Las Piñas’ Bamboo Organ Foundation stages a much bigger International Bamboo Organ Festival this year, as it does “every five years.”
The 45th edition, which opened on Feb. 20 and runs until Feb. 26, features Belgian-based early music ensemble InAlto.
The group of six (cornettos, sackbuts, and organ) consists of musicians from France, Italy, the UK, the Netherlands, and Belgium. InAlto accompanies the Villancico Vocal Ensemble (the festival choir since 2012) under Beverly Shangkuan-Cheng. Soloists are soprano Stefanie Quintin-Avila and alto Michelle Mariposa. They will perform on Feb. 23.
On Feb. 24, Belgian organist Bernard Foccroulle, will perform at the Bamboo Organ in an organ recital entirely dedicated to Spanish organ music, together with InAlto. The closing concert will be held at the San Ezekiel Moreno Oratory at the Villar Sipag compound on Feb. 26, in memory of Johann Trummer, a great benefactor of the organ culture in the Philippines, who passed away on July 18, 2019.
Tickets for the Feb. 23 and 24 programs are available at P700, P500, and P300. For the closing concert, ticket is priced at P300. Call (02) 8825-7190 or 8820-0795 for more information.
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