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Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra celebrate Gold classic music at 37th season

The national orchestra and resident company of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) announces its series of shows and programming, the line up of guest artists, soloist, and conductors for its 37th Season for the year 2019-2020.
CCP President Arsenio Lizaso
CCP President Arsenio Lizaso in his speech during the Press launching last August 28, 2019, at the Kachina function room of Century Park Hotel, that PPO will have a very busy season because of the support of many people across the country, who appreciate music whether they understand it or not. He is thankful to former Senator now Congresswoman Loren Legarda that pave the way in providing them funds,in order for the PPO to go to different places in the Philippines.

“We want music and the arts accessible to people, to make it available to people who cannot come to the center, the center goes to the people and I’m so happy when I see people from all walks of life right in front me, when I ask her she said I’m a market vendor watching a Phillippine Philharmonic Orchestra, can you Imagine that.” Lisazo said.

Outreach activity will continue with PPO on its 37th season, aside from performing classical music they are conducting musical workshops for students who want to know how to play different musical intruments. Among the target cities and provinces to held workshops are Cebu, Bohol, Taguig, Palawan, Pasig City, Quezon City, Dagupan, Linggayen, Naga, Legazpi, Sorsogon, Isabela, Tuguegarao, Cagayan De Oro, General Santos, Leyte and Samar.

“Hindi po tayo namimili, somebody asks me na here in the center mga elite lang ang nanonood, that is not the point, the point is kasi sila andito kaya sila nakakapanood, what happens to other friends outside of Manila, instead of them coming over, so we are the one coming to them.” Lizaso explain

The upcoming season is billed as “Gold Classical Music Treasures” in line with the 50 years anniversary of CCP, it will run from September this year to April of 2020. Some possible tour for PPO is a series of concert abroad particularly middle east such as Dubai and Qatar, Berlin, Frankfurt and other cities of Europe. They are also creating a Jazz Festival for Baguio City come February.  PPO also announce the inclusion of young soprano Alexa Kaufman in their December concerts as a guest artists.

“Nakikinig, sumasayaw, nangingiti because of the music that we bring to them, sabi nila naintindihan ba nila yun, that’s not the point, the point is music can penetrate anyone kahit music ni Bethoven, if you don’t understand it, that’ not the point, the point is did you like it? Did you enjoy it? Kasi yan po ay para sa damdamin, kalooban at puso ng mga nakikinig at nanonood, its always what you bring to art, that you get from art, ganun po yun.” Lisazo said 

Most of the concert line up for the 37th season are under the baton of PPO Musical Director Yoshikazu Fukumura, while the other concerts are to be led by guest conductors Michael Cousteau, Herminigildo Ranera and Gerard Salonga.

Here is the complete listing of PPO 37th season and their repertoire, guest soloist, conductors, Outreach activities and venue.


September 11
Pagbabalik Tanaw sa Unang Hari ng Balagtasan,
Malolos, Bulacan.
Noriko Ogawa
September 13, 2019
Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart        Don Giovanni Overture
Sergei  Prokofiev                            Piano Concerto no. 3, op. 26, C Major
Antonin Dvorak                              Symphony  no.7, op. 70, D minor
Noriko Ogawa ,piano
Yoshikazu Fukumura, conductor

Sept 27-
Mehan Garden concert

October 10-13
Laoag, Ilocos Sur Concert
Rey Casey Concepcion
October 25, 2019
Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo
Richard Wagner                 Tristan and Isolde: Prelude and Liebestod
Hector Berlioz                     Harold in Italy, op.16
Hector Berlioz                     Romeo and Juliet: Love scene
Franz Liszt                            Les Preludes
Rey Casey Concepcion, viola
Michaël Cousteau, conductor
Michaël Cousteau
November 8
Opening of SEA GAMES
New Clark  Global City, Capas, Tarlac

Nov 10-14
Palawan Music Workshop
November 15, 2019
Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo
Dmitri Shostakovich                      Symphony no.9, op.70
Franz Joseph Haydn                      Sinfonia Concertante, op. 84, B-flat Major
Arturo Marquez                             Danzon no. 7
Arturo Marquez                             Danzon no. 8
SORA Ensemble of Japan, soli
Yoshikazu Fukumura,conductor

Nov 29
Iloilo City Concert with Jose Mari Chan.

December 1
Aklan Concert

Dec 2
Infant Jesus School, Music workshop at Aklan.

Dec 14
Intramuros Concert
Aimee Dela Cruz
December 20, 2019
Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo
Samuel Barber                    Adagio for Strings
Samuel Barber                    Die Natali, op. 36
Darius Milhaud                   Concerto for Percussion and Small Orchestra
Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky     Capriccio Italien, op.45
Aimee De la Cruz, percussion
Herminigildo Ranera, conductor
Herminigildo Ranera
January 24, 2020
Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo
Antonin Dvorak                              Serenade for String Orchestra, op.22,  E Major
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart        Bassoon Concerto, B-flat Major
Cesar Franck                                    Symphony in  D minor
Adolfo Mendoza, bassoon
Yoshikazu Fukumura, conductor
Adolfo Mendoza
February 14, 2020
Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo
Lucio San Pedro                  Ang Buwan sa Kabundukan
Franz Schubert                   Erlkőnig
Manuel De Falla                  Siete Canciones Populares Españolas
Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky    Symphony no.6, op. 74, B minor (“Pathetique”)
Andion Fernandez, soprano
Gerard Salonga, conductor

March 13, 2020
Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo
Zhou Tian                                         Concerto for Orchestra
Erich Wolfgang Korngold             Violin Concerto, op. 35, D Major
Ludwig van Beethoven                 Symphony no. 5, op.67, C minor
Ryu Goto, violin
Yoshikazu Fukumura, conductor
Ryu Goto
April 24, 2020
Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo
Carl Orff                                Entrata for Orchestra
Franz Joseph Haydn          Cello Concerto no. 2, D Major
Hector Berlioz                     Symphonie  Fantastique, op. 14
A Collaboration Concert with the ABS CBN Philharmonic Orchestra
Ray Wang, cello
Yoshikazu Fukumura,conductor
Maestro Gerard Salonga


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