Online Newsletter Nr. 125
Philippine Community

    Benefit Concert presents Filipino Music

       Berlin- A Benefit Concert featuring Filipino classical and contemporary music was held at the prestigious Concert House (Konzerthaus) in the center of Berlin, Germany on September 5, 2009. The concert presented not only great Filipino music but also showed the overwhelming generosity of many benefactors who came to support the poor and needy people in the Philippines.

       “Musika Filipina” presented the richness of Filipino music tradition. The concert rendered a rare repertoire of Philippine Classical Music through the years which included the works of unknown yet great Filipino Composers like Marcelo Adonay (1848-1928), Francisco Buencamino Sr. (1883-1952), Nicanor Abelardo (1893-1934), Lucrecia Kasilag (1917-2008) and Jeffrey Ching, a famous Contemporary Composer born in the Philippines and now residing in Berlin. Two of his Works had their World Premiere. The world-renowned Filipino artists, namely: Andion Fernandez (Soprano) and Abelardo Galang II (Piano) together with the Quatuor Mistral offered an excellent and unforgettable concert.

       The Concert started with three Waltz pieces of Marcelo Adonay, considered the first Filipino composer documented in the history of Philippine Classical Music. “Harana” of Francisco Buencamino Sr. followed. Then Nicanor Abelardo’s two piano pieces and three Kundiman songs were presented by the artists. Lucrecia Kasilag, known as the “First Lady of Philippine Music” was honored with her composition “Walay Angay”. The part on contemporary music was presented by the two Works of Jeffrey Ching, namely: Spohr’s Last Thoughts and an excerpt from his opera piece “The Orphan” (“Das Waisenkind”). The international ensemble of the quartet, “Quatuor Mistral” is composed of Miguel Perez Iñesta (Clarinet), Emmanuelle Bernard (Violin), Arthur Hornig (Cello) and Abelardo Galang II, an internationally-acclaimed pianist who is presently finishing his doctorate degree in Berlin.

       Philippine Ambassador to Germany, Mrs. Delia Domingo-Albert expressed her admiration to the performance and the professionalism of the artists. Likewise, Prof. Dr. Barbara John, formerly in-charged of the foreigners in the Senate of Berlin, supported the noble event with her presence. The guests included the members of the Philippine Community, friends of the community from Germany and other countries and many representatives from the different Asian Embassies in Berlin.

       The Benefit Concert was for many guests an evening to be remembered and treasured. The overwhelming expression of support and assistance made this noble project a concrete expression of solidarity with the poor and the needy.