UST Singers showcase diverse repertoire in ‘Glorious’

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BEFORE embarking on their international tour this month, the globally acclaimed UST Singers treated concert-goers to a night of classics and contemporary hits in “Glorious,” a concert held last May 31 at the UST Central Seminary Chapel.

“It is entitled ‘Glorious’ because it is one way of thanking God that after all the hardships we’ve been through, we are still together to represent the Philippines in our competition tour,” founder and conductor Fidel Calalang Jr. told the Varsitarian.

The UST Singers opened the concert with “Cantate Domino” by Spanish composer Josu Elberdin Badiola. It was followed by 16th-century composer Orlando di Lasso’s “Jubilate Deo, Omnis Terra” and German composer Johann Kuhnau’s “Tristis est Anima Mea.”

The group also sang “La Aporrumbeosis,” a harmonic combination of classical and rumba music by contemporary Cuban composer Guido Gavilian.

The Singers also performed Calalang’s arrangements of songs from popular musicals such as “Seasons of Love” from Broadway’s “Rent” and “This is the Moment” from the horror-drama “Jekyll and Hyde.”

The concert ended with an energetic performance of Harold Arlen’s “Get Happy/Happy Days are Here Again.”

“Glorious” served as a send-off concert for the 32-member ensemble, which is set to leave the country for its 32nd International Competition Tour of Germany, Switzerland and Austria from June 7 to July 14.

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