REF: MR. TOOTS TOLENTINO
Let us all spend an unforgettable afternoon as we watch and listen to our favorite Christmas carols performed by ALERON, one of the country’s top all-male choir as they launch “DAKILANG HIWAGA” – on December 17 – 3 pm at 21 Osmena St, Xavierville 3, Loyola Heights Quezon City.
ALERON, translated from Latin as “the winged one,” is geared towards exploring the male choral soundscape. Through innovative programming and the performance of repertoires across musical styles and genres, the group aims to deliver to its audiences a diverse and unique choral experience.
ALERON first came into existence in 2006 as the alumni ensemble of the Ateneo de Manila High School Glee Club under the musical direction of Christopher Ong Arceo. Today, the group is composed of male choristers from different backgrounds: most of which are from the Ateneo de Manila University and University of the Philippines musical networks.
The songs featured in DAKILANG HIWAGA Christmas Album are as follows:
1) Nomads’ Carol
Composer: Ily Matthew Maniano
2) Weihnachten, op. 79, no. 1
Composer: Felix Mendelssohn
Composer: Ēriks Ešenvalds
Words: Sara Teasdale
4) We Three Kings of Orient Are
Composer: John Henry Hopkins Jr.
Arranger: Robin Estrada
5) Gifts for the Child of Winter
Composer: Bob Chilcott
Words: Charles Bennett
6) O Dakilang Hiwaga
Composer: Gianpaolo Eleria
Words: “O Magnum Mysterium” – Filipino Translation: Jesus Joseph Ignacio
7) Silent Night
Composer: Franz Gruber
Words: Joseph Mohr
Arrangers: Mack Wilberg and Christopher Arceo
8) Gesu Bambino
Composer: Pietro A. Yon
Words: “Jesu, Redemptor omnium”
Arranger: Raoul Carlo Angangco
Arranger: Mary Katherine Trangco
Bonus Track: Jingle Bells
James Lord Pierpont
Arranger: Karl Amando San Jose