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Sultan Hamengkubuwana X of Yogyakarta presents conductors Johannes Fritzsch and Budhi Ngurah with a gift following the performance at Prambanan Temple. Photo Aleta & Kinar Filmproduktion

In August, the MSO performed at the UNESCO world heritage site Prambanan Temple in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Prior to this extraordinary event, musicians worked with local music students in workshops and rehearsals in preparation to perform side-by-side on stage at the one-night-only event.

Princess Mangkubumi, daughter of Sultan Hamengkubuwana X of Yogyakarta, who sits on the MSO Advisory Council, attended a rehearsal and the performance.

A three-year agreement between the Government of the Special Region of Yogyakarta and the MSO was signed at the Sultan’s Palace by Umar Priyono (Head of Department of Culture YSR) and MSO Chairman Michael Ullmer. Attending the signing were His Majesty Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X, Commissioner for Victoria to South East Asia Brett Stevens and MSO Managing Director Sophie Galaise. The agreement outlines additional MSO and YSR commitments beyond the 2017 tour, including an internship for two Indonesian students in Melbourne later this year and a second Youth Music Camp planned for 2018.

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