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The 35th Edition of the International Bamboo Organ Festival

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The 35th edition of the International Bamboo Organ Festival that will be held from February 18 to 24, 2009, will feature several musical masterpieces from various periods. JS Bach’s Cantata no. 130 and John Rutter’s Mass of the Children will the highlight of the opening Gala Concert. Swiss organist Guy Bovet, Filipino organist Alejandro Consolacion II, the Las Pinas Boys Choir, and the UP Singing Ambassadors will the featured performers of the evening. Other artists are soprano Karina Gay Balajadia-Liggayu, counter-tenor Mark Carpio, tenor Ervin Notes Lumauag, bass Noel Azcona and the Festival Orchestra under the baton of Eudenice Palarauan.

The Festival has always designated one night exclusively for organ music. On February 19, organist Guy Bovet from Switzerland will be the featured artist for An Evening of Organ Music. One evening has likewise been customarily set aside for less serious musical fare. Entitled Concert under the Trees, the event is in fact one of the best-attended evenings of the Festival. On Feb. 20 the Singing Priests, the Morrizwind Orchestra and a surprise guest artist from the world of pop will be the stars of the show. Organ and Trumpet are an essential combination in Baroque music- organist Jarek Malanowicz from the Czech Republic and Filipino trumpet player Robert de Pano will play as a duet in the concert of February 21.

On February 23, works by Filipino composers National Artist Lucio San Pedro and Alejandro Consolacion II will be performed in a concert dedicated to Filipino music and entitled Saring Lahi. Organists Armando Salarza and Rea Jimenez, the Las Pinas Boys Choir and soloist Bernard Caro, baritone Noel Azcona, tenor Ervin Notes Lumauag, and the Festival Orchestra will the performers for this event. Also part of the program are the Kasilag Trio (guitarists), named after the late National Artist Lucrecia Kasilag, while Eudenice Palaruan will the conductor for the evening.

Source: Press Release from the Bamboo Organ Foundation Inc.

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