‘Tribute to the Thomasians’ pays homage to Camille Saint-Saens

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Tenor performer and Music faculty member Randy Gilongo performs for concertgoers in the annual "Tribute to the Thomasians" concert at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Photo by Jamillah N. Sta. Rosa

FACULTY members and students of the Conservatory of Music showcased the music of renowned French composer Camille Saint-Saens in this year’s “Tribute to the Thomasians” concert held last March 12 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater).

With Reynato Resurreccion and Herminigildo Ranera as conductors, the UST Symphony Orchestra and Music faculty members treated the audience to renditions of Saint-Saens’ songs along with classics.

The concert opened with Resurreccion leading the Orchestra with “La Forza Del Destino” (The Power of Fate), an opera overture by Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi.

Tenor and Music faculty member Randy Gilongo treated the audience to a solo performance of “Cielo e’mar” from the Italian opera “La Gioconda” by Amilcare Ponchielli and “Le Reve” from the French opera “Manon” by Jules Massenet.

A piano rendition of Saint-Saens’ “Piano Concerto No. 4 in C Minor, Op. 44” by Music faculty secretary Peter Porticos followed. The piano concerto started with an allegro moderato to andante, a moderately slow tempo, which slowly changed to an allegro vivace, a very fast and lively tempo.

Saint-Saens’ “Symphony No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 78” concluded the concert with faculty member Victor Victorino on the organ.

“Tribute to the Thomasians” is an annual concert of the UST Symphony Orchestra, a resident performing group of the CCP, in collaboration with their professors.

The 70-member orchestra is set to perform again at the CCP Main Theater for the annual “Sampung Mga Daliri” concert slated on March 19.

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