Saturday, December 05, 2009

Calbayog youth orchestra in Manila concert series

The Christ the King College (CKC) Jose Gomez Orchestra from Calbayog City, Samar, will hold concerts in Manila on the following dates: Dec. 7, 7 p.m., at Sanctuario de San Antonio Parish, Forbes Park; Dec. 8, 5 p.m., at SM Mall of Asia; Dec. 9, 7 p.m., at St. Anthony Shrine, Sampaloc, Manila; Dec. 10, 7 p.m., at Sanctuario de San Pedro Bautista Parish, Frisco, Quezon City; and Dec. 11,7 p.m., Paco Catholic School.

The promotional concert tour aims to raise funds for the Franciscan mission, Pondo ng Pinoy, and scholarship program of its members. The repertoire includes Beethoven, Mozart, Bach interspersed with modern popular compositions of local and foreign artists.

The orchestra was the brainchild of the former Bishop of Calbayog, Archbishop Jose S. Palma of the Archdiocese of Palo, and the Vice president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines. It was organized two years ago as a tribute to the talented and famous "Music Man of Samar", the late Jose Cinco Gomez. Inaugurated on November 25, 2007 during the feast of the Solemnity of Christ the King, the 60-member orchestra had its first concert on March 9,2009 at the St. Clare Monastery, Calbayog City.

The 60-piece orchestra is composed of high school students of the Christ the King College, which is run by the Franciscan Congregation in Calbayog City, Samar province. They started with very little knowledge in music; their rigid lessons are courtesy of their only music teacher and trainer, Fr. Marlowe A. Rosales, OFM, held after class hours in the afternoon and during Saturdays.

Their music instruments were donated by the Calbayognons in the USA. To date, the orchestra has had two concerts in Catbalogan, Samar, three in Calbayog City; one in Allen, Northern Samar; and one in Sorsogon City.

1 comment:

Joscephine Gomez said...

The existence of the Jose Gomez Orchestra should encourage other cities and municipalities to have their own, too.

I would like to explore the possibility of performing with this orchestra in the future. I will do my best to watch its concert on the 11th. --Joscephine Gomez, soprano

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