Sunshine classics present 20 fingers, one piano


    Sunshine Place proudly presents a four-hand piano concert featuring the works by Faure, Brahms, Piazzolla and Filipino folk songs scheduled on the last six Wednesdays of the month starting January 29. The classical concert will be hosted by renowned Filipina pianist Mariel Ilusorio.

    For the first concert, Mariel Ilusorio will be joined by Taiwanese pianist Chi-Ying Hung in a four-hand piano program consisting of movements from Faure’s Dolly Suite, a selection of Brahms Hungarian Dances, Agot Espino’s arrangements of Filipino folk tunes, and Piazzolla’s Libertango. Concert is from 2-3 pm at the Roof Deck of Sunshine Place.

    Mariel Ilusorio graduated from the Juilliard School Pre-College, the Oberlin College of Music, and the State Academy of Music in Hannover Germany. After living overseas for twenty-six years (USA, Germany, South Africa), she returned to the Philippines in 2014 to continue her work as a performer and teacher. She won first prize, Category A in the National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA).

    Chi-Ying Hung received her Bachelor, Master’s and Doctorate degrees at Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of Solomon Mikowsky, Fiorella Canin and Alexander Feder. She has given performances as soloist, in chamber music, as well as soloist with orchestras in the United States, Taiwan, China, Spain, France, Italy, Cuba and the Philippines. Dr Hung has given piano lessons, adjudicated and coached chamber music in music festivals in Franschhoek (South Africa), NAMCYA (Philippines), HK School Music Festival, Manila International Piano Masterclasses Festival, and Opus Festival. She is invited to join the faculty members to give lessons in Burgos International Music Festival, Spain in the summer of 2020.

    Upcoming concerts are the following: Beethoven Bash (February 26) which will feature teen prodigies, violinist Jeanne Marquez and cellist Justin Vincent Talusan in an all-Beethoven program to celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birth year; Sentimentale (March 25) which will feature wonderful music for flute and piano performed by Tacloban-based Nico Diomeda and versatile pianist-composer-musical director Dingdong Fiel; Viva Voce (April 29) with Viva Voce members Anna Migallos and Marvin Bautista; Kabaataang Gitarista & Duo Manila (May 27); and, Juan, Mariel and Friends (June 24) which will feature Ilusorio and Chilean violinist Juan Munoz as they collaborate with young musicians to present the magic of Dvorak’s piano quintet.

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