After Pope Francis, choir performs in IEC

By: Carmel Loise Matus January 27,2016 - 01:14 AM

CLAUDE Jannin Ygrubay was 14 when he first watched a group of musicians perform in his school Christ the King College, a Franciscan educational institution in Calbayog City, Samar.

Since then, Ygrubay said he wished to be a part of that group.

“I want to learn music. The group then needed players. My friends also invited me to join. So I auditioned,” he told Cebu Daily News.

Two years later, Ygrubay is now among the 60 members of high school and college students who compose the Christ the King College Youth Symphony Orchestra (CKC-YSO).

The CKC-YSO was invited to play during the opening Mass of the 51st International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) in Cebu City last Sunday.

Ygrubay, who plays the oboe, said he felt nervous because it was only the second time that he performed in an international event.

According to Fr. Marlowe Rosales, the musician-priest who directs and conducts the CKC-YSO, their first-ever international event was when they played in Pope Francis’ closing Mass at the Quirino Grandstand last year.

Ygrubay said they practiced for two hours during school days after their classes and three hours on weekends or holidays to prepare for the IEC.

“I’m grateful to be able to share my talent in music with the people attending the IEC,” he added.

The CKC–YSO plays musical instruments like the violin, cello, trumpet, trombone, tuba, clarinet, flute and oboe.

They played liturgical songs during the Mass on Sunday.

Carl Bordeos, media relations coordinator of CKC-YSO, said the creation of a symphony  orchestra was the brainchild of Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma way back when he was still the bishop of the Diocese of Calbayog in 2005.

Back then, Bordeos said Walter Rumohr and Tomas Gomez, natives of Calbayog City who are based in the United States, donated most of their musical instruments.

The CKC-YSO was formally inaugurated during the Solemnity of Christ the King on Nov. 25, 2007.

After five months of rigorous training under Rosales, Bordeos said the group had their debut concert at the Poor Clare Monastery in Calbayog City.

Since then, the group gets invited to perform in various places.

Their most recent performance was at the Mountain Wing Lobby of SM Seaside City on Friday where they played Mozart’s Overture to The Marriage of Figaro, Morricone’s Themes from Cinema Paradiso and Haydn’s Symphony No. 100 (Military).

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