(Glendale, CA) One of Philippines national treasures will resurface to give Filipino-Americans another reason to celebrate and be proud of their Philippine culture when the internationally-acclaimed Filipino tenor Noel Espiritu Velasco shares his talent on June 30 at Noypitz Bar and Restaurant in Glendale, California.
The only Asian winner of the prestigious Pavarotti International Voice Competition will hold the dinner-concert in an intimate setting show backed up by some members of the Filipino-American Symphony Orchestra led by Music Director and Conductor Robert Schroder and will also perform with wife, Gigi Mitchell-Velasco, who is also a distinguished American mezzo-soprano.
Velasco is a graduate of the University of the Philippines who finished with an Artist Diploma and a Bachelor of Music degree. He also received an Artist Diploma at the Curtis Institute of Music.
Aside from winning the Pavarotti International Voice Competition, the acclaimed tenor also won in the Metropolitan Opera District Auditions and in the Liederkranz Foundation Wagnerian Competition.
Velasco was also grand finalist of the San Francisco Opera Auditions and the Belvedere International Competition for Opera Singers (Vienna), and sang in the Competitions Gala Concerts from Budapest and Vienna over European television. He also won the Oratorio Society of New York Solo Competition and received the Cultural Center of the Philippines Career Award as well as several grants from the Young Artists Foundation of the Philippines and a grant from the Sullivan Foundation.
Here in the U.S. where Velasco now resides, among his last performances were in 2009 during the return of the Three Tenors of Rhode Island in a concert at Providence’s Music Mansion and his participation in a Philippine fundraising concert at Alice Tully Hall in September and October of that year. In May 2011, Noel joined his wife, Gigi, in a Duo Recital at Providence’s Music Mansion.
This past October, Velasco returned to the Florida Orchestra to reprise Orff’s Carmina Burana, his debut work in the Sunshine State. Just last month, Velasco performed yet in the return of the Three Tenors of Rhode Island at the German American Cultural Society.
The June 30 date will begin with cocktails at 6 p.m. Buffet will be served at 7 p.m. and the concert starts at 8:30 p.m. Inquiries or reservations can be made by calling 818-276-6773 or (818) 247 6256.
The concert by Velasco will be presented by The Dream Age Group headed by Errol Mendoza, artistic director, in support of the Philippine Center of Ventura County, the Pangasinan Brotherhood USA, Inc. Scholarship Fund Drive and the FilAm Community of OMGC.