UPSO’s “Konsyerto Kamerata” to present chamber music and the Philippine premiere of “Pyagsawitan”

| Written by UP Media and Public Relations Office


In the late 1700s and early 1800s, a trend began of writing music for smaller groups of three, four, or slightly more. Friends and family members would gather around and play these pieces for entertainment at home or in smaller rooms—or “chambers”—resulting in what we know today as “chamber” music.

UP College of Music’s Dr. Marie Jocelyn Marfil, composer of “Pyagsawitan”, which will premiere in this concert. Photo from the UPSO. Contributed photo.

This coming March 25, 2022, the University of the Philippines Symphony Orchestra (UPSO) presents its second chamber music concert, “Konsyerto Kamerata”, featuring its members playing in smaller ensembles.

Get the chance to hear all sections of the orchestra, starting with the strings playing movements from String Trio in G Minor by Alexander Borodin and 2 Morceaux de Salon, Op. 53 by Georg Goltermann. The woodwinds follow with an arrangement of Gustav Holst’s Jupiter for woodwind quintet and Ole Guapa by Malando, while the brasses perform two movements from Oskar Böhme’s Sextet for Brass in E-flat minor, Op.30, and a horn quartet arrangement of Astor Piazzolla’s Adios Nonino. The percussion section then takes center stage with their rendition of The Infantryman by Shaun Tilburg.

UPSO takes pride in its diverse membership, featuring members from various campuses, colleges, and offices of the University. The concert will include Antonio Vivaldi’s Concerto in B Minor for four violins, featuring a UP Diliman Chemical Engineering faculty member, a UP Los Baños BS Applied Physics graduate, a UP Manila Occupational Therapy student, and a UP Manila College of Pharmacy graduate. They will be accompanied on keyboard by a UP College of Music student.

Lastly, the concert will include the Philippine premiere of “Pyagsawitan” by Dr. Marie Jocelyn Marfil. Dr. Marfil is an Associate Professor at the University of the Philippines College of Music, Composition and Theory Department, and also the Coordinator of the Associate in Arts, Music Program. Her compositions have been performed worldwide, including in the Philippines, Belgium, China, Japan, Malaysia, Ukraine, Vietnam, and the USA. She is a multi-awarded film music composer, researcher, and passionate bandurria player.

Catch the premiere of “Konsyerto Kamerata” along with all previous and upcoming UPSO concerts on the orchestra’s Facebook page and YouTube channel. The premiere is set for Friday March 25, 7pm, and will be available for viewing until April 3.