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‘Bach in Bali’ fosters love for classical music among youngsters

I Wayan Juniarta

The Jakarta Post

Kuta, Bali  /  Wed, May 8, 2019  /  05:40 pm
‘Bach in Bali’ fosters love for classical music among youngsters

Chemistry: A jam session during the Bach in Bali music festival. (JP/Wayan Martino)

The Bach in Bali music festival aims to start something bigger than just a regular classical music event.   The melody was mischievously taunting before it came to an abrupt halt. As the performers plucked the strings of their violins, the image of naughty long-tailed macaques tiptoeing near unsuspecting tourists in Ubud's Monkey Forest reserve formed in the audience's mind.    The melodic “break” was brief and the hall was again filled with the alluring composition, with an unmistakable hint of Balinese traditional tones.   The music and the vision of playful monkeys it evoked succeeded in eliciting smiles and grins on the faces of the audience that filled the auditorium of Padma Resort Legian on that Sunday night.   Titled “Ubud Monkeys”, the piece is part of Bali Miniatures, a musical composition created ...