Annual piano concert features famous film soundtracks

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Photo by Miah Terrenz Provido

MOVING away from the staple repertoire of classical music, faculty members and students of the UST Conservatory of Music treated concert-goers to renditions of local and international film scores in the 32nd edition of “Sampung Mga Daliri” at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater) of the Cultural Center of the Philippines last March 19.

Joining the 10 mainstay grand pianos on stage were different ensembles from the Conservatory including the UST Symphony Orchestra, UST Percussion Ensemble and UST Yellow Jackets Drumline.

Among the highlights of the concert were performances of American composer John William’s scores from acclaimed movies including “Indiana Jones” and “Star Wars,” and “Hedwig’s Fantasy” from the Harry Potter series. Music student Carl Kevin Sabillo arranged the Potter piece.

The show opened with orchestral conducting student Timothy Sosmena leading the performance of Filipino composer Francisco de Guzman’s “Lights, Camera, Music.” It was followed by Music student Trizia Serrano’s arrangement of “My Final Fantasy” in allegretto, a moderately quick and cheerful tempo.

Music Guitar coordinator Alberto Mesa’s arrangement of “I Want to Spend My Lifetime Loving You” from the 1998 film “Legend of Zorro” was rendered by 10 student pianists and the UST Guitar Ensemble.

UST Jazz Big Band then performed Argentine composer’s Lalo Schifrin’s score from Bruce Lee’s “Enter the Dragon,” arranged by Music alumni Ayman Linzag and Max Cinco.

The UST Musical Theater Ensemble gave the audience a taste of the 1978 musical “Grease” with choreography by Myra Victoria Beltran.

The powerful vocals of Coro Tomasino, Liturgikon Vocal Ensemble and UST Voice Faculty concluded the concert with a heartwarming medley of soundtracks from Filipino films “Sana Maulit Muli” and “Gaano Kadalas Ang Minsan.”

For Piano Department coordinator and concert chairman Anthony Say, the concert is a “traditional” avenue to showcase the talents of the Conservatory.

“[The concert] has evolved into a powerful and unique Thomasian tradition,” Say told the Varsitarian. “Music is about sharing and this concert is our way to reach out to people who are not exposed to classical music.”

For more than three decades, Sampung Mga Daliri Atbp. has served as an annual activity for the Conservatory to unite its departments and celebrate their craft.

“This concert is one of the biggest contributors to our experiences as Music students,” concert arranger and orchestral conducting student Jedrick Itugot said.

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