Arts shorts: Orchestra concerts, Madrigals tour


Posted at Jan 17 2013 05:48 PM | Updated as of Jan 18 2013 02:02 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Here are some events which may be of interest to those interested in arts and culture.

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ABS-CBN Philharmonic to do repeat

The ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra performing the music of John Williams

Due to popular demand, the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra will do a repeat of their concert that showcased the well-loved movie scores of Hollywood composer John Williams on February 23, 7:30 pm at the Meralco Theater.  The concert will feature memorable themes that were heard in movies such as “E.T.,” “Star Wars,” “Jaws,” and “Superman.”

Karylle and Jose Mari Chan will be the special guests, while members of the Philippine Outpost 501st, an international organization of “Star Wars” fans who wear costumes from the movie, will serve as an added attraction.

Tickets are available at all Ticketnet outlets.

Read our review of the concert here.

Madrigals outreach tour

Madrigal Singers

The world renowned Philippine Madrigal Singers embarks in a national outreach concert tour this month to celebrate the Madrigals’ 50th anniversary this year. The tour will be held in two legs, from January to March in selected communities in Visayas-Mindanao and October to November in Luzon.

Billed as “Goin for the Gold,” the first part of the tour will be in Dumaguete, Bacolod, Roxas and Iloilo from January 18-29.
Their last provincial tour entitled “Tara Na, MADzitwanan Na” organized by the CCP Outreach was back in 2007 where the group gave 12 concerts to over 30,000 audiences in 11 sites around the country.

The Madrigals hold the distinction of being the first choir in the world to win the European Grand Prix for Choral Singing twice (1997 and 2007). It is composed of students, faculty and alumni from the different colleges of the University of the Philippines (UP). The ensemble performs a wide repertoire of various styles and forms: renaissance music, classical music, Filipino and international folksongs, contemporary and avant-garde music, opera and even popular music.

For this year’s tour, they will also conduct workshops for local choirs as well as perform with these choirs in a grand public showcase. From January 18-20, they will be at the Silliman University in Dumaguete City; January 21-23 at the John Paul II Cultural Center, Sacred Heart Seminary, Bacolod City; January 24-26 at the Capiz Gym in Roxas City; and January 27-29 at the Central Philippine University in Iloilo City.

PPO’s latest season

Dino Decena

The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO), under the baton of its music director Maestro Olivier Ochanine, welcomes the New Year in the PPO’s fifth season concert on January 25 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo at 8 p.m. PPO’s Associate concertmaster Dino Decena is featured artist.

The PPO celebrates four decades as an orchestra with a performance of a new work for violin and orchestra expressly written by Ryan Cayabyab for the group’s 40th anniversary. The program also includes Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll, and Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 1 “Spring.”

The next PPO concert is on February 22 with guest artists Korean soprano Hyunah Yu and Filipino tenor Arthur Espiritu.

Ticket prices are P1,000, P800, P500, P350 and P200, with discounts available to students, senior citizens and groups. Subscription packages are also available.

CCP’s Pasinaya 2013 goes ‘Tsinoy’
A sneak preview of the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ 2013 performance season featuring more than 120 shows and 3,000 artists awaits the public as the Pasinaya 2013 opens on Sunday, February 3, focusing on Filipino Chinese arts and culture in partnership with Kaisa Para sa Kaunlaran, Inc. and Bahay Tsinoy.

Opening the Pasinaya are the Ling Nam Athletic Federation, Lion Cubs, Fire fighters groups and Diabolo. Also featured throughout the day-long event are the Philippine Buddha Care, Voce Fich, Filipino-Chinese classical singers Sherwin Sozon, Elaine Lee, Joanna Go and Roger Saldo Chua, Philippine Cultural College Chinese Orchestra, the Philippine Cultural College Folk Dance Troupe and Lion Cub-Tiong Se.

Other exciting activities include exhibit on Chinese medicine and Chinese language, and poetry reading. Calligraphy demonstrations will be done by the Ateneo de Manila Confucius Institute.

The festival will be highlighted by performances of the Lion dance and the presence of Tsinoy celebrities.

Dubbed as the biggest one day multi-arts festival in the country, Pasinaya is an open house festival held annually for one day at the CCP.

Vocal coaching with Arthur Espiritu

Internationally renowned Filipino tenor Arthur Espiritu will be giving individualized vocal coaching sessions on February 13, 14 and 15 from 2-5 p.m. at the Silangan Hall of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. The sessions are open to young professional
singers and senior students pursuing careers in classical and opera singing.

The daily sessions will commence with a lecture on “Preparing for a Classical Singing Career”, which include audition etiquette and international career opportunities from 2-2:30 p.m..

Espiritu received an Artist Diploma from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and earned both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Music degree from the University of New Orleans. He performed as “Alfredo" in Verdi’s La Traviata and as "Almaviva" in Rossini’s Barbiere di Siviglia at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in 2012.

Limited slots are available for the vocal coaching sessions. For more details, contact 832-1125 local 1605 or email [email protected]

Japanese orchestra performs in Manila

Orchestra Nipponica Tokyo

THE Orchestra Nipponica Tokyo (ONT) will hold a series of concerts in Manila to celebrate the 40th year of the ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation in February. The concerts are part of the Japan-Philippines Friendship Contemporary Music Festival.

The ONT performs in a chamber concert at the Philamlife Auditorium on February 8 at 7:30 p.m. featuring Ayumi Hirahara (piano), Hiroshi Shibayama (oboe), Japanese String Quartet composed of Takashi Hamano (violin I), Naoru Komiya (violin II), Go Tomono (viola), Ken’ichi Nishiyama (cello), the PPO Woodwind Quartet composed of Rosemarie Poblete (flute), Ariel Sta. Ana (clarinet), Jose Jerry Samonte (bassoon), Ernani Pascual (horn), and the PPO String Quartet composed of Dino Akira Decena (violin I), Joanna Ruth Livioco (violin II), Joy Allan de La Cruz (viola), Herrick Ortiz (cello).

The musical pieces include La Dance: Suite Pour Piano by Yasushi Akutagawa, Nocturne in Eb Minor by Francisco Santiago, North-Silver-Night (Winter) Op.93 by Maki Ishii, Maligayang Bati (“Birthday Greeting”) by Francisco Buencamino, Woodwind Boogie by Hal Goodman, Violetango by Astor Piazzola, Entre-Temps (“Between Times”) for oboe and strings by Toru Takemitsu, String Quartet “Elegy” by Tadashi Kubo and String Quartet by Manuel P. Maramba.

Under the baton of Japanese conductor Tatsuya Shimono, the ONT will also perform Filipino and Japanese compositions in a special concertat the Cultural Center of the Philippines on February 9 at 8 p.m. The rogram includes Symphonic Poem for Yokobue (Japanese traditional transverse flute) and Orchestra Op.60 by Maki Ishii, Symphony No. 1 by Masashi Ishida, Philippine Symphonic Folk Songs by Herminigildo G. Ranera, By The Hillside by Antonino R. Buenaventura, and Sinfonia Tapkaara by Akira Ifukube.

Japanese classical guitarist in solo concert

Shin-Ichi Fukuda

International concert guitarist Shin-Ichi Fukuda will give a rare performance at the BDO Francisco Santiago Hall, Makati Avenue, on January 26, 2013 at 8  p.m. The concert is presented by Guitar Friends and Yuichi Imai, together with BDO, Makati Shangri-La Manila and Philippine Airlines. The concert is free of charge and open to the public on a first-come-first-served basis.

Born in Osaka, Japan on December 25, 1955, Fukuda began studying the classical guitar at the age of 12 under Maestro Tatsuya Saitoh. He left Japan to study the guitar at L’Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris under maestro Alberto Ponce, graduating in 1978 with the premier prix and a performer’s diploma. He continued his studies at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy, with maestro Oscar Ghiglia, graduating in 1980 with the highest-honour diploma.

Fukuda will also give a guitar masterclass on January 27 at the Pasay Function Room of the Makat Shagril-La Hotel at 9 a.m. Like the concert, the masterclass is free of charge and open to the public on a first-come-first-served basis.