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An Afternoon of Classical Music - Holy Name Parish Center Auditorium

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CFN at Holy Name Cathedral presents "An Afternoon of Classical Music", a Fundraiser to celebrate the Rector's 40th Ordination Anniversary.

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Father Gregory Sakowicz, Rector of Holy Name Cathedral Parish, has dedicated his life to the Church and his parishioners at Church of the Holy Spirit (Schaumburg), Church of St. Mary of the Woods (Chicago), and Church of Saint Mary's (Evanston). He had served as Recruiter and Vocations Director at Niles College Seminary, Loyola University.

Father Gregory's ministry work includes over 38 years as commentator at WGN-TV Christmas Eve Midnight Mass, the weekly televised Mass for the Shut-Ins, and a co-host of twice-weekly radio program on WNDZ 750-AM. He is highly respected and well-liked with hundreds of listeners attuned to his broadcast and homilies.

The Cathedral Filipino Network (CFN) at Holy Name will present world-class musicians and collaborate with the FilAm Music Foundation NFP. The May 19 concert will be performed by musicians, who have had concerts and recitals across the U.S., Europe, Asia, and South America. Victor Santiago Asuncion, DMA, pianist and founder, was a Visiting Artist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in February 2019. Margarita Gomez Giannelli, soprano, the first Filipina laureate of the Rosa Ponselle Foundation, studied at Curtis Institute of Music. And, Carlos Avila, faculty member of Juilliard, studied both at Juilliard and Yale, is one of "the most in-demand pianists on the classical music scene."

All net proceeds from the concert will support Holy Name Parish ministries and Commissions, such as Human Concerns , Faith Formation, Parish Pastoral Council, Parish Life, Young Adults, Friends of Father Tolton, ACT II and CFN which holds the Simbang Gabi and Feast of Santo Niño events.

In 2000, Father John P. Boivin and some Filipino parishioners at Holy Name organized CFN with a mission to share and celebrate Filipino spiritual traditions and culture. CFN events are open to all. The May 19, 2019 event will be a celebration of diversity, excellence, and extraordinary service to Chicago faith communities. Contact information: cfn.hnc@gmail.com.

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Victor Santiago Asuncion, DMA. Hailed by The Washington Post for his “poised and imaginative playing,” Filipino-American pianist Victor Santiago Asuncion has appeared in concert halls in Brazil, Canada, Ecuador, France, Italy, Germany, Japan, Mexico, the Philippines, Spain, Turkey and the USA, as a recitalist and concerto soloist. He played his orchestral debut at the age of 18 with the Manila Chamber Orchestra, and his New York recital debut in Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall in 1999. In addition, he has worked with conductors including Sergio Esmilla, Enrique Batiz, Mei Ann Chen, Zeev Dorman, Arthur Weisberg, Corrick Brown, David Loebel, Leon Fleisher, Michael Stern, Jordan Tang, and Bobby McFerrin.

A chamber music enthusiast, he has performed with artists such as Lynn Harrell, Zuill Bailey, Andres Diaz, James Dunham, Antonio Meneses, Joshua Roman, Cho-Liang Lin, Giora Schmidt, the Dover, Emerson, Serafin, Sao Paulo, and Vega String Quartets. He was on the chamber music faculty of the Aspen Music Festival, and the Garth Newel Summer Music Festival. He was also the pianist for the Garth Newel Piano Quartet for three seasons. Festival appearances include the Amelia Island, Highland-Cashiers, Music in the Vineyards, and Santa Fe.

His recordings include the complete Sonatas of L. van Beethoven with cellist Tobias Werner, Sonatas by Shostakovich and Rachmaninoff with cellist Joseph Johnson, the Rachmaninoff Sonata with the cellist Evan Drachman, and the Chopin and Grieg Sonatas, also with cellist Evan Drachman. He is featured in the award winning recording “Songs My Father Taught Me” with Lynn Harrell, produced by Louise Frank and WFMT-Chicago. Mr. Asuncion is the Founder, and Artistic and Board Director of FilAm Music Foundation, a non-profit foundation that is dedicated to promoting Filipino classical musicians through scholarship, and performance.

He received his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in 2007 from the University of Maryland at College Park under the tutelage of Rita Sloan. Victor Santiago Asuncion is a Steinway artist.

Margarita Giannelli is a soprano that receives praise for her expressive singing, riveting portrayals and powerful voice. Margarita has been described as a gifted and unique artist possessing warmth, imagination, wit and humanity.

Margarita’s most recent appearances include singing the soprano solo in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Manila Symphony Orchestra led by Maestro Arturo Molina, her debut as “Mimì” in a production of Puccini’s La bohème by MusicArtes at Samsung Hall, in Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle at the Ayala Museum, performing excerpts from Verdi’s Aïda in a celebration of Verdi’s Bicentennial at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Resorts World Manila/MusicArtes’s “Best of Opera” gala event featuring staged operatic excerpts, her debut as “Micaela” in Bizet’s Carmen produced by the Lyric Opera of the Philippines and a concert of operatic arias and duets with Camille Lopez Molina and the Manila Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Arturo Molina at the PhilAmLife Auditorium.

At the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Margarita has been a guest artist of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra led by Maestro Ruggero Barbieri as well as a featured artist in the Filipino Artists Series. She has also been heard as soloist for the Manila Chamber Orchestra and the Philippine Youth Orchestra as well as the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, the UC Berkley Symphony Orchestra, the Chautauqua Music School Festival Orchestra and The Symphony Orchestra of the Curtis Institute of Music.

Margarita has appeared on Philippine television shows such as A Little Night of Music, Ryan Ryan Musikahan, Concert at the Park and Paco Park Presents. Margarita was a featured soloist before Pope John Paul II at the Catholic Mass Media Awards during his historic visit to the Philippines. In celebration of Philippine Independence Day, Margarita appeared with the late Maestro Oscar Yatco on violin and noted Filipina concert pianist Nena Villanueva in Madrid, Spain.

Margarita is a graduate of both The Curtis Institute of Music and the University of the Philippines College of Music. She has the distinct honor of being the first Filipina Laureate of the Rosa Ponselle Foundation.

Carlos Avila. Critically acclaimed for his “beautiful command of tone and mood…and unruffleable savoir-faire” (San Francisco Chronicle), his “layers of emotional expression” (The Examiner) and his “level of artistry that seem far beyond his years” (Contra Costa Times), Carlos Avila is one of the most in-demand pianists on the classical music scene. His concerts have taken him across North and South America, Europe, and Asia.

Carlos began his professional career in 2001 when he stepped in for an ailing Stewart Goodyear at 24-hours-notice to play the Rachmaninoff First Piano Concerto with the California Symphony – a “pinch-hit homerun” (San Francisco Chronicle).

Since then, Carlos has been a guest at festivals such as Schleswig-Holstein, Tanglewood, Sarasota, Aspen, Banff, Music Academy of the West, Pianofest, Holland, ChamberFest Dubuque, Atlantic Music Festival, Lake George, and the Carnegie Hall Workshops where he had the opportunity to work and study with the late Isaac Stern, Daniel Barenboim, Michael Tilson Thomas, Emanuel Ax, Richard Goode and members of the St. Lawrence, Tokyo, Guarneri, Juilliard, Ying, and Borodin String Quartets.

Carlos is also an avid collaborator – he shares a 20-year partnership with acclaimed violinist Jay Oh, with whom he has given over 80 recitals across Asia and the United States. These past seasons, he performed in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s All-Access Chamber series and the New York Philharmonic’s Leonard Bernstein salon series. Prior to that, he embarked on a country-wide 29-city tour with award-winning Baritone Leon Williams. Carlos was also recently showcased on New York’s WQXR, where he gave an all-transcription recital broadcast as one of the winners of Juilliard’s prestigious Gina Bachauer Piano Competition.

Carlos is on Collaborative Piano Faculty at the Heifetz Institute, where he makes his summer home.

A proud Filipino-American, Carlos is a graduate of the Juilliard School where he studied with Jerome Lowenthal and did prior studies at Yale with Peter Frankl and Claude Frank. He currently resides in New York City.

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