80. Performances are scheduled as below:-

14th January 2012 at 3.00 pm
15th January 2012 at 2.30 pm AND 4.30 pm

Patrons who are attending the function are required to be in smart casual dress code. For more information, please log on to the website here.

Photo (c) Melvin Tix website

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Cuisine in Melaka


Visitors take delight in Portuguese music, food

By Jason Gerald John and Adrian David

Musicians from the Portuguese Settlement in Malacca enchanting the crowd at the celebration of the 500-year anniversary of the arrival of the Portuguese in Malacca recently. — NST picture by Rasul Azli Samad

MALACCA: Visitors to the celebration of the 500-year anniversary of the arrival of the Portuguese in Malacca were captivated by the rich culture and tradition preserved by the community.
The four-day celebration, which ended last Saturday at the Portuguese Settlement in Ujong Pasir, was a huge success, said organising committee chairman Michael Singho.

Catia Barbara Dias Candeias, 29, one of the 15 visitors who flew in from Portugal, said Malacca did not feel like it was very far from home.

“The culture here in Malacca and back home is very much similar.

“We have the importance and the speciality of music in our blood. I’m very happy that this culture has not been forgotten here for the past 500 years.”

Finnish student Hedvig Moetzfeldt, 22, said the rich cultural diversity in Malacca was unique as all the different races were living in a vibrant community.

“When I came to Malacca, I met a few other backpackers and I was told about this 500-year celebration in the Portuguese Settlement.

“I had a very good time here and I very much enjoyed the music, food and wonderful hospitality.”

Besides foreign tourists, the celebration also attracted a number of locals outside Malacca.

Shamala Devi, 24, a student at Limkokwing University, also enjoyed the food while civil servant Azlina Mulup, 43, from Terengganu, spent most of her time shopping at various stalls in the settlement.

“The handicrafts are just awesome and I bought beads and other accessories to match a wide collection of my dresses,” Azlina said.

Musician Jerry Singho, 51, said music was a big passion for the Portuguese community and it had always been a part of the community’s culture not only in Malacca, but also around the world.

“I hope that the younger generation will carry on this passion in their hearts and keep it treasured. This celebration of 500 years is very special indeed.

“It took us just over a month to practice the songs that had been played.

“I’m glad that everyone enjoyed this event as there’s a smile plastered on everyone’s face here.”

For senior settlement resident Augusta Pereira, 80, watching the community evolve in her lifetime had brought her great pride.

“I am very happy to have witnessed this celebration.

” The Portuguese culture is very unique and beautiful, and it is definitely felt by those who came for this wonderful event.

“I have 14 grandchildren and I hope that they, too, will carry on this tradition,” she said.