Indeed, it has been a season of giving as meaningful occasions took place all over the metro. One such was Celebrations: 32 Years of Christmas Concert at The Pen, a fundraising concert on December 12 at The Peninsula Manila.
A fund-raising concert, proceeds raised benefited the continuing efforts of The Peninsula Hotels’ “Hope for the Philippines” fund.
It was an evening filled with the music of the season by some of the world’s greatest composers like Handel, Verdi and Tchaikovsky, as well as from the Philippines.
Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture,” Strauss’ “Radetzsky March” and Shostakovich’s “Festive Overture” were on the program. Christmas selection’s from Handel’s ever-popular oratorio “Messiah”—including the “Hallelujah Chorus”—were performed by the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra. The 50-voice University of Santo Tomas Singers also rendered the premier performance of Zadok the Priest in commemoration of the hotel’s 40th anniversary.
Also known as the “Coronation Anthem,” Handel composed this piece for the coronation of King George II in 1727 and it has been sung ever since at every British coronation during the anointing of the sovereign.
To ensure a landmark fundraising concert, the hotel assembled a stellar cast and put together a memorable musical repertoire performed by the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Ruggero Barbieri, Rachelle Gerodias (soprano), Brigitte Van Hagen (soprano), Byeong-In Park (baritone) and the UST Singers.
Freddie Santos was the concert director.
See you next year at the Pen. And Merry Christmas to all our dear readers!