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In order to celebrate its 20th anniversary, the Jakarta Concert Orchestra (JCO) led by maestro Avip Priatna will hold a concert entitled "From the New World" at the Kertanegara Recital Hall, Jakarta, on 26 May.

The concert also marks the opening of the Kertanegara Recital Hall which has been completely renovated. Now the concert hall with good acoustic quality has more audience capacity, which is almost 400 seats, and has an orchestra pit so that the main stage becomes wider.

The theme of the concert was taken from the name of the most popular symphony by Antonín Dvořák in 1893.

Director of Music and Conductor of the Jakarta Concert Orchestra (JCO) Avip Priatna in a press release on Wednesday, said that since 2002, JCO has had a mission to continue to popularize orchestral music in Indonesia so that it becomes a spectacle that can be enjoyed by more people, including young people.

"Our efforts to achieve this mission are contained in the shows that we carry. We hope that through the 20th anniversary concert JCO can start new stages and hopes for the music industry after the pandemic, and treat the longing for music lovers, especially classical music," he added.

The "From the New World" concert will feature a full instrument by Antonín Dvořák, as well as two young guest musicians who will perform as soloists, namely Marini Widyasari on Alexey Shor's Flute Concerto and Bagaskoro Byar Sumirat on Brenno Blauth's Concertino Oboe.

In addition, the concert will also feature a premiere performance by musician Arya Pugala Kitti with the title "Nebula Karsa".

Indonesian musicologist Aditya Setiadi welcomed the concert. According to him, managing and maintaining the continuity of an orchestra is an effort that often goes awry.

"In its 20th year, the Jakarta Concert Orchestra (JCO) has proven to have succeeded in answering all challenges. Apart from being consistent in maintaining the quality of its playing, JCO is a home for orchestral musicians to take shelter, work, and learn," said Aditya.

"As one of the best orchestras in the country, JCO has proven that its artistic principles and organization indirectly help shape a healthy and dynamic Indonesian music ecosystem, always open and flexible to changes in people's tastes without sacrificing quality," he continued.

For your information, JCO is the first orchestra in Indonesia capable of performing a complete opera. In addition, JCO is also an orchestra with the most complete musical repertoire, from classical music to other types of music.

Dozens of works from world and Indonesian musicians have been successfully performed by JCO in recent years. JCO has also collaborated with world soloists such as Alexey Botvinov (Ukraine) and Suzanne Shakespeare (Australia) as well as dozens of artists in Indonesia such as Andien, Isyana Sarasvati, Bunga Citra Lestari (BCL).