Into its 25th edition, the Toyota Classics is one of the three core CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) programs of UMW Toyota Motor. Defining the landscape of CSR for 25 years, its standing in the community was reflected in the response towards at the Toyota Classics. With a long list of orchestras under its belt, and with the support of attendees over the years, the Toyota Classics has raised more than RM7 million to benefit close to 60 charitable and non-governmental organizations.
The theme for the 25th edition, Silver jubilee of the Classics is “Music that Moves Lives”, which best represents the interpretation of exceptional contemporary big screen themes for a charitable cause. This year’s Classics raised RM 425,000 for several charitable organizations in the country, they were; the Lung Foundation of Malaysia, the National Kidney Foundation of Malaysia and the Nur Qaseh Charity and Protection organization.
The Classics began with the Wild Wild West suite which comprised plays from; the Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Once Upon a Time in the West and the awesome theme from the Magnificent Seven. More familiar movie themes came about after the western overtures, with plays from the Pirates of the Caribbean (At World’s End), Gladiators and Pirates moving the audience nicely along. After the Noble Rogue overtures, the audience quickly warmed up to the recognizable action movie themes from the incredible Godfather, Chi Mai (The Professionals), On Days Like These and Mission Impossible.
After the intermission, the ensemble played Malaysian songstress Sheila Majid’s popular numbers to the huge applause of the audience. Nicholson then enthralled the crowd with her soothing “Meditation from Thaiis” number. Well-liked love themes like the 1939 classic Gone With the Wind and Love Story put the audience on memory lane. At the conclusion of the Classics, the audience stepped to the thumping beats of Kungfu Fighting and Abba’s Mamma Mia.
The ensemble; London’s Covent Garden Soloists, Vassilev and Nicholson, concluded the encore session with the one and only classical play of the evening, the Hungarian Dance No.5 by Johannes Brahms. This year’s Classics was conducted by Navarro, a renowned Spanish pedagogue conductor.
The Toyota Classics is expected to return next year with a relatively similar time and date schedule. UMW Toyota Motor will release details of the 26th Toyota Classics a couple of months before the main event.