Monday, December 29, 2008

A Christmas full of music

I think my son has come a long way. This christmas has been full of shows we had to watch as his chamber orchestra goes touring in malls for the holiday season. I only got to see the one they did at the Robinson's Place and I was even late as I had to come all the way from Tanay. My friends and I were looking at a 1 hectare property which looked promising for an investment. However, it was too far and very mountainous that we had to abandon the plans of purchasing it.

Anyway, I was told by the wife that the best show they had was the one performed at the MOA. It was so good that people even asked my son to have a picture taken with them right after the show. He is currently the concert master and does the solos on violin.

As a sample of how the orchestra sounds, here is one of their performances at the Philamlife Auditorium last year. He was not yet the concert master then so you'll find him sitting next to the principal violinist. Enjoy!

On Christmas day, the whole family had to rush to the Podium as his band, 11 O 4, had to perform their first gig. The all male band is composed four singers and accompanied by a piano, a guitar and my son on violin. It was a real treat as these kids belted out songs from a repertoire of Christmas tunes and some pop songs. I couldn't believe my son could be very good as he performed the solo of Kenny Loggins' Whenever I call you friend. I've never seen him practice at home. The arrangements were very well executed and they harmonize pretty well considering that they are just a newly formed band. If these kids play their cards right, I think they'll go places.

As my way of greeting each and everyone a very Merry Christmas, here's the ensemble once more in their rendition of a christmas medley.


bugsybee said...

Thank you very much for sharing these videos with us, Tito Rolly. I can't wait to see your son and his group in Bacolod ... sana matuloy na!

Wishing you and your family God's wondrous blessings in 2009!

rolly said...

Bugsy I'm glad you liked it. Sayang nga at hindi sila natuloy sa Bacolod. It would have been a very nice experience for him. Next time.

May you have the merriest times this holiday season.

Panaderos said...

Congratulations for such a very gifted son! Loved watching those videos.

I wish you and your loved ones all the best in the coming year! Take care. :)

rolly said...

Panaderos Thanks. Happy New Year to you, too.

Mahalia said...

tito rolly, kasali ka ba doon sa orchestra? Parang namukhaan kita dun sa mga nakaupo sa unang clip. Nakidaan mula kay miss CaT.

Happy New Year. Pwede bang makitawag ako sa iyo ng Tito? Para may bago akong tito this new year. :)

BlogusVox said...

Kanino pa ba magmamana yan, Eh di sa tatay. Happy New Year Ka Rolly!

Miki said...

Wow, congrats. Sana mag-upload rin ng videos 'yung band, na-curious naman po ako about their sound. Haha.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year po!!!

P.S. I saw your no-longer-a-puppy Yogi on your son's album... Wah! Ang cute! Haha, wala lang. :))

bertN said...

Congratulations! Talaga musically gifted yung family ninyo.

rolly said...

Mahalia Thanks for visiting and commenting on my post. ME nakita kang pogi sa unahan? :-) No, I was not part of the orchestra. Asa pa, hehe.

Yes you can call me Tito. Everybody does naman since I put up this blog.

Happy New Year, too. Wag masyadong magpalaki para di ka gaanong mahirapang ilabas ang baby ha.

Blogusvox Oo nga. Lalo na sa mukha. hehe

Miki Well, they sounded good. Bayaan mo, sa next gig nila, I'll let you know where para kung libre ka, makapunta ka.

Happy New Year to you as well.

mae said...

happy new year, tito rolly.
musical talent runs in your family. sana makuha yan ng magiging anak ko. hehe! kasi sa family namin walang may talent sa music. walang marunong kumanta o tumugtog. i keep asking my father why we were never given such talent and all he can say is it's not in our genes. hehe!

rolly said...

Mae Nagi-skip din ata yan. In my family, ako lang ang mahilig sa music. Mahihilig ang mga kapatid kong makinig sa music pero lahat sila tone deaf hahaha. Samantalang sa mga pinsan ko, halos lahat naman sila tumutugtog ng instrument.

cbs said...

bossing, got your email. the videos are fantastic...i really liked the strings part...all kids should now be chorusing, hellow carnegie!

rolly said...

cbs carnegie? Medyo mataas na ambisyon yun hehehe Buti naman at nagustuhan mo. Alam ko mahilig ka rin sa ganong tugtog eh.