July 14 saw an audience of more than 300 flock to the lecture hall as they attended Legato, the fundraising concert of De Novo, Xavier’s a cappella group. Held to raise funds for an upcoming competition in Singapore, the concert was a stellar success. It was independently organized by the club with performances ranging from renowned artists like, Marian Santiago, to homegrown acts and alumni such as Christopher Yu and Christopher Ong.
The concert started early in the night with a rendition of the Philippine Anthem, Lupang Hinirang. Immediately after was a set list including a cappella covers of the classics like Come Together by The Beatles and How Deep is Your Love by the Bee Gees. Intertwined with the De Novo performances were pieces by acclaimed performers, the first of whom was Marian Santiago. The former opera singer and theatre actress opened with a performance of One Sweet Day, and then proceeded to win the hearts of the audience with the broadway staple, Defying Gravity.
The second soloist of the night was an internationally recognized opera singer and model, Jonathan Wagner. Member of the multinational classical crossover group, Opus One, he brought a global flair to the concert with his song choice of Besame Mucho.
Following him was an interlude by the Payatas Children’s Choir, singing Piliin Ang Pilipinas. Formerly conducted by De Novo’s own moderator, Mr. Melvin Odoemene, their brilliance was a testament to the value of cultivating talent from all sectors of society.
Topping off the list of guest performers were Xavier alumni, Christopher Yu and Christopher Ong. In what could only be described as an outburst of school spirit, they chose to present a medley of Xavier songs.
De Novo ended the night with their own version of the Xavier School song. However, under pressure from the screaming audience, they had no choice but to finish with a final encore, covering the popular song, Cheerleader.