YOGYAKARTA – Gadjah Mada Chamber Orchestra (GMCO) proved its seriousness in their first concert after two years becoming Student Activity Unit. Through the concert entitled A Journey from Classic to Modern held on Sunday (27/2) evening at the Koesnadi Hardjasoemantri Cultural Centre (PKKH), GMCO did impress the audience. With conductor Andreas Joko Purwanto, GMCO was trying to present classical to modern instruments.
As many as 36 students showed their excellence in playing musical instrument, such as violin, cello, flute, trumpet, percussion, clarinet, oboe, and piano. In the first presentation, audience was entertained with Divertimento No.2 in D Major composed by Mozart. This was followed by Cloud Smile, Tanah Jawi, August Rhapsody and Spring.
In the second session, the audience was charmed with the violin playing by Sheila Primadewi Sanjaya. The girl born in Surakarta, 1989 is an Architectural Engineering student. With her violin playing, Jali-jali was beautifully presented. The concert was completed with the flute performance by Anggito Abimanyu in Dzikir Merapi, to Koala Band's rythm section.
GMCO's first concert has successfully presented musical pieces which are rich in harmonisation. it was not a surprise that the concert received standing ovation from the audience at Koesnadi Hardjasoemantri.
Media for Students
The first orchestra performance should be credited to the trainer, Tri Kuntoro Priyambodo. He said that this concerts really demonstrated the musical skills and showed the harmonious communication of the GMCO as an orchestra. "This student unit is the media for students who have an interest in music, especially orchestra. It is special for UGM, which is a university without a music department but it has an orchestra,"
With the orchestra, students have the opportunity to express themselves through music and stimulate the right brain to balance the load given to the left wing due to the academic matters. "Musical ability will increase emotional and social quotient," he added.
Apparently, through the orchestra the GMCO was trying to give colour to the campus to encourage the students to also play music in between their academic activities.