By Pablo A. Tariman, VERA Files
In this intimate concert at the UP Abelardo Hall, the audience was still in a trance after listening to baritone Noel Azcona’s interpretation of Ibert’s art songs.
When flutist John Raymond Sarreal came in for Chaminade’s Concertino, Op. 107, there was another hush in the audience as a refreshing melody all but showcased the best in that French repertoire.
The rapport with pianist Najib Ismail was perfect, the flutist looked like he was enjoying every minute of it and at the end of the Chaminade number, there was loud cheering and applause fit for a rock star.
“I really had such a fantastic time playing to cheering audiences,” he said. “I heard a lot of ‘Bravos!’ and loud clapping. It's an amazing feeling for any artists to be appreciated for his efforts.”
A week later, the same ecstatic response was repeated in the closing concert of the 2013 Catanduanes Summer Music Festival at the Kemji Resort in Virac, Catanduanes. “I guess they reacted the sameRead More »from An unusually gifted flutist