Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Berta Rojas: Coming to Manila and Cebu

I have a guitar (which I left in my parents house and is now collecting dust) but I don't know how to play it.  It was a gift from a priest who must have thought that I know how to play the instrument.  I tried watching You Tube, but too bad, I found out that I am not the musically gifted type who can learn by just watching videos.  Maybe a motivation and an inspiration can give me the push to learn the instrument.  Since as of the moment, I do not have the time to take guitar lessons, I'll just indulge myself by listening to classical guitar music.

Berta Rojas, a star in the international guitar community, will hold concerts in Manila and Cebu on May 15 and May 17, 2014, respectively.  She is the tourism ambassador of her native Paraguay and she is said to be the most popular musician in her country.  I'm excited to attend her concert and to hear her music LIVE!

More about Berta Rojas' Concert in Manila and Cebu:

The concert in Manila will be at 8 pm in the Meralco Theater. The concert in Cebu will be at 8 pm in the Marcelo Fernan Hall in Lahug. Jointly organized by the Independent Philippine Art Ventures, Inc., and the Arts Council of Cebu Foundation, the concerts will be the classical guitar events of the year in the country.

Ms. Rojas, described by the Wahington Post as “Guitarist extraordinaire,” will play a mainly classical repertoire with a taste of jazz and salsa.

Special guests for the Manila concert are Ramoncito Carpio, the country’s most internationally awarded classic guitarist and Triple Fret, a trio composed of Marga Abejo, Jenny de Vera, and Iqui Vinculado. Triple Fret play classical and more accessible pieces.

Carpio started to play guitar at age 12. He decided to study guitar formally at age 17 at the extension program of the University of the Philippines (UP) College of Music. He earned his Bachelor’s degree under the tutelage of Prof. Lester Demetillo. He took his Master of Music degree at Philippine Women’s University (PWU) School of Music under the guidance of Prof. Benchito CariƱo and is pursuing his doctorate in music with Dr. Angelito Agcaoili in the same school.

Triple Fret is an all-women classical-contemporary guitar trio that has captivated the hearts of music lovers all over the Philippines with their refreshing brand of music, performance and love for the classical guitar. Its members, Marga Abejo, Jenny de Vera, and Iqui Vinculado received training in the premiere music schools of the country, namely the University of the Philippines College of Music and the University of Santo Tomas Conservatory of Music. The women have brought the appreciation of the classical guitar throughout the country to new heights.

Richmonde Hotel Ortigas is the official residence of Ms. Berta Rojas in Manila.  The campus networking for the events is spearheaded by the University of Santo Tomas Music Conservatory Student Council, under the leadership of Mary Rose Luzande.

For ticket inquiries, call Ticketworld at 891.9999

For Berta Rojas' webpage, please click HERE


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