Thursday, January 27, 2011

Pinoy kids choir in Jeddah set for another benefit concert

JEDDAH — A choir group composed of 45 children of Filipino migrant workers — to be accompanied by a string chamber orchestra — will hold its sixth major concert next month here.

The event will be the group’s third benefit concert aimed at funding the college education of less fortunate but deserving Filipino students.

Four scholars from different schools in the Philippines have been picked as beneficiaries of the upcoming concert entitled “SERENATA: Touching hearts, Touching Lives" set on Feb. 10, 2011, said Mrs. Charo Hipos, the group chairperson.

Apart from the two batches of college scholars, the group’s previous concerts benefited the landslide victims in Southern Leyte, several Philippine primary schools, and a Maguindanao-based women’s cooperative.

All-Pinoy children's choir is set to wow audience again in its 3rd benefit concert on February 10, 2011. Ronaldo Concha

The two-hour concert will feature choral and orchestral arrangements of Filipino folk songs, pop and Broadway music. Both the choir and the orchestra will perform under the baton of Ms. Sylvia de los Santos. 

Ms. Emma Ruth Tolopia directs the concert, which will be held at the American International School of Jeddah at 6 p.m. Mr. Ahjid Sayas will be the master of ceremony.

SERENATA is a non-stock, nonprofit, cause-oriented performing group in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia founded in 2005 through the pioneering efforts of Ms. Sylvia de los Santos, Ms. Desil Manapat and Mr. Louis Bautista. It consists of a string chamber orchestra and a choral group composed of children of overseas Filipino workers. 

The members of the choir, aged eight to 16, gained admission to the group through auditions held between June and July last year. 

The String Chamber Orchestra, formed in September 2008, is a relatively new section and is composed of violinists, violists and cellists. 

SERENATA last graced the stage at the Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah on Dec. 10, 2010 performing for the wards housed at the Filipino Workers Resource Center (FWRC). - Ronaldo Z. Concha/KBK, GMANews.TV

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