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AB Chorale dethroned in Himig Tomasino

AB Chorale dethroned in Himig Tomasino

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By CRIS EUGENE T. GIANAN DEFENDING CHAMPION UST Chorus of Arts and Letters (AB Chorale) lost their chance at a three-peat after losing to the Accountancy Chamber Singers in Himig Tomasino 2019. AB Chorale settled for first runner-up, garnering 91.67%, while the Accountancy Chamber Singers (College of Accountancy) garnered 93.67%, earning the championship. Meanwhile, the Pharmacy Glee Club (Faculty of Pharmacy) got a score of 85.30%, landing in third place. “Thank you sa lahat ng nag-support sa amin and kahit we got first runner-up, we’re still very proud na we know na we did our best, and for us it was deserving of a win, kahit paano pang award ‘yun and we know na we did all that we can,” AB Chorale president Pia Barroso said. “Despite us not getting the championship title,
Utterly melodious: AB Chorale brings stellar performance in concert

Utterly melodious: AB Chorale brings stellar performance in concert

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by THERIZ LIZEL R. SILVANO THE UST Chorus of Arts and Letters (AB Chorale), led by their conductor, Mark Agpasa, once again showcased their talents and celebrated their legacy in Gloria et Exaltatio (Glory and Pride) on Dec. 1 at the UST Museum of Arts and Sciences. The harmonious coordination of the voices of AB Chorale’s members, alumni, and trainees first began to stun the audience when they sang Jubilate Deo, their opening song for the night. The spirited hymn is a song of gathering and joy that calls for tranquility, which the singers performed with vibrant synchronization. It was exquisitely sang with a mixture of dynamic and serene euphony which highlighted the sacred text. It comes as no surprise how these performers won back-to-back championships in Himig Tomasino las
AB Chorale wins in religious group-organized chorale tilt

AB Chorale wins in religious group-organized chorale tilt

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By CRIS EUGENE T. GIANAN THE UST Chorus of Arts and Letters (AB Chorale) again proved its vocal caliber after bagging first place in the Clarion Call Chorale Competition held Saturday at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City. The AB Chorale snagged the championship title and P50,000 in the competition, defeating Pansol Choir and Alab Vocal Ensemble which settled for second and third place, respectively. AB Chorale sang the piece titled “Psalm 100" composed by Asst. Prof. Fidel Calalang Jr. Chorale President Camille Barsolaso said the win was unexpected, considering that the chorale's competitors have taken part in international constests. “It felt so surreal. Kasi this time, mas unexpected siya since it’s our first time to compete outside the University tapos ‘yung iba pa s
AB wins two-peat in Himig Tomasino

AB wins two-peat in Himig Tomasino

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By CRIS EUGENE T. GIANAN THE UST Chorus of Arts and Letters (AB Chorale) secured a back-to-back championship and bagged three of the four special awards in this year’s Himig Tomasino held Saturday. The choir took the championship after garnering a score of 93.21 points. It also took home a P40,000 prize, along with awards for Best Interpretation (of the set piece), Best Conductor, and Best Costume Apparel. AB Chorale president Camille Barsolaso said the choir did not expect to win this year’s competition, underscoring the difficulty in maintaining the championship. "Mas madaling mag-progress pataas kaysa i-maintain 'yung championship so hindi talaga kami nag-expect ng kahit ano,” Barsolaso said. She added that AB Chorale only eyed to perform its pieces well. “This year n
AB Chorale regains title in Himig Tomasino after 20 years

AB Chorale regains title in Himig Tomasino after 20 years

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AFTER 20 years, the Chorus of Arts and Letters (AB Chorale) finally found the perfect melody as it snagged the championship in this year’s Himig Tomasino held May 28 at the Medicine Auditorium. AB Chorale also received the Best Interpretation of Contest Piece award while Mark Raeniel Agpasa was once again named Best Conductor. “Last year, second runner-up kami. Nagulat nga ako na nag-champion kami ngayon. Talagang sinabi ko sa kanila na mag-hardwork kayo, trabahuhin niyo talaga na i-retain ‘yung place niyo last year or umangat kayo,” Agpasa said. Each competing team sang a chosen piece and own rendition of “Psalm 100” composed by Thomasian choral conductor Fidel Gener Calalang, Jr. AB Chorale mesmerized the audience with its rendition of Laudate Dominum. “We tried to connec
Con Bravura: A Night of Music and Legacy

Con Bravura: A Night of Music and Legacy

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  THE MUSICAL excellence of the UST Chorus of Arts and Letters (AB Chorale) that withstood the test of time was celebrated during their 20th anniversary concert dubbed Con Bravura last June 19. The elegantly clad alumni and current members of AB Chorale demonstrated their group’s musical journey through an interesting contrast of old and new songs and the captivating unity of voices that seemed to wind around each other until they intertwined as one—creating music that is solid and fluid at the same time. The chorale’s rendition of Isang Linggong Pag-ibig was a remarkable performance. It added a contemporary twist to the Filipino classic as comical side comments adorned the popular lines of the song. While the aforementioned sent the audience giggling, the choir’s chilling pe