UP College of Music Tribute to National Artists Ramon Santos and Francisco Feliciano

QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES – Marking its 98th anniversary, the UP College of Music opens its faculty concert season for academic year 2014-2015 with Ipagdiwang! Tribute Concert to National Artists Ramon P. Santos & Francisco F. Feliciano at 6 pm on Thursday, 4 September 2014 at the Abelardo Hall Auditorium, UP College of Music. Admission is free but limited seats are available on first come first served basis.

Formerly known as University of the Philippines Conservatory of Music, formally opened on 4 September 1916 on Calle R. Hidalgo in Quiapo, Manila, UP College of Music has continuously nurtured the nation’s artists, scholars and teachers, and composers and has produced a number of alumni and faculty who have made significant contributions to the development of Philippine musical art, and who were later on declared National Artists for Music by virtue of a proclamation from the Office of the President of the Republic of the Philippines. These include Antonio Molina, Antonino Buenaventura, Lucio San Pedro, Felipe de Leon, Andrea Veneracion, Jovita Fuentes, Jose Maceda, Ramon Santos, and Francisco Feliciano.

The concert will honor Dr. Ramon P. Santos and Dr. Francisco Feliciano, noted Filipino contemporary composers and celebrated pedagogues, who have been recently proclaimed National Artists for Music 2014. Both have received various international awards and their works are critically acclaimed. UP university professor emeritus Santos is known for his significant contributions in studying Philippine traditional music and for his search for new directions in music, focusing on non-Western and Southeast Asian traditions. He was former dean of the UP College of Music and is currently teaching at the Theory and Composition Department of the same college. Feliciano is known for his significant contributions in bringing global awareness to the indigenous musics of the Philippines and for his leadership in liturgical music in Asia. He was a faculty member of the UP College of Music, founded the Asian Institute for Liturgy and Music (AILM), and is currently the president of Samba-Likhaan Foundation.

The program will be highlighted by tribute addresses from their noted colleagues and will feature performances of some of the composers’ celebrated works to be rendered by UP Cherubim and Seraphim to be conducted by Dr. Elena Rivera-Mirano, guitarists Lester Demetillo and Nathan Matimtim, AILM Chorale and AUIT under Mary Katherine Trangco and Eudenice Palaruan, UP Rondalla Ensemble, sopranos Bianca Camille Lopez and Jade Rubis Riccio with pianist Albert Roldan (pianist), and UP Dance Company with choreography by Steve Villaruz, which will be restaged by Herbert Alvarez for the event. UP Dance Company is under the direction of Angel Baguilat and partially consists of dancers Sarah Maria Samaniego
, Angella Betina Carlos, 
Michael Barry Que
, Minette Caryl Masa. The UP Contemporary Music Ensemble (CONEMUS) and Department of Musicology’s Tugtugang Musika Asya (TUGMA) will complete the show.

For more information and reservations, please call 926-0026/ 981-8500 local 2639 or visit http://www.facebook.com/UPCollegeofmusic or twitter.com/UPCMu2014

One can also call UP Diliman Telephone: +(632)981-8500 loc. 2629, Telefax: +(632)929-6963

UP Dawani Women’s Choir in Concert at Abelardo Hall


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.

UP College of Music Celebrates 50th anniversary in Diliman campus

A memorable September 2013 awaits the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman community and residents of Quezon City as the UP College of Music celebrates its 50th anniversary in Diliman campus. Concerts and other events are currently being organized by various stakeholders of the College.

The month-long celebration kicks off with student-led activities during the first week of the month. On September 2, 1-5PM, the College of Music (CMU) Student Council, under the leadership of Patricia Poblador and Stef Quintin, presents Walang Kupas. This will be followed by a Sportsfest: “Are you UP for the Challenge?” to be held at the College of Human Kinetics New Gym on September 3 from 9:30 AM onwards.

A more festive day will happen on the 3rd of September with a parade in UP Academic Oval at 11 AM. This will be followed by a Quiz Bee at 11:30 AM and a solidarity feast Salu-salo thereafter. A student-run ticketed concert at 7PM “Humayo’t Itanghal: Isang gabi ng musika ni Nicanor Abelardo” will end the 3rd day of September.

From the serious, the world reverts to the profane with carnivalesque laughter the following day, September 4 at 4PM. This is the fun-filled, annual Freshie Show, a folly featuring students in preposterous cross-dressing images “Binibining G-CLEF.”

Meanwhile, the faculty of the College, together again with students and some alumni, will have their contribution to the September celebration. These events are part of the series of faculty concerts held in the Abelardo Hall Auditorium.

Prof. Rayben Maigue conducts the UP Jazz Ensemble in a concert dubbed “Golden Jazz” on September 5. This concert will be followed by a presentation of innovative original dance theater works by composers of the Department of Composition and by the UP Dance Company. The concert is billed “Kathain 2” on September 12.

From the second week going to the third, the listing of the College’s September 2013 events thickens. The opera class, in partnership with a community theater, will present the classic Filipino musical by Jerry Dadap, “Andres Bonifacio: Ang Dakilang Anakpawis.” Set to the libretto by Dionisio Salazar, the musical play will be directed by Prof. Alegria O. Ferrer. The play is scheduled to run for three nights on the 16th, 17th, and 20th of September.

This musical coincides with the interdisciplinary humanities conference Seeing-Sounding Social Transformation that will be jointly held in the College of Music and the UP College of Mass Communication from September 18 to 20. An important concert to be embedded in the conference is the concert of memorable avant-garde music by Drs. Jose Maceda, Ramon Santos, and Jonas Baes on September 19.

The month-long celebration will be highlighted with a free concert titled “AHA@50 Anniversary Gala Night” on September 24. Music of this concert will be rendered by icons of Filipino classical music scene such as Raul Sunico, Eric Barcelo, Joseph Esmilla, Rudolf Golez, Rodney Ambat, Rayben Maigue, Alegria Ferrer, UP Madrigal Singers, and UP Concert Chorus. A memorable souvenir program will be distributed during this concert.

All Faculty Concerts start at 6:30PM. The cost of admission tickets vary. For further details, please call Josie Baradas at 9296963 or 9818500 loc. 2639.

Sounds of Philippines History


Just as the recent global diffusion of North-American hip-hop music spawned multifarious varieties of local hip-hop musics around the world, Afro-American jazz has also found new sonic faces in urban spaces that have welcomed it.  This we find in 20th century Asia, particularly in Manila where reception of jazz is inevitable given the fact that Manila has been one of Asia’s entrepot, a crossroad, a contact zone where the two-way traffic of ideas and music commodities converged.  The transnational exchange between “East” and West” is  thus deeply manifest in Philippine landscape from the 19th century kundiman which came perhaps from the 18th century Spanish fandango to the late 19th century when Spanish zarzuelas became vernacularized.  These are evident of transculturation or the mixing of foreign with local cultural elements.  The circulation of printed sheet music that incorporated local images, rhythms and colors–afforded by capitalism, technology and the market–was another case of host culture assimilating foreign expressions into the local.  The “Pinoy jazz” of post-Pacific war paralleled  these developments.

The UP College of Music presents two concerts demonstrating this music-language diversity or hybridity that fundamentally characterizes Philippine culture.  On September 6, 6:30 pm, Abelardo Hall Auditorium, UP Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Prof. Rayben Maigue, will render an all-Flipino concert of “Pinoy Jazz” from late 70s to present.  Historically, this repertoire is a witness to the age of postmodernity where mixing of disparate elements, leading to the birth of unstable hybridities, is the norm.  The concert, to be annotated by jazz historian Ritchie Quirino, will feature “works” by the best proponents in the genre in the Philippines such as Matt Catingub, Jun Palacio, Domeng Valdez, Willy Yusi, Bobby Enriquez, Boy Palacio, Ritchie Quirino, and the most influential of all, Angel Peña.   This concert also commemorates the foundation of UP Jazz Ensemble in 1978.

From this sajonismo, the College equally celebrates hispanismo in Philippine culture with a rare concert on September 13, 6:30 pm featuring Philippine salon music from 1860s onwards.  Dubbed “Tertulia sa Abelardo Hall,” this concert showcases popular musics from the pages of Philippine history.  The phrase “popular music” means music  that were circulated among piano-owning social class in 19th century urban Philippines, i.e., music played in the salons of middle to upper class of Philippines society.  The development of national consciousness in late 19th  century owed much to this group, i.e., Filipino ilustrados (enlightened).  They were intellectuals who exchanged ideas among themselves through print medium: the newspaper, books, and commodified printed sheet music of the past that the concert recreates in the present.

In cooperation with the UP Colleges of Home Economics and Fine Arts, this event will showcase pieces for solo piano, duo, instrumental trios, songs, poetry reading and dance by Prof. Augusto Espino, Jourdann Petalver, and with the special appearance of young pianist Lorenzo Medel.  Outstanding students of the College such as Charlene Magalit, Roxanne Abuel, Raymond Roldan, Ralph Taylan, and Guiseppe Diestro will join their professors in the event.  Prof. Pat Silvestre curates the show.  Spanish refreshments will be tasted during the intermission.  Prof. Lou Decenteceo directs the show, with Lex Marcos as designer.

Tickets to the jazz and tertulia concerts are at 200 pesos each.  Attendees to the tertulia concert are requested to don on salon society Filipiniana attire.”  For details, please call Josie Baradas at 929-6963 or 981-8500 loc. 2629.