The scholars of Taipan-tenor George Yang, founder of Klassikal Music Foundation (KMF), recently gave a concert entitled “Songs from a Silver World” at the RCBC Plaza, Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium. After welcome remarks by internationally acclaimed pianist Dr. Raul Sunico, CCP and KMF president, the scholars interpreted operatic arias and Hollywood movie theme songs.
Celebrated baritone Andrew Fernando, artistic and stage director, was behind the highly imaginative, creative presentation. Attired in elegant, silver gowns and tuxedos, the singers were in varying stages of training and development, some of them bordering on excellence, a few having performed abroad.
Guest artists were the eminent Rachelle Gerodias Park and Alden Richards.
A highlight of the concert was the performance of George Yang himself. Forever young at 70, the tenor interpreted “Parla Piu Piano” from the movie The Godfather and “Love Story” from the movie Love Story. His powerful, sonorous, resonant voice sustained high notes, the lyrics expressed with moving emotion. Incredibly, when he sang with the ensemble, his voice soared above it.
“Happiest Place” from the movie Lion King, and the finale “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” from the movie Sister Act 2, both rendered by the entire chorus, were vastly impressive, the collective volume ringing thunderously.
After the ensemble took their final bow, George thanked the audience for its attendance and continued support. He further announced that soprano Gerphil Flores is now under the tutelage of David Walter Foster, a Canadian record producer, composer, songwriter, and arranger.
KMF scholars who performed were Stephanie Anne Aguilar, Jillbert Chua, Jhomerita Chua-So, Marie Anne Dominese, Barrely Espina, Gerphil Geraldine Flores, Kinah Jorge, Leo Angelo Lanuza, Lorenz Llyod Lapresca, Gereberne Lozada, Belford Mabunga, Bernadette Mamanag, Krissan Manikan, Vidagrace Kahlil Mirang, Christian Nagano, Vincent Olandessa, Kenneth Rarama, Jade Rubis Ricco, Jasmin Salvo, Maria Arielle Tuason, and Jane Florence Wee.