Thursday, 31 December 2009

Ngayong Pasko (Ryan Cayabyab)

The San Miguel Philharmonic Orchestra

The repertoire of the San Miguel Philharmonic Orchestra (SMPO) spans centuries of diverse music. As a young ensemble, its wide selection of works encompassing musical genres attests to its versatility and dynamism. The SMPO also displays its confidence in tackling the entire range of symphonic works in its collaborations with both classical and popular artists.

The San Miguel Master Chorale

The San Miguel Master Chorale (SMMC) is the latest recipient of the Aliw Award for Best Choral Group. As the country's first truly professional choir, it has participated in three international arts festivals: the 27th International Bamboo Organ Festival in Manila, Philippines; the 4th Taipei International Choral Festival in Taipei, Taiwan; and the Jeonju Sound Festival in Jeonju, South Korea. It was one of the few choirs chosen to perform in 2005 in the main concerts of the 7th World Symposium on Choral Music in Kyoto, Japan.

Since its inception in November 2000, the SMMC has premiered various choral works of European, Russian and Filipino masters. The SMMC, along with the SMPO, has also released the double CD The Sacred Works of Ryan Cayabyab. The SMMC is now preparing to record its debut solo album of a cappella arrangements by Ryan Cayabyab and several members of the Chorale.

Ryan Cayabyab (born Raymundo Cipriano Pujante Cayabyab but affectionately known as Mr. C) is a renowned Filipino musician and the current Executive and Artistic Director of the San Miguel Foundation for the Performing Arts. His works range from commissioned full-length ballets, theater musicals, choral pieces, a Mass set to unaccompanied chorus, and orchestral pieces, to commercial recordings of popular music, film scores and television specials.

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