HARANA, A Musical Cultural Journey of Authentic Filipino Music
April 20, 2009
Are you a Filipino who is hungry to hear our very own Kundiman Music celebrated through a musical concert, reviewing the very best of Filipino music from the indigenous Cordilleras to pre-colonial to contemporary and fusion music?
Are you a Foreigner who wants to be immersed in authentic Filipino music and to understand the musical heritage of the Filipino?
Are you a Generation Y Filipino who is yearning to find your own Filipino identity, break away from our colonizers’ musical influences and celebrate our rich Filipino heritage through our very own music?
Finally, Philippine Opera is restaging HARANA, which got a long standing ovation and emotional applause when it was shown last year. Harana is a courtship tradition of the Filipinos, where the suitor sings underneath a woman’s window to win her heart.
I wasn’t able to watch it last year, but we won’t miss it again…and we don’t want our OAP readers to miss it as well. This is one of the musical shows that is culturally uplifting and it’s something we Filipinos can be proud of.
Our Awesome Planet supports and sponsors HARANA!
We are selling tickets for the May 30 (Saturday), 8pm Last Show of Harana. The show will be held in Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Towers, Makati. Ticket Prices are P1,200, P1,000 and P500. For tickets, please call my wife Rache at +63 917 5683 627 or email her at [email protected]
Harana is composed of highly trained classical singers — each an accomplished soloist in his/her own right. It features 8 of the country’s most awarded artists: Ana Feleo, Deeda Barretto, Karla Gutierrez, Florence Aguilar, Lawrence Jatayna, Noel Rayos, Miguel Castro and Sherwin Sozon.
2. What are the Kundiman Songs that will be featured in Harana?
The repertoire includes timeless classics like, “Bituing Marikit”, “Dahil Sa Isang Bulaklak”, “Pamaypay ng Maynila”, “Iyo Kailan Pa Man”, “Kalesa”, “Ang Maya”, “Ano Kaya Ang Kapalaran”, “Dumbele”, “Ay Salidumay”, “Waray-Waray”, “Sa Kabukiran”, “Manang Biday”, “Atin Cu Pung Singsing”, “Pobreng Alindahaw”, “Saan Ka Man Naroroon,”, “Gaano Ko Ikaw Kamahal”, Hindi Kita Malimot” and many more.
3. Who directs the show?
Harana is directed by Kokoy Jimenez, music arrangements by multi-awarded composer/arranger Von de Guzman, choreography by Irina Feleo and costume designs by Zenaida Gutierrez.
4. Is it a musical play?
No, Harana is more of a musical concert and a review of our own Filipino Music. There are 6 costume changes, highlighting distinct eras of Filipino music through six suites — the Igorot Suite, Maria Clara Suite, Folk Suite, Rural Suite, Muslim Suite and finally the Contemporary Classics. Each suite is theatrically presented with authenticity, originality and visual excitement.
5. When is the Harana Re-run?
Harana’s re-run will be held on May 28-30, 2009.
If you have further questions, please put them in the comments section and I will answer them in this FAQ list.
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