Philippine Center New York

Klasical: An Evening of Immortal Filipino Songs

In Celebration of Filipino American History Month, Ephesus Teatron and OnQ NY presents SWEET SAMANIEGO-BUCHANAN, Soprano, in an evening of unforgettable and immortal Filipino art songs of love and inspiration like, Nicanor Abelardo’s “Bituin Marikit”, Francisco Santiago’s “Pakiusap”, Manuel P. Velez’ “And Kampupot and many more! 

On October 21, 2022, 7pm at the Kalayaan Hall, Philippine Center New York, 556 5th Ave, New York, NY 10036.

Sweet Samaniego-Buchanan is a coloratura soprano and is a graduate of University of Santo Tomas, Manila Philippines, BM-Voice under the tutelage of Gloria Dizon Coronel.
Sweet won first place in Kundiman ng Lahi and Scholarshop. A veteran performer Sweet has been a soloist of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, UST Symphony Orchestra, AFP Band and a featured guest artist at Concert at the park and Paco Park Presents. Sweet has performed m with Repertory Philippines, Musical Theatre Philippines, Tanghalang Pilipino among others. 

Sweet, who recently performed in Hong Kong, has extensively toured in Asia, Europe and the US.  

Special guests include DRA. FRANCIA DEVERA, a Pediatrician and a Soprano. Dra. Devera, an active community leader, hopes to inspire everyone to continue to pursue your passion.

MIGUEL BRAGANZA, Tenor. A veteran stage actor, Miguel is a member of Actors’ Equity and British Equity. He appeared in various Broadway and Off-Broadway productions including Miss Saigon in which he was offered the original contract for the Broadway production. He toured intensively with Miss Saigon here in the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, Germany and Portugal for 14 years. He is currently a member of SOVAS, Society of Voice Arts and Sciences here in the U.S. musical theater actor, Show-creator, Director -Choreographer and an International Musical teaching Artist, Miguel is the Founding President of the ” Street of Dreams Project for the Arts, Philippines ”  

Also joining them are local artists’ Z and Jazhua Andes.

Bringing this amazing and beautifully arranged art songs by recent FAMAS Awardee for Best Musical Score, Pipo Cifra.

This concert hopes to bring awareness to our rich musical history.  “Kundiman” emerged as an art song at the end of the 19th century and by the early 20th century, its musical structure was formalized by Filipino composers such as Francisco Santiago and Nicanor Abelardo; they sought poetry for their lyrics, blending verse and music in equal parts.

The concert hopes to revive interests in the dying art that is “KUNDIMAN”