bamboo-organFor lovers of nice and calm music there is the 37th INTERNATIONAL BAMBOO ORGAN FESTIVAL to be held at ST. JOSEPH CHURCH, in LAS PIÑAS CITY, February 23 to 29, 2011 at 8:00PM

St Joseph Church has one of the finest organs in the world and almost all parts of the organ are made of bamboo which gives the organ a specific sound and makes the organ unique in the world.
Read more about this organ at the Wikipedia page: bamboo organ St Joseph

Every year in February a series of concerts are given with the organ as centerpiece. For this year 2012 the following concerts are prepared:

Music for Double Choir
Thursday, 23 February
Gala Concert (Invitational)
Friday, 24 February (Repeat Concert)
The 37th International Bamboo Organ Festival, celebrates the 400th death anniversary of Giovanni Gabrieli. He was an important Italian composer who popularized the “concertate” style, literally, the competition between two or more instrumental groups, what we now call: a concerto. His music will be featured in a setting similar to the practice in Venice: two, three or four ensembles (choral or instrumental) facing each other. Among the works to be performed are his “Omnes Gentes” ,”Plaudite” and “In Ecclesiis” , a canzone for two organs, and a canzone for two or three ensembles. G. Gabrieli had an enormous influence on the next generation of composers, as will be demonstrated in works for double choir by Heinrich Schütz and Johann Sebastian Bach. To perform this program are Jennifer Pascual (USA), Armando Salarza, Gerardo Fajardo , Manu Mellaerts (Belgium), Sherla Najera, Ily Matthew Maniano, Malvin Beethoven Macasaet, Arjay Nuas Viray, UP Music Education Chorale, Las Piñas Boys Choir and Las Piñas Mens Choir, accompanied by the Manila Symphony Orchestra led by Eudenice Palaruan.

bamboo-organ-las-pinas-81CONCERT UNDER THE TREES
Saturday, 25 February
To serenade us in the church’s courtyard during the traditional Concert Under the Trees with the most loved pop songs of the Philippines are (again) the voices of The CompanY. Being Asia’s premiere vocal harmony group, they have won numerous awards and sold thousands of albums, and are responsible for popularizing great hits like “Now that I have You” and “Muntik na Kitang Minahal”.

Sunday, 26 February
A night of purely organ music is a must-see concert, wherein both the Bamboo Organ and Pipe Organ of St. Joseph’s Academy will be played. For this year’s festival, Jennifer Pascual, an organist from the USA, will again be performing for the Filipino audience a variety of pieces ranging from Baroque to Contemporary.

A Festival Para-Liturgy on the Advent –
Epiphany of Jesus Christ
Monday, 27 February
Every year, the festival gives recognition to Filipino composers by featuring their creations in one of the concerts. This year, the work of Nicolas Matias Sengson entitled “Awitan-Kristo” will be performed. This work is a festival para-liturgy on the Advent-Epiphany of Jesus Christ. To be presided by Bishop Jesse Mercado, DD. The performers are Armando Salarza, Gerardo Fajardo, Renato Lucas, Sherla Najera, Malvin Beethoven Macasaet, Arjay Nuas Viray, Assembly Choir, Imusicapella and Las Piñas Boys Choir and accompanied by Manila Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Eudenice Palaruan.

Wednesday, 29 February
During the last night, dedicated to Chamber Music, one will hear excerpts from Gluck’s most famous and influential opera, Orfeo, together with Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No.5 and Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra. Artists for this program are Raphael Leone (Austria), Armando Salarza, Gerardo Fajardo, Orphej Simic (Austria), Rui Hashiba (Austria) and Minette Padilla with the Manila Symphony Orchestra conducted by Aries Caces (Austria).

So if you like good music and like to be there on one of the concert nights, make your reservations in time!

Tickets at 200, 400 and 600 pesos

church_signSt Joseph church in Las Piñas is not far from NAIA international airport and can easily be reached by taxi, jeepney or private transportation (parking might be a problem).