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Saturday, June 22, 2013

“FLUTOPIA”: A Celebration of Flutes at the CCP

Jin Ta
Press Release:
The Cultural Center of the Philippines will hold a musical event entitled “FLUTOPIA”:  A FLUTE CELEBRATION AT THE CCP to be held on July 6-7, 2013 at the CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater). The event aims to raise public awareness and appreciation of flute music, products and services in the country, and to strengthen ties with Singapore.

A mini concert will be held at the CCP Little Theater lobby on July 6 at 9 am, 1 pm and 4:30 p.m. featuring the Philbanda Wind Orchestra at 9am. Performing artists in this event include David Johnson, PPO woodwind quintet, Olivier Ochanine, Adolfo Mendoza, Jina Suh, Dr. Sonny Yangco, Raymond Sarreal, Philbanda Wind Orchestra. The following artists will perform on July 7 from 3pm to 6pm: students from UST Conservatory of Music and from UP Conservatory of Music, MPO woodwind quintet, flutists from community bands, Philbond trio, and Candelarius Flute Quartet.

Jin Ta, Principal Flutist of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, goes onstage for a Gala Concert on July 7 at 7:30pm at the CCP Little Theater. He will be joined by other performing artists such as David Johnson, Kiko Candelaria, Marie Poblete, Hercules Santiago, Gary Silangcruz and Olivier Ochanine. Likewise, Mr. Jin Ta will conduct Flute Master classes on July 6 and 7 at the Little Theater stage area.

Jin Ta started learning music at the age of five, and later entered the Central Music Conservatory (Beijing) to study flute under Prof. Zhu Tong De. In 1991, he received full scholarship from University of Michigan and studied with Prof. Keith Bryan and later Prof. Leone Buyse. In 1997, he won First Prize in the Boston Pappoutsakies Memorial Foundation Competition and Memphis Young Artist Competition. He was selected as an artist diploma candidate to study with renowned flutist Paula Robison. In 2000, he won First Prize in the Haifa International Flute Competition 2000 (Israel). He joined the Singapore Symphony Orchestra as Principal Flutist in 1998.

Sean Tan
Other activities include a session with Mr. Sean Tan, who will give a flute maintenance workshop; and a talk on “Exploring Mozart’s Flute Concerto in G Major” by Ms. Lin Shumei.  Both talks will be held at the Little Theater stage area.

Sean Tan is the woodwind master technician at WindWorks & MusicGear Pte Ltd. He holds a Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Nanyang Technological University and a diploma in Band Instrument Repair Technology from Renton Technical College in USA. He has undergone extensive training at factories of Buffet Crampon Clarinets (France), Verne Q Powell Flutes (USA), Muramatsu Flutes (Japan) and is also a StraubingerTM Pads Certified Technician. With his extensive experience in acoustical optimization for woodwind musicians, he brings a whole new dimension of woodwind product expertise. Besides his work as a repair technician, he also performs regularly with The Philharmonic Winds (Singapore).

Lin Shumei
Lin Shumei (Head of Piano and Theory) was an active music educator in a government school from 2004 – 2012, specializing in the Music Elective Programme for students from 12 to 18 years old. She also sings frequently with various choral groups and enjoys ensemble playing. Shumei studied piano with Professor Michael Young from the Royal Academy of Music while completing her music education (Bachelor of Music, First Class Honors) in King’s College, London. She also completed her LRSM (Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music) in Piano Performing while studying in London. Currently, she is leading the Flute and Music Academy Ptd Ltd in Singapore, which specializes in woodwind education and retail.

Toshifumi Watanabe

Other highlights of the 2-day flute appreciation treat include a product exhibition and trade show; and flute repair by Mr. Hirofumi Tamamitsu, Mr. Toshifumi Watanabe and Mr. Shota Yamamoto, three flute specialists from Muramatsu Flute, the top flute maker in Japan.  They will provide technical consultation and repair sevice for a minimal cost of P500.00 per repair, covering adjustment/alignment and replacement of a maximum of four (4) pads.  Flute accessories and music sheets are also available at very reasonable prices.

For more information, contact Ms. Nila Bondoy at telephone no. 832-1125 local 1609-1610, cell phone no. 0920-2737718 and Marie Poblete at 0915-7793017 or 0922-8435809.

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