By Nancy T. Lu
Do you know that the Taipei Philharmonic Chamber Chorus will be performing Ryan Cayabyab’s “St. Michael’s Mass” on June 1 at the National Concert Hall in Taipei? The “Joy and Peace” concert program will also feature the music of J.S. Bach and R.V. Williams.
The Taipei concert will serve as a preview of a performance in Vancouver, Canada, by Taiwan’s best-known choral group in August. The chorus led by Dirk Duhei has collaborated previously with the extremely gifted composer from the Philippines.
Cayabyab originally wrote the upbeat religious music for the now-defunct San Miguel Master Chorale. Score sheets can be bought at Ryan Cayabyab’s Music Studio in the basement of Robinson’s Galleria in Metro Manila.
The music has reportedly been written in a style still likely to be considered liturgical by churches in the United States. The Filipino musician previously composed “Mass for Peace,” also available commercially. He likewise wrote “Blessed Trinity Mass.” “English Mass” (Mass Series 4) was created last.
For tickets to the concert, call tel. (02)2773-3691.