31/07/2012: UST CONSERVATORY SINGERS BRING CLASSICAL MUSIC TO GUAM
Three world class Filipino talents and alumni of the Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas Conservatory of Music -- Cipriano "Zip" de Guzman (baritone), Thea Perez (soprano) and Dingdong Fiel (pianist) -- performed at the Matapang Ballroom of the Guam Holiday Resort and Spa last Saturday, 28 July 2012, during the fundraising dinner-concert entitled "An Evening of Music and Celebration" organized by the UST Alumni Organization of Guam (USTAOG) in cooperation with the Philippine Consulate General in Agana, Guam.
Mr. De Guzman is a graduate of Bachelor in Music Education Voice Emphasis minor in piano (cum laude) and is now completing his Bachelor in Music Major in Voice minor in Choral Conducting under the tutelage of Maestra Irma Ponce-Enrile Potenciano and Choral Conducting under Prof. Fidel Calalang Jr. He is a recipient of the Klassikal Music Foundation Full Scholarship of Businessman and Tenor George T. Yang. On the other hand, Ms. Thea Perez earned her Bachelor of Music also under the tutelage of Maestra Irma P.E. Potenciano. In 1999, she received a scholarship grant to pursue Master in Music in Vocal Performance at the Elisabeth University of Music in Hiroshima, Japan under the tutelage of Marcella Reale and Uwe Heilman. At present, she is a faculty member of the University of Santo Tomas, Conservatory of Music and the St. Paul’s University College of Music and Performing Arts. She also hosts the show Paco Park Presents.
Pianist Dingdong Fiel graduated in 2007 with a degree in Bachelor of Music major in Piano under the tutelage of former Conservatory dean, Prof. Erlinda Fule. He was a recipient of the Rector's Award for Academic Excellence, as well as the Benavides Award for Outstanding Achievement. He also studied for more than 2 years at the Franz Liszt Hochschule Fur Musik in Weimar, Germany and was one of only four pianists (2007-2009) chosen to study under then Hochschule Rector Prof. Rolf Dieter Arens (Solo Piano and Chamber Music).
These accomplished featured artists treated the audience to a night of beautiful music featuring solo and duet classics from musicals such as South Pacific, Porgy and Bess, My Fair Lady, Les Miserables, West Side Story, Carousel and Phantom of the Opera. Soprano Thea Perez also sang pieces from the operettas Naughty Marietta and The Merry Widow. Pianist Dingdong Fiel also performed Prelude No. 12 "Fireworks" by Claude Debussy.
To pay homage to their Filipino heritage, Mr. De Guzman also sang Nicanor Abelardo's Nasaan Ka Irog. He also performed, together with Ms. Perez, Makikiliti Kang Totoo from the sarswela Walang Sugat and Ikaw ang Mahal Ko by Tito Arevalo and Levi Celerio. Their finale song was Gaano Ko Ikaw Kamahal, a song composed by two Philippine national artists, Levi Celerio and Ernani Cuenco.
Over 200 guests attended the event, part of the proceeds of which will benefit the college scholarship fund of the USTAOG.END
Consul General Bayani V. Mangibin (extreme right) joined USTAOG President Glynis Almonte (extreme left) and USTAOG Adviser Emelio Uy (3rd, right) in congratulating the Ms. Perez (2nd, right), Mr. De Guzman (3rd, left) and Mr. Fiel (2nd, left) after the concert.