• The Manila Symphony Orchestra finds new home


    Following the loss of their former rehearsal hall two years ago, the Manila Symphony Orchestra (MSO) and the Manila Symphony Junior Orchestra (MSJO) find a new home at Ayala Malls with the opening of MSO Recital Hall in Circuit Lane, Makati City.

    Complementing the MSO Music Academy in Glorietta, the MSO Recital Hall will be the main rehearsal venue for the gifted musicians of MSO and MSJO.

    (From left) Executive Director and Principal Conductor of Manila Symphony Orchestra Jeffrey Solares, Manila Symphony Orchestra Music Director Arturo Molina, Ayala Malls Area Head of Central & South Malls Joseph Reyes and Circuit Lane General Manager Catherine De Leon

    Mallgoers have been privileged to hear and witness open rehearsals and pocket performances from the orchestra. The academy at Glorietta 5, the first of its kind in a mall setting, has also paved the way for more young talents to discover and harness their musical talent.

    Originally a venue partnership between Ayala Malls and MSO, the collaboration has evolved to Music Everywhere, an advocacy to make classical music accessible to the public.

    International award

    MSJO, the youth orchestra program of the Manila Symphony Orchestra Foundation, Inc. was founded in 2014 and is composed of the most advanced students of the MSO Music Academy, the esteemed Philippine High School for the Arts.

    It won second prize for the String Orchestra Category Competition at the 11th Summa Cum Laude (SCL) International Music Festival held in Vienna, Austria on July 8.

    With young musicians ages 9 to 21 years old, the MSJO is one of the youngest seven competitors who qualified to compete in the festival. It is under the leadership of Prof. Jeffrey Solares.

    They went up against ensembles composed of various choirs, bands and orchestras from 14 countries all over the world, performing classical and Baroque masterworks, alongside original Filipino compositions as they toured in major concert venues across Europe, such as Vienna, Munich, Salzburg and Prague. It was also the first time the MSJO entered any competition.

    “Nothing makes us prouder than to see the Filipino shine, more so with providing the youth with different opportunities to explore and hone their talents and skills. More than just a lifestyle destination, we at Ayala Malls value what truly moves our shoppers – rewarding experiences that espouse the Filipino ingenuity in music and arts,” says Rowena Tomeldan, Ayala Malls Group Head.

    Despite being a new group, the MSJO has been on concert tours around the c country since it was first established. They have performed in numerous major concert venues and destinations like the Cultural Center of the Philippines, The Rizal Park Open Air Auditorium and The Ayala Museum, among others.


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