About the Artist (Dennis del Rosario) A native of Manila, Philippines, Dennis del Rosario came to the United States after college and has been in Jacksonville, Florida since 1993. He has been a member of the Jacksonville Symphony Chorus for 8 seasons where he sings as a tenor. His performances with the chorus include Brahms'Requiem, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Handel's Messiah, Haydn's Mass of Creation, Bach's Christmas Oratorio, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and others. Inspired by his father, Oscar who performed in stage musicals in the Philippines, Dennis began singing very young. By age 8 he sang n a boy's choir, and later performed in various choral groups throughout his school days and into college. Dennis earned Bachelor Science Degrees in Zoology and in Nursing from the University of the East in Manila. In 1994, Dennis performed the lead role in an original Filipino musical, El Indio Bravo in which he portrayed Dr. Jose Rizal, a national hero who fought for Philippine Independence from Spain. He had performances in Jacksonville, Florida and in New York for Filipino-American organizations. The play was written by Ms. Lally Ferro, music composed by Rodgin Arpon and the performances sponsored by the Filipino-American community. Dennis often perfoms in retirement communities and for other special events including wedding. Since 1995, he has been a cantor with Assumption Catholic Church. He is currently the Director of Activities in Carriage Club of Jacksonville. ABOUT THE CD My love for singing inspired me to record this CD dedicated to my family (my mom, Elisa; my sister,Orlie;my dad,Oscar) and friends. All the music is meaningful to me in different ways. Most of the songs are showtunes by Rodgers and Hammerstein, and standard tunes like I left My Heart in San Francisco and Moonglow because they remind me of the kind of music my Dad listened to when I was 7 years old. Other songs are by Gershwin, American Folksongs, and two Filipino classic songs, Dahil sa Iyo (Because of You) and Gaano kita Kamahal (How much I love You), are both classical romantic songs about love, dedication and commitment. I added Ave Maria by Schubert, a song I often sing in Church, as a dedication to our Blessed Mother. I meticulously selected the songs with romantic nature and inspiring lyrics that suit my singing voice. Thanks to Mr.Watkins who is a great mentor in music.
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