The Thomasian Chamber Choir (TCC), under musical director Nobel Gabasan, brought people together again through music, and spread Filipino culture abroad when it went on a US Tour in connection with the Idaho international Choral Festival in Pocatello a few weeks ago.
The choir maximized its role as ambassador of music and Filipino culture by holding three concerts and visiting eight states. All concerts, except two fund-raising ones, were free.
The Knights of Columbus sponsored the first concert in Los Angeles last July 5. It raised funds for Knights of Columbus Council 13237. The group proceeded to Idaho for the week-long festival, then flew to Detroit, Michigan to perform at Vernon Center on July 17.
The choir stayed in Detroit from July 15 to 20 through the kindness of Nancy Razalan, Gabasan’s friend in San Jose City, Nueva Ecija. Razalan booked the choir at Edward Hotel and took members on a side trip to Chicago, where they sang for the Philippine Consulate General’s office.
Then, the choir flew to Bradley airport, Connecticut, where it sang at Villa Bianca in Seymour to raise funds for the Philippine American Association of Connecticut. Then, it was off to New York to sing for the Philippine Consulate General office in Manhattan.
The repertoire includes traditional choral music (sacred and spirituals) and Filipino folk songs.Gabasan arranged the kundiman songs, contemporary Filipino songs, jazz standards and Broad-way songs especially for TCC.
This is the choir’s second time at the Idaho festival (the first was in 2016), which is held every three years.