Thursday, November 13, 2008

UP Cherubim and Seraphim in concert

The University of the Philippines special children’s choir, the UP Cherubim and Seraphim, will celebrate the University’s centennial with a concert titled “Make My Life A Little Song.” Featuring alumni singers and the current batch of the choir, the concert will be held Nov. 21, 7 p.m. at the Abelardo Hall Auditorium, UP College of Music, Diliman, Quezon City.

The concert will also honor UP College of Music professor Flora Zarco Rivera who established the choir with 20 elementary-school children invited from the College’s Saturday Music Extension classes.

Since that day, Sept. 21, 1971, the UP Cherubim and Seraphim has been devoted to exploring the capabilities and possibilities of the Filipino child’s voice.

The concert will feature alumni groups representing the different generations of the UP Cherubim and Seraphim.

Erste Stimmen (First Voices) is composed of alumni from batches 1971-1985. Gossamer Wings is a group representing the choir’s alumni from 1986-1999, while In Transit is made up of alumni from 2000-2008 who are now in college. Lastly come the Apprentices, members of the choir who will be performing for the first time onstage since they joined the UP Cherubim and Seraphim this year.

The current choir will sing representative songs from the group’s wide repertoire, as well as new works composed and arranged for them by Carlos Pizarro and Augusto Espino.

All the groups will be conducted by Elena Rivera Mirano, director and daughter of the founder. They will be accompanied by musicians Celinda Guevarra Larracas, Soledad Reyes Bautista, Michelle Nicolasora and Rosanna Macapinlac.

Tickets are available at the Department of Art Studies office, Rizal Hall (Faculty Center Room 2088). Text 0917-5785224.

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