Jazz Up - Rhapsody in Blue

The National Symphony Orchestra Wind Ensemble | Misa Yamamoto, Piano | Julian Chan, Saxophone 

The National Symphony Orchestra Wind Ensemble teams up with Misa Yamamoto and Julian Chan to explore one of the most popular jazz composers of all time, George Gershwin. In addition to Gershwin classics, things are spiced up with the fun and witty Scaramouche by Darius Milhaud and a beautiful French classic, Le Temps des Cerises (The Time of Cherries).


Gershwin Selections from Porgy & Bess for Wind Quintet (17 min)
Overture, Catfish Row
A Woman Is A Sometime Thing
My Man's Gone Now
I Got Plenty O' Nuttin'
It Ain't Necessarily So
I Loves You Porgy
There's a Boat Dat's Leabin' Soon For NY
Oh Lawd, I'm On My Way

Milhaud Scaramouche  for Wind Quintet and Saxophone (10 min)
I. Vif
II. Modéré
III. Brazileira

Intermission (15 min)
Renard    Le Temps Des Cerises (The Time of Cherries) for Wind Quintet (5 min)
Gershwin    Rhapsody in Blue for Wind Quintet and Piano (20 min)


Adults: RM 80.00
Students/Senior Citizens: RM 30.00

Access for Amari Festival Pass Holders

Artiste's Bio
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The National Symphony Orchestra Wind Ensemble (Malaysia)


The National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) Wind Ensemble began as a Wind Octet back in 1986, formed by the wind players of the then Orkestra Simfoni Muda (OSM) – a training orchestra precursor to the present NSO. When the NSO was formally launched in 1993, the ensemble took an active role in introducing the orchestra to the public and was also featured prominently in a few of the NSO's main concerts. It was also involved in some of the NSO's outreach programs.


In recent years, the ensemble has been actively involved in collaborating with schools to give concerts and masterclasses, and also regularly perform public recitals.


The members are:


Foo Chie Haur, Flute

Nelson Wong, Oboe

Vyacheslav Kim, French Horn

Midori Suzuki, Bassoon

Alex Tsok, Clarinet (Guest)


Julian Chan, Saxophone (Malaysia)


Julian Chan is a saxophonist/flutist based in Kuala Lumpur. He graduated with a Masters degree in Jazz Performance from Queens College in New York City, where he studied with jazz greats Antonio Hart, Michael Mossman, Howard Brofsky and David Berkman. Julian has been actively performing, since 2001, in Malaysia and other parts of the Asian region. He has performed and toured with various Malaysian jazz luminaries, Chinese international pop artistes, as well as Malaysian pop artistes. He is currently an active member of one of Malaysia’s sought after jazz band, WVC-Malaysian Jazz Ensemble, as well as his own New Quartet.


Misa Yamamoto, Piano (Japan)


Japanese pianist Misa Yamamoto grew up in Australia and holds a Bachelor of Music in Performance (Honours) from the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University. Misa was a full scholarship holder at the Australian National Academy of Music from 2003-2005, furthering her performance training in solo and chamber music under distinguished pianists and pedagogues.


Relocating to Kuala Lumpur in 2010, Misa has continued to perform both locally and abroad. She is a passionate educator and has served on the panel of judges for the Macau Piano Competition, the Malaysian Youth Orchestra Foundation (MYOF) Festival and the Kota Kinabalu Music Festival. Misa is also an examiner for the Australian and New Zealand Cultural Arts Limited (ANZCA) music examinations.