Manila, Philippines – June 26,2016 – ALERON, an all-male Filipino choral ensemble, held an experiential concert at the tail-end of last month. The concert was staged on two evenings, and held in two separate venues. The shows were held on May 25 and 26, in an empty merchant’s space in Glorietta 5 in Makati and the newly reconstructed Iglesia de San Ignacio in Intramuros, Manila. Both venues were packed and the shows were both well-received.
Among the attendees during the concerts were musicians and enthusiasts, combined with several notable figures in the Filipino art scene – acclaimed director Floy Quintos and Philippine Madrigal Singers Choirmaster Mark Carpio, to name a few. “I woke up still hearing about it and hearing the sound of Aleron,” says Mr. Carpio, in affirmation of the lasting impression the choir made with its concert.
ALERON presented a one-and-a-half hour long program in two parts, focusing on two themes. Mr. Christopher Arceo, the group’s Ensemble Director, explained that the choir chose engagements on our human experiences of the horrors of war and the collective hope for lasting peace. Alongside the variety of songs, the talented Karen Gaerlan – nominee for the Gawad Buhay 2016 for Best Featured Female Performance – delivered monologues to usher in and tie the program together. The monologue was penned and directed by Arkel Mendoza – an Aleron member. The script juxtaposed children’s Filipino games with vivid images of pre and post-war scenarios. Acclaimed choral Pedagogue Eudenice Palaruan took the lead as Guest Conductor for this offering. When asked about his experience with the choir, he had only this to say: “ALERON is not just an excellent choir but an ideal community.”
“I am grateful for your courage to break new grounds [and] for your trust towards us, your audience,” says Mr. Aldougs Joson, a Filipino chorister based in Singapore. The group aimed to not only offer musical excellence in this concert, but also to make a lasting impression on its attendees. It stays true with the choir’s thrust to offer a unique choral experience with their concert, and the hope of making this art form more accessible. ALERON kicked off this season with this offering, and has a lot more in store in the next few months.