At 6:30 in the evening, the UP Arco was ready to take the stage as they welcomed their conductor, Professor Martinez.
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.
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 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!
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.
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.