Here and There

The still unsettled war in the south

By Gerry Garcia

A CLASSIC-happy music-lover for more than 8 decades of my life, I can’t help getting a big kick out of learning from Star’s music critic Rosalinda Orosa that even foreign conductors love wielding the baton for local symphonic ensembles, like the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra. On Nov. 7, courtesy of the Italian Embassy, Italian conductor Luciano Bellini will conduct the PPO in the concert “Scenes from Italy” consisting of Rendine’s Nocturne for Flute and Strings, Rosini’s Overture to Semiramide, Mercadante’s Concerto in E Minor for Flute and Orchestra and Albioni’s Adagio in G Minor. Guest flutists are PPO’s Enrique Barcelo and Raymond Sarraeal.

On Nov. 25 at Santuario de San Antonio the Francis Festival Concert will be held in honor of St. Francis, also marking the 200th birth anniversary of St. Paul. The St. Paul Oratorio by Mendelssohn which highlights the conversion of Paul from renegade to saint will feature Austrian Ernest Hoetzel conducting the Manila Philharmonic Orchestra.

On Dec. 5 the Spanish Embassy will present at the CCP main theater “Bravo, Espana” with Maestro Cristobal Halffter conducting the PPO in Spanish masterpieces. Also to be featured are the Madrigal Singers and Julliard-trained concert pianist Rudolf Golez, the first and only Grand Prize winner in the 2005 International Competition in Malaysia.

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There’s a move afoot on the part of the government to resume peace talks with the troublesome MILF after the latter had unwisely turned off initial negotiators with blackmail. The MILF refused to come to the negotiating table unless the government came across with what the MILF rebels under Kumanders Kato and Bravo were demanding – the government’s signing a questionable MOA allowing establishment of an unconstitutional Bangsa ancestral domain as a juridical entity.

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