Malacañang Hosts ‘Goldenberg: The Concert Series’ to Connect Filipino Youth with Talented Musicians

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MANILA, Philippines: President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has opened the doors of Malacañang to performing artists for the “Goldenberg: The Concert Series.” This initiative aims to connect Filipino youth with talented musicians and provide them with a venue to experience world-class music concerts.

The inaugural concert, held on Saturday, March 2, 2024, took place at the historic Goldenberg Mansion in San Miguel, Manila. The event featured performances by musicians from the Manila Symphony Orchestra, with two shows at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

The choice of the Goldenberg Mansion as the venue holds significant historical significance. Once the residence of Stella Goldenberg-Brimo, a renowned soloist with the Manila Symphony Orchestra after the Second World War, it is a fitting location for this concert series. Mrs. Stella Goldenberg-Brimo was a well-known soloist, concert pianist, and professor at the University of Sto. Tomas Conservatory of Music and St. Paul’s College. She played a crucial role in the development of the music community in the Philippines.

The featured pianist for the evening was Mariel Ilusorio, a protégé of Mrs. Stella Goldenberg-Brimo herself. This collaboration between generations of talented musicians highlights the rich musical heritage of the Philippines.

The Palace stated, “This marks the first of a series of monthly concerts to be held at the Goldenberg Mansion, each showcasing talented Filipino musicians and fostering collaborations within the Philippine art and music community. ‘Goldenberg: The Concert Series’ also aims to create unique concerts that blend genres and art experiences, while honoring notable heritage and cultural celebration months.”

The concert attracted music students from various schools and universities, including the University of Santo Tomas, La Consolacion College, and San Beda University. Scholars from the PARC Foundation and the Manila Symphony Orchestra Music Academy were also in attendance. Additionally, patrons of music and board members from cultural and arts commissions, such as the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, the Asian Cultural Council, and the National Music Competitions for Young Artists, graced the event.

The Goldenberg Mansion, a fully refurbished home built in the 1800s by the Eugster family, has become the favored venue for cultural and art events under this administration. Its grandeur and historical significance provide a unique backdrop for showcasing the talents of Filipino musicians.

It is worth noting that this is not the first time Malacañang has hosted a concert on its premises under the present administration. The “Konsyerto sa Palasyo” concert series, which started in April 2023, featured performances dedicated to soldiers, athletes, and teachers. These events aimed to recognize and celebrate the contributions of these individuals to Philippine society.

The “Goldenberg: The Concert Series” is an exciting addition to the cultural landscape of the Philippines. By connecting Filipino youth with talented musicians and providing them with world-class music experiences, this initiative contributes to the growth and appreciation of the arts in the country. It fosters collaborations within the Philippine art and music community, showcasing the diverse talents of Filipino musicians and honoring the rich cultural heritage of the Philippines.

Source: The Manila Times

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