The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra is touring to Indonesia across July and August, becoming the first western orchestra to perform a unique outdoor concert at the Prambanan Hindu Temple, a renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The special performance, arranged at the invitation of His Majesty Sri Sultan Hamengkuwono X, will provide local audiences with a collaborative orchestral fusion featuring almost 30 MSO musicians and local musicians from Yogyakarta.
Sri Sultan Hamengkuwono highlighted the importance of his relationship with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the state of Victoria.
‘I am honoured to have the world-renowned Melbourne Symphony Orchestra perform in our sacred temple and introduce their music to our audiences and students. This is a part of an ongoing collaboration with the Orchestra and I am thrilled to be involved in delivering this tour which will focus on community engagement, education and world-class performance.’
The MSO will deliver an inclusive, artistically-vibrant performance featuring highly-skilled local Indonesian musicians selected from the MSO’s first Indonesian Music Camp presented in 2016. The Indonesian musicians will perform side-by-side with the MSO musicians on the night.
Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley said: ‘This ground-breaking tour is the first cultural activity to be staged as part of Victoria’s Memorandum of Understanding with the Special Region of Yogyakarta. To be the first Western Orchestra to perform at such a significant site is testament to the reputation of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. It is an incredible opportunity for the musicians, for the global profile of the orchestra and for Victoria to strengthen its cultural ties with one of our closest international neighbours. I'm sure they'll do us proud.’
Leading up to the concert, the MSO will undertake a series of masterclasses for local music students and teachers, some of these musicians will be offered the chance to perform with MSO at the Temple.
MSO’s Managing Director Sophie Galaise said the Indonesian tour was important for building strong cultural connections across Asia.
‘This is a wonderful opportunity to unite two distinct cultures through the arts. We are thrilled to be representing Victoria as a cultural ambassador on tour, presenting international audiences with unique Australian insights into the classical canon,’ said Ms Galaise.
The performance, conducted by Australian-based Maestro Johannes Fritzsch, will include Beethoven’s Second Symphony, two Indonesian compositions, and an Australian work – Peter Sculthorpe’sJabiru Dreaming.
The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra departed on Sunday 30 July and the performance at Prambanan Temple will take place on Friday 4 August 2017.