Posted by: Leap of Faith | June 30, 2008

A Little Night of Music


Last Thursday I spent my evening listening to beautiful music.  I attended the concert of Prime Note Ensemble, an all male chorale group who is representing the OFWs living here in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.  They will be singing for the Filipino community in Paris and Brussels before they finally compete in the upcoming World Choir Games in Graz, Austria.  The concert is a fund raiser to help cover for their expenses as they compete in Europe as well as to also help our countrymen who were badly affected by the recent typhoon.

Just to give you a background, any form of public entertainment is strictly prohibited in the Kingdom. Concerts, theatrical plays and movies among others are discouraged, if not banned, unless done through the independent Embassies of each country or inside the Aramco Compound.  In Riyadh, the Philippine Embassy regularly sponsors various events in its compound to help entertain our Filipino Community there.  However, in the more than two years that I have been living here, I believe this is the first time that this type of event is happening here in the Eastern Region.  The concert’s venue is the International Philippine School in Al Khobar (IPSA).

To say how elated I was to attend such a concert is an understatement.  I felt that this event was really a once-in-a-lifetime experience for all OFWs living here in the Eastern Province. I know that I sound so shallow but it is only by living here that you will you understand what I mean.  Anyway, I took some photos and a short video of the concert for all of you to see and hear.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

The stage.

Dr Cecile (middle) and colleagues from the SAAD Hospital.

The well applauded opening number (short video clip shown below).

 Costume change… now singing some African Folk song.

 

 Booooring! Game Boys are definitely more interesting.

A taste of Broadway… “Bui Doi” from Miss Saigon.

A crowd favorite… Manila, Manila!

 

 

  

 

 

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Responses

  1. i learned another thing about the kingdom, that is, bawal ang public entertainment! *gasps*

    i’m glad you had a little night of music keith. i know how you are such a lover of music and broadway. i hope you have more nights like this…with pinky na next time. 😀

    Giant gasp talaga, Weng! Thanks, I really wish that Pinky (and the kids) were watching with me.

  2. Sayang, we missed their concert. These guys are awesome diba. May bisita kasi kami sa bahay last thursday at late in the evening na natapos ang kwentuhan. Sayang na meet ka na sana namin ni Ann , di bale there will be a next time 😀

    KD, did you watch these people already? They are so good. Make sure to catch them next time.

    Dapat nga magkita na tayo nila Ann. Schedule the meeting and I will be there 🙂

  3. What a “culturally enriching” evening, I’m sure! 😉 They are indeed good – hope they bring home more laurels with their upcoming Austrian trip. 🙂

    Glad you had the chance to make good use of your “alone time” for a change.

    Take care and see you very soon!

    My friend from the Group (wow, I have a new friend) said that they will be back daw on Aug 27. They will be having a concert again when they come home (hopefully victory concert). If you want, we can catch this again.

    I would have wanted to watch this with all of you.

  4. Hi Keith! Napanood na namin sila for so many times. Actually marami kaming kakilala sa mga members nila. Na invite pa nila minsan sina Joshua n Justin to help them in distributing solicitation letters while they were singing sa isang compound dito sa khobar.

    May mga members sila from dammam and jubail pero mostly dito sila sa khobar.

    Ann, sabihan mo ako pag may show sila. I want to watch again.

  5. i love choral performances! di mo naitatanong, frustrated akong choir member, walang may gustong tumanggap sa akin haha! i once saw the madrigal singers perfrom sa UP (syempre) and sobrang in awe ako of them. and then the loboc children’s choir naman became my second fave choir of all.

    i’m so happy for you that you were able to experience this, given na bawal pala ang public performances there sa KSA. napaka-memorable nga for you. 🙂

    Meeya pareho tayo. Dream ko rin yang maging isang choir member. Yun nga lang eh ayaw din nila akong kunin dahil sablay daw ang boses ko. Buti ka pa napanood mo na ang Madrigal at Loboc choir. Ingit ako.


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