THERE is much for classical guitar enthusiasts to savor when the Manila Guitar Quartet (MGQ) per- forms at the Ayala Museum on Aug. 11, 6:30 p.m.
“One of my goals is to see people appreciate the classical guitar for the unique sound it brings,” said Ramoncito Carpio, one of the members of the quartet. “If they just give it a chance, listening to classical guitar brings another kind of high far more rewarding than being lured to prohibited vices now suddenly a national concern.”
The MGQ was formed by accomplished classical guitarists who teach in the country’s top music schools. The members are Carpio (St. Scholastica’s College, Sta.Isabel College); Benchito Cariño (PWU); Nathan Neil Manimtim (UP); and Alberto Mesa (University of Santo Tomas).
The guitar quartet aims to champion repertoire of classical guitar from diverse styles and periods, and most especially original Filipino music.
“I believe that we have a big pool of talent here in our country and with proper support, we can surely be at par with the international level of guitar performance,” said Carpio.
Concert coordinator Aemilio Cecilio Enginco said the quartet aimed to encourage unity and camaraderie among guitar schools and institutions.
The Aug. 11 program includes “Grises y Soles” by Maximo Diego Pujol, “Pacific Coast Highway” by Andrew York, “Mutya ng Pasig” by Nicanor Abelardo as arranged by Nathan Manimtim, “Minamahal Kita” by Mike Velarde as arranged by Alberto Mesa, “Rosas Pandan” by Minggoy Lopez as arranged by Ramoncito Carpio and Philippine Medley by Jose Valdez, among others.
Call TicketWorld at 8919999. Tickets are also available at the lobby before the concert.