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ACCOMPLISHED musicians who have proven their brilliance nationally and internationally are set to perform in a concert on July 16, 2016 at 7:30pm, to showcase works by Filipino and foreign composers and raise funds for the National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA).

 

To be held at the Little Theater of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), the concert, titled #galingNAMCYA, features past winners of NAMCYA, the country’s most prestigious music competition for the youth for more than 40 years.

 

The performers include Carlo Antonio Juan (Guitar), Sara Maria Gonzales (Violin),  Christian Tan (Violin), Kim Carl Mirandilla Ng (Viola), Arnold Josue  (Cello), Gabriel Allan Paguirigan (Piano), Luci Magalit (Piano), Myramae Tapia Meneses (Soprano), Antonio Maigue (Flute), Gabriel Allan Paguirigan (Piano), Reynato Resurreccion, Jr., (Oboe), Ariel Sta. Ana (Clarinet), Adolfo Mendoza (Bassoon), Naomi Sison (Piano), and Jay-ar Mesa (French Horn, guest horn player).

 

“We are very excited to have these NAMCYA winners perform and show that many of our world-class musicians were shaped by their experiences in NAMCYA,” said Renato Lucas, Secretary-General of NAMCYA, and who is also a past winner of the competition.

 

We titled the concert #galingNAMCYA because we want people to know that these performers came from NAMCYA and that they represent the wealth of talent that NAMCYA attracts every year,” added Lucas.

 

Before all these talent contests that we see today on TV, there was NAMCYA. It was where excellent musicians were discovered and nurtured to become world-class performers. NAMCYA continues to do that, and we want everyone to know that NAMCYA’s advocacy is to help our youth develop musical excellence and promote Philippine music.”

 

#galingNAMCYA aims to raise funds to help NAMCYA in its advocacy. Activities include the competitions and special performances in November, as well as outreach performances, workshops on Philippine music, and commissioning of new Filipino works.

 

#galingNAMCYA’s virtuosi will perform masterpieces of Filipino composers such as Nicanor Abelardo, Bayani M. De Leon, Manuel Velez, and Felipe P. De Leon, Sr., as well as works of foreign composers such as Ludwig van Beethoven, Paul Dukas, and Francis Poulenc.

 

LAKBAY HARANA AT PILA, LAGUNA

“LAKBAY HARANA AT PILA, LAGUNA”

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RESIDENTS of Pila in Laguna were enthralled by the various renditions of kundimans by soprano Myramae Meneses, tenor Arman Ferrer, pianist Agot Espino and the Kabataang Gitarista in a concert billed as Lakbay Harana held last May 18 at the historic Church of Pila. The said event, the first of a series of outreach concerts from May to November 2016, was made possible by the Cultural Center of the Philippines through its Cultural Exchange Department and the Tribung Pilipino Foundation.

The concert was staged through the partnership with the Shrine of San Antonio de Padua community. The Pila concert kicks off the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Diocese of San Pablo this year.

Lakbay Harana is an offshoot of a series of well attended concerts held in 2015 at the CCP’s Bulwagang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater Lobby) entitled Harana sa Dapit Hapon, also a joint undertaking of the CCP and the Tribung Pilipino Foundation (TPF). Lakbay Harana aims to promote and reawaken the public’s interest and appreciation (especially the young generation) for immortal kundimans, harana, balitaw, danza and unforgettable love songs by great Filipino composers. Noted classical singers and performers are featured in the outreach tour.

Succeeding concerts of the event will be held in Lipa City, Batangas on July 22, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur in September and Baler, Aurora in November. (Photo by Raul E. Asis)

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call for entries to the International Children’s Film Festival

“Call for entries to the International Children’s Film Festival”

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Filipino filmmakers are being invited to participate in the 16th International Children’s Film Festival to be held from July 1 to September 30, 2016 in Calcutta and other districts of West Bengal state.

Interested filmmakers may submit short stories or animated films not exceeding 100 minutes with contents appropriate for children ages 6 to 15.

Entries may be in DVD or Blu-ray format containing the film title, synopsis, production credits, and running time.

All works should be mailed not later than June 10, 2016, addressed to Parimal Mukherjee, General Secretary of Cine Central, Calcutta 2, Chowringhee Road, Calcutta – 700 013.

The International Children’s Film Festival is an annual program of Cine Central Calcutta (CCC), in collaboration with UNICEF, Nandan (West Bengal Film Centre), and various NGOs, created to help the children of India be familiarized with the various cultures around the globe.

CCC is the largest film society in India, conducting film festivals, film sessions, seminars, and exhibitions on a non-commercial basis for over 50 years.

For more information about the Festival, visit www.cinecentralcalcutta.org 

CCP OUTREACH PRESENTS ANTI-CORRUPTION PLAY FOR GOVT. WORKERS

“CCP OUTREACH PRESENTS ANTI-CORRUPTION PLAY FOR GOVT. WORKERS”

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 Tanghalang Pilipino’s WALANG KUKURAP theatrical play will be presented for government workers under the outreach program of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) on May 18, May 30 and June 01, 2016.

 Billed as “Art in the Workplace” (Sining sa Tanggapan), the project is aimed at encouraging public workers in local and national levels to support and promote Philippine art and culture and moreimportantly, advocate the vital role that art plays in national and community development.

 The one hour program will showcase the artistic excellence of the Filipino artists, along with the in-housetalents (from the offices that will be visited) will be presented as a living proof that art exists andflourishes in various workplaces and contributes to the enhancement of the work environment. The performance will be complemented with a forum-interaction between the artists and the audience to discuss the insights about the performance and its social relevance.

 Walang Kukurap is an original play that combines traditional theater with live interviews and unscripted performances to blur the line between reality and fiction, as it attempts to shed light on the politics and practices that define public governance in the Philippines today.  It is a suspense-thriller that offers a penetrating analysis of corruption and graft.  Its text takes off from the findings of artist-researchers aswell as first-hand testimony from government whistle-blowers and anonymous syndicate insiders, ultimately leading to questions about the coopting and destruction of national character.

 From 2012 – 2015, “Art in the Workplace” has been mounted at the Department of Budget andManagement, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Commission on Audit, Department of Finance, Department ofScience and Technology, Metro Manila Development Authority, the Office of the Ombudsman, the Bureau of Customs, National Historical Commission of the Philippines and the Career Executive Service Board, reaching an estimate audience of over 3,000 government workers and leaders.

 For 2016, TP’s Walang Kukurap will be presented in support of the government’s campaign against graft and corruption on May 18 (11:00am) for the National Parks & Development Committee, May 30 (3:00pm) for the Philippine Coast Guard and June 01 (3:00pm) for the main branch of the Landbank of the Philippines.

 

For more information, contact the CCP Cultural Exchange Department at tel. no. 832-1125 locals 1708-1709.

CCP MET OPERA IN HD PRESENTS TWIN BILL OF RARELY PERFORMED OPERAS

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“CCP MET OPERA IN HD PRESENTS TWIN BILL OF RARELY PERFORMED OPERAS”

A double bill of rarely performed one-act operas—Tchaikovsky’s romantic fairy tale Iolanta and Bartók’s harrowing Bluebeard’s Castle will be the featured presentation of the CCP Met Opera in HD on February 9, 2016 at Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5.

Tchaikovsky’s lyrical fairy tale Iolanta is about the psychological awakening of a blind princess, while Bartók’s harrowing Bluebeard’s Castle is about the newlywed Judith who must open seven locked doors to discover the full depths of her husband’s dark secrets.

Anna Netrebko stars as the title character in Iolanta, with Piotr Beczala and Aleksei Markov as Vaudémont and Robert, two rivals for her love. Nadja Michael sings the central role of Judith in Bluebeard’s Castle, with Mikhail Petrenko as her mysterious and menacing new husband.

Valery Gergiev conducted the double bill, which was a co-production with Teatr Wielki-Polish National Opera.  Both operas are directed by Mariusz Trelinski, who was inspired by classic noir films of the 1940s.

Of the production, the New York Times said: “Tchaikovsky’s music for Iolanta is wistful, tremulous and full of yearning, qualities Ms. Netrebko communicates through her bittersweet singing. Yet flashes of vocal intensity, a Netrebko hallmark, come through whenIolanta tells of her increasing confusion. Ms. Michael brings a strong, bright voice and visceral intensity to Judith. There were overwhelming passages in Mr. Gergiev’s account of this astonishing Bartok score, with its Expressionist angst and Debussy-like lushness.  He brought out rustic, folkloric elements in the music that seemed fresh.”

The CCP’s Met Opera in HD series features screenings of the latest operatic productions of the Metropolitan Opera in New York through High-Definition digital technology.

Other productions scheduled for screening at Greenbelt 3 cinemas for 2016 are: Carmen (Georges Bizet) on March 8, 2016; The Merry Widow (Franz Lehár) on April 12, 2016; and Macbeth (Giuseppe Verdi) on May 10, 2016.

For more information, please call Greenbelt 3 cinemas Customer Service Hotline: 757-7883 or CCP Sales and Promotions at 832-3706; e-mail address:  ccpsalesandpromo@gmail.com or visit www.culturalcenter.gov.ph. ###

Hirsch-Pinkas Piano Duo concert at CCP

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“Hirsch-Pinkas Piano Duo concert at CCP”

 

THE Cultural Center of the Philippines presents duo pianists Evan Hirsch and Sally Pinkas in a concert on December 9, 2015 at 7:30pm at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater). Program includes W. A. Mozart’s Andante mit Variationen in G major, KV 501 (1786), Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Six Pieces, Op. 11 (1894), Franz Schubert’s Rondo in A Major, Op. 107 D. 951 (1828), and Samuel Barber’s Souvenirs, Op. 28 (1954).

Sally Pinkas is Professor of Music and Artist-in-Residence at Dartmouth College (NH). She holds degrees from Indiana University and the New England Conservatory, and a PhD in Composition from Brandeis University. Pinkas has recorded solo works by Schumann, Fauré, Debussy and Christian Wolff for the MSR, Musica Omnia, Centaur, and Mode labels. Chamber music releases include works by Gaubert and Martinu (Naxos) and Piano Quartets by Fauré (MSR). She frequently appears with the Adaskin String Trio, and is a member of Trio Tremonti and Ensemble Schumann.

An active recitalist and chamber player, Evan Hirsch holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from SUNY Purchase and a Master of Music from New England Conservatory. In addition to teaching piano and chamber music at Brandeis University (MA), he has taught at Dartmouth College, and has been on the Adult Education faculty at the New England Conservatory. Hirsch has performed with many contemporary ensembles throughout New England, and has recorded for New Albion, MSR and Arsis. His most recent release of Selections from Vingt Regards by Olivier Messiaen (MSR) has garnered critical acclaim.

The Hirsch-Pinkas Piano Duo had its unintended debut at a Valentine’s Day Concert at Dartmouth College. Their audience’s enthusiasm convinced the two, already married though pursuing separate careers, to continue their collaboration. Pinkas and Hirsch made their European debut at the Officina Musicale Scotese in Abruzzo, Italy, and have since toured Nigeria, China, Southeast Asia, Russia, Italy, Bulgaria and Israel. Other credits include performances for Monadnock Music, Music Ninety Eight at the Cincinnati Conservatory (USA), Kfar Blum (Israel), Pontlevoy (France), and PpIANISSIMO (Bulgaria).

For ticket inquiries, please call the CCP Box Office at 832-3704.

SAN FERNANDO PAROLS AND GIANT XMAS TREE LIGHT UP THE CCP

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 “SAN FERNANDO PAROLS AND GIANT XMAS TREE LIGHT UP THE CCP”

A multitude of lanterns, each measuring 8-feet in diameter as well as a 50-foot tall Christmas Tree bearing 2,000 environment-friendly LED light bulbs brought sparkle and yuletide cheer to spectators at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Liwasang ASEAN and CCP Main Ramp through a special lighting ceremony to herald the Yuletide Season. The event was a partnership of the CCP with OMNI Electrical and Lighting-Yatai International Corporation, and the City of San Fernando, Pampanga.

 

Emceed by celebrity host Sam Oh, the event’s program featured performances by the Philippine Madrigal Singers, an excerpt of “Peter Pan” by Ballet Philippines, rendition of “Christmas Recollections” by the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra Wind Ensemble under the baton of Herminigildo Ranera and an excerpt from the well-loved Christmas ballet “The Nutcracker” by Philippine Ballet Theater dancers. Manila mayor Joseph Estrada and City of San Fernando Pampanga vice mayor Jaime T. Lazatin joined other guests in the countdown to the lighting of the Christmas tree and lanterns.

 

The CCP has pioneered in the display of Christmas decor along the Roxas Boulevard stretch of Manila and Pasay. Every Christmas season, for the past four (4) years, the CCP has spotlighted the beauty, craftsmanship and tradition of San Fernando parols. The Center has begun to adopt LED technology and advancements in its environmental impact mitigation advocacy minimizing its carbon footprint and electrical consumption in production and exhibitions programming.

 

The displays will run until January 03, 2016. (Photo by Kiko Cabuena)

Spanish French Hornist in Philippine Philharmonic’s November 6 concert

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“Spanish French Hornist in Philippine Philharmonic’s November 6 concert”

SPANISH virtuoso French Horn player Javier Bonet joins Maestro Olivier Ochanine and the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra on November 6, 2015, 8 PM at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater).  The program includes the suite from Poulenc’s ballet Les Biches, Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3 “Scottish” and Reinhold Glière’s Concerto for French Horn and Orchestra.  Also special on the program is a world première performance of a newly completed concerto byW.A. Mozart – the Concerto in E Major, KV 494a – finished by Anders Muskens and based on sketches by the composer.

Bonet will also conduct a masterclass at the CCP on Wednesday, November 4 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

Javier Bonet began his studies in Spain under the tutelage of his father and Miguel Rodrigo in Valencia, continuing in Germany (Folkwang Musikhochschule) under Hermann Baumann. A tireless researcher and international concert artist, his great versatility enables him to pursue an internationally recognized career as a natural horn player, receiving international acclaim as a performer on historical instruments, creating the natural horns group “Corniloquio”.

Bonet has often premiered works by contemporary composers, introduced various outstanding chamber music compositions and presented original educational programs. He has appeared as soloist with the majority of Spanish orchestras, in many other European countries, and in Taiwan, China, Venezuela, México, Argentina, Japan, and the United States. Among his various world premieres of concertos with orchestra, the first performance in 2009 of the concerto “Ab Origine” by Salvador Brotons is of particular significance. In the field of education, he regularly presents courses in Spain as well as abroad: Lisbon, Oporto, Paris, Budapest, Berlin, Bloomington, Mexico, Caracas, Beijing, and Tokyo. He was professor at the Conservatorio Superior de Salamanca and is presently professor of natural and modern horn at ESMUC in Barcelona.

A prize-winner in various international competitions, Javier Bonet now serves on the jury for the most prestigious competitions: Porcia, Geneva and ARD in Munich. He is a member of the National Orchestra of Spain since 1987.

For inquires and subscription, please call the CCP Marketing Department (832-1125 loc. 1806), the CCP Box Office (832-3704) or Ticketworld (891-9999).

 

ms. nora aunor, among others, receives the highest award given by the cultural center of the philippines!

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“2015 GAWAD SINING AWARDS HELD AT CCP”

 

 

THE Gawad CCP Para sa Sining awarded eleven individuals and two organizations for their outstanding achievements and contributions to Philippine arts and culture recently at the Cultural Center of the Philippines Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater).

 

The Gawad CCP Para sa Sining is the highest award given by the CCP. The award was conferred on Denisa G. Reyes for Dance; Fides Cuyugan-Asensio for Music; Antonio O. Mabesa for Theater; Roberto Chabet for Visual Arts; Ricardo A. Lee for Literature; Nora C. Villamayor a.k.a. Nora Aunor for Film and Broadcast Arts; Paulo G. Alcazaren for Architecture; Ben S. Farrales for Fashion Design; Leoncio P. Deriada for Literature, Talaandig School of Living Tradition for Cultural Work, Armida Siguion-Reyna for Cultural Advocacy, and Basilio Esteban Villaruz for Cultural Research. The Missionary Society of St. Columban received the Tanging Parangal for Heritage Preservation.

 

Denisa Reyes holds an impressive line of choreographic works that won critical recognition in the international dance scene. Her works focus on Philippine and Asian Contemporary dance and the possibilities of presenting current local issues through dance expressions.

 

Fides Cuyugan-Asensio is an icon in the development of opera and musical theater in the Philippines. She has also realized her nurtured gifts to conceptualize and stage the art and craft of theater in the country. She continues to promote young classical singers through the Music Theater Foundation of the Philippines, the non-profit organization she has established.

 

Antonio Mabesa is a theater artist and mentor who has involved himself in nearly every field of theater arts. While he is known as one of the country’s premier directors, directing over 130 stage productions, he is also an actor who has worked with the top theater companies and film directors.

 

Roberto Chabet, the first curator of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, is credited with having introduced conceptual art into the Philippine art scene. He spearheaded the acquisition of notable works of Filipino masters and contemporary artists. He also founded the 13 Artists Exhibit.

 

Ricardo Lee championed the use of Filipino in fiction since the 1960s and screenplay writing since the 1980s. His numerous books are the embodiment of his creative and imaginative power enriching Philippine Literature and Cinema.

 

Nora Aunor is a multi-awarded Filipina actress, singer, and producer. She has also topbilled several stage plays, television shows, and concerts, and has received numerous national and international awards and nominations. She is regarded as the “Superstar in Philippine Entertainment Industry”.

 

 

Paulo Alcazaren has been contributing works to the field of architecture that are not only aesthetically pleasing but environmentally sensitive as well. Owing to his education of architecture and landscape architecture at the University of the Philippines, his works and that of his company, Paulo G. Alcazaren and Associates (PGAA), have adeptly integrated verdure in the urban setting.

 

Ben Farrales took his imagination to the next level and brought indigenous designs and materials into dazzling creations we see today, worn by prominent personalities in elegant balls, society affairs, and fashion shows. His patterns are based on the Muslim culture, taking the malong fashion in other parts of the world like Canada, Los Angeles, and New York through an exhibit called “Maranaw.”

 

Leoncio Deriada has won all the prestigious literary awards including the Palanca Hall of Fame for his works in English, Filipino and Hiligaynon. His most important contribution is his having encouraged and trained young writers in West Visayas and produced prize winners for writing in Hiligaynon, Kinaray-a and Aklanon besides English and Filipino.

 

The Talaandig School of Living Tradition is a haven for pre-school children who learn reading, writing and arithmetic alongside traditional Talaandig values and mythologies, dance techniques, and music. The knowledge on the Talaandig people including their roots and identity are disseminated in the form of entertainment such as storytelling, chanting, music and instrument playing.

 

Armida Siguion-Reyna’s contribution to both the musical theater and the film industry is far reaching. In the field of musical theater, the television program “Aawitan Kita” for which she has produced, hosted and sang was aired for three decades. Her outstanding contribution to the arts is underscored by the awards she has received from different award-giving bodies.

 

Basilio Esteban Villaruz holds the distinction of establishing and sustaining the 34-year old program at the University of the Philippines College of Music and the UP Dance Company. He is nationally and internationally recognized and respected in the field of dance.

 

Since their arrival in the Philippines in 1929, the Missionary Society of St. Columban has been housed in the Malate Church (also known as the Nuestra Señora de los Remedios), and has continued to cater to the Malate area’s ecclesiastical needs. They have gone beyond their spiritual service to the congregation by also taking care of the church that they have called home.

 

The Gawad CCP Para sa Sining, which is given every three years, is awarded to artists or groups of artists who have consistently produced outstanding works, enriched the development of their art form. The award is also given to cultural workers, who through their works in research, curatorship and administration, have helped to develop and enrich Philippine art. The Tanging Parangal is given to individuals or organizations to honor their outstanding contributions to the development of the arts in the country. (Photos by Kiko Cabuena)

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CCP PRESS RELEASES

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“CRAFT AS CONTEMPORARY ART AT THE CCP”

THE Cultural Center of the Philippines is proud to present the exhibition HANDMADE featuring the craft-based works of artists Steph Palallos, Carmel Lim-Torres, and Josephine Turalba. The exhibit is on view at the CCP’s Bulwagang Carlos V. Francisco (Little Theater Lobby) until October 18, 2015. The artists will have their exhibit closing event on October 15, 2015 which will begin with an artist talk at 4pm and cocktails at 6pm. 

The use of craft in contemporary art means a dedication to materials and processes, though not entirely as a path to perfection and polish. On the contrary, the craft approach to art production shuns aesthetic perfection. Art that comes out of craftwork is a celebration of individuality amidst the spirit of globalism. It provides a concreteness and tactility that cyberspace can only offer virtually. It is in contrast to certain tendencies in globalism that promote a sense of cultural uniformity. 

In their exhibit, artists Steph Palallos, Carmel Lim-Torres, and Josephine Turalba create diverse art highlighting the Handmade. They express personal experience rather than give voice to a collective social message. Consider Turalba’s leatherwork as a means to re-imagine landscapes from memory, or Palallos’ sewing fabric to construct garments that expose the ailing body, or Lim-Torres’ installation composed of paper, ceramics and wood to express hope amidst ecological peril. HANDMADE is curated by Leo Abaya.

(HANDMADE is open to all and can be viewed from Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 6pm at the CCP. For more information about the exhibit, call the CCP Visual Arts & Museum Division, Production & Exhibition Department at (632) 832-1125 loc. 1504/1505, (632) 832-3702, mobile (63920) 4700690, email ccp.exhibits@gmail.com. )

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Henrik Schaefer (Conductor)

“GERMAN CONDUCTOR IN PPO’S OCTOBER CONCERT”

GERMAN conductor Henrik Schaefer leads the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra on October 9, 2015 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater) at 8:00 pm. The second concert is part of the PPO’s 2015-2016 concert season.

Program includes the music of Emilie Mayer’s Ouverture to Faust Op.46, Mozart’s Symphony No.40 and Schumann’s Symphony No.3.

Henrik Schaefer’s conducting career began with a ballet production of the Rite of Spring with the Leipzig Ballet and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. Since then, he has become a sought-after Wagner conductor, and his repertoire includes all the great Mozart operas as well as the romantic Italian and French operas. He has appeared as guest conductor at the operas in Leipzig, Rouen, Chemnitz, Seoul, the Opera Hedeland, the Norrlands Opera, the Hongkong Opera and the Opera of Gothenburg.

Henrik Schaefer’s opera repertoire includes The Magic Flute, Don Giovanni, Figaro, Cosi fan Tutte, Eugen Onegin, Faust, La Traviata, La Boheme, Falstaff, Les dialogues des Carmelites, Hänsel and Gretel, The Flying Dutchman, Rheingold, Walküre, Siegfried, Götterdämmerung, Tristan, and Parsifal.

As a concert conductor he is a worldwide acclaimed guest with the Tokyo Symphony, Gävle Symphony, Osaka Philharmonic, Helsingborg Symphony, Holland Symfonia, Norrköping Symphonie Orchester, Sapporo Symphony, Brabants Orkest, Sendai Philharmonic, Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, Tokyo Metropolitan, the Swedish and Dutch Radio Orchestras, New Japan Philharmonic, Nederlands Philharmonic, Japan Century Symphony, Hongkong Philharmonic and the orchestras in Nürnberg, Aalborg, Antwerpen, Enschede, Aarhus, Tromsö and Madrid.

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“A Joyful Noise! The UST Singers’ Thanksgiving Concert”

THE University of Santo Tomas Singers, under the baton of its conductor Prof. Fidel Gener Calalang Jr., will stage “A Joyful Noise! A Thanksgiving Concert” on October 10, Saturday, 8PM at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater) of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

The UST Singers recently arrived from their very successful 28th International Concert Tour of Europe, where they performed in key cities in Germany and Italy. Highlighting this trip was their monumental win at the 4th Florence International Choir Festival in Florence, Italy where they were proclaimed the Grand Prize Winner, bagging a total of 8 awards, including 4 First Prizes, the Best Male Soloist Award, and 2 special awards for Prof. Calalang.

Consequently, this will also serve as a send-off concert for the 32-member ensemble as they embark on another concert tour of South Korea, where they will be concertizing in the cities of Changwon, Jinju, Daegu, Busan, and Seoul. The choir will be featured as guest artists at the Busan International Choir Festival and Competition and the Daegu International Choir Festival.

The UST Singers is the premier mixed choir of Asia’s oldest Catholic university, the University of Santo Tomas. It has earned distinction as one of the world’s best choirs, having won 80 top prizes internationally, including the Choir of the World Grand Prize twice (in 1995 and 2010) at the oldest international choir competition, the Llangollen International Music Eistedfodd in Wales, the United Kingdom.