TWO RENOWNED Thomasian musicians displayed their musical prowess in a concert held for the benefit the children of Concordia, Pangasinan.

Titled Piano Duet, the concert at the Philam Life Theater last July 10 featured Conservatory of Music Dean and CCP Artistic Director, Raul Sunico, and UST Symphony Orchestra conductor Aries Caces.

Their first number, “Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn, Op. 56b.,” was met with generous applause and was immediately followed by the heavier Franz Liszt’s “Concerto Pathetique for Two Pianos, S.258.”

Returning after a 15-minute intermission, the two shared one grand piano and performed Francis Poulenc’s “Sonata for Four Hands.”

Afterwards, Caces took the front seat and switched pianos with Sunico in a sweet serenade of Sunico’s very own, “Philippine Airs.”

For the finale, Caces rendered the gentle melody of Niccolo Paganini’s “Variations for Two Pianos.” A standing ovation followed right after he hit the last key.

Cheers from the audience prompted Sunico and Caces to return for an encore. They rendered the Filipino folk song, “Leron, Leron Sinta.”

Elizabeth Caces, executive director of the Concordia Children’s Services Inc., expressed delight at the concert.

“It was a full house,” she said. “We are very happy as the beneficiaries for the amount of support given to us by the talents as well as the audience.”

Organized by the Concordia Children’s Services Inc., the concert’s proceeds would go to Concordia’s charities for the abandoned, abused and orphaned children. MARNEE A. GAMBOA

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