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September 2, 2011

Aima Labra-Makk @ the UP College of Music

World-renowned Filipina pianist based in Austria, Aima Labra-Makk, will be featured in a solo piano recital at the University of the Philippines College of Music Abelardo Hall Auditorium on 2 September 2011, 8pm.

Ms. Labra-Makk's appearance coincides with the international conference on music in Southeast Asian societies that is being organized by the faculty of the newly-instituted doctoral program in music in the College. Awarded the highest honors in Concert Diplomate from the University of Music and Dramatic Arts in Graz, Austria University of Music in 1990, Ms. Labra-Makk leads a solid career as a solo concert pianist, chamber musician, and educator. Her performances and magnetic presence have earned her worldwide acclaim. European critics describe her playing as "marked by high musical intelligence, colorful expression with physical robustness (to sound) with elegant ease of touch but never for the sake of display." In the September 2 concert at UP College of Music, Ms. Labra-Makk will perform a repertory that is rarely heard in Manila such Jeno von Takacs Suite of Old Hungarian Dances, op.42a and Tombeau de Liszt, Bartok's Suite for Piano, op. 14, and Santos's Abot Tanaw among others. Ms Labra-Makk is the only pianist in the world who had recorded the complete solo piano works by Takacs on disc. Takacs was a one-time professor in the UP Conservatory from 1932-1933. He had done research on indigenous Philippine music, an output of which was a book on Philippine music instruments published in Vienna in 1975. Ms. Makk is an alumna of the UP College of Music. She studied under Perla Suaco.

Limited tickets at 300 pesos each will be available at the gate before the show. For details, please call 9296963 (Josie) or 9260026 (Yvette).

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