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February 8, 2013

Paco Park Presents Brahms' Waltzes and Philippine Folk Music

For the 2nd offering of the 32nd Philippine-German Month celebration in Paco Park Presents, this Friday, February 8, 2013, starting at 6:00 o’clock in the evening, concert pianists Gigi Gomez-Arambulo and Jonathan Arevalo Coo, take center stage in a piano duet of Brahms’ waltzes and Filipino folk music. Concert venue is the historic Paco Park in San Marcelino, Manila. Ms. Thea Perez is program host.
The 32nd Philippine-German Month celebration in Paco Park Presents is an annual collaborative effort of the Department of Tourism, under Sec. Ramon Jimenez, Jr., the National Parks Development Committee (NPDC), under Executive Director Juliet H. Villegas, the Embassy of Germany Manila and the People’s Television Network. NPDC Chief of the Cultural & Public Affairs Division Freddie A. Edos is the Executive In Charge of the project. Gie V. Arnold writes the script.

Gigi Gomez-Arambulo is a product of the Philippine High School for the Arts in Makiling, Laguna, and the U.P. College of Music (for her Bachelor of Music degree and Master’s in Piano Performance) .A recipient of an Italian government grant, she took a special course in Piano Performance at the Accademia Internazionale delle Arti. She was an orchestra pianist with the Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra which toured Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Germany, Poland, Denmark, Switzerland and Netherlands.

She is a Suzuki piano teacher. Jonathan Arevalo Coo first collaborated with Gigi Gomez-Arambulo during her Master's degree chamber recital performing works by Mozart and Brahms. Like Gigi, he also graduated from the Philippine High School for the Arts under Prof. Carmencita Guanzon-Arambulo, where he studied the Suzuki Method as a young piano student at the Greenhills Music Studio. He finished his Bachelor of Music degree at The Harid Conservatory Music Division (now part of Lynn University) and his Master's degree at the Eastman School of Music.

In 1996, Jonathan won the SAI Piano Duet Competition at the Chautauqua Music Festival with South African-Australian pianist Kris Bezuidenhout. Since then, he has specialized and promoted one piano, four-hand music giving concerts with Charisse Baldoria (for Schubert's 250th) and Mary Anne Espina (for Liszt’s 200th). Jonathan was also a regular performer at the German Ambassador to the Philippines' house concerts and has given a series of lecture-recitals on Beethoven's middle period sonatas and Kasilag-Schumann East-West influences.

This Friday’s program of Brahms’ WALTZES and selected Hungarian Dances is a fitting tribute to his 180th birth centennial this year. For the second part of the program, arrangements of Philippine folk music for one piano, four hands shall also be played: ALIWAN (Buencamino); CHUA-AY (Arr:A.Espino); KATAKATAKA (S. Suarez); AHAY, TUBURAN (Visayan folk song); KENKOY (N. Abelardo); and PANDANGGUHAN (R. Umali).
Paco Park

San Marcelino St., Paco
Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines

Friday February 8, 2013

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