“There’s nothing impossible when there’s a meeting of minds. Music is universal; it speaks to the hearts, especially the songs of Aegis. If the songs speak to your heart, everything follows.”
This is the insightful quote of the director Ariel Yonzon, the person who bravely conceptualized the artistic fete of bringing together popular rock band Aegis and the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO).
“What better way to do a show with Aegis than do something drastic, something to partner with a group so opposite with the musical spectrum in terms of genre. That was the challenge,” related Yonzon during the last rehearsal at CCP.
The day before the concert, Yonzon revealed to The Sunday Times Magazine it was the first time for Aegis and PPO to share the stage and practice their pieces.
“It’s a challenge in terms of schedule because PPO has a set time for rehearsals, while Aegis are night owls because of their night gigs. They also just got here from their show in Dubai,” he continued.
With a total of seven members in this OPM band, making music for almost two decades could have been more than enough to suppress the pressure on stage. But Juliet Sonot, one of Aegis’ two lead vocalists, admitted that since it was their first time to perform in CCP and with the PPO, the pressure was different.
“We felt nervous and pressured because we were singing a classic song—very different from our genre —with the PPO to boot, so you could imagine the pressure. We were so privileged to be part of this concert,” she said.
The program, with the help of Maestro Herminigildo Ranera of PPO, was made, presenting commissioned works that reinvented Aegis’ songs into symphonic form and vice versa. Tenor would do a counterpoint number with Aegis, the “Bituing Marikit” which is a kundiman. This aroused a harder challenge for the team: to counterpoint a kundiman with an Aegis pop rock belting number.
A concert exhibiting two different genres in one stand would face challenges, but the bravery to carry on this project was indeed remarkable.
History was indeed made on Sunday night as Aegis and PPO seized the stage with the unexpected fusion of their music, giving the audience a truly unique experience
The respected orchestra started the concert with a bang, rousing the audience with its symphonic version of Aegis’ greatest hits. Excitement continued with the as the much-awaited merging of Aegis and the PPO when they performed the famed “Nessun Dorma” of Turandot.
What surprised the audience more was the perfectly executed versions of 2015 pop hits — Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” and “Love Yourself,” Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud,” and the favorite “Twerk It Like Miley” among others.
Surprises did not end there as the Eraserheads’ hits followed next, and welcomed with deafening cheers.
After PPO’s outstanding performance, Aegis took to the stage with their classics “Ang Buhay Ko,” “Munting Pangarap,” “Sinta,” “Luha” and “Basang-Basa Sa Ulan.” They also performed a cover of “Total Eclipse Of The Heart.”
The audience happily sang along to the ‘90s tunes, which were made more enjoyable by interpretative moves from the Artzone Danceport Team and Sheila Aldecoa-Morfe
To end the historic night of music, Aegis shared their trademark song “Halik” with the PPO, and as expected, there was pandemonium. As such the real finale was this: a zealous clamor for a repeat of this previously unlikely merging of musical geniuses.