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Recorders and Brasses at UP College of Music

The UP College of Music presents two concerts in Abelardo Hall Auditorium this month, featuring chamber music ensembles that are rarely cultivated in the country.  The first, which is scheduled on February 7, showcases a complete recorder consort (replete with violins and basso continuo), constituting the resident group named “Musika Sophia” of the Department of Music Education.  And the second is on February 14, which presents the resident brass ensemble of the Department of Winds and Percussion.

            Under the  direction by David Dino Guadalupe, Musika Sophia is the only complete recorder consort in the Philippines.  It was formed in 2006 with the aim of uplifting the performance and appreciation of lesser known music repertoire from Europe’s Renaissance and Baroque periods (mid 15th to 17th centuries).  Thus “Musika Sophia” has specialized in “early music” or historical performance from that time although works by contemporary composers utilizing this performance medium are included.  In the concert are works by di Lasso, Sermisy, Tomkins, Purcell, Handel and Bach and works by Mariannelli and Orbison.  In addition, “Musika Sophia” will also render arrangements of beloved Filipino airs such as “Katakataka,”  “Ikaw ang Mahal Ko,” and “Bakya mo Neneng.” Sherla Najera, soprano and Chair of the Department, will guest with UP Dance Majors.

            The concert on February 14 will showcase a brass ensemble made up of teachers from the Department of Winds such as Mahler Villanueva (horn), Fredeline Parin (trumpet), Cornelio Ramos (trombone), and Benedicto dela Peret, Jr. (tuba).  These performers are some of the finest instrumentalists in the Philippines at the present moment, having had  wide and long performance experiences with professional symphonic orchestras in the country.  Programmed in the concert are solo works by K Schoonenbeck (Rhapsody), R. Mendez (Romanza), E von Koch (Monolog No. 9), and concerted music by Scheidt  (Canzona Bergamasque), Davidson (Scaramouche for Brass Quintet), Roblee (Gershwin in Brass), Debussy (Golliwogg’s Cake Walk), and de la Peret’s arrangement of Morricone’s Cinema Paradiso.

Ticket to both concerts is at Php 200 with 50% discount to students with valid IDs and 20% discount to senior citizens.  For details and reservations, please call Josie Baradas at 9296963 or 9818500 loc 2639. –College of Music