The 9th San Agustin International Music Festival, the premiere musical and cultural event in Intramuros, unreels on November 28 to 30 at the San Agustin Church with a powerhouse assemblage of the finest musicians both from here and abroad. This year’s festival has a special musical relevance since we commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the restoration of the 18th Century Pipe Organ of San Agustin Church, a National Cultural Landmark. Featured artists are Spanish organist Miquel GonzÃ¡lez, Filipino bassoonist Adolfo Mendoza, the world-renowned Philippine Madrigal Singers, the Hail Mary the Queen Children’s Choir, the Union Church Chancel Choir and the Manila Philharmonic Brass Ensemble.
GonzÃ¡lez, the Badalona-Barcelona organist is a winner of the prestigious Prix Ruiz-Morales in the MÃºsica en Compostela tilt and the Joventuts Musicals d’ Espanya national competition held at the Girona Cathedral. Mendoza, principal bassoonist of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) and faculty member of the University of Santo Tomas Conservatory of Music, has performed in key cities around the world as part of the Asian Youth Orchestra. Organist GonzÃ¡lez teams up with bassoonist Mendoza to perform compositions of Vivaldi, Elgar, Devienne and Spohr, among others. The Philippine Madrigal Singers under choirmaster, Mark Anthony Carpio, is the only group to win the coveted European Choral Grand Prix twice, the latest of which was held in Arezzo, Italy last August.
On November 28, the Spanish organist, Miquel GonzÃ¡lez, will interpret baroque pieces of Anselm Viola(1738-1798) and Charles Baguer (1768-1808) and together with the bassoonist, Adolfo Mendoza, the Concerto in D Minor by Antonio Vivaldi. The Philippine Madrigal Singers will render, among others, the Pater Noster, Christmas Spiritual Medley and Mga Awit ng Pasko.
On November 29, organist GonzÃ¡lez and bassoonist Mendoza will be followed by the Hail Mary the Queen Children’s Choir under conductor Theresa Vizconde-Roldan as they render the pieces like Living a Holy City, Salve Regina, Halina’t Umawit.
On November 30, after the performance of the organist and the bassoonist, the Union Church Chancel Choir and the Manila Philharmonic Brass Ensemble under the direction of Eudenice Palaruan will close the three-day festival with the performance of John Rutter’s Gloria to welcome the Yuletide Season. They will be joined by a composite choir from various church choirs.
The festival is organized by the Director of San Agustin Museum in cooperation with the Embassy of Spain, Agencia EspaÃ±ola de CooperaciÃ³n Internacional, Instituto Cervantes, National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Cultural Center of the Philippines and DZFE 98.7. Concerts start at 8:00 p.m. For details, contact 526-6793 to 94 or 527-4060 to 61.
Note: The text above is the press release of San Agustin Museum. Photos courtesy of the Museum.