The Sunshine Place completes this year’s Sunshine Classics online concert series with Sentimentale, which brings together the magic of music from the flute and the piano, ongoing until November 15; and with the Muñoz String Quartet, from November 16 to 30, via the Sunshine Place: Senior Recreation Center’s YouTube Channel.
Sentimentale features virtuoso pianist Dingdong Fiel and flutist Nico Dioneda performing scintillating strains from the piano and light, airy, poetic music from the flute in a program that includes the surprising, sensitive “Sancan Sonatine,” the elegant charm of the “Poulenc Sonata,” and the Claude Bolling’s crossover “Jazz Suite for Flute and Jazz Trio.”
Immanuel Nico O. Dioneda is a musician, educator, and entrepreneur from Calbayog, Samar. He graduated cum laude from Bachelor of Music in Music Education, with emphasis in flute performance, at UST. Currently, he is a flutist-member of the Pundaquit Virtuosi and the Tacloban based Asian Development Foundation College Symphony Orchestra.
Dingdong Fiel, pianist, composer, vocalist, and musical director/conductor, earned his Bachelor of Music Degree from the UST conservatory of music in 2007. After graduation, he was awarded a two- year full scholarship grant for post graduate studies (Weiterbildendes Certificate) at the FRANZ LISZT Hochschule Fur Musik in Germany and was one out of only four pianists from around the globe (2007-2009) chosen to study solo piano and Chamber music under the rector – Prof. Rolf Dieter Arens as well as Vocal accompaniment with prof. Karl Peter Kammerlander.
The Muñoz String Quartet, composed of violinists Juan Muñoz and Gian Barayuga, violist Mhaze Lim and cellist Paul Natividad, will be performing selections from Dvorak’s “American String Quartet,” as well as Carlos Gardel’s “Por una cabeza” (a tango) and Verdi’s “Brindisi” from “La Traviata.”
Born in Santiago, highly-acclaimed Chilean violinist-conductor Juan Muñoz studied under Prof. Fernando Ansaldi and Prof. Sergio Prieto at the Catholic University of Santiago (Chile).
There, he was concertmaster of the University of Santiago Symphony Orchestra and toured throughout Chile, Argentina and Peru as soloist and concertmaster of the Pro-Musica Orchestra. He lived in South Africa for 25 years, playing a very active and vital role in the country’s musical life, and was sub-principal violinist of the CAPAB Orchestra.
Gian Paolo D. Barayuga started playing the violin at the age of 10 under Belgian violinist Dr. Cedric Lachenal. Currently, he is the Assistant Concertmaster of the PIC-AUP orchestra.
Mhaze Daniel started playing the viola on their church IEMELIF at the age of 13 under Eugene Sumague. A graduate of the UST Conservatory of Music, he was the Grand Prize Winner and Special Prize Winner at the NAMCYA 2015 Strings Competition Category C (Lower Strings).
Cellist Paul Natividad started playing his instrument when he was 13 years old. A graduate of the St. Scholastica’s College of Music, Paul won the 1st Prize and Best Interpretation of a Contest Piece in the NAMCYA 2017 Category C. In 2018, Paul won First Place at the prestigious Summa Cum Laude festival held in Vienna, Austria with the Manila Symphony Junior Orchestra.
For tickets, contact Mariel Ilusorio at (0917) 709-2255. Aside from Sunshine Classics concert series, Sunshine Place Online also offers music classes (09175155656).
The Sunshine Place, a senior recreation center under the Felicidad Tan Sy Foundation, is a venue for adults to live actively, through engaging in recreational classes and age-appropriate physical training programs.