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No Strings Attached

by Daniel Joseph Morabe


Last April 26, the UP Arco along with the Strings Section of the UP Orchestra held their concert “No Strings Attached” directed and conducted by Professor Edna Marcil Martinez at the Abelardo Hall Auditorium as part of the Strings Department Concert Series, featuring pieces from the Baroque era until modern times including a composition by the college’s very own Professor Marie Jocelyn Marfil.
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At 6:30 in the evening, the UP Arco was ready to take the stage as they welcomed their conductor, Professor Martinez.

The program began with Georg Telemann’s Concerto in C Major for viola lead by Paul Anthony Evangelista on the viola. In three movements Allegro, Andante, and Presto, the Baroque concerto showcased the capability of the viola as the leading voice in a strings orchestra.

The concert proceeded with the first and third movements of Mozart’s Divertimento in F major, Allegro and Presto respectively, representing the classical era in their repertoire. Without a soloist, the UP Arco played the piece in their typical ensemble setup.

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To end the first half of the concert, another member of the Strings Department faculty is welcomed on stage – Professor Chona Noble on the violin to perform Vivaldi’s 4th Concerto in his Four Seasons, “Winter” which was a very technically demanding piece showcasing the virtuosity of the performers.

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After the intermission, the UP Arco was joined by graduates and other students from the department forming the UP Orchestra String Section to perform the rest of their repertoire for the night beginning with “Serenade for Strings” op. 20 by Edward Elgar, an English composer during the early 1900s.

The orchestra performed Professor Marfil’s “Sa Kanyang Sayaw” which is the first of their contemporary repertoire for the night. Lastly, the orchestra performed pieces from the album “Leroy Anderson for Strings” arranged by William Zinn featuring the orchestra’s versatility for modern styles and genres in performing Jazz Pizzicato and The typewriter.

The Typewriter by Leroy Anderson featuring a typewriter as a percussion instrument.

For their encore, the UP Orchestra Strings Section performed a short rendition of Happy Birthday to celebrate Professor Chona Noble’s birthday!

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The last encore is a repeat of their Jazz Pizzicato by Anderson to end the night, this time accompanied by the audience as they snap and clap to the rhythm.

Congratulations to the UP Arco and UP Orchestra Strings section for their successful concert!

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