PPO stages virtual pocket performance on july 23

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THE Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra stages its next series of online concerts billed as The PPO Spotlight: Virtual Pocket Performances to be streamed on July 23, 2021 at 8pm, Friday through the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Website. Program for the July 23 concert, which focuses on Indie and Alternative music, features the following pieces such as WITH A SMILE by ERASERHEADS to be played by Ayesa Cruz (Violin), Madeline Jane Banta (Harp); TADHANA by UP DHARMA DOWN (arr. Naldy Rodriguez) to be performed by Ma. Angelica Uson (Violin), Herrick Ortiz (Cello); HALIK NI HUDAS by WOLFGANG (arr. Glenn Aquias) to be interpreted by Giancarlo Gonzales (Cello); SALAMAT by THE DAWN (arr. Theodore Amper) to be rendered by Christian Tan (Violin), Jose Carlo Tuazon (Violin), Rey Casey Concepcion (Viola), Giuseppe Andre Diestro (Cello), Vincent Dela Cruz (Contrabass); and HARANA by ERIC YAPTANGCO to be played by Brass & Percussion section with Abner Cruz (E. Bass). The PPO Online Poc

PPO Instrument Petting Zoo with Joven Edward Aquisap On Viola


THE PPO Instrument Petting Zoo continues with its live online program as it features viola player Joven Edward R. Aquisap on Sunday, September 6, at 4pm via the PPO Facebook page.

For his instrument petting zoo session, Joven will talk about the viola and demonstrate how it is played. He will also perform classical pieces suited for the said instrument.

Joven Edward R. Aquisap started his first lesson in violin at the age of 7 in Casa San Miguel in Zambales where he grew up, and developed his talent in music under the tutelage of renowned pedagogue, Alfonso Coke Bolipata. Upon exploring his interests in other string instruments, he shifted to viola.

A recipient of the Santo Domingo Scholarship through the UST Symphony Orchestra, he finished his Bachelor's degree in Music, Major in Viola from the University of Santo Tomas, under Mr. Joy Allan dela Cruz.

Joven has performed in different countries such as Austria, Belgium, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Portugal, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, USA, and Vatican City. He has also performed in some prestigious music festivals such as Young Euro Classics at Konzerthaus in Berlin; Luzern Music Festival at Luzern, Switzerland; and the Tianjin Children's Culture Festival in China. He has also performed with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra in June 2016 as a casual member at Carnegie Hall in New York.

In 2012, he was selected as a member of the ASEAN-Russian Youth Symphony Orchestra held in Bali, Indonesia. He was also selected as a member of Asian Youth Orchestra on their world tour in 2017 and their Asian tours in 2018 and 2019.

In 2019, he won the top prize winner of the country's National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA) Senior Lower Strings Category.

As an orchestra player, he has performed with some world-renowned soloists and conductors such as Sarah Chang, Vadim Repin, Ryu Goto, Odin Rathnam, Raul Sunico, Cecil Licad, Mone Hattori, Anna Tsybuleva, Yu-Chien Tseng, Joseph Bastian, James Judd, and Matthias Bamert.

He joined the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra in September 2019.

The PPO Instrument Petting Zoo is a project of the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra. It aims to promote appreciation for musical instruments of the orchestra and its music among children and families. It is held every Sunday at 4pm, and runs for several months.

Catch the Musical Instruments Appreciation Series on the official PPO Facebook page.(PR)

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