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Tenor Abdul Candao and Pianist Aries Caces treated their their very own kababayans in a memorable concert entitled “A Little Night of Song” held at Filipino Catholic Chaplaincy Church, Salvator am Wienerfeld, 1100 Vienna on December 13, 2015.
The two great Filipino musicians prepared a very special program that blended their Filipino roots and some of the best the classical composers of Europe have to offer. The Repertoire was a flavorful blend of memorable arias from Italian and German operas/operettas interspersed with Broadway hits. Unforgettable kundimans, such as those by Ernani Cuenco.
The audience was tickled pink when Candao gave a playful rendition of Cuenco’s “Balikbayan”, which is a caricature of an overseas Pinoy having acquired airs after three weeks of travel abroad.
After the last piece, “Gaano Kita Kamahal” was sung, the audience would not just let the performers go. Clamors for ‘Encore!’ were rewarded with two more songs: O holy Night and You raise me up.
Abdul Candao, Tenor
Candao was born in Davao. He was first prize winner in the National Music Competition for Young Artists in 1982. He graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree from UST under the late Prof. Kathy Sternberg. He was a scholar of his teacher Prof. Irma Potenciano, the UST Alumni Association and the Music Promotion Foundation of the Philippines. While at UST, he was a member of the Kayumangging Kaligatan, a six-member vocal ensemble directed by National Artist Prof. Ernani Cuenco. He left for Europe for further training in 1991.
He attended the Opera School of the Vienna Conservatory of Music on a scholarship grant from the Cultural Center of the Philippines Young Artist Fund. He studied under Waldemar Kmentt and Walter Berry. He also studied under Filipino masters Lilia Reyes in Rome and Otoniel Gonzaga in Vienna. Among his first professional engagements in Europe were as Almaviva in Barber of Seville and the title role in the modern opera Jush Tush, which was also recorded. Abdul obtained his diploma in 1995.
He has since performed in numerous operas all over Europe and in Manila. Among the roles he did were Tony in West Side Story, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte, Sou-Choung in Land of Smiles, Governor in Candide, Faust in Faust, Alfred in Die Fledermaus and Rinuccio in Giannni Schichi. He also spent three years with the musical Elisabeth in Vienna after attending the Conservatory and has given concerts in Germany, Italy, Switzerland, France, the UK and in the Philippines.
Aries Caces, Pianist
Aries CACES was born in Manila, Philippines. He studied Piano (with Paul Badura-Skoda and Roland Keller), Piano Chamber Music (Georg Ebert) and Orchestral Conducting (Uros Lajovic) at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna.
Before studying in Vienna, he was a student of Walter Kamper at the University of Music in Graz. He has performed in various cities in Europe, North America (Canada and USA), and the Philippines. Moreover, he has given Piano Master Classes in different universities in Manila and Singapore. He is currently a faculty member at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna.
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