MESSAGE FROM THE PATRON
YANG AMAT MULIA TUNKU ZAIN AL-‘ABIDIN IBNI TUANKU MUHRIZ
I enjoyed performing in two Euroasia concerts in 2015: a P Ramlee Medley at the European Gala Treasures Concert on 1 February at the Royale Bintang Seremban, and a transcription of Beriot’s Concerto in A Minor at the 3rd Euroasia Youth Music Festival on 29 August at the Auditorium D’Sury in Seremban. I was accompanied in both by the Arioso Sinfonia: working with them and seeing so many other young musicians focus their energies into beautiful music-making emphasised for me why music education for young people is so important.
I am glad that Euroasia spread this message far and wide this year, with the festival reaching many more parts of the country, and receiving hugely complimentary words from distinguished musicians and music educators. Congratulations as usual are due to Angel and her team.
2015 was no doubt a tough year for the country and the economy, and at such a time some might think that musical endeavours are not a priority. I beg to differ: it is in such times that we need our young citizens to be as optimistic and committed to this country as possible. I urge you to be a part of this project: to provide hope and prove the naysayers wrong by supporting our programmes. I assure you, it will propel your pride in Seremban, or Negeri Sembilan, or Malaysia; but more importantly, it will enable many more smiles on the faces of the children and their audiences.
Tunku Zain Al-‘Abidin ibni Tuanku Muhriz
Patron, Euroasia Association of Performing Arts