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Heritage Concert Series: ‘1001 Lights’ gives off exuberant vibe

Tertiani ZB Simanjuntak

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Fri, November 22, 2019  /  03:03 pm
Heritage Concert Series: ‘1001 Lights’ gives off exuberant vibe

Playing on heartstrings: Violinist Iskandar Widjaja performs at a recent concert in Jakarta. (Courtesy of Heritage Concert Series/-)

A collaboration between German violinist Iskandar Widjaja and Indonesian pianist Christine Utomo brought a calming yet exuberant vibe to Soehanna Hall in SCBD, Central Jakarta, over the weekend. Performing several contemporary classical works by Turkish composer Fazil Say, the duo delivered note after note using unusual techniques to imitate the sound of Turkish musical instruments and created an atmosphere comparable to any version of the Arabian Nights tale. Titled “1001 Lights”, the concert’s theme was brought to life through the stage décor, with small floor lanterns and light dancing around the concert hall — not a common sight in classical music concerts. The second edition of the Heritage Concert Series presented by The Grand Signature Piano, the sole distributor of premium piano brands such as Fazioli, Bluthner, Estonia and Irmler, was mean...