In 1991, pianist Ingrid Sala Santamaria ventured into the heroic job of offering musical schooling for Cebu’s musically gifted people, a lot of whom discovered music from the musical lessons held by the Salvador and Pilar Sala Foundation, Inc. in Cebu City.
The coaching was geared towards placing up a symphony orchestra to reply Cebu City’s musical wants.
Halfway by the 10-year improvement plan, the Cebu Youth Symphony Orchestra was born in 1995. By 2000 it had graduated right into a mature Peace Philharmonic Philippines.
Throughout the decade, Sala Santamaria passionately managed the coaching of those budding musicians she actually gathered from one Cebu city to a different. She personally attended to their coaching, inviting pedagogues from Manila and overseas, and managed the basis’s monetary and inventive issues.
All these years, she starved “pianistically” as she didn’t play the piano, besides on the uncommon events when the orchestra would wish her to collaborate.
On her 77th birthday on Feb. 25, she was stunned by a “tribute,” a grand reunion live performance by the alumni of the basis.
Billed a “Grand Finale” live performance, the occasion was organized by the siblings Hannah Magdadaro Go and Hazel Magdadaro Sanchez and their dad and mom at the Pacific Ballroom of Waterfront Hotel and Casino in Lahug, Cebu City.
Former members of the Cebu Youth symphony Orchestra (CYSO) and the Peace Philharmonic Philippines (PPP), and a few alumni of the basis and volunteer musicians from Japan, Australia and Manila who had performed with CYSO and PPO, came visiting to partake of the celebration.
The Japanese musicians have been Masamoto Toyoda (cello); Mizue Kikuchi Hoshi (violin 1); Chiseko Kubo (piano); Ai Iwamto Nagayama (French horn); Kazuko Uehara (viola); and Miyuki Nago (tuba).
Rey Lecciones (violin) got here all the manner from Perth, Australia.
From Manila got here Sara Maria Gonzales (violin); live performance grasp; Joseph Brian Simafranca (violin); Arnold Josue (cello), Ariel Perez (bassoon); Jeffrey Solares (violin); and Princess Christine Ybañez (violin).
Thriving music scene
It was a giant orchestra that potently crafted an excellent symphonic sound, performed by its earlier conductor, Rodelio Flores, who flew over from Oregon, the place he and his household at the moment are based mostly.
Cebu has a thriving, dynamic musical surroundings. There are 9 music studios being manned by alumni of CYSO and PPP. Four different vibrant orchestra teams exists in the metropolis and environs: Cebu Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO), Classic Youth Orchestra (CYO), Visayas Symphony Orchestra (VSO), and JRG Visayanian Orchestra and Sinfonia.
Of the over 100 alumni, 75 are based mostly in Cebu and are actively engaged in musical taking part in. Twenty-one of them train in schools and faculties in the province. Some alumni are additionally engaged as choral administrators.
The program included Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 in C Major; Sibelius’ “Valse Triste” and “Finlandia”; Green’s Overture on Philippine Folk Songs; and Grieg’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in A Major, with Sala Santamaria as soloist.
Reunited after a number of years, the musicians performed with gusto, particularly after they performed “Happy Birthday” tune in honor of their musical mom.
In her message, Sala Santamaria recalled that, years in the past, placing up the orchestra was not a mattress of roses. The hurdles have been conquered, and now the orchestra she simply performed with was a strong harvest that continues to counterpoint the musical-cultural scene of the province of Cebu.
Tonight, she stated, is “a monument, not necessarily for me alone because it is my birthday, but a toast for what music can do for humanity.”