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“TRIBUTE TO THE THOMASIAN 2014″
The University of Santo Tomas Conservatory of Music in cooperation with the Cultural Center of the Philippines presents the UST Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Korean conductor Jae-Joon Lee with Filipino and Korean classical artists in a concert entitled Tribute to the Thomasian 2014 on March 30, Sunday, 6:00pm at the CCP Main Theater.
The program consists of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Overture from The Marriage of Figaro, Robert Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A, Op. 54 and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125. Featured artists are pianist Fr. Manuel P. Maramba OSB, soprano Yun-Kyoung Yi, mezzo soprano Nenen Espina, tenor Lemuel de la Cruz, and baritone Daesan No with the UST Singers, Coro Tomasino, and the Liturgikon Vocal Ensemble.
Founded in 1927 by Dr. Manuel Casas of the UST Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, the UST Symphony Orchestra has produced many musicians, some of whom have become the country’s leading artists. Presently, the Orchestra is comprised of 70 student-members, including winners of national music competitions, participants of foreign youth orchestras and scholars of important music schools abroad. It is the official orchestra of the University of Santo Tomas and an integral part of the UST Conservatory of Music. A resident performing group of the CCP which subsidizes its training program, it holds regular concerts at the CCP and participates in the CCP Outreach and Exchange program. It also serves as a training orchestra for the future needs of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra and other professional ensembles.
For more information, please call the UST Conservatory of Music at 731-4022, 406-1611 loc. 8246 or CCP Box Office at 832-3704.
“PPO CONCERT IN MARCH AT CCP”
INTERNATIONAL Taiwanese conductor Apo Hsu will lead the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra on March 14, 8 pm, at the CCP Main Theater. The programme consists of Carolyn Yarnell’s “Yosemite & The Range of Light”, Bohuslav Martinu’s Oboe Concerto and Sergei Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5. Oboist Wan-Chen Hsieh is soloist for the Martinu concerto.
Apo Hsu is the Orchestra Director of the National Taiwan Normal University, a post she has held since 2003. She is also a guest faculty member at The Conductor’s Institute at Bard College in New York. Other past appointments include Music Director and Conductor of the Springfield Symphony in Missouri, Artistic Director of The Women’s Philharmonic in San Francisco and as Music Director and Conductor of the Oregon Mozart Players in Eugene, Oregon after completing a three-year tenure as Affiliate Artist/NEA Assistant Conductor of the Oregon Symphony. She has served on the faculty for the American Symphony Orchestra League Conducting Workshops, National Youth Orchestra Festival 2000, the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute 2002 and 2004, the 2007 All State Orchestra in New Mexico and the 2009 All State Orchestra in Colorado. She has been a Music Review Panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, and Meet The Composers in New York City and serves as an Evaluation Committee member at the CKS Center in Taipei.
Guest appearances have taken Hsu all over the US as well as Russia, Asia, South America and Australia. More recent engagements include her residency at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in January 2012, an appearance as guest conductor of the Barra Mansa Symphony Orchestra (OSBM) in Brazil in July 2012 and the 2013 OSBM Classical Brazil’s project, “Brazil Classical 2013 season Orchestral Tour Brazil and Simone Leitao”.
Oboist Wan-Chen Hsieh has appeared as soloist throughout Europe and Asia, including performances with the MDR Chamber Orchestra Leipzig, Schöneberg Chamber Orchestra, Adlershof Chamber Orchestra Berlin, National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) Taiwan, Taipei Symphony Orchestra, Kaohsiung City Symphony Orchestra, Taipei Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, Taipei National University of Arts Orchestra, and C.Y.C. Wind Orchestra. She performs with the Taiwan Connection Music Festival Chamber Orchestra, established by violinist Nai-Yuan Hu from New York, and gives concerts with other TC musicians through Taiwan annually since 2009. Her first classical recording “Bel Canto” won the “Best Classic CD” in the 19th Golden Melody Awards in Taiwan, and first crossover recording “Capriccio Pine Breeze” was published by Wind Music in fall 2007. Wan-Chen lives in Taiwan and works not only as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Taipei National University of Arts, but also as the Music Director in the CHEW’s Culture Foundation. She organizes performances for the contemporary music group “SpringAutumnMusic”, and the series of family concerts “C.I.M. Concerts in Museum”.
Ticket prices are 1,500php / 1,200php / 800php / 500php, with discounts available to students, senior citizens and groups. Subscription packages are also available for eight (8) or four (4) shows.
For inquiries and subscriptions, please call the CCP Marketing Department (832-1125 loc. 1806), the CCP Box Office (832-3704) or Ticketworld at National Bookstore (891-9999).
“THE FLUTOPIA FLUTE ORCHESTRA AT CCP”
The Flutopia Flute Orchestra will make its public debut in two concerts in this year’s Flute Revelries Festival in March at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
The group will be first featured in a free admission concert at the CCP Little Theater Lobby on March 27, 2014, Thursday at 4:45 PM. Its second appearance will be at the Festival’s closing gala concert on March 29, Saturday at 8 PM at the CCP (venue).
The gala concert showcases the the Flutopia Flute Orchestra in tandem with guest artist, the Chilean-American flutist, Viviana Guzman.
Guzman will be performing solo literature for Flute and Piano, assisted by pianist Raul Sunico. She will perform with the Flutopia Flute Orchestra as soloist in the Fantasie Pastorale Hongroise of Franz Doppler.
For the gala concert, the Flutopia Flute Orchestra will perform works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Felix Mendelssohn, Franz Doppler, Gustav Holst, and Rogers and Hammerstein. These classical standards are interspersed with the music of present day composers Rick Pierce, Gary Schocker and Tango Master, Astor Piazzolla.
The conductor of the Flutopia Flute Orchestra in both debut performances is University of Santo Tomas Orchestra conductor and The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra resident conductor, Herminigildo Ranera.
The Flute Orchestra is an exciting ensemble of local professional flutists and talented university students that will serve as the resident Flute Choir of the three-day “Flutopia Revelries Fest” on March 27-29, 2014. The Ensemble numbers from 25-30 Flutes, which includes Piccolos, C Flutes, Alto, and Bass Flute as the core of the ensemble. The richer lower sonority of Flutopia Flute Orchestra is uniquely enhanced by the inclusion of a Bassoon and a Double bass.
Flutopia Flute Orchestra serves as a gateway for professional Flutists and aspiring emerging flutists to pursue quality in their craft while striving for world-class excellence. Under the stewardship of the founders Rosemarie Poblete, Edgardo “Gary” Silang-Cruz and David Jerome Johnson, the mandate of the group is to generate and sustain a love of flute literature and to ensure its public performance.
For more information about the Flutopia Flute Orchestra Gala concert, please call the CCP Box Office at 832-3704; or at Ticketworld: 891-9999.
Clarion Chamber Ensemble at CCP
The Clarion Chamber Ensemble goes onstage at the Little Theater of the Cultural Center of the Philippines to present the first concert in the 2014 season entitled “Beyond the Shadow of Beethoven” on Thursday, March 20 at 8:00 PM.
The program will open with the fourth movement of Ludwig Spohr’s Nonet in F major op. 31 to be followed by two substantial works of Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms, two stalwarts of the German Romantic tradition. These pieces are Schumann’s Romantic Masterpiece, the Quartet for Piano, Violin, Viola and Piano in Eb op. 47 and Serenade in D major op. 11.
Clarion members are Dino Decena (Violin), Renato Lucas (Cello), Hyun Joo Lee (Piano), David Jerome Johnson (Flute), Reynato Resurreccion (Oboe), Ariel Sta. Ana (Clarinet), Noel Singcuenco (Bassoon), Jay-Ar Mesa (French horn) and Double bassist Rommel Cruz.
Pianist Hyun Joo “Julia” Lee and flutist David Jerome Johnson formed Clarion Chamber Ensemble in December 2001. Members of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra and the Old San Miguel Orchestra joined the two founders to create a core group of nine ensemble members. Other local and international musicians collaborate with the ensemble as the music demands.
The strength of the Ensemble lies in the diversity and flexibility of instrumental combinations and repertoire that embraces 18th to 21st century works. Clarion Chamber Ensemble has also worked with Opera singers and Jazz and Tango dancers in the service of the chamber music repertoire and the cause of various charities and non-profits, including the Macabata Children’s Foundation and 98.7 DZFE. Clarion’s series of season concerts have been housed at BDO’s Santiago Hall, Makati, and Philam Life Theater, Manila and their regular University Out-reach concerts presented at Far East University, the University of Santo Tomas and the Philippine High School for the Performing Arts.
David Jerome Johnson presents the chamber music program “Chamber Music in Progress” on 98.7 DZFE Sunday at 3PM, with a further broadcast the followingTuesday at 8PM.
“Beyond the Shadow of Beethoven” is a production by Clarion Chamber Ensemble and the Cultural Center of the Philippines, and co-presented by 98.7 DZFE The Masters Touch.
Ticket prices are Php700 and Php500.
For more information, please call the CCP Box Office at 832-3704; or at Ticketworld: 891-9999. Contact the Clarion Chamber Ensemble at 890-8840 or through Facebook.com/clarionchamber.ensemble.