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September 1, 2011

Rare and Immortal Philippine music at UP College of Music

Rare and Immortal Philippine music at UP College of Music on September 3 The University of the Philippines College of Music closes the international conference “The Impact of Music in Shaping Southeast Asian Societies” with a concert featuring the teachers and students of the College in a concert dubbed “Musics of Philippine Nationhood” on Saturday, September 3, 2011 at 8pm.

Arwin Tan conducts the Novo Concertante Manila singing rare and immortal works produced in the Philippines from the last half of 17th century to 1986. The earliest music to be performed are villancicos (Spanish musical genre) preserved in the Dominican archives of San Juan del Monte church, one of which has a Tagalog text. This will be followed by chamber music played in 19th century tertulias (evening parties in the homes of affluent Filipinos during the 19th century), i.e., Diego Perez 1860 piano medley of Tagalog folk songs and dances to be interpreted by pianist Augusto Espino, with flutist Raymund Sarreal, bandurria virtuoso Elaine Cajucom, violinist Chona Noble, and cellist Celia Narzo. The UP Dance Company, with Angel Baguilat as artistic directors and consultant Cora Iñigo, will interpret this medley with reconstructed folk dances from the second half of 19th century. This piano medley is a landmark work in Philippine music history as it is the first extant music with a Filipino name in its manuscript (now preserved in the UP College of Music library).

For the September 3 concert, the medley will receive a comparsa (instrumental ensemble) arrangement by Dr. Verne de la Peña, Chair of the UP College of Music’s Department of Musicology. The tertulia music will continue with other piano music from the same salon society in Manila such as Julio Nakpil’s Recuerdos de Capiz (circa 1890s) and the ever popular Francisco Buencamino Sr.’s Mayon. The enfant terrible, pianist Lorenzo Medel will render these immortal Philippine piano classics. The second part will feature revolutionary songs from 1896 to 1986 such as Alerta Katipunan and Bayan Ko. Three types of kundiman follow Alerta Katipunan. These are Jocelynang Baliuag (folk kundiman), Nasaan ka Irog by Abelardo (art song kundiman), and Walang Hanggang Paalam, a popular music kundiman composed by Joey Ayala who will make a guest appearance. The concert will also feature beloved songs such as Lucio San Pedro’s Sa Ugoy ng Duyan and Aguilar’s Anak and pieces from the Maguindanaon kulintang repertory with Kanapia Kalanduyan and Tugma, the resident Asian music ensemble of UP. The concert will end with two songs from the 1986 EDSA people power revolution. Concert follows the book launch of Christi-Anne Castro’s “Musical Renderings of the Philippine Nation” (Oxford University Press, 2011).

Limited tickets at 200 pesos each are available before the show. For further details, please call 929.6963 (Josie) or 926.0026 (Yvette).

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