It’s an abrupt, yet astonishing concert with the virtuoso Conductor, Dean Anderson, Director of Orchestral Studies, La Sierra University (USA).
“ Dean Anderson has successfully conducted numerous orchestras of all levels including professional, community, university, and youth ensembles. He has worked with such artists as LA Philharmonic Concertmaster – Martin Chalifour, LA Phil Principal Trombone – James Miller, Smokey Robinson, Manhattan Transfer, John Tesh, Lincoln Mayorga, Arlo Guthrie and Dick Dale…
Mr. Anderson studied conducting with Edward Dolbashian and violin with John McLeod. He also participated in conducting master classes with Gustav Meier, Marin Alsop, Mark Gibson, Mihail Agafita, Brooke Creswell, Lawrence Golan and Don Thulean…” (Kindly visit www.deananderson.org for details)
The AUP Orchestra’s String Ensemble is indeed blessed with his versatility as a Master Instructor and with his vivacious performance as a Conductor. His efficiency had been contagious as it was manifested in the young musicians’ performance at the Finster Hall, on August 18, 2016. Imagine how productive the few days had been for the Instrument, Choral, and Conducting master classes and practice for the concert (two days). I actually don’t know the details how he polished and prepared them for the concert. But I have a hint.
Edward Grieg Two Elegiac Melodies
“The Last Spring”
Johann Sebastian Bach
The Violin Concerto in A Minor
Adagio for Strings
Serenade for Strings
It’s providential how God brought Maestro Dean to his parents’ alma mater, Adventist University of the Philippines (formerly Philippine Union College). He visited the Philippines for the first time since he was 5 years old! According to him, he would have a performance in Hongkong, and thought “why not visit the Philippines, it’s just 2 hours away”; he also wanted to visit Dr. Shirley Pamintuan who took care of him when he was a child. He also uttered that he really wanted to visit the university, the Music Department and share his entrusted talents and skills (expertise) to the students.
I’m personally blessed to have met Maestro Dean. I’m grateful to Michael who invited me (secured my ticket), same with Armand and other musically gifted friends who shared the joy of music. Tonight was a very memorable one, with the mirthful music that refreshed my soul. All Glory to the Master Musician who made these things possible!
When asked about his experience, Michael, a Violin Instructor, he muttered (Violin 1):
“Iba talaga ‘pag magaling ang conductor, napapalabas yung magandang tunog ng orchestra kahit beginner lang. Kung ano yung gusto nyang mangyari, nagagawa nya kahit short period of time lang. Grabe nakakadrain ng utak ‘pag ganong madalian, ang dami naming kailangang isipin para matugtog yung pyesa.”
(“It’s really different if the conductor is really good (an expert), he can produce the orchestra’s good sound even it’s yet (most members) a beginner. Whatever he perceived, he can achieve, even in a short period of time. It’s really brain draining if it’s abrupt, we have to think a lot for us to play the piece.”)
I can only imagine because I can’t fully relate to their experience. Albeit I was busy capturing the melodious moments, while being lulled by the rapturous music, I was observing them as they perform. I wish the time lingered longer, but it ended at around 7:00 PM (started around 6:00 PM).
After taking and having some souvenir shots, I asked Maestro Dean about his feedback with his stay in AUP. He enthusiastically responded:
“Well, my experience here at AUP has been very beautiful. I love the energy of the students, I love the talents. I HOPE TO COME BACK MANY TIMES!”
“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent.” ― Victor Hugo
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