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September 26, 2008 A Classical Music Lecture- Concert

RANDY GILONGO, TENOR


Randy Gilongo, earned his Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance at the Elisabeth University of Music in Hiroshima, Japan under Prof. Kyoko Hirata and Prof. Uwe Heilman. He finished his Bachelor of Music degree at the UST Conservatory of Music under Prof. Irma P.E. Potenciano. While in Japan, Gilongo won the grand prize of the ASAHI Music Awards, a competition of all international music students in Japan. He was featured tenor soloist in Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and has performed the role of Paolino in Cimarosa’s Opera "Il Matrimonio Segretto". He was also invited to the Nagano Music International Music Festival performing the tenor solo in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony in D minor. Among his operatic roles include, Ferrando in Mozart’s "Cossi fan tutte", Spoletta in Puccini’s "Tosca", and a handful of leading roles in Fr. Mamba’s operas. He has also essayed the role of Lensky in Tchaikowsky’s Eugene Onegin and Eisenstein in Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, both of which are productions of the UST Conservatory of Music performed at the CCP Main Theater. Gilongo also has a passion for art songs and has performed in several concerts in the Philippines, Japan, Austria, France and Germany.


NENEN ESPINA, SOPRANO


One of the most sought after sopranos in the country, Nenen Espina made her debut at the age of 17 when she was chosen as soloist to Handel’s “Messiah” at the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) Concert Series under the baton of Francisco Feliciano. Since then, Nenen has been a familiar face in the concert scene in the country.To date; she has done Beethoven’s "Ninth Symphony." Vivaldi’s "Gloria," Britten’s "Ceremony of Carols," Mozart’s "Requiem," "Coronation Mass" and "Mass in C minor," Rossini’s "Messe Solemnelle," Respighi’s "La Natividad",Menotti’s "The Death of the Bishop of Brindisi" and Mendelssohn’s "St.Paul." In 1993, Nenen received rave reviews for her portrayal of Suzuki in Puccini’s "Madama Butterfly" oppositen world-renowned soprano YokoWatanabe, under the direction of Bodo Igesz and conductor Kief Bjaland at the CCP. Other operatic roles include Menotti’s "Amahl and the Night Visitors" (Mother); Mozart’s "Cosi Fan Tutte’ (Dorabella) and "Le Nozze di Figaro" (Marcellina); Rossini’s "Il Barbieri di Siviglia" (Rosina); Bizet’s"Carmen" (Marcellina); Mascagni’s ‘Cavalleria Rusticand’ (Santuzza); Strauss’ "Die Fledermaus" (Ida) and Maramba’s "Lord Takayama Ukon." A versatile artist, she is also known for her rendition of arts songs and broadway music. She has collaborated with almost all top musicians in the country of different genres.


MARY ANNE ESPINA, PIANIST


Known for her excellence in both chamber and opera music, Mary Anne Espina is one of the country’s most sought after collaborating artists. She continues to team up with outstanding artists in all the major concert and recital venues in the country. A few of her excellent collaborations include those with renowned Filipino pianist Nena del Rosario-Villanueva at the Filipino-Chinese exchange Program held in the People’s Republic of China; French violinist Frederic Pellasy; Israeli violinist Hagai Shaham; Russian violinist Anastacia Chebotareva (winner of the Tchaikowsky and Paganini Competitions); soprano Joan Gibbons; American cellist Stephen Framil; German violinist Angelo bard, Romanian violinist Alexandru Tomescu and recently, with the new exciting Filipino cellist, Victor Michael Coo. She was likewise the assisting artist for the full-length staging of Mozart’s "Le Nozze di Figaro", "Great Moments in Grand Opera" and for "Puccini: A Retrospect", which featured Japanese Soprano Kaori Sato. She was also the assisting artist of world-acclaimed Filipino tenor Otoniel Gonzaga with whom she shared standing ovation in his latest performances in Manila.


G. J. HERMAN GOMEZ, FLUTIST


A former music scholar of the Philippine High School for the Arts, GJ Herman Gomez studied under Eric Barcelo, principal flutist of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra. He has performed at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Paco Park Presents and several outreach concerts. He was one of the featured young artists in the opening of the First Pasig Summer Music Festival and was invited back in an All-Bolling program. His last outreach concert in Baguio City with soprano Joan Cano, tenor Lemuel de la Cruz and pianist Mary Anne Espina was greeted with a rousing standing ovation. He is a product of the University of the Philippines College of Music.


Date Posted: 09-26-2008