St. Joseph Parish Church (formerly known as “Las Piñas Catholic Church”) will again be the venue for the annual International Bamboo Organ Festival from February 19 to 27. This year’s outing will be a special anniversary since this will be the 40th edition of the musical affair.
The festival had its humble beginnings in 1976, one year after the return of the restored Bamboo Organ from Germany was celebrated with a series of inaugural concerts, which were so well attended that people asked for a repeat.
The program committee prepared a series of concerts this year to which the public is invited. The festival believes the experience and appreciation of the bamboo organ music within the church’s walls will prove to be very different from a concert hall.
Highlights are the Gloria and Agnus Dei from the B minor Mass by J.S. Bach (February 20 to 22); the Concert under the Trees with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (February 21); two recitals by world-famous Swiss organist Guy Bovet (February 23 and 24); and a para-liturgy tagged Exodus with music to celebrate Good Friday, Easter and Pentecost composed by Fr. Nic Sengson (February 26 and 27).
The festival anniversary will showcase the results of 40 years of music making around the Bamboo Organ shown in the performances of Prof. Armando Salarza, titular organist of the Bamboo Organ, and choirmaster of the Las Piñas Boys Choir.
For information, and a complete listing of all performers, log on to www.bambooorgan.org. Tickets are available at the Bamboo Organ Foundation, Inc. with telephone numbers 825-7190 or 820-0795.