DATE/ TIME/ VENUE:
June 4, 2015
Thursday at 7:30 PM
Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater)
Ala-ala'y Awit" as a memorial tribute for Coro Tomasino founder Prof. Ricardo Mazo Jr. and founding member and noted operatic bass-baritone Prof. Jun Francis Jaranilla. It will be held at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino of the Cultural Center of the Philippines on June 4, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. This concert will also serve as a fundraiser for the various projects that Coro Tomasino intends to pursue such as outreach performances this year and hopefully a European tour in 2016.
German trained conductor and Philippine choral music icon Prof. Ricardo Mazo Jr. founded Coro Tomasino in 1987, under the auspices of the late USTCM Dean Alejandra Atabug. Composed of students from the University of Santo Tomas Conservatory of Music, the group’s aim is to develop high standards in singing and musicianship among its members. Further encouraged by an official sanction and full support from the University, Coro Tomasino has left its imprint in music circles.
The group has received numerous awards from their participation in various competitions and festivals in the Philippines, Indonesia and South Korea, such as the Concurso Canciones Espanolas Regionales ( 1987 and 1990 First Prize), National Music Competitions for Young Artist Choral Competitions (1991 1st Prize Regional Finals and 3rd Prize National Finals, 2009 1st Prize Regional Finals), Cultural Center of The Philippines Choral Competition ( 2009 Silver Awards in Folk, Sacred and mixed Categories), and Institut Teknika Bandung International Choral Competition (2010 Gold Medal in Folk and Free Program and Silver Medal in Historical Categories). At the Musica FEUropa Choral Competition sponsored by the European Union last May 24 and 25, 2013, Coro Tomasino won the 1st runner-up prize. The group also won 3rd prize in the Pop/Jazz Category at the 1st Yeosu International Choral Competition held last June 10-19, 2013 in Yeosu, South Korea. In December of 2013, the group participated in the 3rd Maior Caritas Festival held in Baguio City (University of Baguio, University of the Cordilleras and Baguio Convention Center) where the group was awarded the Jurors Prize. In 2014, the group was invited to participate in the 10th Karuizawa International Choral Festival held in Karuizawa, Nagano Prefecture, Japan where local television and radio stations hailed them as "The Super Choir". Coro Tomasino has received the the Pope Leo XIII Award in 1991 for outstanding musical achievement given by the University of Sto. Tomas and the Sto. Domingo Award for Music 2011 (Outstanding Thomasian Scholar Awards) given by the Becarios de Santo Tomas.
Coro Tomasino is most especially distinguished in their performances of major works by the masters: G.F. Handel’s Messiah, W.A. Mozart’s Requiem Mass, Organ Solo Mass, Coronation Mass and Sparrow Mass, L. van Beethoven’s Fantasia in C Minor for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra, F. Mendelssohn’s Elijah and St. Paul Oratorio, Brahms’ Requiem Mass, G. Verdi’s Manzoni Requiem, C. Saint-Saens’ Christmas Oratorio, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, J. Rutter’s Gloria, and C. Orff’s Carmina Burana. The group was one of the featured choirs in the " Tribute to the Thomasians 2014" where they sang in Beethoven's Symphony no. 9.
They have collaborated with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, Philippine Pops Orchestra, Manila Philharmonic Orchestra, Manila Symphony Orchestra, UST Symphony and Wind Orchestras, UST Guitar Ensemble, Pundaquit Virtuosi, Symphony by the Bay, UST Liturgikon Vocal Ensemble, UST Singers, UP Manila Chorale, and Musica Iuvenalis Slovakian String Orchestra, and and has been conducted by eminent conductors such as Dr. Herbert Zipper (1989), Leif Bjaland (1992), Pierro Gamba (1993 and 1994), Ruggiero Barbieri (1998 and 2001, 2013), Yasuo Shinozaki (2006), David Woodsworth (2007), Prof.Jae Joon Lee (2008, 2012, 2014), Dr. Ernest Hoetzl (2008 and 2009),Gerry Samonte (2006), Prof. Rodel Colmenar (2006),Prof. Josefino Toledo Jr. (2007), Agripino Diestro (2009), Igor Dohovic (2014) and Prof. Herminigildo Ranera (1990-present).
The group's current conductor and musical director is Assistant Professor Ronan H. Ferrer.
To learn more about CORO TOMASINO, visit their website at http://ust-corotomasino.weebly.com
Ticket Price: 500