SPANISH soprano María Bayo performs tonight at Areté.

ACCLAIMED Spanish soprano María Bayo will be having a concert tonight, June 25, 7:30 p.m. at the Hyundai Hall in Areté, Ateneo de Manila University.

Bayo, who won the Spanish National Award for Music in 2009, will be accompanied on the piano by Maciej Pikulski, from France, and will offer the audience a rare opportunity to listen to songs by Spanish contemporary composers inspired by traditional music, as well as some zarzuela.

The program of the concert will include so-called “cultured songs,” i.e. songs from folk music that have been arranged with new, rich harmonies in line with the style of different 20th century composers. Two zarzuela pieces will complete the concert: one by Cuban composer Gonzalo Roig and another by one of the best known zarzuela composers, Francisco Asenjo Barbieri.

Tickets to the concert cost P350 (Balcony) and P500 (Orchestra) can be bought directly from Areté or on-line through