A Priceless Gift of Music Heritage

The University of the Philippines College of Music library received a valuable donation of music scores on 10 April 2014, which adds to its music library’s Filipiniana collection of Rare Philippine Music Manuscripts. The donation was given by the youngest granddaughter of the famed Spanish criollo Filipino composer Jose A. Estella of late 19th century, Mrs. Ma. Angeles (aka Mariles) Estella Teotico. Once catalogued and accessible to performers and scholars, the gift will fill in our knowledge on the music cultural history of the country during the late Spanish colonial period onto the early American occupation.

Jose Estella (1870-1943) composed the ever famous soprano masterpiece “Ang Maya” and, as Dr. Kasilag wrote the bionote of the composer in the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, the first Philippine symphony in the Philippines titled “Filipinas,” which unfortunately is missing from the donation, along with the tone poem “Ultimo Adios” that was inspired by Jose Rizal’s poem of the same title, are milestones in Philippine history for they were composed before the rise of UP Conservatory of Music in 1920s. Estella studied music in Madrid Conservatory of Music.

With Asst. Professor Alegria Ferrer, librarian Lita Estipona, and the dean of the College Dr. Jose S Buenconsejo the boxes were picked up from Mrs. Teotico’s house.

The College now plans another Philippine music heritage concert in August this year with “concierto testimonial” for the Estellas who must be thanked for because of their caring act in safeguarding Philippine cultural patrimony.

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Ambat Conducts Modern and Postmodern Works for Symphonic Band in UP Music

The University of the Philippines College closes its second semester concert season 2013-14 with the UP Symphonic Band on March 20, 2014 at 6:30 PM. Abelardo Hall Auditorium, Quezon City. Billed “Extreme Make-Over,” the concert will be conducted by Prof. Rodney Ambat and will feature original contemporary symphonic band compositions by world composers. The concert is Ambat’s third since 2012, in which modern and postmodern symphonic band music is offered to the Filipino public.

The seven works on 20 March are all Philippine premieres and are some of the most challenging contemporary symphonic band repertoire.

The programme will start with “Banja Luka” composed by Jan de Haan (b. 1951). This piece portrays the composer’s feelings about the civil war in the Balkans in early 1990s. This will be followed by “Theme and Variations, op. 43 by Arnold Schoenberg and Alfred Reed’s “Divertimento for Flute,” the solo part of which will be played by Lester Armenta, a senior member of the band and a prize winner in Flute NAMCYA competition. “Saga Candida,” a concert suite by Bert Appermont ends the first part of the concert.

Symphony in B-flat for Band by a German composer Paul Hindemith will start the second half. This will be followed by the highlight of the evening, a piece titled “Extreme Make-over” by Johan de Meij. “Extreme Make-over for Wind Orchestra” is a neo-classical piece that transforms, as in postmodern parody and quotation, famous themes from Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky such as “Andante Cantabile,” Fourth and Sixth Symphonies, and Fantasy-Overture “Romeo and Juliet .” The evening will end with “Fanfare-Hayabusa” by Satoshi Yagisawa.

Tickets are at 200 pesos each, with 25% discount to students and senior citizens. For details, please contact the UP College of Music (02) 929-6963.

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Contemporary Philipine Choral Works at UP Music

The University of the Philippines College of Music, in cooperation with the Asian Composers League and the Philippine Choral Directors Association, presents original contemporary Filipino compositions for choirs in a concert billed “LikhAwit” at the Abelardo Hall Auditorium on Thursday, 13 March 2014, 7:00 o’clock in the evening. These choral compositions are by some of the Philippines’ finest Filipino composers such as Ramon Santos, Josefino Toledo, Maria Christine Muyco, Laverne Dela Peña, Jonas Baes, Mary Katherine Trangco, Feliz Anne Macahis, Jude Edgar Balsamo, Robin Estrada, and Von De Guzman. Their works will be interpreted by Ateneo Chamber Singers (Jonathan Velasco, conductor), UP Manila Chorale (Emmanuel de Leon, Jr.); UP Los Baños Choral Ensemble, (Romel Lomarda); Aleron, (Christopher Arceo); Samiweng Singers, Ilocos Norte National High School, (Sherberk Frez Cabrales) Philippine Vocal Ensemble ( Joel Aquino); Mandaluyong Children’s Choir (Sebastian Trinidad), AUIT and Himig Sanghaya (Mary Katherine Trangco).

Tickets are at 200 pesos each, with 25% discount to students and senior citizens. For details, please contact the UP College of Music (02) 929-6963.

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UP Dawani Women’s Choir in Concert at Abelardo Hall

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The University of the Philippines (UP) College of Music proudly presents Dr. Beverly Shangkuan-Cheng conducts the unique UP Dawani Women’s Choir in a concert titled “Serenade to Music” on Thursday, March 6, 6:30 PM in Abelardo Hall Auditorium, Quezon City. UP Dawani Women’s Choir is the only known all-women choir who performs on the concert stage in the Philippines today and is directed by the first Filipina who earned a doctorate in music arts in choral conducting from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor School of Music.

The rarity of hearing blended voices of women in the realm of art music live matches the repertoire of the evening some of which will be heard for the first time in the country. These are “We have come” by Abbie Betinis, Selections from “Suite de Lorca” by Einojuhani Rautavaara, “Tundra” by Ola Gjeilo, “Things That Never Die” by Lee Dengler, and “Serenade to Music” by Ralph Vaughan Williams. J.S. Bach’s “Wir eilen mit schwachen, doch emsigen Schritten” from Cantata No. 78 will complete the first part of the program. For the second section, Dr. Shangkuan-Cheng will conduct the UP Chorus Classes render the complete Mass in G Major, D. 167 by Franz Schubert.

Solo parts of the concert will be interpreted by Stefanie Quintin, Noemi Binag, Phoebe Bitoon, Ivy Buenaventura, Alyssa Dioquino, Maria Flores, Ervin Lumauag, Christopher Arceo, Pauline Arejola, John Borja, Myron dela Cruz, Lara Maigue, Louise Manuel,Rhys Plopinio, Jed Rodillas, Michael Undag, and Jay-El Viteño. They will be accompanied by pianist Mikhail Lastrilla, organist Armando Salarza, and instrumentalists Micah James Sanchez, Jacques Dufort, Jose Enrico Tuazon, Victoria Regalario, Ralph Taylan, Joy Allan Cruz, Giuseppe Andre Diestro, and Paolo Jaime Alcantara.

​Admission ticket to the concert on 6 March 2014 is Php 200. Students with valid IDs are entitled 50% discount and senior citizens, 20%. For details please cal 929-6963 or 981-8500 loc 2629 or email Eva at gondour03@yahoo.com.

IkoToki: Sounding UP Campus’ Daily Moves

 The University of the Philippiines College of Music presents the “IkoToki,” a new composition for a Jeepney Orchestra, composed by Dr. Maria Christine Muyco. This premiere will take place on February 28th, Friday at 6:00 PM at the Ampitheatre of the U.P. College of Science Complex on February 28, 2014, Friday, at 6 PM. The concert is free.

The Jeepney Orchestra consists of instruments from jeepney parts, which the composer collected from junk shops around Quezon City and turned into sounding instruments. JP Hernandez constructed wind instruments such as paihip (flute), tambudoy (side-blown flute), and tatot (trumpet). Percussions consist of tubophones (tube xylophone) and IkoToki Tultogan (mini jeep as idiophone) put together by Allan Hernandez, Romeo Cudiamat, and Boy Rullog. There is also the bakagong (tongue metal drum) and tatsulok (triangle) from Boy Rullog. Cris Garcimo created the Jeepnilamella, a kalimba-like instrument made out of jeepney plates. Another section of the Jeepney Orchestra is the Speech Choir by the Arts Studies students of Ms. Krina Cayabyab.

As the jeepneys highlight this concert, there will be actual jeepneys plying the circular Ampitheatre during the event. Ikot drivers Renato “James” Lino and Jason Reyes will be joined in by Toki drivers Julius Guevarra and Emmanuel Salvador. Music from sound installations will be part of the concert.

Works by students from the College of Music such as Jordan Peralta, Melita Cruz, Karl San Jose, Jairus Saldajeno, and Jonathan Domingo will be featured with the assistance of Nico Valdez (College of Engineering), Jam Respicio (College of Fine Arts), College of Arts and Letters classes, and that of Dr. Carmela Espanola from the College of Science, Institute of Biology. For further details, please email <jeepney.orch@yahoo.com.ph>

Hearing the poets’ voices in UP music

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​The University of the Philippines College of Music presents a special concert on Friday, February 14, 2014, 6:30 pm, Abelardo Hall Auditorium, which extols the voice of the poet who is heard in the creation and performance of the art song genre. The concert features Ms. Rica Nepomuceno, an Italian-trained soprano and teacher of voice in UP College of Music. She will interpret a rare program of all-Filipino art songs set to the varied poetry of National Artist Bien Lumbera, Marra Lanot,Aloysius Baes, and Rolando Tinio. Ms. Nepomuceno will be accompanied on the piano with pianist Jourdann Petalver who also trained in Italy and who teaches in the College.

 

​The art of song is a marriage between poetry and music. Words (the medium of poetry) carry the poet’s voice which is separate from the voice of the song’s narrative’s protagonist in whose voice the singer, in turn, attempts to relive in performance. It is this complex layering of voices that makes the appreciation of art song a challenging act of listening for the singer is but a medium for the different kinds of voices emanating from the text and melodies. Students in literature are strongly encouraged to contemplate and relish on this fusion of voices by the poet, composer, and singer.

 

​Admission ticket to the concert on February 14 is Php 200. Students with valid IDs are entitled 50% discount and senior citizens, 20%. For details please cal 929-6963 or 981-8500 loc 2629 or email Eva at gondour03@yahoo.com.

 

 

 

Cebuano Daygon by Estellores of Danao

From a unilineal point of view, it is ironic that I greet new year 2014 with an old Cebuano song “Gabii Dakong Bulahan,” which is a daygon (Christmas song). I recorded this in the midmorning of December 31, 2013 at the gate of the house where I grew up in Consolacion Cebu and I asked permission from the mature singer to have this recorded and posted here. The singer is Virginia Estellore, age 50, from Suba Duterte, Danao City, Northern Cebu, with daughter Mercy Estellore. Virginia is a part-time washerwoman who married to a trisikad (three-wheeled public vehicle) driver and part-time fisherman. She and her daughter learned the song by ear but it comes from a written “orihinal,” which texts can also be dictated to singers in a long performance version.

The material is posted for educational purpose. Here’s the link:

Happy and Blessed New Year!