Who We Are

The Twilite Orchestra was founded in June 1991, initially an ensemble with 20 musicians. The ensemble has developed since then into a full symphonic orchestra with 70 musicians, a 63-member Twilite Chorus, and a repertoire that ranges from Beethoven to The Beatles. The orchestra has earned the respect and trust of international performers with whom they have collaborated such as Natalie Cole, David Foster, Richard Clayderman, Robin Gibb (Bee Gees), Maksim, Moscow Rachmaninov Trio, Il Divo; Australian tenors and sopranos to name, Ding Yi, Rosario La Spina, Michael-John Hurney, Taryn Fiebig, Li Jien Lin, Ally McGreggor, James Egglestone, and Stephen Smith. From its first inception, the Twilite Orchestra has been under the baton of Addie MS, who serves as both music director and conductor.

Being present among a diverse community and culture of which symphonic music is not part of the native tradition, and orchestra still regarded by many as something exclusive and prestigious, the Twilite Orchestra under Addie MS has been making every effort to socialize orchestra and its music to the Indonesian people. Its main objectives are, to promote and perform high quality music at a high standard for the widest range of listeners, to help people learn to appreciate quality music through the staging of public and school performances, and to support Jakarta in becoming an international center for culture. Its pops repertoire gives the orchestra certain flexibilities and advantage to reach out to the people, whether performing at ballrooms, convention center, arenas, malls, schools or campuses.

By going into schools and universities, it is expected that the orchestra’s programs can be more effectively carried out. During 1998-2001 the Twilite Orchestra reached out to over than 20.000 elementary school students with its “Konser Kita” program which was supported by Café Wien and PT HM Sampoerna Tbk. With the annual “Musicademia” program staged at Bung Karno Sports Stadium and in university campuses, supported by PT HM Sampoerna Tbk., the Twilite Orchestra performed symphonic music before an audience of students and general public, which also feature popular singers, tenors/sopranos, soloists, and student choirs.

Twilite Orchestra developed further its educational program with the establishment of the Twilite Youth Orchestra in 2004, a community orchestra consisting of students 10-25 years of age. The Twilite Youth Orchestra has become a primary media to encourage orchestra and symphonic music appreciation among our youths.

The Twilite Orchestra has played a role in promoting Indonesian music, especially in the preservation of national songs by Indonesian composers and traditional songs. Aided by the Victorian Philharmonic Orchestra with the Twilite Chorus, Addie MS re-recorded the Indonesian national anthem, Indonesia Raya, by WR Supratman in its original orchestral arrangement by Jos Cleber, as well as other Indonesian popular national songs in the album Simfoni Negeriku. Then in 2004, the Twilite Orchestra released an album La Forza del Destino, performing an all classical repertoire. This album is the first live recording made by a symphonic orchestra in Indonesia available for the public. Besides that, the Twilite Orchestra has also taken part in encouraging Indonesian artists to receive more public exposure, giving them a chance to improve their artistic talents from time to time.

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