Japan's UUU Wind Orchestra & DMF in ConcertWritten by Ma. Gena Buenconsejo
- Created: 06 March 2013
UUU Project Winds from Japan is here in Cebu to hold free classic concerts to children. Founded in 2001, the project is aimed to provide children the opportunity to listen to classical music. With the theme, “Music Unites the World,” UUU Wind Orchestra is composed of 23 instrumentalists who come from different schools in Japan. Among the musical instruments of the members are flute, clarinet, piccolo, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, tuba, horn, oboe and euphonium. UUU Wind Orchestra has been holding series of concerts in Cebu City.
Upon learning that Dalaguete is home to talented musicians including children and youth, UUU Project Winds has linkage with the Municipal Government of Dalaguete (MGD) through the Office of the Mayor to partner with Dalaguetnon young musicians and hold a concert for children in selected elementary schools.
Seeing that this event is in line with LGU-Dalaguete’s thrust for the development of children and youth, Mayor Ronald Allan Cesante gave his full support for the realization of this activity. The opportunity for Dalaguetnon young musicians to interact with other student-musicians would help them develop their communication skills. With regular practice in preparation for the event, these young musicians could not only hone their musical talents but also learn to demonstrate cooperation and teamwork. Likewise, the concert could inspire the young audience to explore their musical talents and engage in music-related activities.
With the series of discussions with UUU Project Winds and based on its requirements of their target partner music group, MGD has chosen the Dalaguete Music Foundation (DMF), a non-government organization which is composed of different musicians including children and youth who play various instruments. Founded by Mrs. Ester Buenconsejo Hana and was re-established in 2005, DMF currently has 3 groups --- DMF Rondalla, DMF Marching Band and DMF Choir.
The UUU Wind Orchestra and DMF concert was held on February 18, 2013 at the Dalaguete Sports Complex. Started at 7:00 P.M., the concert opened with a short talk given by Ms. Dorothy Fortuna of Seven Spirit Foundation. She explained about UUU Project Winds and highlighted that its purpose in coming to the Philippines was for Filipino children including street children to learn to appreciate music.
With Mr. Ernesto Bajarias as the conductor, the members of the Dalaguete Music Foundation (DMF) performed 8 musical pieces.The Philippine medley is a combination of Cebuano and Tagalog songs while the Berting Montenegro medley is a combination of his compositions such as “Lagkaw” and “Mantalongon.” Other musical pieces included the “Spanish Flea”, “Mona Lisa”, “Visayan medley”, “Ellington Tribute”, “Flash Dance” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.” The musical instruments of the group are alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, clarinet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, trumpet and rhythym.
UUU Wind Orchestra, on the other hand, performed musical pieces from theatrical shows and opera in different countries such as “Carmen” of France, “Riverdance” of Ireland, “El Cunbanchero” of Puerto Rico and “Kaze No Mai” of Japan. Also included in its repertoire were the “Sedona” and “Whistle While You Work” of USA as well as the “Polovtsian Dances” and “Piano Concerto No. 2” of Russia.
The Closing Remarks was given by MGD’s Consultant on Education, Mr. Benjamin Liston, who extended his gratitude to the members of UUU Wind Orchestra for coming to Dalaguete and highlighted the talent of the young members of DMF.
Heeding the request of the audience, the UUU Orchestra and the DMF gave their Encore.
KUDOS to UUU Wind Orchestra and DMF Band for such inspiring and splendid performance!