By By Pablo A. Tariman
Young prizewinning clarinetist asks millennials to give classical music a chance
posted 8-Jul-2018  ·  
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Clarinetist Andrew Constantino. First time in the island.

Tenor Nomher Nival and clarinetist Andrew Constantino with pianist Gabriel Paguirigan will be the top concert attraction at the Catanduanes State University Auditorium on Saturday, June 30, 2018 7 p.m. in Virac, Catanduanes.

Sponsored by the Catanduanes Tribune, the Catanduanes State University and the ARDCI Corporate Inn, the June 30 concert will be the first in the island for NAMCYA top winner Andrew Constantino who will play three pieces inspired by La Traviata, Rigoletto and transcription of the aria, o mio babbino caro.

A student of the UST Conservatory, Constantino told Catanduanes Tribune the best part of being a millennial and enjoying classical music is when one understands all the aspect of what makes music. “As a performer, you should know how to interpret the piece itself and beside the analytical part, you must know also how this beautiful art form is produced by heart and soul. Without this input, there it’s not enjoyable.”

He said his clarinet is his second voice since high school. “This instrument can produce a sound just like a singing voice, like the cellos and the violas. It’s connected to my body and I consider it an extension of myself.”

He said his schedule is typical of millennials involved with classical music. “I practice one hour a day from Monday to Thursday. At night, I do music arrangement (pieces) for my band and other ensembles. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, I have rehearsals in my band and sometimes I conduct and rehearse the band when the principal and assistant conductors are not around.”

He added classical music has changed his perspective and attitude on discipline and how he approaches people. “It has given me so much opportunities like scholarships, big concerts, tours and representing our country in international music gatherings. My advocacy now is to make more young people be aware of its potential. They should strive to understand it. Watch concerts and explore it and in the process, appreciate how it works and change your perspective.”

In a hundred years, the concert will see islanders listening to a tenor for the fourth time and listening a live clarinet concert for the first time.

The June 30 concert is free to all music teachers, students and plain music lovers from the 11 towns of Catanduanes.

To reserve seats, text 09065104270.

Tenor Nomher Nival. A much awaited return engagement.
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