Toyota Classics presents good music for a good cause

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Enjoy an evening of good music and contribute to a good cause at the upcoming Toyota Classics concert.

Presented by UMW Toyota Motor and Toyota Motor Asia Pacific, the concert will be held on Nov 2 at the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas, KLCC in Kuala Lumpur.

The concert series, which started in Malaysia in 1990, will feature the Baltic Neopolis Orchestra from Poland this time around. They will be joined by two soloists – Pamela Tan Nicholson on piano and Vasko Vassilev, serving as conductor and violinist.

Both soloists share they are excited to be able to collaborate with local artistes on the show, which in turn helps them to connect with the local audience.

Indeed, local youth choir, The Rendezvous, from the faculty of music from Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), will get a chance to perform with the orchestra in the concert.

Proceeds from the show will benefit UiTM’s faculty of music and the Youth Trust Foundation. “Our focus for Toyota Classics donation activity this year is ‘Youth Engagement’ as we believe that the youths are our future leaders and they have not been receiving enough support through our CSR programmes. Therefore we are inclined to inspire and boost support towards this particular group,” said UMW Toyota Motor president Datuk Ismet Suki in a press statement.

In the past, the Toyota Classics, which are also held in Brunei, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Laos, Singapore, Cambodia and Vietnam, have raised close to US$8.6mil (RM35.9mil) in total.

Be entertained by pianist Nicholson and conductor and violinist Vassilev at the Toyota Classics.

Be entertained by pianist Nicholson and conductor and violinist Vassilev at the Toyota Classics.

“In Malaysia, thanks to the generous donations from individuals as well as corporate sectors, the total donation collected is close to RM8mil. The fund has been used to assist and finance projects organised by various NGOs and charity organisations,” said UMW Toyota Motor deputy chairman Akio Takeyama.

Nicholson and Vasko are also happy to know that the show not only seeks to entertain but also contributes to a good cause.

Nicholson, who is the mother of world famous violinist Vanessa-Mae and an accomplished pianist herself, shares although she fell in love with music at a young age, she was set to become a lawyer intially.

“The music never stops – and it did not while I was at university or working as a lawyer. It was harder to keep both going at full speed when I moved to London from Singapore. Not only because it just took much more time to get from one location to another but also to keep up at both jobs!” she shared in an interview transcript courtesy of Toyota.

Meanwhile, Vasko, a Bulgarian award-winning violinist, talks about branching out as a conductor.

“I grew up in a musical family. My mother was a repetiteur in the opera. I acted in theatre and movies as a child. So in a sense, my music interest was always going to extend beyond the violin. As a conductor, I get a bird’s eye view of everything and that is very satisfying,” said the musician who has worked with big names like Placido Domingo and Sting.

Tickets, priced from RM106 to RM256, can be purchased from the Box Office at Dewan Filharmonik Petronas or call 03-2051 7007.

For more information on the show, visit or call 1-800-8-TOYOTA (869682).

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