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Religious diversity Through Choir Music

  • Harry Nazarudin

    Contributor

Jakarta   /   Fri, May 14 2010   /  08:55 am

Although it is common for children to sing, youth choirs are comparatively rare in Indonesia. However, each of us can still remember a lullaby we learned when we were younger.Prayer time: The Cordana choir performs Ummah, Sallih, a choral interpretation of the Al Araf, or verse 23 from the Koran by John A. Pamintuan, at a pre-concert held in Goethe Haus, Jakarta, on May 6.It is a pity then that although singing is a common activity for children, there are very few professional children choirs in Indonesia. This is what prompted Aida Swenson to establish the Indonesian Children and Youth Choir “Cordana” in 1992. The Cordana choir has two main goals: to be a center of excellence for professional children’s choirs in Indonesia and to represent traditional Indonesian music to the world. Seeing a performance of the Cordana choir is always special because it is very easily enjoyed by all...