GUITAR SPECTACULAR AT UP ABELARDO HALL ON MARCH 20

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GUITAR SPECTACULAR AT UP ABELARDO HALL ON MARCH 20
by Pablo A. Tariman

The Manila Symphony Orchestra found a new home in the Promac Spotlight Center Theater in Circuit Makati February 6 where they received a rousing standing ovation after a scene from Westside Story.

Tenor Arthur Espiritu and  Myramae  Tapia- Meneses in a well-received Mozart duet that shook Spotlight  Circuit theater in Makati. (Photo: Danny Tariman)

Tenor Arthur Espiritu and Myramae Tapia- Meneses in a well-received Mozart duet that shook Spotlight Circuit theater in Makati. (Photo: Danny Tariman)

Everyone did well but the most applauded was the Cosi fan tutte duet (Fra gli amplessi) of tenor Arthur Espiritu and sopranoMyramae Tapia Meneses. Fortunately, the theater acoustics did justice to their voices and indeed you end up wishing you get aconcert version of the same opera.

Espiritu made his debut at the Frankfurt Opera yesterday (March 13) singing Renucio from the Puccini opera, Gianni Schicchi.

“Love in the Time of Opera” also featured Nonie Buencamino (Carousel), Carlo Manalac (Westside Story), Camille Lopez Molina and Noel Azcona (Merry Widow), Iona Ventocilla and Mark Bautista ( O soave fanciulla from Boheme), among others.

What is remarkable is that the Viva Voce ensemble has become so versatile they excel not just in opera but in OPM, Broadway and zarzuela as well.

The MSO under Arturo Molina was in top shape and here’s wishing they adopt that same venue for future concerts.


Meanwhile, an evening devoted to Mario Lanza favorites yielded quite a big crowd at the Ayala Museum Saturday night and the star of the show was no doubt the young tenor Nomher Nival accompanied with great sensitivity by pianist Gabriel Allan Paguirigan.

Nohmer now under the tutelage of Romanian diva Nelly Miricioiu, the rigid vocal coaching after his Ayala Musem concert is another straight 15 days right there in the diva’s London home.

Even the way the tenor looked had changed considerably but owing to his youth, he still looked boyish. But when the tenor sound comes, you can’t help admiring and forgettting he is still that young and needing more exposures.

Ably accompanied by pianist Paguirigan, Nival (with soprano Stephanie Aguilar) opened with the early Lanza movie favorites ( “That Midnight Kiss,” “You Are Love”) and ended up vocally incandescent in Nicholas Brodsky’s “Be My Love.”

Soprano Aguilar entranced with her rendition of Un bel di (“Madam Butterfly”). But it was the way she ended with beautiful pianissimos in “All The Things You Are” and “Danny Boy” that the audience went ecstatic.

Classical guitarist Tomonori Arai. He competes with himself, not with others.

Classical guitarist Tomonori Arai. He competes with himself, not with others.

On the whole, it was Nomher Nival’s night with his powerful interpetation of the zarzuela song, “Non puede ser” (La Tabernera del Puerto) and a well-nuanced, if, exceedingly ravishing, “Una furtiva lagrima” from the Donizetti opera, L’elisir d’amore.

Ending with “O sole mio” shared with soprano Aguilar, the sound was almost spectacular, the placement almost always secure.

The audience reciprocated with a standing and cheering ovation.

Nival’s vocal improvements were indeed remarkable and indeed you can see the result of the vocal guidance of soprano Nelly Miricioiu-Kirk with whom he stayed in London for personalized coaching.

Nival and Paguirigan will close the 2016 Catanduanes Summer Music Festival on April 23, 2016 at the Marem Pension House Function Hall in Virac, Catanduanes.

The concert of tenor Nival, Aguilar with pianist and Paguirigan was made possible by Cultural Events Organizers in partnership with Ayala Museum, Lyric Piano, DZFE.FM The Master’s Touch and TIEZA.

The next event at Ayala Museum is a vocal concert called “Divas” featuring Myramae Tapia Meneses, Anna Dinah Migallos, Michaela Fajardo with pianist Gabriel Allan Ferros Paguirigan on April 9, 2016, 7 p.m.

For ticket inquiries, call 09209540053 or 9979483.


Japanese classical guitarist Tomonori Arai told the Inquirer he is once again excited to perform for Filipino audience with whom he interacted when he attended the 2012 Manila International Guitar Festival.

Arai said his taking to the classical guitar was just understandable because he comes from a musically oriented family and his father was also a classical guitarist.

Also a lecturer at the Gendai Guitar Academy, Arai studied at Konzertexamen at Hochschule fuer Musik Koeln.

While figuring in some competitions where he emerged a prizewinner (first prize at Japan Junior Guitar Competition, Student Guitar Competition, and Spanish Guitar Music Competition), he admitted his most tough rival is not other musicians but himself. “The real enemy is myself,” he admitted.

Tenor Nomher Nival and soprano Stephanie Aguilar with pianist Gabriel Allan Paguirigan and author after the Ayala Museum concert. All set to close the Catanduanes Summer Music Festival on Aprl 23, 2016.

Tenor Nomher Nival and soprano Stephanie Aguilar with pianist Gabriel Allan Paguirigan and author after the Ayala Museum concert. All set to close the Catanduanes Summer Music Festival on Aprl 23, 2016.

Other competition in Europe he participated in was the Austria International RUST 2000.

Asked about the classical guitarists he admire, Arai easily pointed at his father. “Apart from him, I admire other teachers too especially Prof.Tadashi Sasaki in Germany. Many don’t know I also learn a lot from students themselves.

Arai is all set to perform with the Duo Trussardi on March 20, 2016 at the UP Abelardo Hall, Diliman, Quezon City.

Presented by Independent Art Ventures, Inc, the March 20 guitar concert was made possible with support from Japan Foundation Manila and Richmonde Hotel Ortigas and Trattoria Poggio Antico.

For inquiries, call TicketWorld at 8919999.

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