Rebecca Tong, Conductor
Eunice Tong, Chorus Master
Jakarta Simfonia Orchestra
Jakarta Oratorio Society
MOZART Oboe Concerto in C major, K. 314
i. Allegro aperto
ii. Adagio non troppo
iii. Rondo : Allegretto
KROGSTAD Christmas Song
HANDEL Messiah Part I (Chorus, excerpt)
1. And the glory ... of the Lord
2. And He shall purify
3. For unto us a Child is born
4. His yoke is easy
RIMSKY KORSAKOV Christmas Eve Suite (excerpts)
PROKOFIEV Lieutenant Kije, Troika
ANDERSON A Christmas Festival
HARRIS O Holy Night
SHAW & BENNETT The Many Moods of Christmas
1. Break Forth, O Beauteous, Heav’nly Light
2. The First Nowell
3. Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly
1. Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella
2. Angels We Have Heard on High
ANDERSON Sleigh Ride
Bagaskoro Byar Sumirat, Oboe
Bagas studied the Oboe for the first time on 2004 in Sekolah Menengah Musik Yogyakarta, Indonesia, then pursued his Bachelor of Art on 2007 in Institut Seni Indonesia Yogyakarta. During his study from 2004 until 2013, he was a self-taught learner, until he got a chance to get to study in Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore and received a full scholarship from 2013 to 2017 under the guidance of Rachel Walker and Carolyn Hollier, and received a Bachelor of Music with Honours in Oboe Performance.
Bagas have played in masterclasses with professional Oboe players, among others Diana Doherty, Alexei Ogrintchouk, Domenico Orlando, Alexander Gattet, Marco Ambrosini, Joost Flach, Yiu Song Lam, Jean Luc Fillon, Amy Powerss, Laurent Haquard, Niels Dittman, Simon Emes and Kalev Kuljus.
Wanted to seek more music and learn the Oboe, he joined in some music festivals and academies around the world, such as The Modern Academy in Hong Kong (2015), Obomania Academy in France (2016), Double Reed Day in Singapore (2016), and GLOMUS in Brazil (2017). He also got a chance to join the Asian Youth Orchestra in 2016 (Asia Tour : Hong Kong, Mainland China, Singapore, Vietnam, Taiwan and Japan) and 2017 (World Tour : Hong Kong, Mainland China, Taiwan, Japan, America, Italy, France, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Czech Republic and Belgium).
As an Oboist, Bagas have played with some professional orchestras, such as Hangzhou Philharmonic Orchestra (China), Singapore Lyric Opera (Singapore), Metropolitan Festival Orchestra (Singapore), Orchestra of The Music Maker (Singapore), Philharmonic Winds Orchestra (Singapore), ADDO Chamber Orchestra (Singapore), Jakarta Concert Orchestra (Indonesia), Nusantara Symphony Orchestra (Indonesia), Jakarta Simfonia Orchestra (Indonesia), Bandung Philharmonic Orchestra (Indonesia) and many more.
He have performed under the baton of world-class maestros, among others Thomas Sanderling, Matthias Bamert, Gábor Takács-Nagy, Lan Shui, James Judd, Gerd Müller-Lorenz, Hikotaro Yazaki, Kanako Abe, Robert Nordling, Jason Lai, Heroaki Oesaki and many others. Also performed with soloists such as András Schiff, Sarah Chang, Sumi Jo, Alexandre Gattet, Sam Haywood and Ng Pei Sian.
“Neo Indonesian Music for Oboe” is his first solo album, released in 2016. This album has been sold for many copies.Currently he holds a principal Oboe position in the Sun Symphony Orchestra, Vietnam.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
1756 | January 27 – 1791 | December 5
Oboe Concerto in C Major KV. 314
Duration approximately 20 minutes
Oboe Concerto in C Major was composed in 1777 when Mozart served as a concertmaster in Salzburg Archbishop Orchestra. It was dedicated to Giuseppe Ferlendis, a renowned Italian oboist who was hired by the Archbishop. The concerto is lyrical and joyful. The first movement is cheerful and melodious. It begin playfully with the orchestra, then followed by the soloist virtuosically. The soloist begin by playing a swift ascending C major scale and a long hold on high C (four bars long). Despite its lightheartedness, the movement require virtuosity and expressiveness. The melodious cadenza resembles an opera singer. It ends with the main melody played once again. The second movement resembles an aria, a solo with an instrumental accompaniment in an opera. During that moment, the genius Mozart had composed many opera and his mastery was clearly manifested in this movement. The oboist, in the spotlight, plays expressive melodies with some element of chromaticism while the orchestra accompanies in the background. The last movement is in Rondo form. It is bubbly and delicate. Mozart is very pleased that five years later that he included the main theme in his opera, The Abduction from the Seraglio.
1844 | March 18 – 1908 | June 21
Christmas Eve Suite (excerpts)
Duration approximately 15 minutes
Composed between 1894-1895, Christmas Eve is an opera with 4 acts. This opera is the fifth of the composer’s fifteen operas. Just like any other 19th century composer, Rimsky-Korsakoff was strongly inspired by fairytales and folklore. This composition was particularly based on “Christmas Eve” from the short story collection “Evenings on a farm in Didanka” by Nikolai Gogol. The orchestral suite consists of 5 sections and should be played without a pause. We will be performing excerpts from the 1st, 2nd, and 4th section. Rimsky-Korsakov’s mastery in instrumentation was clearly displayed in this suite. The 1st section, Introduction, begins with horn, preparing a romantic setting. It is calm, lyrical, and delicate. The 2nd section, Games and Dances of Stars, is playful with the flute playing the sincopated main theme. The 4th section, Polonaise, is the most famous section of the suite. The melody is fanfare-like and very majestic. For this particular section, the composer adapts Tchaikovsky’s Polonaise from Eugene Onegin opera. It ends powerfully and boldly, depicting a dance at the imperial palace in St. Petersburg.
Written by Gloria Teo
George Frideric Handel
1685 | February 23 – 1759 | April 14
Messiah, HWV 56 (Part 1)
Duration approximately 12 minutes
While living in London, George Frideric Handel’s economic status and overall health suffered a serious decline in 1741. The British public seemed to grow tired of Italian Opera genre and no longer support Handel financially as an Opera composer. This is when Handel as a composer began to compose more English- language Oratorios and slowly retiring from composing Italian Operas.
Charles Jennens (1700-1773) a patron to Handel delivered him a compilation of scriptural text from the King James Bible and Psalms from the Book of Common Prayer, which he hoped would inspire him, using Jennens’ words, “to lay out his whole Genius & Skill upon it.” Using the text Jennens sent him, he began isolating himself in his apartment to compose Messiah HWV 56 intensively for 24 days.
Messiah was a work commissioned by the Duke of Devonshire for a series of charity concerts in Dublin; hence the oratorio was premiered there on April 13, 1742. The most prominent movement in this Oratorio is the “Hallelujah Chorus”. Upon hearing the Hallelujah Chorus, King George II of Great Britain who attended one of the performance series in London was so moved that he stood out of respect for the “Lord of Lords,” claiming Jesus Christ has authority above his own. When the king stands, everybody stands. The tradition of standing for this chorus is still observed today.
This Oratorio introduces the story of Jesus Christ, the Messiah in 3 parts and 15 scenes: Part 1 (The Birth of Jesus Christ), Part 2 (The Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ), Part 3 (His Second Coming).
1908 | June 29 – 1975 | May 18
A Christmas Festival
Duration approximately 7 minutes
A Christmas Festival ia a Christmas concert work written for the Boston Pops Orchestra in 1950 by the American composer, Leroy Anderson. Anderson who is known to compose “The Typewriter” and “Sleigh ride” was an arranger and orchestrator for the Boston Pops Orchestra. Arthur Fiedler and the orchestra wanted to record a special concert number, using Christmas songs, carols and other Christmas music, hence requested him to compose this overture. Anderson himself requested not to treat this work as a medley of Christmas carols but an Overture built around these well-received Christmas carols: Joy to the world, Deck the halls, Hark! The herald angels sing, Silent night, Jingle bells, and O come all ye faithful.
Robert Shaw & Robert Russell Bennett
1916 | April 30 – 1999 | January 25
1894 | June 15 – 1981 | August 18
The Many Moods of Christmas
Duration approximately 12 minutes
Beginning in the 1960's, the late choral conductor Robert Shaw and the noted arranger Robert Russell Bennett collaborated on a series of Christmas medleys, containing notable carols derived from the European Continent. Whether it is intentional or not, the carols are grouped into four suites that contain a developing account and meaning of the Christmas: the Birth of Jesus Christ, the Messiah.
Written by Michelle Sugiarto