6:00 pm - Saturday, November 6

Samahan Concert of Philippine Dances & Music

Joan B. Kroc Theatre, 6611 University Avenue, San Diego


Emerging from the 18-month Covid-19 lockdown, the SAMAHAN Filipino American Performing Arts and Education Center endeavors to present its 44th Concert of Philippine Dances and Music on Saturday, November 6, 2021, at 6:00 pm, at the Joan B. Kroc Theatre, at 6611 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92115. General admission ticket at $22 per person, Student at $15 and VIP ticket at $40 for reserved seat may be purchased online at SamahanArtsConcert.eventbrite.com. Tickets may also be purchased directly from SAMAHAN members. Contact at or call (619) 559-6309.

Titled as “Sining SAMAHAN”, the concert showcases the Filipinos’ cultural music and dances that bring together people of all walk of life from various villages and regions in the Philippines. The two-hour program features SAMAHAN’s rich repertoire with vivid traditional attire. The concert repertoire features the Spanish influenced dances, called Maria Clara, and the rural dances of the peasants in the country side in central regions of the Philippines performed with live music accompaniment by the SAMAHAN Rondalla String Ensemble.

Highlighted, as well, are the indigenous cultural dances and rituals of the Maguindanao (the largest Muslim society in Mindanao), the Sama and Tausug people of the Sulu Archipelago. Their dances and rituals are traditionally performed with the beats of bossed gongs called “Kulintang” and bamboo or “gabang”. The Pakaraguian Kulintang Ensemble of SAMAHAN, the only one of its kind in Southern CA provides the Kulintang and bamboo percussion music that accompany the indigenous dances. The Maguindanao repertoire features the cultural dances and rituals taught by master artists and cultural bearers to Samahan’s creative committee members during their field research in Mindanao in 2019. The Sama and Tausug indigenous dances were learned by SAMAHAN artists who conducted research in Tawi-Tawi, Philippines and Eastern Sabah, Malaysia. SAMAHAN’s field research was sponsored by the Dr. Lolita Diñoso Carter Endowment through The San Diego Foundation.

The exhilarating dances and lively music of the SAMAHAN Rondalla and Pakaraguian Kulintang Music Ensembles promise an enjoyable evening! Through the Concert of Philippine Dances and Music, SAMAHAN shares with the audience the exquisiteness of Filipino folk dances and music. It will present to the audience the artistry of the performing arts from the indigenous people in Southern Philippines. The Filipinos’ dances and music performed in rituals, courtship, and festivals, depict the people’s rich culture, customs and traditions. The diversity of their dances and music reflects the interconnectedness with Asian and Western traditions throughout Philippine history: from the Indian, Chinese, Indochinese, Indonesian, Malay, Spanish, to the Americans.

Admission/Cost: $15 - $40

Joan B. Kroc Theatre
6611 University Avenue
San Diego, CA 92115

Saturday, November 6 - 6:00 PM