Over 700 young musical artists from 14 groups across are expected to perform at " Banda Rito, Banda Roon, " the Band and Orchestra Festival 2018 of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) which will run from 20 to 22 July 2018 at venues of CCP. For Chris B. Millado, CCP Vice-President and Artistic Director, “The festival is on a grand scale since this is national event. Beyond the scale and scope of the event however is the fellowship and camaraderie shared between and among young and veteran musicians. The festival is also a venue where they could exchange learning experiences from their own regions"
There are three main events: the Gala Concert of Orchestras on Friday, July 20 at 7pm at the Main Theater; the Youth Symphonic Band Concert I on Saturday, July 21 at 7pm at the Little Theater; and the Youth Symphonic Band Concert II on Sunday, July 22 at 4pm also at the Little Theater. Parallel events such as the Open Air Brass Exhibition will be on Saturday, July 21 at 4pm at the CCP Ramp and the Music Fair from July 20 to 21 at the Little Theater Lobby.
There are 14 Participating Groups In The Festival, Lasallian Youth Orchestra San Beda College Alabang Symphony Orchestra Seven Spirit Kids Orchestra (Cebu) Manila Symphony Junior Orchestra Taytay Youth Symphonic Band Banda Sampaguita (Laguna) St. Scholastica’s College Wind Orchestra Ang Musikero Batangueño (Batangas) San Marcos Band ’92 (Navotas) General Trias Youth Symphonic Band (Cavite) Sasmuan Band 31 (Pampanga) Marilao Community Symphonic Band (Bulacan) Philippine Baton Twirling Association (PBTA) PhilBanda.
There will also be small brass ensemble performances in the Little Theater Lobby during the Music Fair from July 20 to 21. For ticket and schedule information including block ticket sales may be obtained by calling CCP Box Office at 832-1125 or 832-3704.
Text and Photos by Gilbert Kim Sancha.