5 Highlights From Dennis Lau & Friends: The Phoenix Rising Concert

 If you missed out on Dennis Lau’s debut concert, don’t worry cos we’ve got the best of the event covered right here!

On October 22nd, violinist Dennis Lau took to the stage for his first ever concert, performing to a 2000-strong crowd alongside Malaysia’s biggest names in the music industry. Though the entire show, produced by music mogul Jennifer Thompson, was a masterpiece, we’ve picked out our favourite parts:

1. Dennis’s performances with high-profile guest stars

Dennis’s guest performers consisted of some of Malaysia’s most noteworthy acts, such as esteemed singer Ning Baizura, Akademi Fantasia winner Vince Chong and beauty-queen-turned-artiste Soo Wincci. Together, Dennis and friends belted both Malaysian and international hits, as well as performed original material from his latest album The Journey. Vince and Dennis’s vocal and violin rendition of Prince’s Purple Rain, as well as the ensemble cover of The Jackson Five’s I’ll Be There, were some of the night’s biggest hits!


Dennis with his musical guests, among them Atilia Haron, Ning Baizura, Syafinaz Selamat, Vince Chong and Soo Wincci

2. The opening sequence

Of course, the concert wouldn’t be Dennis’s without some of his originally composed solo songs! He kicked off his concert with The Good Fight, a soulful, dramatic tune which showed off his impressive skills.

3. Gymnasts, speed painters, beatboxers and dancers!

Joining Dennis on stage were speed painters Haze Long and Vinn Pang, who each painted one half of Dennis’s portrait whilst he performed, while talented seven-year-old gymnast Eva twirled and bounced to  The Destination (an original composition by Dennis and upcoming singer Esmond Chong), and Koujee Beatbox spun out some impressive beats straight from his mouth.


Seven-year-old gymnast Eva wows crowds with her flexible stunts

Guess the song!! My fav song ever ?? Great performance from @dennisviolin ? & beatboxer, @koujee_beatbox ?❤️ #DLFThePhoenixRising

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4. Dazzling costumes

Dennis himself wowed in a gold and black suit by Key Ng, while Ning Baizura and Atilia Haron sparkled in glittery dresses and Syafinaz Selamat stunned in a red number. Also, who could escape admiring Eva’s bedazzled leotard?


Dennis’s suit by Malaysian designer Key Ng


Clockwise from top left: Little gymnast Eva in her sparkly leotard; Ning Baizura in her Elsa-like dress; Atilia Haron sings ‘Georgia On My Mind’ in a silver number; Syafinaz Selamat pours her soul out in a scarlet gown

5. Dennis’s friends, family and fans

Dennis peppered his performances with funny, sweet and sentimental anecdotes throughout the show, which definitely made us as an audience feel like a friend of his; hence the very apt concert name! The rapport built between all the performers was also definitely instrumental to the concert’s success. An extra touching moment: the grand finale performance, complete with sparkly confetti.


Dennis performed to a crowd of 2000+ at his first concert


At the end of the night, confetti surrounds the stage and audience!

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