By Marivir R. Montebon
New York City — The magnificent voices of the San Lorenzo Ruiz Choir of New York and the Kayumanggi Choral closed an otherwise politically emotional week in the Filipino-American community here to celebrate the feast of San Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila on September 27, 2014.
The “Gloria” concert, which took place inside the Church of Our Lady of Pompeii on lower Manhattan’s Carmine Street Saturday evening, featured the compositions of world renowned Baroque musician Antonio Vivaldi and select works of Philippine musician Ryan Cayabyab.
Under the baton of Dennis Bernardo, the choirs rendered Vivaldi’s Gloria in D Major (RV 589). Soloists Lani Misenas and Katrina Saporsantos enthralled the audience who filled the church premises.
“I love their voices. Angelic and powerful,” says May, who comes from Brooklyn.
The choirs were accompanied by the enchanting ensemble of DJ Cheek, Benjie Dia, Ellen Hindson, Georgiy Khovlov, Katharine Liccardo, Pat Page, Meredith Ramsey, and Atse Theodros.
The second half of the program, featuring various compositions of Ryan Cayabyab, was conducted by Enrico Lagasca with Benjie Dia on the piano.
The Kayumanggi Choral was founded in 1990 and has performed around the world with rave reviews. The group has performed at the Alice Tully Hall at the Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall at the Kaufman Music Center, CAMI Hall, Equitable Auditorium, and the Richardson Auditorium.
The San Lorenzo Ruiz Choir of New York is composed of volunteer members from various professional backgrounds and are devotees of San Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila. It won a Heritage Award for its contribution to culture and arts from the The Outstanding Filipino Americans of New York Foundation.
“What a soothing, grateful way to end the week,” says Fatima, another well-wisher.