THE UST Woodwind Ensemble rendered romantic Filipino songs and Broadway classics in the third edition of their Valentine-themed concert at Albertus Magnus Auditorium last Feb. 21.
A week after the commemoration of St. Valentine of Terni’s feast day, the ensemble extended the celebration with a varied repertoire of love songs.
“The purpose of this concert is to spread the celebration of love among the audience and how such act should not only be limited during Valentine’s day,” orchestral conducting student Jedrick Itugot said in an interview with the Varsitarian.
The concert opened with Russian composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s “Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture,” which narrated the tragic love story by William Shakespeare. The performance excited the audience with its gradual rinforzandos and sudden increases in tempo.
It was followed by a rendition of UST Symphony Orchestra’s principal bassoonist Derrick Atangan’s rendition of “Carmen Fantasie Brilliante,” a song about the downfalls of a soldier lured by love, by French composer George Bizet.
Conservatory of Music students Demie Fresco and John Saga, a Thomasian Idols grand champion, treated the audience with an enthralling soulful duet of the 1996 pop rock song “I Finally Found Someone” by Bryan Adams and Barbara Streisand.
Coro Tomasino and Liturgikon Vocal Ensemble also performed popular Filipino hits “Gaano Kadalas ang Minsan” by George Canseco and “Sana Maulit Muli” by Gary Valenciano and Angeli Pangalinan-Valenciano.
Fresco, Aliw Award 2016’s Best Female New Artist, capped off the concert with her rendition of “Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin” by Aaron del Rosario.
The UST Woodwind Ensemble’s Valentine-themed concerts began with “Serenade” in 2015 and was followed by “Seasons of Love” in 2016.
Photos by Miah Terrenz Provido