The University of the Philippines (UP) College of Music or Abelardo Hall turns gold in age in Diliman campus. To mark this moment, a gala concert billed “Abelardo Hall: Celebrating 50 years, 1963-2013” is slated on Tuesday, September 24, 2013, 6:30 P.M. in the Abelardo Hall Auditorium. This concert hall is the last of the infrastructures built jointly during the time of UP President Carlos P. Romulo and the USAID.
In the concert are works by Filipino composers who graduated from the UP College of Music, a number of who are National Artists in Music, such as Antonino Buenaventura (Sa Dakong Silangan), Nicanor Abelardo (Cavatina, Nocturne in C-sharp minor, Mutya ng Pasig), Lucio San Pedro (Sa Mahal Kong Bayan, Sa Ugoy ng Duyan), Felipe de Leon, Sr. (Sa Nayon Ko), Rosendo Santos, Jr. (Bella Ilongga), IIly Matthew Maniano (Doxologia), Nilo Alcala II (Sa Silong Ng Langit), and Ramon Santos (Awit). JS Bach’s Concerto for Harpsichord in F minor (arranged for two pianos), BWV 1056 and Gordon Goodwin’s “Samba del Gringo” and “The Jazz Police” will complement the almost all-Filipino music programming. The concert will be highlighted with palabunyibunyan performance by the venerable Maguindanaon kulintang teacher of the College Aga Mayo Butocan with Kanapia Kalanduyan.
Featured in the concert are faculty members of the College such as Rodney Ambat (UP Symphonic Band), Mauricia Borromeo, Pia Margarita Dino-Balasico, Carolyn Kleiner-Cheng, Janet Aracama (UP Concert Chorus), Eric Barcelo, Mark Carpio (UP Madrigal Singers), Lester Demetillo (UP Guitar Ensemble), Nathan Neil Manimtim, Jamisolamin Solaiman, and Raymundo Maigue (UP Jazz Band and UP Percussion). Mature and highly musical students such as Nikka Mae Lopez, Gerphil-Geraldine Flores, Malvin Bethooven P. Macasaet, Stefanie Quintin, Bianca Camille Lopez, Tomas Umberto Virtucio, Jr., Aaron Rafael B. Aguila, III and members of the U.P. Dance Company such as Angela Betina Carlos, Angela Sebastian, Jeiel Hernandez, Minette Maza, and Aries Joy Manlapaz will render some parts of the program, along with distinguished alumni of the College such as Dr. Raul Sunico and Rudolf Golez. The famed violin virtuoso Joseph Esmilla will make a special appearance, performing Abelardo’s Cavatina with Mr. Golez.
The concert is free to the public, with the first 250 seats reserved for invited guests and the last 250 given on a first-come-first-served basis. For further details, please call Josie Baradas at 9818500 local 2639 or 9296963.