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27 November 2015

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) has forged an international partnership that may soon see them  performing at an historic nineth century temple in Indonesia.

An agreement signed between the Yogyakarta Special Region and the Australia-Indonesia Centre has set the plan in motion. Under the agreement, the MSO will send up to 20 performers to take part in a music camp in Yogyakarta in 2016. The parties will then work together to develop plans to stage a an MSO performance at Prambanan Temple in 2017.

The cooperation agreement follows a year of planning by the Australia-Indonesia Centre. Highlights included a tour of Jakarta and Yogyakarta by former MSO Managing Director Mr André Gremillet and a visit to Melbourne by the Sultan of Yogyakarta in October to meet business leaders and watch an MSO performance at Hamer Hall.

The Chairman of the MSO, Mr Michael Ullmer, said the progress on developing ties in Indonesia was most welcome. "International engagement is part of the DNA of the orchestra. Our musicians enjoy sharing skills, mentoring students and, of course, performing to new audiences. Given the close and important trading and diplomatic relationship between Indonesia and Australia we are very hopeful of securing the necessary support to bring this exciting partnership to fruition."

Director of the Australia-Indonesia Centre Mr Paul Ramadge said "We wish to express our appreciation to the team at the MSO for their international vision. Music, like fashion and food, brings people together, it makes me smile, and it reminds us that, no matter what the nationality, we have much in common and much to celebrate."

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