Klassikal scholars hold concert at Philamlife; Steinway holds piano contest | Lifestyle.INQ

OCTOBER 27, 2022

George Yang’s Klassikal Music Foundation’s (KMF) scholars will sing in all-operatic program “Opera Gala,” consisting of arias, duets and ensembles, on Nov. 24, 7:30 p.m., at Philamlife Theater.

The Klassikal Music Foundation was established by George T. Yang in 2008 as a private foundation geared toward promoting an appreciation and understanding of classical music in the Philippines. It focuses its programs on vocal classical music by assisting and supporting gifted students in developing and enhancing their music talents through providing financial assistance.

KMF has 25 scholars from some of the most prestigious universities in the country, including University of Santo Tomas, University of the Philippines, Centro Escolar University, St. Paul University Manila and Philippine Women’s University.

Scholars of the foundation who will participate in the concert are: Stephanie Aguilar, Rosette Marie Aguinir, Jhomerita Chua-so, Veronica Cruz, Marie Anne Dominese, Barrely Espina, Ruth Escrupulo, Geraldine Fame Flores, Micah David Galang, Lailanie Labre, Vida Grace Mirang, Jade Rubis Riccio and Karla Villanueva (sopranos); Juan Paolo Azul, Leo Angelo Lanuza, Rowell Cruz, Glenn Richard Naquila, Nomer Anthony Madridejo and Christian Pagano (tenors); Jillbert Chua, Cipriano de Guzman Jr., Belford King Mabunga, Vincent Olandesca and HuaXing “Eric” Yu (baritones).

Guest performer is the founder of the foundation, the benefactor of the scholars, George T. Yang, himself a tenor. Collaborative pianist is Farley Asuncion.

Baritone Andrew Fernando is artistic director.

Arias and ensembles that will be performed are culled from a bouquet of best-known operatic repertoire such as: “Pearl Fishers,” Bizet; “Der Rosenkavalier,” Strauss; “Don Giovanni,” Mozart; “The Magic Flute,” Mozart; “I Puritani,” Bellini; “Les Contes D’Hoffman,”

Offenbach; “Die Flaudermaus,” Johann Strauss; “Tosca,” Puccini; “Marriage of Figaro,” Mozart; “Manon Lescaut,” Puccini; “Un Ballo en Maschera,” Puccini; “Romeo et Juliette,” Gounod; “The Ballad of Baby Joe,” Moore; “Porgy and Bess,” Gershwin; “Rigoletto,” Verdi; “Das Lands des Landchelns,” Lehar; “La Taviata,” Verdi; and “Carmen,” Bizet.

Tickets are priced at P500, regular rate; and P300, student rate. They are available at the following McDonald’s restaurants: 32nd Street, Alabang, Banaue, Greenbelt, Greenhills, Eastwood, Edsa Panay, Frontera Verde, Katipunan, New Frontier, Petron South, Quezon Ave., Regalado, Rockwell, Shell Emerald, Timog Tobias, Tomas Morato, UN Ave., Valero, Wilson.

For inquiry please contact Ms Tina Valencia at 8130935

Steinway competition

The Lyric Piano and Organ Corp., sole distributor of Steinway pianos in the country, announces through its president, Alma Joy P. Cristobal, the holding of the first National Steinway Piano Competition on March 25, 2012.

Venue is the Steinway Gallery in Florentina Bldg., 80 Main Horseshoe Drive cor. N. Domingo St. cor. New Manila, Quezon City.

The sole winner of the tilt competes with other winners in the region, from Taiwan, Korea, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam and Singapore, on July 27-29, 2012, at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore.

The Grand-Prize Winner will proceed to Hamburg, Germany, and participate in a concert alongside winners from the European nation, a participant to the biennial Steinway International Festival sponsored by Steinway and Sons.

The second-prize and third-prize winners will get S$1,000 and S$500, respectively.

The jury in the Singapore tilt is composed of Bela Siki (USA); Caia Pagano (USA); and Eleanor Wong (Hong Kong).

The tilt is open to pianists 10-17 years of age as of September 2012. They will be required to render a 20-minute solo piano program played from memory from three contrasting stylistic periods.

The program must include the first movement from any sonata by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Clementi or Schubert. Individual movements from other works are acceptable for the two remaining “free choice” selections, but no transcriptions or concerti will be permitted.

Cristobal says the competition is aimed at identifying, encouraging and promoting young pianists in the formative stages in their careers.

Application forms can be secured from Lyric Piano and Organ Corp.

Call tel. 4125453 or 7234372 and ask for Ida or Ningning, respectively. It can also downloaded at www.lyricpiano.com.ph

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