From the Chicago Ethnic Music Examiner
A lucid and insightful article written by a guest of this space, Ms. Patti Lorenzo-Encarnacion, is being featured as proof-positive that there are, out there, fine writers who possess the knack for this creative art. Patti’s interest in the concert is moored to an ethnic desire to showcase talents of Filipino performing artists and this project’s underlying charity work. Even sensing her disinclination to provide me a photo and bio, I pled with her, like a convincing lawyer that I had wanted to become, and came up with the photo (see inset) and the following bio, which reveals her true advocacies.
“Patti Lorenzo Encarnacion was born and raised in the Philippines. She moved to Chicago to finish her bachelor of Fine Arts degree, which she obtained in 1994 from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is presently finishing her post-graduate studies in Counseling Psychology at National Louis University. Patti is a visual artist and advocates for Philippine arts and culture . She believes that artists have a significant role in social change and can communicate strong ideas through peaceful and creative means.”
From Patti Lorenzo Encarnacion
There is opera and there is pop music. While both genres seem to appeal to two entirely different audiences, there are those who want to step out of tradition once in a while and see something refreshingly new. Fusion cuisine and eclectic fashion statements continue to evolve while various cultures meld into each other. In the world of music, there is one such musical event that will incorporate Filipino music from different eras into one spectacular evening of beautiful music. This concert is Ang Pag-Ibig Mo (Your Love): A Philippine Love Cycle, debuting on August 21, 2010 at the Nichols Concert Hall in Evanston.
The concert tells a diptych of two people’s love stories written by award-winning Filipino playwright and director, Floy Quintos. It explores love’s different nuances and meanings with an ending that is refreshingly different from traditional opera. The repertoire blends both the timeless kundimans (Filipino serenade) of Nicanor Abelardo and Francisco Santiago, and contemporary classics by singer-songwriter Gary Valenciano and national artist Ryan Cayabyab that will be exquisitely rendered by the powerful vocal tandem of Mezzo Soprano Clarissa Ocampo and Baritone Andrew Fernando. Both Ocampo and Fernando have illustrious careers in Opera and have traveled around the world to perform. World-renowned pianist, Raul M. Sunico, will join the two as their special guest. Sunico is presently the artistic director of the Cultural Center of the Philippines and Dean of the University of Santo Tomas Conservatory of Music.
The goal for this concert is not just to reach Filipinos longing to hear familiar sounds from back home, but to advocate for social change through the arts, as well. It will benefit two of the most proactive charitable organizations in the Philippines- BANTAY BATA 163 (BB 163) and GAWAD KALINGA (GK). BB 163 is a holistic program that provides rescue services and rehabilitation to sick and abused children. GK is a poverty alleviation program that continues to provide relief to the poor by providing them with shelter, healthcare, and livelihood programs. Together, the two organizations can make a powerful impact in the nation-building efforts of the Philippines.
While the ideas that surround Ang Pag-Ibig Mo seem to follow a dyadic theme, the result may very well be the creation of a new concept, let alone genre, in music. This new genre has yet to find an official name. Its conception, however, is undeniable proof of the Filipino artist’s creative genius.
Tickets are $75 (VIP), $50, and $25 and can be purchased online at angpagibigmo.webstarts.com. For marketing opportunities or more information, call Patti (630) 400 6871, Donna (773) 562 4282, or Glenda (815) 212 1299. Ang Pag-Ibig Mo: A Philippine Love Cycle is a Red Ink Creative Concepts event.