22 August 2006 — THE UP COLLEGE OF MUSIC, established on Sept. 4, 1916, proudly continues its 90th anniversary celebrations this year with the tagline “A COLLEGE FOR THE WORLD.” A music fair cum media launch, Tuesday, August 29 starts off the celebration with an exhibit of various publications and archival posters and programs including those of the late Aurelio Estanislao; a tour of two university museums and its treasure trove of material; and a 30-minute mini concert at the Abelardo Hall featuring excerpts from a season of Operas, the UP Orchestra, a gamelan performance, and the UP Madrigal Singers.

From September 4 to 8, the College will formally hold a week-long series of performances, workshops and exhibits at the UP Diliman, Abelardo Hall.

It will give tribute to the Eight National Artists with whom it has been associated with, namely Antonio Molina, Jovita Fuentes, Antonino Buenaventura, Lucrecia Kasilag, Lucio San Pedro, Felipe de Leon, Jose Maceda, and Andrea Veneracion.

It will honor the exceptional talents it has given the world from Evelyn Mandac to Andion Fernandez; the academic accomplishments of its faculty who have come up with books, treatises, and publications extolling Filipino music and tradition. It will applaud the numerous national and international awards its artists have won, from the best known of them the UP Madrigal Singers with at least 16 international awards, the UP Concert Chorus, to the lesser known but no less accomplished ones like the UP instrumentalists who have yearly claimed at least 10 slots in the NAMCYA youth competition.

And lastly, it will unveil its outreach program of bringing music education to the grassroots, by means of a scholarship program for teachers in the elementary to high school level.

“We want to show the world that we do not live in an ivory tower. Our curriculum is three-fold, academics and research, performance, and dissemination,” explains the College of Music Dean Ramon Acoymo.

From Sept. 5 to 28, the College will hold an opera season, a first in the history of any music school in the country. On this occasion, the operas La Serva Padrona, Der Schauspieldirektor, L’Elisir D’Amore, and Susannah will be staged.

The COLLEGE FOR THE WORLD event is open to the public from 1:30 to 3:30pm, August 29, UP Diliman, Abelardo Hall. –by FSantos

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