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The Overture of Weber’s Oberon, Schubert’s 8th Symphony

As a composer, Beethoven seems to have improved as his deafness worsened. As a performer however, he ultimately had to concede the premiere of his final piano concerto to its dedicatee, his student and patron, Archduke Rudolph, with the first public performance entrusted to Friedrich Schneider. For this concert with the Bandung Philharmonic conducted by Robert Nordling, the soloist will be Sally Pinkas, whose career highlights include performances with the Boston Pops, the Aspen Philharmonia, Jupiter Symphony and the Bulgarian Chamber Orchestra, appearances at the festivals of Marlboro, Tanglewood, Aspen and Rockport, as well as Kfar Blum in Israel, Officina Scotese in Italy, and Masters de Pontlevoy in France. 

Indeed, the conditions under which Beethoven wrote his 5th piano concerto were no better than 10 years prior. In addition to suffering what was by then almost complete deafness, he had just agreed in return for a life-long stipend to remain in Vienna despite it being under siege by Napoleon’s armies. In a letter to his publisher in Leipzig at the time, he wrote “we have been suffering misery in a most concentrated form.» Nevertheless, his musical output reflects nothing of the dismal circumstances surrounding him. Perhaps the music was precisely intended as a tool to inspire and uplift in the face of adversity.

It is lamentable that this transcendent piano concerto has been fettered with a nickname relating to the Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. Beethoven was a proponent of the democratic ideals of ancient Greece which he had thought were reflected in the aspirations of the Jacobins of post-revolutionary France, headed by Napoleon Bonaparte. However, in the spring of 1804 when he crowned himself Emperor, Beethoven scratched Napoleon’s name from the title page of his Sinfonia Eroica. Considering the genesis period of the concerto being 1809-1811, we can therefore conclusively infer that, at no point in Beethoven’s life or afterlife would he refer to his work as the “Emperor” Concerto.

Besides the concerto, the program also includes the Overture of Weber’s Oberon, Schubert’s 8th Symphony, and the world of a work by Aksan Sjuman.

Date/Time: 2 February 2019, 7pm
Venue: The Hilton Bandung, Jl. HOS Tjokroaminoto 41 – 43

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Blackpink Concert Report: Enchantment of Four Girls from Korea that Are Unmatched

The enchantment of Blackpink is again “very burning.” It was evident when HAI watched the BLACKPINK [In Your Area] concert tour held at the Indonesian Convention Center, BSD, on January 19 yesterday. The place that is often called ICE has been crowded since 9am.

Besides the audience, many people sell merchandise too. Even though it’s not official, it’s enough to captivate the visitors.

What is unique about Blackpink’s concert is that fans can watch sound check! You will be able to see Lisa and friends dance and sing for the concert tonight. But it turns out, for watching sound check it’s not free. There are additional tickets that must be purchased.

conditions outside, the queue for the concert has begun since 4pm. The Blinks have prepared all the furniture: from a light stick, a shirt, and of course a loud voice. The atmosphere grew lively when the MV of Blackpink’s songs was played. Think of training before shouting in the palace.

And the one awaits will arrive. Starting with a mesmerizing intro, Blackpink immediately performed with Ddu Ddu Ddu. No need to ask how crazy the Blinks are. Broken up!

The concert continued with the songs Forever Young, Stay Remix ver., And Whistle. 4 of these girls also introduced themselves in English. Kim Jisoo, Kim Jennie, Roseanne Park, and LaLisa Manoban, welcome to Indonesia!

Funny thing is, they occasionally use Indonesian with a fairly thick Korean accent. Hehehe. For example like Jisoo. It seems like he is “addicted” to Indonesian.

“I miss you,” he said to the audience after delivering the songs “Ddu Du Ddu Du” and “Forever Young”.

When introducing yourself at the beginning of their appearance, along with other members Jisoo also uses Indonesian.

“My name is Jisoo,” he said then smiled. Not stopping there, he also praised Lisa’s dance with the accompaniment of Jason Derulo’s “Swalla” featuring Nicki Minaj. “Unyu. You see Lisa’s cool right?” said Jisoo who later received an embrace from Lisa.

At this concert they also performed a solo stage. Started by Jisoo who covered the Clarity song from Zedd. Anyway, Jisoo sang Clarity with Korean lyrics that he wrote himself!

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State-owned airport operator Angkasa Pura (AP) II is looking to go global this year by managing airports outside of Indonesia.

AP II vice president of corporate communications Yado Yarismano said the company, under its “Go Global” initiative, was eyeing opportunities abroad this year, especially in the ASEAN region. The company was targeting countries such as the Philippines, Thailand and Malaysia for its regional expansion, he said.

“We are still studying all the possibilities,” Yado told The Jakarta Post recently without going into further detail.

Previously, AP II, which leads the X-Droid Consortium, participated in a bidding for the operation and maintenance of the planned Clark International Airport in Mabalacat, the Philippines.

X-Droid is composed of APII and several Filipino companies, namely port operator Globalport 900, investment management firm Mazy’s Capital Inc. and energy service company Desco Inc.

The contract, however, was eventually awarded to the North Luzon Airport Consortium (NLAC), which consists of Singapore’s Changi Airport Group and Filipino companies in holding company Filinvest Development Corp, diversified conglomerate JG Summit Holdings Inc. and Philippine Airport Ground Support Solutions Inc.

AP II is now eyeing other airports in the Philippines and looking for expansion opportunities in Thailand. 

“Basically, Go Global reflects Angkasa Pura II’s positive engagement in managing airports, not only domestically but also utilizing business opportunities to manage airports in other countries,” said Yado. 

Aside from going global, 2019 will be another busy year for AP II domestically with its ongoing airport development projects.

AP II is currently managing several large-scale projects, such as the revitalization of terminals 1 and 2 of Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Indonesia’s main gateway. It is also developing a third runway at the airport and a cargo center. The company aims to finish the basic design of a fourth terminal at the airport.

Furthermore, AP II is expanding Jenderal Besar Soedirman Airport in Purbalingga, Central Java.

AP II president director Muhammad Awaluddin said the development would take place in several stages throughout 18 to 20 months of construction. The first phase of development alone would start this month.    

The construction and development include the construction of a runway, passenger terminals and passenger parking areas, as well as the development of cargo terminals.  

“Right now, only the C-212 aircraft can land there. In the future, Airbus 320 Neo and Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft can land there too. Hopefully the number of commercial flights that will fly [to and from] the airport will continue to grow,” Awaluddin said in an official statement recently.

AP II is also set to develop Kualanamu International Airport in Medan, North Sumatra, through strategic partnerships with investors. The airport will be a hub for passengers and cargo in western Indonesia.

Awaluddin said the company had established a subsidiary, PT Angkasa Pura Aviasi, to focus on managing the strategic partnerships at the Kualanamu airport. 

Throughout 2018, Angkasa Pura II served 115 million passengers, up by 9.5 percent from 105 million passengers in 2017. AP II also started managing a number of new airports across Indonesia, such as Kertajati International Airport in West Java, Tjilik Riwut Airport in Palangkaraya, Central Kalimantan, and Banyuwangi Airport in East Java. With the three additional airports, Angkasa Pura II now manages a total of 16 airports.

In 2019 alone, the company is expected to serve 126 million passengers. AP II is also expected to manage three new airports, namely Raden Inten Airport in Lampung, Fatmawati Airport in Bengkulu and Tanjung Pandan Airport in Bangka Belitung Islands.

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-Riza Roidila Mufti, The Jakarta Post

Indonesian national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia is bringing music to the skies with a series of live acoustic concerts on domestic flights, the airline said.

Passengers will be serenaded at 35,000 feet in a scheme aimed at wooing millennials “who want a different flight experience”, airline spokesman M. Ikhsan Rosan told AFP.

The carrier held its first in-flight concert on Wednesday, when two musicians performed for a captive audience aboard a flight between the capital, Jakarta, and the holiday island of Bali.

Garuda said sets would last 10 to 15 minutes on select flights, and there would be a focus on promoting upcoming talent.

While it may prove an unforgettable flying experience for some, it may not be everyone’s idea of a good time.

In 2017, US airline Southwest introduced live shows on some flights to a mixed reaction from passengers.

Some travelers said they preferred minimum human interaction while flying and said music would distract them from sleeping or reading.

Indonesia is one of the world’s fastest-growing aviation markets, but it has come under fresh scrutiny since a fatal Lion Air crash in October last year that killed all 189 people on board.

Garuda said it had embarked on extensive consultation to ensure the concerts posed no threat to safety or security.

“If there is the potential of turbulence, the singer will be directed back to sit in his chair,”  Rosan said.

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The Jakarta Posts

EXO Baekhyun‘s first solo album has achieved incredible sales even before its official release.When preorders for Baekhyun’s first ever solo album, “City Lights”, opened up for preorder on June 20, they immediately jumped to the number one spot on multiple preorder sites. While fans knew a rough estimation for how many albums Baekhyun sold on the sites, they didn’t have an exact number until now!

On July 9, it was reported that, as of July 8, Baekhyun’s “City Lights” album had a recorded sale of 401,545 copies. And that was just from preorders!

Additionally, “City Lights” also earned triple gold status on China’s QQ Music with 41,667 digital albums sold on the platform!

Baekhyun’s album is set to drop on July 10 at 6 P.M. KST with Baekhyun gearing up to meet fans during the showcase at SAC Art Hall at 8 P.M to celebrate the release! Congratulations Baekhyun, we can’t wait for the album to drop!​

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We did it!: Indonesian Ambassador to the Netherlands I Gusti Agung Wesaka Puja (fourth right, behind) and the Tourism Ministry’s marketing for European region assistant deputy officer Agustini Rahayu (fifth left, holding a certificate) pose together with Indonesian representatives as well as the committee of the 2019 Vakantiebeurs tourism exhibition to celebrate Indonesia’s award at the 2019 Reisgraag Awards for best destination during the event. (Courtesy of

Indonesia has just received a Reisgraag Award for best tourism destination at the ongoing 2019 Vakantiebeurs tourism exhibition, held from Jan. 9 to 13 in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

The exhibition committee launched the award comprising several categories in 2011 and this was the first time that Indonesia has received an award there.

The Indonesian Tourism Ministry has set up an Indonesian pavilion featuring 21 tourism players comprising travel agents and operators, hotels and accommodation providers, tourism business associations as well as the Garuda Indonesia airline.

Indonesia’s participation in the exhibition is a great method to promote the country’s various tourist destinations, as the Vakantiebeurs is known to be the biggest tourism exhibition in the Benelux, which comprises Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. The event is attended by hundreds of thousands of visitors annually, as well as covered by around 100 journalists and travel bloggers from across the globe.

The pavilion also enables guests to take part in various Indonesian cultural activities and sample various kinds of Indonesian food and beverages.

According to Indonesian Ambassador to the Netherlands I Gusti Agung Wesaka Puja, the Indonesian pavilion at the exhibition seeks to introduce all the supporting facilities that tourists will enjoy when they visit Indonesia’s many tourist attractions, available from the westernmost province of Aceh to the easternmost province of Papua.

Indonesian Tourism Ministry marketing for European region assistant deputy officer Agustini Rahayu said during the exhibition, Indonesian pavilion participants also informed visitors on the actions that the country had taken to recover its primary tourism destinations that had been impacted by natural disasters recently, such as Lombok in West Nusa Tenggara.

According to the Foreign Ministry’s press release, Indonesia’s participation in the exhibition is expected to boost the numbers of Dutch tourists visiting Indonesia, which from 2012 to 2017 recorded 7.57 percent growth per annum. The release continued that in 2019, the Tourism Ministry targets to attract 230,000 foreign tourists from the Netherlands to Indonesia.

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