Avip Priatna, conductor and music director of The Resonanz Music Studio. (Photo courtesy of Image Dynamics)

Batavia Madrigal Singers Celebrate 20 Years in Music With Sunday Concert


OCTOBER 10, 2016

Jakarta. The Batavia Madrigal Singers dazzled hundreds of guests at their 20-year anniversary "Sanguinis Choraliensis" concert in Aula Simfonia, North Jakarta, on Sunday (09/10).

Conductor Avip Priatna kicked off the 4 p.m. show by presenting "Liebeslieder Walzer Opus 52," a 15-part collection of love songs by German composer Johannes Brahms. The repertoire, which consisted of 15 songs and ran for 90 minutes, also included the works of Ivo Antognini, J. Egiguren, Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla, Felix Mendelssohn, Ken Steven, Julen Ezkurra, Farman Purnama, Morten Lauridsen, Will Todd, John Rutter and Hyowon Woo.

Pianists Iswargia R. Sudarno and Adelaide Simbolon took to the piano in a seamless duet during the opus by Brahms, and the Jakarta Concert Orchestra played for the choir in "Remembrance" by Todd, "The Gift of Music" by Rutter and "I Love You/What a Wonderful World," arranged by Craig H. Johnson.

The large variety in the repertoire for Sunday's concert is proof of the Indonesian choir group's 20 years of experience. Avip, who is also the music director for The Resonanz Music Studio (TRMS), took a chance to thank the group's loyal supporters on stage.

"This abundant support has allowed us to grow; it has given us the space to share what we received through performing in annual concerts and expanding our repertoires," he said.

The Sanguinis Choraliensis concert is the final program in the Resonanz Music Festival that began in September. Organized by TRMS and the Bakti Budaya Djarum Foundation, the festival includes various events and activities such as the Catharina W. Leimena national vocal competition, as well as a workshop and choral clinic by renowned American choir figure Dr. Brady Allred.

Established in 1996, the BMS has performed a diverse set of compositions, from the Baroque period to the modern, and from classical to contemporary.

The group began winning international awards in 2001. In 2011, BMS won five awards at the "57 Certamen Internacional De Habaneras Y Polifonia" international choir competition in Spain, which has been running for 50 years. One of the choir's most notable achievements is its progression to the Grand Prix round of the European Grand Prix for Choral Singing in Arezzo, Italy, in 2013.