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Indonesia’s Voice ‘Save Our Heritage’ in Prague

Wednesday, 03 November 2010

Last Monday (01/11), the Students Choirs from the Airlangga University Surabaya, University of Padjadjaran Bandung and Bina Nusantara University from Jakarta mesmerized their audiences at the Museum of Musical Instrument in Prague, the Czech Republic.

Emeria Siregar, the Indonesian Ambassador to the Czech Republic, opened the ‘Save Our Nation’ concert, which was attended by members of the diplomatic circles, Friends of Indonesia in the Czech Republic and Indonesian communities in Prague.

In his opening remarks, the Ambassador expressed his hope that the concert that was held specifically for the victims of natural disasters in Indonesia might also served as the glue to strengthen the relation between Indonesian and the Czechs.

Bina Nusantara University Students Choirs got the ball rolling with their performance of Soleram and Sik Sik Si Batu Manikam—the magical voices of the singers in their traditional clothes pulled the audiences to a uniquely Indonesian setting.

Next, it was the University of Padjadjaran’s turn to enthrall the audiences with their performance of Yamko Rambe Yamko, Bungong Jeumpa, Nyiur Hijau and Saman dance. The audiences were clearly impressed when the choirs from Bandung performed a Czech song, Ma Hvezda.

Not to be left out, the choirs from University of Airlangga also dazzled the audiences with their repertoire of Rayuan Pulau Kelapa, Ondel–ondel, Gai Bintang, Ugo–ugo and Macepet cepetan. The movement and dance that accompanied the songs had riveted the audiences to their seats.

The concert was brought to a close with the song Indonesia Pusaka performed by 120 students and many Indonesians in the audience were brought to tears by the grief for the disaster victims back home.

Some of the audiences, including Ms. Romana Pulchartova, the manager of Czech’s Ambassador Concert Series, expressed their appreciation for the opportunity to enjoy a different kind of performance. Ms. Pulchartova said it was the most beautiful show she ever seen. Excellent singing techniques with unique presentations have made an exceptional show.

The Students Choirs from three Indonesian universities were in Prague for the 2010 Prague Cantat International Choir Competition that was attended by 16 contestants from 11 countries including Indonesia.

Besides the golden awards the three Indonesian contestants also won several categories in folklore, best choreography, sacral songs, women only category, men and women mixed category, best interpretation and best composition.

Bina Nusantara University Students Choirs took the position as the overall winner in this year Prague Cantat International Choir Competition.

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