2009 Bamboo Organ Festival
Bamboo Organ Festival's 34 th Year Celebration with a Bang.
The 34 th year festival of International Bamboo Organ located at Manila, Philippines – at The St. Joseph Parish Church had a kick off date of Feb. 19 to mark the bicentennial of the death of composer Franz Joseph Haydn, and the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Las Pinas Boys Choir.
Praised worldwide for its unique, rare and melodious sound. A Bamboo organ festival is held annually at the parish during the month of February.
The celebration featured performances by Austrian artists Christian Iwan, organist; Franziska Hammer-Drexel, soprano; Mark Anthony Carpio, counter tenor; Ervin Notes Lumauag, tenor, Eudenice Palaruan, baritone; organist Alejandro Consolacion II; and the Festival Orchestra under the baton of conductor Armando Salarza.
The festival traditionally sets aside one evening for less serious musical fare. “Concert at the Trees,” which featured Rivermaya, was one of the best-attended evenings in the festival.
“An Evening of Organ Music” was also held one night with guest artrist Christian Iwan, organist of the Cathedral in Eisentadt where Hadyn was once based.
The Philippine-Korean Friendship Night was held Feb 24 with organist Yang-Hee Yun, baritone Seong-kyu Lim, and the AILM Chorale conducted by Joshihibiah de Juan, to celebrate 60 years of Philippine-Korean friendship and cooperation.
Works composed by National Artists for Music Lucio San Pedro and Lucrecia R. Kasilag was performed in “Pagpupugay” (Respect , praise) on Feb.25.
“Pagpupugay” is a tribute to National Artists for Music Lucio D. San Pedro and Lucrecia R. Kasilag with performance of their works on Feb. 25. A new composition by Alejandro D. Consolacion II for oboe and organ was premiered on the same night, with Franz Ramirez on oboe, and the composer on the Bamboo Organ. They were joined by the UE Chorale conducted by Anna Abeleda Piquiero.
Guest organist Dr. Johann Trummer performed two organ concertos by George Frideric Handel, whose 250 th death anniversary was also marked this year, in “Lauda” and was slated Feb. 26 to 27.
Mozart's Exsultate Jubilate and Handel's Laudate Pueri was performed by soprano Franziska Hammer-Drexler as soloist with the UE Chorale and the Festival Orchestra conducted by Eudinice Palaruan.
For details on Festival sponsorship please email or contact the Bamboo Organ Foundation.
The Bamboo Organ Foundation, Inc.
St. Joseph Parish, Bamboo Organ Church,
Padre Diego Cera Avenue, Brgy. Daniel Fajardo,
1744 Las Pinas City, Philippines.
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