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Jakarta Symphony Orchestra returns

  • Marusya Nainggolan

    Contributor

Jakarta   /   Sat, February 6 2010   /  01:03 pm

Jan. 27, 2010 was a very significant moment in the life of the Jakarta Symphony Orchestra, when it staged a comeback after a fairly long absence. Beginning as an amateur group called "Bataviasche Philharmonic Orchestra" in Dutch Colonial times, it turned into the NIROM orchestra, as soon as the radio broadcasting station Nederlandsch-Indische Radio Omroep Maatschappij was born in 1912. The Jakarta Symphony Orchestra has existed in the country's musical world for almost a century through its changing formats to suit prevailing trends and needs. In 1950, a merger of the Cosmopolitan Orchestra under Joel Cleber and the Jakarta Studio Orchestra under Sutedjo and Iskandar appeared as the Djakarta Radio Orchestra under Henkie Strake for classical repertoires, and the Jakarta Studio Orchestra led by Syaiful Bachri specialized in Indonesian pieces. The Jakarta Studio Orchestra pl...