To mark its 101st anniversary, the UP College of Music (UPCMu) will hold a closing concert for its centennial celebration (1916–2016) on September 15, 2017, 6:00 p.m. at the Abelardo Hall Auditorium (AHA), UP Diliman. The concert will showcase UPCMu’s mission in teaching of the art of music performance as well as in inculcating research on Philippine music and dance, which greatly influenced the Filipinos national cultural consciousness.
The concert features the works of past teachers of the college, which will be interpreted by well-known resident groups such as UP Tugma, UP Dance Company, UP Concert Chorus, UP Jazz Ensemble, and UP Symphonic Band. The concert will be led by current professors of the college: Dr. Beverly Shangkuan-Cheng, Dr. Ramon Acoymo, Dr. Raul Casantusan Navarro, Prof. Augusto Espino, Prof. Ena Aldecoa, Prof. Rayben Maigue, Prof. Janet Aracama, Prof. Rodney Ambat, Prof. Angela Baguilat, and Prof. Alegria Ferrer.
Previously, the UPCMu celebrated its College Week from September 5 to September 8. Some of the activities for the College Week were a parade, film collaboration from Conemus X, and Music Night featuring several guest bands. On that same week also, the Keyboard Department launched the 2017 Piano Competition Renowned pianist, Leonor Kilayko sponsored the competition to discover new young talented musicians. Meanwhile the UP Center for Ethnomusicology shall spearhead the Jose Maceda Centennial International Symposium from September 25–27, 2017 in commemoration of his 100th birth anniversary.
With its vision to become “the best music school in the Philippines” and “produce excellent and well-rounded professional musicians,” UPCMu has produced nine National Artists for Music namely: Ramon P. Santos (1941–) Francisco Feliciano (1941–2014), Jose M. Maceda (1917–2004), Andrea O. Veneracion (1928–), Lucio San Pedro (1913–2002), Felipe Padilla de Leon (1912–1922), Jovita Fuentes (1895–1978), Antonino R. Buenaventura (1904–1996), and Antonio J. Molina (1894–1980).
The concert is free and open to the public. For inquiries, you can get in touch with the administration office at: 926-0026.