FilAm Music Foundation: Artistry and Music.
The FilAm Music Foundation NFP artists/musicians continue to present unforgettable worldwide musical concerts following successful offi cial launched at Steinway Hall in New York in September 2018. Victor Santiago Asuncion, Founder, Artistic and Board Director, was a Visiting Artist at the Manila Symphony Orchestra in January 2019 and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in February 2019. The recently concluded 2018-2019 Season includes world renowned pianist, Albert Tiu, Margarita Gomez Giannelli, soprano, Carlos Avila, pianist,Gloria Schmidt, violinist,and Lars Hoef, cello, to name a few from the Foundation’s repertoire. Asuncion hailed byThe Washington Postfor his “poised and imaginative playing” will perform a series of concerts in the U. S., prior to his prestigious position as offi cial pianist at the Queen Elisabeth Competition Brussels in April 2019.
Asuncion has a degree in Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) from University of Maryland. Both Asuncion and Giannelli are alumni of the University of the Philippines College of Music. Giannelli, fi rst Filipina laureate from Rosa Ponselle Foundation, studied at the Curtis Institute of Music. Giannelli was hailed as international soprano with “powerful voice and riveting expressive singing.” Avila, faculty member at Juilliard School and Heifetz Institute of Music, studied both at Juilliard and Yale. Avila is one of the “most sought-after pianists in the classical music scenes.” His concerts include Asia, Europe, North, and South America.
FilAm Music Foundation Collaborates with the Cathedral Filipino Network (CFN).
On May 19, 2019 FilAm Music Foundation will collaborate with the Cathedral Filipino Network at “An Afternoon of Classical Music,” from 2 PM – 4 PM at the Holy Name Cathedral Auditorium, 730 N. Wabash Avenue. The concert is a tribute to Rev. Gregory Sakowicz 40th Ordination Anniversary. Concert artists include Victor Santiago, pianist, Margarita Gomez Giannelli, soprano, and Carlos Avila, pianist.
Rev. Sakowicz, current Rector of Holy Name Cathedral Parish, was a pastor at the Churches of the Holy Spirit Schaumburg, St. Mary of the Woods Chicago, and Saint Mary’s Evanston. Rev. Sakowicz is highly respected and well-like priest, with over 38 years as commentator for the WGN-TV Christmas Eve Midnight Mass, the televised Mass for the Shut-Ins, and twice-weekly co-host of radio program at WNDZ 750AM.
The Cathedral Filipino Network (CFN)
Father John P. Boivin, Associate Pastor, the late Toti Juan and Filipino parishioners at Holy Name established the Cathedral Filipino Network (CFN) in 2000. CFN defi ned a mission to share and celebrate Filipino spiritual traditions and culture at the Parish. CFN membership is open to all who appreciates and supports Filipino culture and religious heritage.
May 19, 2019 concert is a fundraiser to help support Holy Name Cathedral Parish ministries and commissions. Holy Name Cathedral Parish serves over 7,500 households, in every 59 Chicago’s top zip codes, offers over 2,000 Masses every year, including over 150 weddings, baptisms, funerals, and hospital visits, serves weekly Thursday and Friday suppers for the hungry and homeless at the Catholic Charities, prepares 240 weekly food packs for school children’s weekend meals at St. Malachy Church, hosts many liturgical celebrations and events.
Holy Name Cathedral Parish is self-sustaining. The Parish is mainly supported by its parishioners. The Parish does not receive any funding from the Archdiocese of Chicago. Holy Name Cathedral Parish does not give any funds to the Archdiocese.
We invite everyone to attend this remarkable concert. It will be an afternoon of beautiful music and love songs from artists/ musicians who exude passion, artistry, and fun. Contact info: G. A. Villamoracfn.firstname.lastname@example.org CFN/312.933.4762.