Aleron Promises Experiential Choral Concert in Makati and Manila

ALERON is mounting an experiential concert entitled “Under the Olive Tree”, to be held in two venues at the end of the month. The concert will focus on themes of war and peace, and will showcase works by both international and local composers.

The choir will stage the production on May 28th at the 2nd Floor Glorietta 5 merchant space, and on May 29th at the newly constructed Basilica de San Ignacio on Arzobispo St. in Intramuros. The shows will be at 8:00 PM and will be led by a guest conductor, Dr. Eudenice Palaruan, an esteemed choral pedagogue. These performances will be his last in the country before moving to Singapore to pursue a new teaching position.

The concert will include commentaries on the pieces, and these aim to provoke the minds of the audience. These include short play features that elaborate on the messages of the music. ALERON intends to reach a wider audience and to bring a new appreciation for choral music through this different concert presentation. For ticket inquiries and reservations, contact productions@aleronchoir.com or +639199132006.

ALERON is led by Christopher Amado Ong Arceo as ensemble director, and is a Philippinebased all-male choir geared towards exploring and broadening the male soundscape. It first came into existence in 2006 as the alumni ensemble of the Ateneo de Manila High School Glee Club, and continues today composed of male choristers from diverse backgrounds.

ALERON’s accomplishments include an Overall Winner distinction in the 31st Takarazuka International Chamber Chorus Contest held in Takarazuka, Japan in July 2015, a Grand Prize distinction in the 10th Busan Choral Festival and Competition held in Busan, South Korea in October 2014, and a First Prize distinction in the Vocal Ensemble category of the 1st Andrea O. Veneracion International Choral Festival held in Manila in August 2013. The group also represented the Philippines as guest choir in the 1st International Federation for Choral Music World Choral EXPO held in November 2015, in Macau, China.


Contact:

Kenneth Peter N. Lee

Media Manager/Corporate Comm. Officer – Aleron

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Mobile: +63 917 795 2520

The Sound of Music: Classical Music takes Center Stage in Marinduque’s 3rd Annual “Musika sa Isla”

BOAC, MARINDUQUE—Symphonies are due to wake the sleepy town of Boac, Marinduque as the city holds its third “Musika sa Isla,” the country’s only classical music festival, on May 18, 19, and 21. Premier musicians from Asia are gracing the three-day event.

Musika sa Isla” gathers a diverse roster of musical talents, ranging from pianists to seasoned singers. This year, Franz Chen of Indonesia and Tomoyo Kobayashi from Japan are playing the piano. Japan’s Kazuki Yamamoto is the festival’s lone violinist, while Ivan Jenzer is representing the Philippines on the cello. Filipino soprano singer Arlene Escultero and baritone singer Joseleo Logdat are joining as well.

The festival will take place in the capital’s storied attractions. On May 18, the International Concert starts at 6 p.m. at the St. Raphael Parish. On May 19, the Grand Gala starts at 6 p.m. at the Boac covered court. Watch out for the additional concert on May 21 at the Moriones Arena and Park.

But the better news is, good music is finally affordable. Tickets sell for P200 for each event; students even get 50% off for one.

“Musika sa Isla” is set in the quaint but bustling city of Boac in Marinduque province. The heart-shaped island takes pride in its scenic landscape, rustic charm, and other natural wonders. Its near zero-crime crate and impressive agri-based economy are attracting curious wanderers as Marinduque poises itself as a budding tourist destination. Once dubbed as the country’s “forgotten paradise,” it’s time for us to remember the beauty we’ve always had, the beauty we need to recognize. An easy bus trip away, JAC Liner even includes the RORO pass with their advanced reservations now available online.

The third annual classical music festival is supported by AGREA Philippines, a local social enterprise that hopes to revitalize agriculture in the island of Marinduque.

Contact:

Mirra Reyes

mirra@biyaheroes.com

0917-535-1501, (02) 507-8575