FilAm Music Foundation’s mission is to encourage Filipino classical musicians through scholarship assistance and performance opportunities. The Foundation will collaborate with presenting organizations, and independently organize concerts in a wide range of venues including established concert series, schools, government, and community settings. The organization will award scholarships to deserving young Filipino musicians for the purpose of education and career development.
Hong and Hersh shared a similarly attentive connection in Kodaly’s demanding Duo, Op. 7, for Violin and Cello. Hersh’s mellow yet rich cello and Hong’s commanding violin were an excellent match, and they fully explored the music’s despairing depths and dark, sometimes rhapsodic flights.
Escobar, a gifted Filipino-American cellist, was a vibrant soloist in four selections from Seven Tunes Heard in China by Bright Sheng. He is an expressive musician, capable of etching the air with eerie, hushed melodies. But in the final “Tibetan Dance” he played with the obsessive drive of a possessed soul.