UST music conservatory marks 70 years of love with concert

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MANILA, May 4, 2016 – The University of Santo Tomas (UST) Conservatory of Music, the largest musical academic institution in the country, will celebrate nearly a century of “unspoken love” with the best vocals and musicians at a benefit dinner and concert on May 14, 6 p.m., at the UST Paredes Building lobby in Manila.

In line with the Conservatory’s 70th founding anniversary, the event, titled “Love Unspoken” aims to raise additional funds for the institution’s continued grant of scholarships, enhancement of facilities, and upgrade of music instruments and equipment.

“In a rare occasion, Conservatory of Music Dean Raul Sunico, who is also the president of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, will perform the Tchaikovsky Piano Concert No. 1, while world-renowned conductor Prof. Herminigildo Ranera will lead the all-student UST Symphony Orchestra to an enchanting musical treat”, reads a UST press release about the event.

Two of the country’s finest coloraturas Irma Potenciano and Gloria Coronel, both UST alumna, will join a brilliant roster of soloists—faculty members of the voice program—in the one-night concert, rendering songs from the opera, Broadway, and Neapolitan repertoire.

Established in 1945, the UST Conservatory of Music is “a premier Philippine music school.” It has produced two National Artists (Antonio Buenaventura and Ernani Cuenco) and leading musical figures like Julio Esteban Anguita, Bernardo Custodio, Sergio Esmilla, Jr., Benjamin Tupas, Stella Goldenberg-Brimo, Alejandra Atabug, and Erlinda Fule, among others.

The UST Conservatory of Music is the only music school in the country that boasts an all-student symphony orchestra and an all-student symphonic band and “is home to the best student ensembles,” reads the press release. The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) named its Bachelor of Music program a Center of Excellence.

For more information interested parties may contact the UST Conservatory of Music at (02) 731-4022. (CBCPNews)

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