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February 24, 2013

Turning Point: A Chamber Music Evening at the Ayala Museum

After the success of the first concert of the series which featured tenor Arthur Espiritu and pianist Najib Ismail, the MCO Foundation and Ayala Museum invite you again to another enchanting chamber music evening featuring two of the most loved chamber music written - the dramatic 3rd Piano Trio of Dvorak and the exquisite Four Seasons of Piazzolla in a concert entitled “Turning Point: A Chamber Music Evening”.

Featured artists are some of the country's finest musicians headed by pianist Mary Anne Espina, violinist Gina Medina; and a new sensational, young cellist making waves in the international music scene, Guo Qiele.

Repertoire includes Antonín Leopold Dvo?ák’s “Third Piano Trio”, which is considered his most dramatic and passionate chamber music composition. This work is a product of a series of disappointments including rejections from fellow composers, the death of his mother, and beginning of Dvorak’s musical friendship with Johannes Brahms. Brahms had a lasting influence on Dvorak. This work placed Dvorak among the league of great composer. Another featured work is Astor Piazzolla’s “Four Seasons”, which after graduating from the Nadia Boulanger in Paris, Piazzolla returned to Buenos Aires to form a new tango ensemble mixing the traditional instruments with modern electric guitars. He began composing in a style influenced by jazz and avant garde art music, and was dubbed tango nuevo. “Four Seasons” depicts the cycle of life in each of the four seasons of Buenos Aires but focusing on the urban nightlife throughout the year.

Leading the group is the two-time Aliw Awardee for the Best Instrumentalist Category, pianist Mary Anne Espina. Known for her excellence in chamber music, she is one of the most sought after collaborating artists in the country today. She has teamed up with violinist Frederic Pellassy of France, Violinist Hagai Shaham of Israel, Russian violinist Anastacia Chebotareva, the winner of Tchaikovsky and Paganini Competition, Sopranos Joan Gibbons, Kaori Sato, Leigh Adolph to name but a few. Likewise, distinguished Gina Medina has gained a vital seat in the Philippines' classical music circle as an admired violinist for both solo and chamber music concerts. She has performed with distinguished artists including pianist Nena del Rosario, violinist Chino Bolipata, cellist Willie Pasamba, Renato Lucas to name a few. She is currently the concert master of the Manila Symphony Orchestra.

The sensational 16-year old Chinese cellist Guo Qiele was named one of the "Ten Talented Young Artists of China" when he was only 14. Two years later, he took part in a national cello competition "Ai qin bei" and won the 2nd prize. Currently he is the prized student of world reknowned Cellist Qin Li Wei in Singapore. (Cellist Qin Li Wei has given a concert under the aegis of the MCO Foundation where he received numerous standing ovations in fully-attended concert.) Qiele regularly participates in masterclasses including the one conducted by pedagogue Frans Helmerson, Louis Claret and Luise Hopkins. He is a regular member of the Sichuan Symphony Orchestra and the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music Symphony Orchestra in Singapore.

Contact Details:
For tickets, call Ticketworld at (63 2) 891-9999, MCOF at (63 2) 750-0768 or (63 920) 954-0053 and Allan at (63 2) 782-7164 or (63 918) 347-3027.
Schedule/Venue
Ayala Museum
Greenbelt Park

Makati Avenue corner De La Rosa St., Greenbelt Park, Ayala Center
Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines


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