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Jakarta Post

Orchestras tripping the twilite fantastic

  • Franki Raden


Sydney   /   Sat, August 22 2009   /  10:35 am

Classical history: The well-known De Concordia Symphony Orchestra performs in Batavia with their progressive conductor, Nico J. Gerharz in the middle. There is a long history of classical music in Indonesia, with the modern Twilite Orchestra the latest incarnation. Courtesy of Franki RadenThe Twilite Orchestra recently made its debut in the Sydney Opera House before a large audience, in what was the first performance by an Indonesian orchestra in Australia, a land whose culture is associated with Europe, where orchestral music originated. This accomplishment by the Twilite Orchestra opened up new horizons for the acceptance of Indonesian classical musicians in the West.At the very least, the government that sponsored the event should be confident that these musicians can be both part of cultural diplomacy abroad and tools for promoting tourism, as was the case with the Twilite Orchestra....