Orchestras of UST, San Beda join in concert

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Photo by Jamillah N. Sta. Rosa

THE ORCHESTRA of San Beda College of Alabang joined the UST Symphony Orchestra in performing classic and pop medleys in “Ugnayan sa Tugtugan: Summer Breakout Concert in April,” at the Albertus Magnus Auditorium last April 5.

Conservatory of Music Acting Dean Antonio Africa said the mixed ensemble sought to highlight the theme of the Conservatory’s anniversary, “Sanduguan,” which “champions unity among diversity.”

“Ugnayan sa Tugtugan is [hopefully] the start of a partnership between San Beda College and the UST Conservatory of Music to hone great talents and unity,” Africa said.

With Herminigildo Ranera at the helm, the UST Symphony Orchestra serenaded the audience with a powerful rendition of Giuseppe Verdi’s “La Forza del Destino.” It was followed by “Three Ducks’ Fantasy,” an arrangement by Music student Gabriel Mendoza.

Soprano performer Demie Fresco led orchestral conducting student Jedrick Itugot’s medley of Filipina singer Niña Girado’s love songs “I Love You, Goodbye,” “’Til I Met You” and “Someday.”

The UST Orchestra also rendered a medley of 2016 pop hits, arranged by Derrick Atangan, another homegrown talent.

Conductor Melvin Rioveros then took hold of the baton and led San Beda College of Alabang Symphony Orchestra in playing a medley of English rock band Queen’s hits “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions.”

They also performed Canadian composer David Foster’s “Theme from St. Elmo’s Fire” and Swing Out Sister’s “Breakout,” both arranged by Rioveros.

Maria Raomi Checa, a violinist from San Beda, treated the audience to a soulful solo of Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Toccata and Fugue in D Minor,” arranged by Naldy Rodriguez.

The two ensembles collaborated to perform German composer Johannes Brahms’s “Hungarian Dance No.5,” a VST & Company medley, and chart-topping songs from 2015. The medleys were arranged by bassist JC Magsalin and Atangan.

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