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AKS Gala Concert and Other Performances

AKS Gala Concert

As a result of KAM’s mission to provide and facilitate great music and great art, performers of the prestigious AKS Gala Concert are by invitation and audition only. The AKS Gala Concert is an international platform for showcasing the culture of the host nation as well as display the rich diversity of music found in the Asia-Pacific region. At the same time, to nurture the next generation of professional musicians, music educators & music lovers, the AKS Gala Concert is also a platform for emerging young artists and choirs.

If you are interested in performing during the AKS, or wish to be considered for future AKS Gala Concerts and/or performances, do Contact Us or write in to enquiries (at) kam (dot) sg and let us explore possibilities together!

Do not miss out on this prestigious AKS Gala Concert!

Join the Cordana Youth Choir (Indonesia), Natus Cantorum Choir (Taiwan) and PSM Unima Choir in song and dance on the 8 November 2014 (Sat), 730pm at the Aula Simfonia Jakarta J.S. Bach Recital Hall.

Come listen to beautiful sacred music by Renaissance composer Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina and contemporary composers such as John August Pamintuan, Ola Gjeilo, Moses Hogan. Great Art music by Hungarian composer Zoltan Kodaly is balanced by pop choral arrangements (such as “Frozen”). We will get to hear folksongs from Taiwan in Hokkien, Hakka and other dialects that are seldom performed in South-East-Asia. Be enthralled by the singing and dancing of Indonesian choirs in traditional folk costumes with folk music from Bali, Mollucas, Minahasa, Aceh… There is something for everyone in this fantastic concert.

Tickets are at very reasonable prices of 200,000 IDR for adults and 100,000 IDR for students (please show valid proof e.g. student card when collecting tickets). Don’t wait any longer! Please get your tickets to the AKS Gala Concert at the symposium registration desks:

Holiday Inn Jakarta Kemayoran 7 November 2014 (Fri) Level 2 Angsana 2 between 2pm-5pm, 730pm-930pm

Aula Simfonia Jakarta 8 November 2014 (Sat) 9am-5pm (near Hosanna Chapel and R.03). 7pm outside J.S. Bach Recital Hall.

For those who have ordered tickets online, kindly collect and/or make payment at the door. See you there!

Featured Performers at the AKS
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The Indonesia Children and Youth Choir Cordana

Founded by Aida Swenson in 1992 It is endless pursuit to capture in words what the Indonesian Children and Youth-Cordana Choir have achieved since their first years of formation. While loyal to their traditionalist foundation, they have taken a contemporary leap into the experimental, giving new sound to what would have otherwise been collecting dust in the backdrop of Indonesian music. With colorful displays, titillating voice, and an untamed appetite for traditional choreography, the Indonesian Children and Youth Choir truly captures the fire of cultural expression.

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Natus Cantorum (Taiwan)

Founded in 2010 by like-minded and experienced singers who are passionate about choral singing, Natus Cantorum’s Latin name is a spur for its members to embrace change and innovation in a never-ending, passionate pursuit of learning. The choir explores highly artistic and difficult repertoire, spanning Renaissance and Baroque music to the music of the 21st century with a special focus on the works of Taiwanese composers. In seeking fresh inspiration and exploring different facets of choral art, Natus Cantorum has worked with several renowned conductors and composers such as Ching-Ming Lu, Tien-Ming Tang, Edgar Macapili, Victor Shen, Mei-Chun Cheng and Chun-Yen Chang, all of whom has commended Natus Cantorum for its excellent choral performances.

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Tang Tien Ming 唐天鳴

Born in 1970 in Taipei, Tien-Ming TANG graduated from the Agricultural Economics Department of the National Taiwan University and got M.A. in the Music Department of the National Sun Yat-Sen University. He studied choral education under Professor Chia-Fen WON. Tang founded the “Taipei Male Choir” in 1989, a group that has developed into a top male choir during his 19 years of directorship. At the 2002 Busan Choir Olympics held in Korea, the Taipei Male Choir won the gold and first prize in the Male Chamber Choir Category, as well as golden prizes in the Musica Sacra A Cappella and Folklore A Cappella categories.

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State University of Manado Students' Choir (PSM UNIMA) (Indonesia)

The State University of Manado Students Choir (PSM UNIMA) or affectionately known as the Unima Choir, was officially recognised on 14 April 2011 in Tondano North Sulawesi as one of the university’s student extracurricular activities. Formed at the initiatives of several students and led by Dr. Perry Rumengan till 2005, Mr. Tommyanto Kandisaputra has since spearheaded the development of PSM UNIMA. PSM UNIMA has participated in many workshops led by international experts such as Prof. Andre de Quadros (India/USA), Dr. Miguel Felipe (USA), Charlotte Lundell (Sweden), Thomas Caplin (Norway), Lars Ake Levin (Sweden), Jennifer Tham (Singapore) and Jean Baptiste (France).

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Young Artists at the AKS

The AKS Gala Concert is not the only avenue for performance! We are pleased to feature young artists and wonderful choirs such as the Cantate Domino conducted by Sonja Simanjuntak who will be performing at dinner reception opening of the symposium. Watch this space for more updates!

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Cantate Domino

Sing unto the Lord is what “Cantate Domino” means. Founded by JB Sukirno in 1985, Cantate Domino Choir has now, 40 singers selected through auditions that are held regularly. Our vision is to sing for the Lord with constant effort to elevate the quality of service based on love. We consistently set that vision in motion through our monthly Sunday mass, nuptial services, Christmas and Easter services. We sing in our parish church at St. Stefanus, Cilandak, as well as other churches.

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Sonia Nadya Simanjuntak

Sonia started her music education in Yayasan Pendidikan Musik and Terpsichore School of Ballet, Jakarta. In 1992, she joined Indonesian Children and Youth Choir, under the direction of Aida Swenson Simanjuntak. These experiences led her to become an Assistant to Music Director, Sonia has been a vocal trainer, Choreographer and Soloist in many concerts, locally and internationally. She has actively participated in many Choral Workshops with several International Speakers. She studied with Nancy Telfer and Jing Ling Tam for vocal pedagogy, with Prof. Dr. William Lock for voice and choral building, and also with Fernando Malvaruiz (American Boys Choir Conductor) and David Hughes for conducting.

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  • Founded by Aida Swenson in 1992

    It is endless pursuit to capture in words what the Indonesian Children and Youth-Cordana Choir have achieved since their first years of formation. While loyal to their traditionalist foundation, they have taken a contemporary leap into the experimental, giving new sound to what would have otherwise been collecting dust in the backdrop of Indonesian music. With colorful displays, titillating voice, and an untamed appetite for traditional choreography, the Indonesian Children and Youth Choir truly captures the fire of cultural expression.

    Respected throughout Indonesia as the leader of children and youth choir, the choir serves to be in the most humble sense, an eye opener to all. While retaining their cultural heritage which makes them unique, they provide their audience the access to tap into the richness and diversity of Indonesian culture. Their performances have reached international exposure, heightened primarily by their continuous participation in international competitions and festivals worldwide. As if to complement their classical origin, the Youth Choir-Cordana perform regularly with the Nusantara Symphony Orchestra, under such conductors Hikotaro Yazaki (France), Gabor Hollerung (Hungary), and Edward Van Ness (U.S.A). They have performed major choral works such as: J.S. Bach’s “Christmas Oratorio”, Leonard Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms”, “African Sanctus”, Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Symphony No.9”, G.Verdi “Requiem”, Francis Poulenc’s “Gloria”, Arthur Honegger’s “Une Cantate de Noel”, Joseph Haydn “Nelson-Mass” and “The Creation”, G.F Handel “Messiah”.

    Among its collection of international awards, the Choir has received awards from such countries as the United States of America, Canada, Germany, Poland, Japan, Korea, Holland, France, Philippines, Singapore, Denmark, Austria, Argentina, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania and other countries.

    In addition to these awards the choir was invited to perform in the Golden Gate Festival at the Symphony Hall in San Francisco in 1997, the IFCM Asia-Pacific Choral Symposium in Singapore in 2001, the prestigious American Choral Directors Association National Convention (ACDA) in Miami-2007, the 8thWorld Symposium of Choral Music in Copenhagen in 2008 and in Incheon International Choir Festival, Korea in 2009. In May 2010 in Musica Sacra International-Marktoberdorf and in October 2010 in the World Show Case Polyfollia, France and in 2011 at Festival 500, New foundland, Canada and in Washington DC at Strathmore Concert Hall , in Princeton and New York City. In 2012, the choir was invited to perform in Musica Sacra-San Juan,Argentina. In 2013 to perform G.Verdi’s “Requiem” in Graz, Austria and In 2014, the choir is invited to perform in Lincoln Center, New York City. In 2015, the choir will perform in Taipei International Choral Festival and in Toronto, Canada.

    While the pivotal mission of the Indonesian Children and Youth Choir is to maintain and continuously achieve high quality vocal production, their underlying mission is to preserve the multi-faceted culture and musical traditions of Indonesia. The overwhelming customs and traditions of Indonesia is embodied through the voice and dance of the Indonesian Children and Youth Choir. It is through the Choir’s continuous search attempt to revitalize traditional music in Indonesia that has stationed them at the forefront of presenting the heart of Indonesia to the eyes and ears of the world.

  • Founded in 2010 by like-minded and experienced singers who are passionate about choral singing, Natus Cantorum’s Latin name is a spur for its members to embrace change and innovation in a never-ending, passionate pursuit of learning. The choir explores highly artistic and difficult repertoire, spanning Renaissance and Baroque music to the music of the 21st century with a special focus on the works of Taiwanese composers. In seeking fresh inspiration and exploring different facets of choral art, Natus Cantorum has worked with several renowned conductors and composers such as Ching-Ming Lu, Tien-Ming Tang, Edgar Macapili, Victor Shen, Mei-Chun Cheng and Chun-Yen Chang, all of whom has commended Natus Cantorum for its excellent choral performances.

    Natus Cantorum was the national champion in the mixed choir category for the Taiwan Culture Choral Competition organized by the Ministry of Culture in 2011 and was placed in the top three in 2012 for their male choir entry. Apart from leaving a trail of performances in every corner of Taiwan, Natus Cantorum has also toured Japan on invitation, representing Taiwan as a prominent new voice on its mission of cultural exchange.

    Natus Cantorum is conducted by Tang Tien Ming.

  • Born in 1970 in Taipei, Tien-Ming TANG graduated from the Agricultural Economics Department of the National Taiwan University and got M.A. in the Music Department of the National Sun Yat-Sen University. He studied choral education under Professor Chia-Fen WON.

    Tang founded the “Taipei Male Choir” in 1989, a group that has developed into a top male choir during his 19 years of directorship. At the 2002 Busan Choir Olympics held in Korea, the Taipei Male Choir won the gold and first prize in the Male Chamber Choir Category, as well as golden prizes in the Musica Sacra A Cappella and Folklore A Cappella categories. Tang was also awarded the Conductor’s Prize. In 2003, he led Taipei Male Choir to take part in the Takarazuka International Chamber Chorus Contest in Japan and won two gold medals in Classical and Romantic, and Modern (includes Folklores) Categories.

    In 2004, he participated in the Breman Choir Olympics in Germany with the Taipei Male Choir, and got the golden prize in the Male Chamber Choir Category, the golden prize in the Musica Sacra A Cappella and silver prize in Gospel and Spiritual. In 2005, Tang and his choir were invited to the 7th World Symposium on Choral Music in Kyoto, Japan for community concerts. In 2007, he led Taipei Male Choir again to take part in the 36th Florilege Vocal de Tours in France, and clinched first prize in the category for Equal-voice Choirs, second prize of Free Program, a prize for a First Production and Prize “A Coeur Joie International”.

    Tang is an enthusiastic participant in national and international choral activities, having led his choirs on concert tours to China, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and Singapore, as well as in France, Germany and Poland. In 2003, out of 48 choral conductors from 20 different nations, Tang was one of 12 specially selected choral conductors who participated in the finals of the International Competition for Choir Conductors “Mariele Ventre” in Bolonga Italy. In 2006, he was invited to the Europa Cantat to be the atelier conductor for Asian Music and was on jury for international choral competitions in Taiwan and Japan.

    The Asia Pacific Cantat took place in Taiwan in 2007 where Tang not only served as the President of the Organising Committee but also sits on the Artistic Committee. In the same year, Tang was invited as guest conductor for several choirs in Malaysia and Singapore. In 2008, he produced an album “In Love with You” with Taipei Male Choir that garnered the “Best Performers of the Classical Album” prize in the Golden Melody Awards in Taiwan.

    Tien-Ming Tang also served as the conductor of other excellent choirs in Taiwan, such as Taipei Ladies’ Choir, Taipei Medical University Chorus, Soochow University Chorus, Yang Ming University Chorus. He has also lectured at the Music Department of National Sun Yat-Sen University. Tang is currently faculty member at the Mahidol University’s College of Music, in Bangkok, Thailand and is in his first year of study with the Fu Jen Catholic University in Taiwan where he is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts in choral conducting.

  • The State University of Manado Students Choir (PSM UNIMA) or affectionately known as the Unima Choir, was officially recognised on 14 April 2011 in Tondano North Sulawesi as one of the university’s student extracurricular activities.

    Formed at the initiatives of several students and led by Dr. Perry Rumengan till 2005, Mr. Tommyanto Kandisaputra has since spearheaded the development of PSM UNIMA. PSM UNIMA has participated in many workshops led by international experts such as Prof. Andre de Quadros (India/USA), Dr. Miguel Felipe (USA), Charlotte Lundell (Sweden), Thomas Caplin (Norway), Lars Ake Levin (Sweden), Jennifer Tham (Singapore) and Jean Baptiste (France).

    PSM UNIMA’s participation in various choral competitions has seen them consistently winning top prizes and gold medals at the national and international level. They are also actively participating in educational and collaborative choral events as well, ranging from choral seminars, workshops, symposiums and as well as collaborative performances with various choirs. The choir’s broad range of classical choral repertoire spans from the renaissance masters to music of living composers – choral luminaries such as Daud Kosasih, Ivan Yohan, Robert Delgado, John Pamintuan, as well as members of the choir have written pieces exclusively for PSM UNIMA. The choir is focused on the singing of gospel, spirituals, pop, jazz and folklore where they sing and perform with choreography and traditional dance.

    When not singing in concerts or competitions, PSM UNIMA can be found singing in churches and official ceremonies in the University.

  • Sing unto the Lordis what “Cantate Domino” means. Founded by JB Sukirno in 1985, Cantate Domino Choir has now, 40 singers selected through auditions that are held regularly. Our vision is to sing for the Lord with constant effort to elevate the quality of service based on love. We consistently set that vision in motion through our monthly Sunday mass, nuptial services, Christmas and Easter services. We sing in our parish church at St. Stefanus, Cilandak, as well as other churches.

    With His blessings and hard work from our part, there have been some accomplishments in recent years. Since 2005, Grand Champion for three times consecutively in “Pesparawi HKBP Pasar Rebo”, Jakarta. Runner Up in the “Magnificat Choir Competition”, and 1st Winner for “Festival Paduan Suara Lagu-lagu Maria” in 2011. We also have participated in few Concerts with Twilite Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Addie M.S, and Nusantara Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Hikotaro Yazaki. Last year we held our very first Concert, entitled “Prayers & Praises 2013”, with conductors Sonia Nadya Simanjuntak & Edward John. In the same year, we also took 1st place in the “Pesparawi Wilayah Jakarta Selatan”, and will compete again in the “Pesparawi DKI Jakarta Province” in 2014.

  • Sonia started her music education in Yayasan Pendidikan Musik and Terpsichore School of Ballet, Jakarta. In 1992, she joined Indonesian Children and Youth Choir, under the direction of Aida Swenson Simanjuntak. These experiences led her to become an Assistant to Music Director, Sonia has been a vocal trainer, Choreographer and Soloist in many concerts, locally and internationally. She has actively participated in many Choral Workshops with several International Speakers. She studied with Nancy Telfer and Jing Ling Tam for vocal pedagogy, with Prof. Dr. William Lock for voice and choral building, and also with Fernando Malvaruiz (American Boys Choir Conductor) and David Hughes for conducting.

    In 2006, she was awarded a Scholarship from HSBC-Jakarta, to expand her musical knowledge. Sonia then studied at University of Oregon, Eugene-USA, majoring Vocal and Dance. She studied vocal with Dr. Sharon Paul (San Fransisco Girls Choir), Laura Wayte-Soprano, Megan Sand and Cedric Weary. She was selected to perform with Eugene Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Giancarlo Guerrero. In dance area, she studied with Walter Kennedy (Julliard, New York), Prof. Jennifer Craig, Rita Honka and Marco Davis.

    Since 2009 Sonia has been the conductor of Cantate Domino Choir and Pangudi Luhur Youth Choir, Jakarta. Sonia is also a member of Lembaga Pengembangan Paduan Suara Nasional (LPPN), a foundation for developing choirs in Indonesia. In 2012, she was selected as a cultural representative by Ministry of Culture and Tourism with several member of Indonesian Youth Choir-Cordana to perform in East Europe. With Indonesian Youth Choir-Cordana, Sonia has performed in many International Choir Events, such as World Symposium Choral Music in Copenhagen, Incheon Choral Festival, Musica Sacra in German and Argentina, Polyfollia in France, Festival 500 in Canada and European Choir Games-Festival Project in Graz. Her vision and mission for enabling creativity Indonesian choir performances has achieved good recognition and has brought her to become respected by other Indonesian choir practitioner.