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July 12, 2013

Ode To The Filipino People

The University of the Philippines (UP) College of Music presents a rare concert featuring UP Symphonic Band, under the baton of Prof. Rodney Ambat, playing an all-Filipino music repertoire originally composed for symphonic band.

Scheduled on Thursday, July 18, 6:30 pm at Abelardo Hall Auditorium, Quezon City, the concert is titled "Ode to the Filipino People" and payshomage to Filipino music leaders who made remarkable contributions to the development of band music in the Philippines, especially during early twentieth century when Philippine Constabulary Band caught worldwide attention for its high level of musicianship.

The centerpiece of the event are pieces by Capt. Pedro B. Navarro, the first Filipino
conductor of the famed Philippine Constabulary (PC) who succeeded Afro-American Walter H. Loving. The musical skill and artistry of Capt. Navarro was noticed by the world’s leading band conductors during his time, including John Philip Sousa. Capt. Navarro got his musical training under the great Filipino composer Marcelo Adonay.

Only nine of Navarro’s written scores survive today although the search for more compositions is on-going. Most of his music is composed for band with light, sometimes whimsical melodies. Often a Spanish rhythmic flavor underlies the harmonies while at other times Navarro’s military influence is evident in the percussion.

Tickets for the show are priced at P150 with special discounts for students and the elderly. 
The concert is part of the Philippine music heritage series, which aims to promote the genius of Filipino creativity in the field of music.

Contact Details:
For more details, please call (63 2) 929-6963, (63 2) 981-8500 loc. 2639 or (63 2) 926-0026.
University of the Philippines

Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines

Thursday July 18, 2013

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