Novo Concertante Manila serenaded SSHS students on Music Appreciation Hour
Last September 4, 2015, the high school students of St. Stephen’s High School were given another entertaining Music Appreciation Hour with SSHS Batch 87’s Outstanding Alumnus, Mr. Arwin Tan, the choirmaster of Novo Concertante Manila as the featured guest of the day.
Novo Concerntante Manila is a chamber choir from Quezon City. It was formed in 1998 as a recital choir and it continues to reinvent itself as it develops into one of the Philippines‘ most outstanding choirs.
The program was a combination of a variety of songs, namely: Traditional Negro Spiritual, Samoan and Filipino folksongs. Also presented were songs like “Surely the Presence of the Lord” by Lanny Wolfe, “Alleluia” by Ralph Manuel, “O Nata Lux”by Guy Forbes, and “As Vesta was Descending” by Thomas Weelkes. Aside from these, ”Sing a Song of Sixpence”, a traditional English arranged by John Rutter, “Your Love” an Alamid and “Rolling in the Deep”” both arranged by Ralph Hoffmann.
Two Filipino songs attracted the whole audience, the “Sitsiritsit” arranged by Arnel de Pano, and the “Pokpok Alimpako” by Francisco Feliciano.
Watching the choirmaster Mr. Arwin Tan with his award- winning choir group Novo Concertante Manila performing was quite magical. From the beginning to the finale, the whole show provided a wide range of feelings and emotions as the audience enjoyed and appreciated the beauty of its sound.