String and wind instruments featured in Music alumni concert

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Photo by Maria Charisse Ann G. Refuerzo

A GROUP of three Music alumni showcased the art of playing the guitar, the flute and the cello in “Triptych,” a debut concert held at the Recital Hall of the Conservatory of Music last Nov. 23.

The trio, who goes behind the name Triptych, consists of guitarist Alberto Mesa, flutist Raymond Sarreal, and cellist Anthony Inacay.

The musicians adopted their name from “triptych” or the form in visual arts where three different pictures come together to form one image.

Triptych held an afternoon concert with a line-up of works by Astor Piazolla, York, Chamisso, Gnatalli and de Falla.

The trio gelled instantly, showing a high level of skill in chamber music. Two of the pieces were duets: Piazolla’s “Historia du Tango” for the guitar and flute and Gnatalli’s Sonata for guitar and cello, which brought a contrast to the program as the mood became a little more intimate.

Smooth lines by the cellist and flutist mesmerized the audience, and the versatility of the guitarist kept them on their toes.

For their finale, they performed “Danza Espanola no. 1” from de Falla’s famous opera “La Vida Breve,” in a trio-arrangement by Alberto Mesa himself, a challenging piece originally for a solo soprano and full orchestra, reduced in size but not in grandeur.

The three had known each other for a while, first meeting as college students in the National Competition for Young Artists in 2005.

Inacay is the cellist for the pop band “Silent Sanctuary” and Sarreal and Mesa are award-winning solo musicians and faculty members of the Conservatory of Music.

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