UP Concert Chorus celebrates 60 years with concert on Feb. 4

A musical number from the UPCC 58th anniversary concert in 2020

The University of the Philippines’ performing group, the UP Concert Chorus (UPCC) or simply Korus, celebrates its 60th anniversary with a concert entitled “Sama-Sama Together” to be held on Saturday, Feb. 4, 5 pm at the UP Theater in Diliman, Quezon City.

Established in 1962 under the incumbency of UP President, General Carlos P. Romulo with Dean Ramon Tapales as UPCC’s first conductor, the UPCC has evolved into an internationally renowned and multi-awarded choir that has perfected versatility in singing classical, folk, pop and Broadway musical genres with their signature vibrant choreography under the stewardship of the much-beloved Dean Rey T. Paguio.

UP Concert Chorus Batch 2000s with Nanette Inventor and conductor Jai Aracama

An icon of stage performance that pioneered ChoreoCapella or choreographed a capella in the Philippines, it is the recipient of several distinctions, including the world’s best in folk choral performance at the 2012 Festival Internacional de Cantonigros in Spain, Grand Prix winner at the 6th International Krakow Choir Festival in Poland, and 2012 Aliw Awards’ Lifetime Achievement Award.

The anniversary concert features different UPCC batches from the 1960s to the present performing songs and choreography of various musical genres such as liturgical, classical, opera, Filipino folk, Broadway, and pop.

UP Concert Chorus Batch 1980s

“From Thompson to Fettke, from Abelardo to Lucio San Pedro to John Lennon, from VST to APO Hiking Society, from Gary Valenciano to Itchyworms, from Nonong Pedero to Willy Cruz to Ryan Cayabyab… we are going sing the songs by these remarkable artists. The concert is going to be a musical extravaganza to remember 60 years by,” says Atty. Noriz Reyes, chairperson of the UPCC 60th Anniversary Concert Committee.

Three celebrated conductors will be leading the choir, they are: Prof. Joel Navarro, Prof. Ed Manguiat, and current UPCC conductor Jai Sabas-Aracama. Mr. Rico Mortel will be directing the show.

UP Concert Chorus Batch 1970s with Prof Rey Paguio (in black shirt)

Among those who have confirmed to perform include singer-comedienne Nanette Inventor; Edru Abraham of Kontra Gapi; Becky Demetillo-Abraham of Inang Laya; broadcaster Kata Inocencio; celebrity voice teacher Kitchie Molina; Bob Serrano and Popo Suanes of the Tux; Zebedee Zuñiga and Sushi Reyes of Opera; lawyers Dot Gangcayco, Noriz Castillo, Gigi Dizon Reyes and Jenny Aldecoa-Delorino; doctors Tony Comia and Melfred Hernandez; international performer Jonathan Badon; stage actors Lionel and Cynthia Guico; Filipino-American musician Nhick Pacis; singer-actress Olive Isidro; speech language pathologist Kaye Tuiseco of the Ryan Cayabyab Singers, music teacher Emmy Cayabyab; public relations strategist Ritzi Ronquillo; Vallejo City Vice-Mayor Rozzana Verder-Aliga of California, and around 200 more UPCC alumni.

Prof. Joel Navarro, himself a UPCC alumni, promises that the event will be a treat not just for those who are familiar with the UP Concert Chorus’ brand of performing. He says, “It’s a lifetime event that you will want to attend. It’s not just our story. It’s the story of how music can build a community, transform a people and move the world.”

Conductors Ed Manguiat Jai Aracama and Joel Navarro

UPCC Alumni Association President Atty. Dot Gancayco stresses that as their way of giving back to the Alma Mater the Korus, the proceeds of the concert will go to the Dean Rey T. Paguio Scholarship Fund.

For ticket details and inquiries, contact Lowell Reyes mobile 09228050471.