In conjunction with the 20th Anniversary of Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM), NUSSO was proudly invited to play for the Concert of this celebration, which was also meant to pay tribute to His Royal Highness, The Sultan of Johor, DYMM Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar who is also Chancellor of UTHM. The aim of the event was to bring orchestral music to the campus and encourage students to involve themselves in arts activities and enhance their appreciation of the arts. This collaboration also sought to promote and establish closer ties between universities from Singapore and Malaysia.
The concert was held in the evening of 21st September 2013 at the Dewan Konvokesyen UTHM which accommodates 3,000 people. The concert was also attended by guest of honour, Her Royal Highness Raja Zarith Sofiah binti Almarhum Sultan Idris Shah, wife of Johor Sultan.
The orchestra presented a varied and delightful programme conducted by Music Director Maestro Lim Soon Lee, in collaboration with one of Malaysia’s foremost music director Datuk Johari Salleh and Malaysian pop singers Anuar Zain and Alyah:
- Dmitri Shostakovich – Gadfly Suite (Overture and Galop)
- Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphony No. 7 (2nd movement)
- Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Sleeping Beauty Suite (Waltz)
- Johann Strauss II – Eijen a Magyar
- Liu Tieshan & Mao Yuan – Dance of the Yao People
- Malay popular songs:
– Hati Lebur Jadi Debu
– Kau Yang Terindah
– Ajari Aku
– Sedetik Lebih
– Ketulusan Hati
- Datuk Johari Salleh – Simfonieta Cempakasari
The guest of honour Her Royal Highness Raja Zarith Sofiah praised the orchestra for the performance, and NUSSO also received a good response from the audience.
The day after the concert, NUSSO also visited a paddy field and a pineapple farm led by a few friendly UTHM students. The trip ended after a decent buffet lunch offered by the UTHM organizers featuring local delicacies and Malay cultural performance by UTHM students.
The 3D2N trip has promoted stronger bonds among NUSSO members, especially for new members to get involved in the NUSSO family. Besides, members also gained new friendship with students from UTHM, which promotes understanding between different countries and cultures.