Though the ensemble is built around a very strong tradition, it does not limit the performers versatility. They also perform relatively modern pieces like “Besame Mucho”. During the concert they performed several Hungarian codexes from the 16th to 17th century, Rakoczi melodies from the 17th century, verbunk dances from the 19th century,
Professor Jozsef Terek featured other interesting instruments like the Palo flute which is a wooden flute and Mr. Zsolt Farkas, the three stringed viola that was found rather interesting by the students and professors of the strings department. The performers have had several years of practice making all of them very astounding at their craft.
Having the chance to watch and meet a folk band that has come from the other side of the world was a very unforgettable experience. Listening to music that sounds completely different from that of the Philippines’ was transcending and extremely unique. The College of Music hosts several concerts that feature artists from all over the world. Announcements for future concerts will be posted.
--- Dominique Jhocson
Since its organization in 1973, the NAMCYA Competitions has become an authority in discovering and developing excellent Filipino musicians and artists all over the country. It is then with pride to impart that since then, students from the UP College of Music have frequently topped its various categories.
Dr. David Urrows, a music historian based in Hong Kong, visited the College of Music on May 19, 2017 to assist U.P. music scholars, Asst. Prof. Arwin Q. Tan and Instructor Mahler Villanueva, in determining the authenticity of primary music sources.