Chamber music at Ayala; Singapore guitarist’s Manila debut
The new chamber music treat at Ayala Museum features soprano Mheco Manlangit and pianist Gabriel Aquarian on Sept 28, 6:30 p.m.
Repertoire will include vocal gems from various composers such as “O Had I Jubal’s Lyre,” “Du Bist Die Ruh,” “Gretchen Am Spinnrade,” “Morgen,” “Signing,” “Ores Nags Labing Mangitngit,” “Hangin, Kundiman ng Langit,” “Marietta’s Lied,” “Eccomi in Lieta Vesta…Oh! Quante Volte” and “Regnava nel Silenzio.”
Singapore-born Kevin Loh, top winner of three international classical-guitar competitions had his Manila debut over the weekend at Alliance Française de Manille Multi-Purpose Hall at 209 Nicanor Garcia St., Bel-Air II, Makati City.
Only 19 and a student of the Menuhin School in the United Kingdom, Loh is First Prize winner of the 2012 Junior Division of the Guitar Foundation of America’s International Youth Competition; the 2014 8th International Competition for Young Guitarists Andrés Segovia in Velbert, Germany; and the recently concluded 2017 34th Volos International Guitar Festival and Competition in Greece.
Loh made concert news in Singapore in his landmark 2013 premiere of Singaporean composer Bernard Tan’s Guitar Concerto with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra when he was only 14.
Noted Dave Belcher of Classical Guitar Review: “There is certainly no dearth of great young classical guitarists out there. Any of the many international competitions will give you a taste of just how high the level of talent—in terms of technique and musicianship—is out there these days. Among these excellent young guitarists, however, who merit special attention is Kevin Loh. His YouTube page (under the name ‘Optichero’) has video performances that go back to when he was just 5.”
In Singapore, Kevin was invited to perform “Concierto de Aranjuez” with the local Braddell Heights Symphony Orchestra in September, as part of their biannual series, “Singapore’s Gifted Young Musicians in Concert.” Guest artist is Filipino flutist John Owen Castro.
Loh’s Manila concert was presented by Alliance Française de Manille and the Independent Philippines Art Ventures.—CONTRIBUTED
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