ART IS A BANG: Al Gatmaitan Emotional and Thankful At "In Pursuit of a Dream" Concert

Al Gatmaitan maybe young but has achieved many feats which has given him a lot of opportunities here and overseas. On his pursuit for new heights in his career as a Tenor, he enrolled himself to the New York University Steinhardt School for Music and Performing Arts Professions. With his admission to the prestigious school for music he needs all the help he can get, thus a benefit concert was held last May 14, and 21, first at Opera Haus and LRI Design Plaza respectively. 

I went to the May 21st concert where special guests include Soprano Gabri Panilio , Ms. Tricia Amper, Mezzo Soprano Clarissa Ocampo , Flamengco Dancer Lisa Dino, OPM Hitmaker Aiza Seguerra, and world class Pianist and UST ean, Professor in Music and Statistics at the Conservatory of Music Raul Sunico, with Collaborative Pianist Karl Estudillo.

It was an emotional night for Al Gatmaitan as he prepares to leave to New York in June and overwhelmed with the support he got from friends in the arts community and his family which brought tears to his eyes. He comes from Bulacan and he is is only one from his family who is musically inclined, but his family remained very supportive of his dream.

One of the highlights of the night is a special performance with Aiza Seguerra, who also made a collaborative performance of "Kiss From A Rose" with partner Lisa Dino. 

For the Finale, Al sang Impossible Dream, This is The Moment, and Unusual Way to cap of the night as everyone bids him good luck on his trip to New York. Al will be back after completing the course and will continue to be part of projects  such as theater and concerts.

From Manual To Lyf, we also bid Al Gatmaitan good luck in his dream at the Big Apple!

Here is the setlist of "In Pursuit of a Dream":

Salut! demeure chaste et pure from Faust (Gounod)
Al Gatmaitan

Mon coeur s'ouvre a ta voix from Samson and Delilah (Saint Seans)
Clarissa Ocampo

Lamento di Federico ("Ela solita storia del pastore") from L'Arlesiana (Cilea)
Al Gatmaitan

Aragon (Longas)
Leibestod from Tristan und Isolde (Wanger/Liszt)
Raul Sunico

Stars from Les Miserables (Schonberg/Boublil)
Al Gatmaitan

Wheels of a Dream from Ragtime (Flaherty)
Gabri Panlilio and Al Gatmaitan

Let It Go from the film Frozen (Disney)
Gabri Panlilio

Take Me As I Am from Jekyl and Hyde (Wildhorn)
Tricia Amper and AL Gatmaitan

Light of a Million Mornings
Tricia Amper

Solea Bolerias (Flamengco Dance)
Liza Dino

Pakiusap (Santiago) Arr by Ryan Cayabyab
Al Gatmaitan

Ang Pag-ibig Mo (SIlos)
Clarisa Ocampo and Al Gatmaitan with Raul Sunico

Pagdating ng Panahon
Aiza Seguerra and Al Gatmaitan

Kiss From A Rose
Aiza Seguerra and Lisa Dino

I Believe (Words and music by Eric Levi)
Al Gatmaitan

Impossible Dream
This is The Moment
Unusual Way

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