Thursday, July 14, 2011

Manila Chamber Orchestra (MCO) Foundation's "2011 Great Performances Series: Marimba, Sax and Friends" at the Philam Life Theater on July 16, 2011

Manila Chamber Orchestra (MCO) Foundation presents...

2011 Great Performances Series: Concert #1
Marimba, Sax and Friends

Philam Life Theater (United Nations Avenue, Manila)
July 16, 2011 (Saturday)
7:30 PM

Bach's Concert #4: 3rd Movement
Mozart's Sonata #13
Rachmaninoff's Sonata for Oboe and Piano Arranged for Sax
Paganini's Campanella
Piazzola's History of the Tango for Sop. Sax and Piano
Monti's Czardas
Liszt's Rhapsody #12
Duet Arranged for Marimba and Sax (Bach's 2-part Invention #8, Canon by Pachelbel and Libertango by Pizzola)

Ticket Prices:
PhP 1,030.00
PhP 515.00
PhP 309.00

About the Show:

MCO Foundation, Inc. presents

"2011 Great Performances Series"

MCO Foundation opens its “Great Performances Series” with “Marimba, Sax and Friends”

Manila Chamber Orchestra Foundation opens its Great Performances Series 2011 that will provide chamber music with a new twist entitled “Marimba, Sax and Friends” on July 16, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. at the Philamlife Theater, United Nations Avenue, Manila. This concert is made possible through the support of BusinessWorld, High Life, Lyric Piano and Organ, and Oxford Suite Hotel.

A chamber music evening that promises a lot of fun and beautiful music, this concert features one of the most sought after marimbist in the country today Dena P. Fernandez, who is known for her “intensity and sensitive directness”. The Los Angeles-based music critic, Peter Antonio Galagar Jr. call her as “a natural wonder. Ms. Fernandez has performed in prominent venues all over the Philippines and internationally. She began her studies with Petra Molas at the College of Holy Spirit; and after receiving first prize at the NAMCYA, she continued her studies with Ernestina Crisologo at St, Paul University, Manila and Barry Dove, the principal percussionist of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. She pursued her master of music at St. Paul University becoming the first Filipino to obtain the degree with a major in Marimba Performance. She has participated in the International Music Festival in Cantonigros and Barcelona, Spain, concert tour to Corpus Christi, Forth Worth and Dallas, Texas as well as solo recitals at Merkin Concert Hall and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in New York.

A young and debonair saxophonist Michael Young, made his Carnegie Hall debut at age 18 before pursuing a Bachelor of Music Degree in Saxophone at the University of Michigan and furthering his studies in Los Angeles, where he took his Master and Doctoral Degrees in Saxophone at the University of Southern California. He regularly performs with artists such as Cynthia Alexander, Lynn Sherman, Tots Tolentino, Johnny Allege, Raul Sunico to name a few. He also teaches at the conservatories of Music in University of the Philippines, University of Sto. Tomas and St. Paul University Manila.

Special friends joining them are pianists Lourdes de Leon Gregorio and Peter Porticos. Ms. Gregorio enjoys a dual career as pianist and harpist. She was the first Filipino to obtain an artist diploma both in Harp solo and in vocal and instrumental piano accompaniment in Vienna Academy for Music and Dramatic Arts. Upon returning to the Philippines, she was presented in numerous harp and solo piano concerts. In 1973 with the establishment of the CCP Philhamornic Orchestra, she was designated the Principal Harpist, the position she hold until the present. Pianist Peter Porticos is a graduate of UST Conservatory of Music and took further studies at the "Hanns Eisler Hochschule für Musik" in Berlin, He currently teaches at U.S.T. Conservatory of Music, St. Paul University and Ateneo de Manila University in Katipunan, Quezon City.

The MCO Foundation is a 26 year old non-stock, non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of cultural arts. Program includes Poulenc’s Sonata for Oboe and piano but to be performed with Saxophone; the fiendish Czardas; Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody; Paganini’s La Campanella and some Piazolla’s popular works.

For inquiries and to buy your tickets, please CLICK HERE.
You may also call the MCO Foundation at (63-2)750-0768 or (+63)920-9540053
CAEO (63-2)782-7164 or (+63)918-3473027

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