Music Theater Foundation's "Applause, a musical retrospect" Aug 4-5, 2011

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Announcement from Music Theater Foundation of the Philippines

Music Theater Foundation of the Philippines
in cooperation with University of the Philippines College of Music
Applause, a musical retrospect
Excerpts from the lyrics/libretti of Fides Cuyugan-Asensio

August 4 at 3:00 PM and August 5, 2011 at 7:00 PM
Abelardo Hall, University of the Philippines College of Music
University of the Philippines Diliman Campus, Quezon City

Directors: Behn Cervantes, Alex Cortez, Nazer Salcedo, Henry Tejero, Noel Cabazor, Tony Mabesa and Alegria Ferrer.

“Amy” (work in progress);
“Larawan at Kababaihan: Mukha at Maskara” music by Dr. Lucrecia Kasilag;
“Mayo-Bisperas ng Liwanag” (inspired from Mayday Eve of Nick Joaquin) music by Rey Paguio;
“Spoliarium- an opera on the life of Juan Luna” music by Ryan Cayabyab;
“Why Flowers Bloom in May” music by   Dr. Lucrecia Kasilag;
“Song of Joseph - a musical on the life, love and death of St. Joseph” music by Raymond Roldan;
“La Loba Negra” music by Francisco Feliciano

This production is Cuyugan-Asensio's "gesture of thanking the artists, supporters and friends who have been supporting her through the years."
Fides Cuyugan Asensio was born on August 1, 1939 in Lucena, Quezon. After graduating from Philippine Women’s University's College of Music and Arts, where she studied with Dean Felicing Tirona, she became the first Filipina to receive a scholarship and to study at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. 

In 1954 she married Manuel D. Asensio, Jr. and returned to Manila. She made her professional opera debut as Adele in "Die Fledermaus" at the Far Eastern University Auditorium. Two years later, she sang the role of Sisa in the world premiere of Felipe De Leon's opera "Noli Me Tangere" (which will be restaged by Dulaang UP later this year) with the Manila Symphony Orchestra. From then on, she was recognized as the premier coloratura soprano of the country for three decades.

In 1986, Fides Asensio formed "The Music Theater Foundation of the Philippines," a non-profit organization dedicated to promote, stage, and give scholarships to young classical performers. Two years later, in 1988, she was appointed Chairman of Voice and Music Theater Department at the U.P. College of Music, a position she held until she retired in 1997. She was later given the title of Professor Emeritus by the U.P. Board of Regents. 

"We look forward to your patronage and generosity to make this show possible to enable us to continue our ongoing scholarship program/s to students and scholars in the field of arts, music and music theatre," she says. "Your valued and continuous support has always revitalized the cultural tradition of the Philippine theatre and has promoted the cultural heritage of the Filipino people."

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