PASAY CITY, Philippines — 40 years after its inception, The Piano Teachers’ Guild of the Philippines (PTGP) mounts ‘FORTE@40’, a fund-raising concert, which will feature over 300 pianists and to be held at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the Cultural Center of the Philippines on Sunday, November 18, at 3 and 7 p.m, respectively.
These pianists comprise of students, teachers/members, past and present PTGP board members, festival participants and competition winners on 40 pianos. It will have five genres of music – Baroque, Classical, 20th Century, Pop and Filipino and will be represented in the repertoire such as:
- ‘Concertino on Familiar Tunes’ by Stanley R. Avery. (40 pianos, 40 players, 1 per piano)
- ‘Grand Perpetual Motion Waltz’ by M. Cox. (10 pianos, 10 players, 1 per piano)
- ‘Andante’ from Symphony No. 94 in G Major, Hob. VI:54 (‘Surprise’) by Franz Josef Haydn. Arranged by E. Steiner. Transcribed & adapted by George Ong. (10 pianos, 20 players, 2 per piano)
- ‘Symphony No. 40 in G minor, KV. 550’ (Allegro molto) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Arranged by Theodor Kirchner. (40 pianos, 40 players, 1 per piano)
- ‘Harry Potter Fantasy and Super Mario Capriccio based on a theme by Koji Kondo’ by Kabaitan R. Bautista. (30 pianos, 30 players, 1 per piano)
- ‘Polonaise in A Major, Op. 40 No. 1 (Military)’ by Frédéric François Chopin. Arranged by Carl Burchard. (40 pianos, 40 players, 1 per piano)
- ‘Contagion on a theme by Nirvana’ by Kabaitan R. Bautista. (20 pianos, 20 players, 1 per piano)
- ‘Workin’ on the Railroad’ by Eugénie Rocherolle. (14 pianos, 28 players, 2 per piano); “ Perpetual Commotion ” by K. Olson. (14 pianos, 28 players, 2 per piano)
- ‘Pop Medley’ Arranged by Ryan Cayabyab. (20 pianos, 20 players, 1 per piano)
- ‘Mga Gintong Pamana’ by Augusto Espino. (40 pianos, 80 players, 2 per piano).
The concert’s highlight is the world premiere of Augusto ‘Agot’ Espino’s ‘Mga Gintong Pamana’ as commissioned by the Piano Teachers’ Guild of the Philippines, showcasing 40 pianos, 80 players, 2 per piano playing the parts. This is a first-of-its-kind in the history of Philippine music.
Such masterpiece pays tribute to the great Filipino composers, like Nicanor Abelardo, Dr. Francisco Santiago, Francisco Buencamino, Sr., Dr. Antonio Molina, Rosendo Santos, Jr., Lucio San Pedro, Felipe De Leon, Sr., Ramon Tapales, Dr. Lucrecia Kasilag, and Rodolfo Cornejo who have made unparalleled contributions to the Philippine piano literature.
CCP President Dr. Raul Sunico, concert pianists Della Besa and Annie De Guzman; Fr. Manuel Maramba, OSB; Carmen Padilla; Nita Abrograr-Quinto; Philippine Madrigal Singers choirmaster Mark Anthony Carpio; UST Singers’ conductor Fidel Calalang; Najib Ismail; Mary Anne Espina; and many more – will be part of the special guest performances to watch out for.