After our impromptu Monday date with Kenshin and friends, the whole week went on with little rest. I was able to catch some
sleep and then the nightly gigs continued towards the weekend. I am now
reaching a conclusion that December is a hectic month bar none. Hahaha.
Especially if you want to maximize the limited number of days off from school.
On Thursday, Jon and I were able to watch UP
College of Music’s annual offering of Handel’s Messiah. Jon’s a childhood
friend/church mate—he’s studying Music Conducting at UPCM and I don’t really
know what year he’s now in. Hahaha. We usually get complimentary tickets from
him on shows staged at the Abelardo Hall which is really fun because we get to
watch for free. Haha. But that’s if we request for one. Haha. Anyways, the last
time I watched Handel’s Messiah was on 2009. Jon’s concert class will be
singing for the orchestra that time and because he’ll be performing, he invited
us over. Plus, it’s his birthday so celebration na din. I was with Kuya Lou,
Ate Dianne and another friend I invited.
This year, I asked Jon to get me tickets for
the show. He said he’ll try. I was eager to watch the show because aside from
the Messiah repertoire which has been an annual Christmas tradition in UP,
premier performers from UP will also be gracing the stage. There’s UP Singing
Ambassadors, UP Concert Chorus, UP ARCO and of course the UP Madrigal Singers.
I’m dying to see them sing and perform live so when this chance came, I thought
I should come. Hahaha. Of course, Jon was able to get an extra ticket for me.
I felt that I was in heaven listening to angels
sing and play music that whole time. UP ARCO, CMu’s orchestra performed a few
pieces to kick of the night. Then, each choir performed three Christmas songs
and each of them are equally great in their song renditions. I especially loved
UPCC’s My Soul’s Been Anchored in the Lord—there’s a gospel feel on it with
groovy up beats. And then, there’s UPSA’s rendition of Ryan Cayabyab’s Munting
Sanggol. It was the first time I heard of it. I really like it when nice
Filipino songs are sang straight from the heart because they move me to tears. I
guess it’s because we just don’t understand the lyrics, we really get and feel
what they mean when sang beautifully. There’s also a Madz version of Go Tell it
on the Mountain—it’s just awesome. The soprano solo was beautifully
complemented by the male voices in the background. It’s like listening to a
round song except that it goes a notch higher after each round. This is only
the first part of the program.
The second part was the Messiah repertoire.
Messiah was composed by Goerg Friedrich Handel in 1741. It is one of the more
popular and frequently performed work of art in Western music. A section of
Messiah was performed that night with the UP Orchestra at the helm and UPCMu’s
Concert Classes together with UPSA, UPCC, Madz and UP Cherubims and Seraphims
as the chancel choir. Solos were performed by Soprano Mia Fernandez, Bass
Michael Bulaong, Tenor Ervin Lumauag and Counter Tenor Mark Anthony Carpio
(Madz conductor). I especially liked their performance of For Unto Us A Child
is Born. Of course, the Hallelujah chorus that capped the whole Messiah
performance was majestic. As said, it’s like listening to a host of angels singing
their praises in heaven. Hehe J The last part was also a favorite. Everyone
sang their hearts out to popular Pinoy Christmas Carols. Fun!
Friday. I’m back at UP, this time to watch the
annual Christmas Lantern Parade. I’m with my friends and I get to dabble with
my new camera. Hehehehehe.
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