Wednesday, November 6, 2013

'Petite Messe Solemnelle' at Ayala Museum Dec. 3


"A Christmas Offering," the Cultural Arts Events Organizer and Ayala Museum's special thanksgiving Christmas concert, gathers the country's finest classical artists in a one-night performance on Dec. 3, at the museum on Makati Ave. and De la Rosa St., Makati City, at 7 p.m..

The performers will present one of the most beautiful, dramatic and difficult sacred music ever written: "Petite Messe Solemnelle." Written by Gioachimo Rossini, one of the pillar of bel canto opera era and the genius behind the opera The Barber of Seville and La Cenerentola, the work was written at the twilight of his life as a thanksgiving to God.

Maestro Alberto Zedda, a Rossinian specialist said, "The Petite Messe Solemnelle can be par with Verdi's Requiem in its dramatic intensity and memorable melodies." In the original manuscript, Rossini specifically request for four of the finest singers in Italy, 16 chorus members of soloist caliber, two piano and one harmonium for the premiere and requirement of the work.
Arthur Espiritu (left)

The concert features the finest Filipino tenor in the world today, Arthur Espiritu and three of the country's premiere classical artists: soprano Camille Lopez Molina, soprano Margarita Yulo Gianella and bass-baritone Noel Azcona with the prestigious Viva Voce singers (16 of the most promising young singers today) with pianist Najib Ismail and Fahley Asuncion under the musical direction of Gideon Bendicion and Camille Lopez Molina.

Camille Lopez Molina

Noel Azcona

This concert is a perfect Christmas experience to remind people of God's gift. It is also the producers' humble thanksgiving. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Home for the Abandoned Elders of the Sisters of the Child Jesus.

For Tickets, call COEA at tel. no. 782-7164 or 0918-3473027, the MCO Foundation at 750-0768 or 0920-954-0053, TicketWorld at 891-9999.
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