The Splendor of Music

Music lovers of Davao, please mark the date on Aug. 5, 2018, at 5:00 p.m., hopefully a bright Sunday, to experience the Splendor of Music. To help celebrate the Kadayawan Festival of our beloved Davao City, professional artistes from Seoul, South Korea, namely Park Sooyong (saxophonist), Kim Sungkwang (bassist), Lee Daein (classical guitarist), Cho Mee Hai (soprano diva of Davao), Song Taewang (tenor), Kim Eunhee (concert pianist), Kang Yunsook (jazz pianist), Lee Sungwjan (keyboardist) and Kim Minho (drummer) will be staging a fantastic concert at no less than the Marco Polo Davao Ballroom.  To make the concert a truly memorable one, renowned Filipino artistes Alfonso “Coke” Bolipata (violinist) and concert pianist Najib Ismael will add their brand of harmony for a strong Philippine-Korean musical union.

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“The first part of the concert will feature classical songs interpreted through violin solos, opera arias, and piano and saxophone performances.  The second part will focus on crossover music comprised of jazz and Latin songs to showcase the practical music genre,” informs Davao’s opera diva and the Splendor of Music concert organizer, Mee Hai Cho, who just got back from the United Kingdom where she performed in her operatic best.  It was not too long ago when the opera diva staged a concert with Korean professional artistes in Davao at the Tropical Hotel to an SRO crowd of appreciative music lovers shouting “bravo” after each performance.

The first part of the program will have our very own violinist Coke Bolipata performing to French composer Jules Massenet’s “Meditation from Thais.”  The opera premiered at the Opera Garnier in Paris, France, on March 16, 1894.  Closing the first part of the program is soprano Mee Hai Cho’s melancholic interpretation of Korean composer Choi Youngseub’s composition, ‘A Nostalgic Kumgang Mountain,” which expresses the beauty of Mt. Kumgang and the ironic inability of Korean citizens to visit the enchanting place because of the division of North and South Korea.

The second part of the program will have violinist Coke Bolipata opening the show with his soulful interpretation of Willy Cruz’s “Sana’y Wala ng Wakas” as arranged by Lucio San Pedro.  Cruz, a famous Filipino songwriter and music producer, wrote the title songs like “Bituing Walang Ningning (1985), “Pahiram ng Umaga (1989),” and “Sanay Wala ng Wakas (1986),” for more than 100 Tagalog movies.  Ending the show will have saxophonist Park Sooyong and tenor Song Taewang performing with gusto to Mexican composer Consuelo Velazquez’s “Besame Mucho.”

‘The main objective of this special musical concert staged in the harvest season of August which celebrates the Kadayawan Festival is to provide an opportunity for music lovers to broaden their knowledge in the arts; and to interact with other people who share the same interest…Proceeds from the concert will be utilized for the music program we are establishing at the Evangelical Mission College in Bangkal, Davao City, for 2018-2019.  The professional artists from South Korea will conduct master classes for two weeks; and provide the necessary musical instruments and such other materials needed,” informs Ms. Mee Hai Cho.

This special concert is organized and lovingly presented by the Phoenix Cultural Exchange Foundation, Inc., in cooperation with the Marco Polo Davao, the Ayala Abreeza Mall of Davao, and the Citihardware of Mr. James Lee.

Please help promote and watch this amazing concert which doesn’t happen that often in our beloved Davao City. For information and inquiries, please contact 234-3178/0908-864-0922.

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