Saturday, May 30, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Ian: Yes! I won't say who, but I think that it can. In spite of the fact that Fischer-Dieskau has a beautiful voice, you always feel that the voice is at the service of the music.
Interviewer: Do you find your academic background, the natural scholarly inquiry, informs your approach to new works?
Ian: It depends. If I'm interested in the genesis of the piece and I want to know about the period that it's written in, then I will read around it. But sometimes I'll just learn the music, fall in love with the tune and get on with that... Most of what I developed about the piece came out of the process of rehearsal — and I'm actually very loath to turn that into an intellectual process. I've always had a tendency to treat theater too intellectually, to think that if we find out the intention of the dramatist or composer then we solve the problems. What you really need to do is find the internal logic of the work that's actually written into the piece.
Interviwer: Do you have to consciously turn your mind off, then?
Ian: Sometimes. You can't sing intellectually; you have to sing with your body. Learning to sing over the past years has largely been a matter of trusting the physical side of things and realizing that a lot of it is athletic rather than intellectual. I don't think singing is ever really an intellectual thing.
Ian may not believe in God but I cannot help but thank His Creator each time I hear this marvelous lyric tenor in song.
(For the youtube video of Ian singing composer Ralph Vaughan Williams' setting of the Rosetti poem SILENT NOON, click here.)
Friday, May 22, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
I remember seeing this as a young kid... even before FANTASIA. I badly wanted to take ballet lessons after seeing this, haha! I fell in love with classical music in general because of this cartoon.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
This is the web site that accompanies the incredible book by Harry and Rosemary Wong, "HOW TO BE AN EFFECTIVE TEACHER: THE FIRST DAYS OF SCHOOL." It's a must-read for every beginning teacher! I wish I read it a year ago when I first started teaching. This page contains additional information and powerpoint presentations that supplement the book.
Monday, May 11, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
I've got my tickets reserved already!! :) The question is, do YOU?
The entry below was taken from the official blog at http://philippineoperacompany.com/harana/
PHILIPPINE OPERA COMPANY LAUNCHES “HARANA”
Eight of the country’s most awarded classical singers will come together in one show to outdo each other in a rare display of vocal powers.
The Philippine Opera Company, home of the country’s premiere opera singers, proudly presents HARANA.Featuring the golden voices of sopranos Ana Feleo, Deeda Barretto, Karla Gutierrez, Florence Aguilar, tenors, Glen Gaerlan, Sherwin Sozon and baritones Jack Salud and Lawrence Jatayna. This show promises to take its audience to a spectacular musical journey showcasing the very best of Philippine music. From indigenous and pre-colonial to contemporary and fusion, each musical suite is theatrically presented with authenticity, originality and visual excitement.
HARANA is Philippine Opera Company’s newest addition to its exciting line up of show packages. Composed of 8 highly classically trained singers – 4 male and female singers – Harana aims to showcase the evolution of Philippine music through song and movement. Each suite is theatrically presented with authenticity, originality and visual excitement. The word “Harana” is the Tagalog (the predominant Philippine dialect) name of a traditional form of courtship in which a man woos a woman’s affection by singing underneath her window. The creation of each Harana suite is a product of thorough research with the commitment to preserve indigenous Philippine music and its appropriate dance and folklore. It also aims to restructure and enhance these research findings to evolve repertoires suited to the demands of contemporary theater; and to promote international goodwill through performances at home and abroad. The result is an absolute feast to the senses.
In cooperation with Narda’s and Yuchengco Group of Companies. HARANA shall be staged on August 28, 29, and 30, 2008, 8:00 pm at the Carlos P. Romulo auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati. For ticket reservation please contact Doris Campaña at 892-8786 or Ticketworld at 8919999 or log on to www.philippineoperacompany.com