PPO, NAMCYA Winners to Hold Concert UNANG HAKBANG, 9/24

PPO, NAMCYA Winners to Hold Concert UNANG HAKBANG, 9/24

Manila, Philippines--On September 24 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Main Theatre, winners of the National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA), the country's most prestigious music competition for the youth for more than 40 years, will be performing with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) to give a sampling of great works of some of the most prodigious composers who ever lived.

Titled "Konsyerto: Unang Hakbang," this concert of NAMCYA winners, together with the PPO, introduces the audience to snippets of longer musical works that have defined musical genres throughout history.

"We called it 'unang hakbang,' or first step, because we hope the audience will take that first step to appreciate the beauty of classical music. It is also the first step for some of our young musicians on the stage as professional musicians," says NAMCYA Secretary General Renato Lucas. "It will be a night of magnificent music-making by NAMCYA's young virtuosos."

Lucas adds that NAMCYA has chosen five of its most recent winners to help bring their music to younger audiences.

PPO, NAMCYA Winners to Hold Concert UNANG HAKBANG, 9/24Andrew Constantino, 1st prize & Special Prize winner for Woodwind (Clarinet) in 2015, will explore the leaps and limits of the clarinet range with Allegro from Clarinet Concerto No. 2, Op. 74, of Carl Maria von Weber (1786 - 1826). Andrew is a 20-year-old clarinetist who was taught by his grandfather to play the clarinet at age nine. He was also a scholar of the Philippine High School for the Arts (PHSA).

PPO, NAMCYA Winners to Hold Concert UNANG HAKBANG, 9/24Aaron Rafael Aguila III, 1st prize & Best Interpretation winner in the 2016 Senior Guitar Category, will bring to life a classical guitar piece by performing Adagio from Concerto de Aranjuez by Joaquin Rodrigo (1901 - 1999). Aaron started playing classical guitar at the age of 9 under Ivar Fojas. He earned his music degree under the tutelage of Lester Demetillo and has trained with other well-known classical guitarists.

PPO, NAMCYA Winners to Hold Concert UNANG HAKBANG, 9/24Nikki Zen Obmasca, 1st prize winner in the 2016 Solo Rondalla Category, will delight the audience with her rendition of Moto Perpetuo by Nicolo Paganini (1782-1840). This piece of Paganini was made for violin but Nikki will play it with her bandurria and infuse her own virtuosic way of playing. She started playing the bandurria when she was only 5 years old and is now a scholar of the PHSA under the tutelage of Nelson Espejo.<


PPO, NAMCYA Winners to Hold Concert UNANG HAKBANG, 9/24Mishael Romano, 1st prize winner in the 2016 Junior Strings (Violin) Category, will attempt to show the innovativeness of Felix Mendelssohn (1809 - 1847) with Allegro molto appassionato from the composer's Violin Concerto, Op. 64. Mishael is 17-years-old and hails from Dipolog in Mindanao. He started playing the violin when he was only 5-years-old, and because he is homeschooled, he has more time to focus on his music.

PPO, NAMCYA Winners to Hold Concert UNANG HAKBANG, 9/24Gabriel Allan Paguirigan, a two-time winner of NAMCYA, having won the grand prize in 2011 (Category B) and in 2015 (Senior Category), will display his artistry and mastery by performing a Hungarian work, Adagio religioso-Allegro vivace from Piano Concerto No. 3, Sz. 119 of Bela Bartok (1881-1945). Gabriel started his piano lessons at the age of 8 and has finished his Diploma in Creative and Performing Music Arts (DCPMA) Major in Piano, under the tutelage of Prof. Luci Magalit and Prof. Nita Abrogar-Quinto.

The country's leading orchestra and the resident company of the CCP, the PPO will also perform Der Freischuetz Overture by Carl Maria von Weber and L'italiana in Algeri Overture by Gioacchino Rossini. The orchestra will be under the baton of Maestro Herminigildo Ranera.

"We are trying to open up new opportunities for our youth today to explore music from the great composers of the past. We hope NAMCYA's young artists will help us with that," says Lucas.

For tickets call TicketWorld at (632) 891-9999. For special discounts and other concerns please contact the NAMCYA Secretariat at (632) 836-4928 to 29, (63)917-750-0107 or email namcya@gmail.com.

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