by Manny Diel
The recently performance by a Filipino Choir, Sydney Sonata Singers at the world-heritage-listed COCKATOO ISLAND is first in the history of the BIENNALE of SYDNEY, Australia’s largest and most exciting International festival of contemporary visual art. No Filipino artist has been reported to have participated in this fourth oldest biennale in the world its 19th and started from 21 March to 9 June 2014 from five different iconic locations like the Art Gallery of NSW, Museum of Contemporary Art to name a few.
Sydney Sonata Singers wowed the international audience, young and old for their twenty minute program of story telling of the Filipino folklore, the “Legend of the Pineapple (Pina), “Banga” folk dance and their beautiful rendition of the Filipino songs like “Barong Tagalog”. They also included in their repertoire, a beautiful medley of nostalgic songs “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “Yellow Bird”.
Sydney Sonata Singers have recently become a resident artist at the Blacktown Arts Centre, another first in the Filipino community to have achieved.
The achievements of this most popular and most loved group in the Filipino community have been phenomenal since its formation a few years ago. What started as a simple “barkadahan” hanging out in the house of Mr and Mrs Tagudin in Penrith for socials, banter, fellowship, casual belting of songs and singing just for fun, according to its Choir Coordinator Mrs Ester Creencia, is now a very established and well polished professional group who is poised to become a household name in the Filipino community. They have performed in several major Filipino events, have produced their own CDs, produced their own concerts, could be seen on youtube and have raised money for the benefits of the Haiyan Survivors.
Special acknowledgement goes to its Adviser, Mrs Elvira Gacis, its Choir Coordinator, Ms Ester Creencia and the dedicated members of the Sydney Sonata Singers and last but not the least to Mrs Louisa “Loy” Tagudin, the Choirmaster, whose superb experiences and very high credentials in music will put this group into its pedestal it truly deserves .
Sydney Sonata Singers whose members belong to the Seniors Group in our society even make it more inspirational. They took pride in promoting the FILIPINO patriotic and traditional MUSIC to the Australian mainstream.
Mrs Loy Tagudin has advised that the group have already started their Christmas Album with its first song “SA PASKONG DARATING” and will include AVE MARIA in Latin.
Sydney Sonata Singers,, you are truly our Ambassadors and we salute you all!