Thursday, December 22, 2011

Craig Conducts the Penang Philharmonic

Last night was Jennifer's performance with the Penang Philharmonic Symphony and Choir! We got to enjoy musical serenades featuring some well known carols, a few quiet compositions from John Rutter, and some original compositions from the conductor as well. Can you spot Jennifer? She's the one with the flashy earrings.

Some of our friends also participated in the fun. The conductor, Martin Rutherford, lives in our building and is very fond of Craig.

Here is Dick Yeap, a 16-year-old violin virtuoso who is a member of the symphony. He's also a member of our Young Men's organization and has memorized D&C Section 4!

Here is Ninian LeBlanc (who likes very much to wear red velvet with white trim) singing in the bass section. His wife, Swan, also sings in the choir.

And here is Jennifer, who sings soprano and is the most conspicuously beautiful singer in the choir. They asked her not to wear her "flashy" earrings so that she wouldn't stand out. Could it be that the earrings make no difference? I think she stands out no matter what!

We had a visit from Father Christmas after singing "Santa Claus is Coming to Town". He handed out sweets to all the children and also got a special chance to conduct the choir and symphony in a rousing rendition of Jingle Bells.

We also had another guest conductor this evening. This particular maestro has studied music and singing since an early age. His repertoire includes songs like "I Hate People" from the musical "Scrooge", "Hark the Herald Angels Sing", and "We Are the Children of St. Christopher's", among many others. Here is our very own Craig in his musical conducting debut! Click the arrow to see the entire performance!

Craig was grinning from ear to ear! He was an instant hit, and spent the rest of the night signing autographs and shaking hands with the audience.

Here are two of the fun original compositions that the choir sang. The first is called "Cowboy Carol", and the second is called "The Holly and the Ivy". They are really fun! Click on the arrow to watch the whole thing!

We wish everyone could have been there! We had a great time and I'm so proud of my beautiful wife and sweet boy for helping put on such a great musical performance! What can I say? I think it's in their blood. Merry Christmas!


  1. Haha!! I joined the church at April 16th! =D Well... I'm not a really good Violinist... Haha!! I'm gifted.. But, I don't practice much... =P LOL!! Because, I tends to be lazy sometimes... Haha!! Changing! Well... The Santa Claus was actual Bro. Ninian LeBlanc.. HAha!!! I've no idea if anyone knows that... But, we had already knew that long ago... =) It's an awesome experience though... Next year, I'm joining the chorus instead of orchestra! Haha!

  2. So NInian was the Santa Claus, no wonder he looked so underfed ! And skinny for Santa ! Bro Johnnson could have filled in the size !