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Jakarta Post

Classic meets pop in virtual charity concert

  • Josa Lukman


Jakarta   /   Fri, June 12 2020   /  01:00 am
Get together: Singer-composer Melly Goeslaw (center) performs during a live streamed concert called Berbagi dalam Keterbatasan (Sharing in Confinement) on May 22.(JP/Josa Lukman)

Classical music is not necessarily something people associate with online streaming, but the Jakarta City Philharmonic’s (JCP) most recent (virtual) concert does just that. Broadcast live on YouTube on May 22, the Berbagi dalam Keterbatasan (Sharing in Confinement) concert featured some of Indonesia’s most popular musicians, such as singer-songwriter Melly Goeslaw, jazz guitarist and songwriter Tohpati, and actor-singer Maruli Tampubolon. The concert opened with the national anthem “Indonesia Raya”, as is the norm at Indonesian concerts regardless of genre. Conducted by Budi Utomo Prabowo, the orchestral rendition of the national anthem was as aurally glorious as can be, though the sight of musicians in formal wear in their own virtual boxes like in a teleconference is rather jarring to see. Nevertheless, the concert went smoothly once you are accustom...