THE Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, the country’s leading professional orchestra, and the resident national orchestra of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, undertakes a historic project this June by travelling to the United States and performing at the world-renowned Carnegie Hall in New York City, on June 18. Outreach shows are being arranged and details will be announced in the next few days.
The project is spearheaded by music director and principal conductor Olivier Ochanine, who started work on bringing the orchestra to Carnegie Hall more than three years ago.
The Carnegie Hall concert is made possible in cooperation with Philippine Airlines (the official carrier of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra), Smart Infinity, Rustan Commercial Corporation, One Meralco Foundation, with the support of PLDT Smart Foundation, Federal Land, Inc., and Metrobank Card Corporation.
At the press conference held on May 5 at Hotel Jen, the representatives of the major partners expressed their full support for the project. They were Ria Domingo, Vice President for Marketing of Philippine Air Lines; Julie Carceller, Head, Multi-Segment Marketing Group, SMART Communications Inc.; Esther Santos, President, PLDT-Smart Foundation; Jeffrey Tarayao, President, One Meralco Foundation; Mr. Rene “Butch” Meilly, President, Board of Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF); Henry Howard, President, United States Education Finance Board of Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF); Roy Agustin Evalle, General Manager, Leadership Succession and Development and Executive Director, First Pacific Leadership Academy; Riko Abdurrahman, President, Metro Bank Card Corporation; and Marvee Queg, Senior Marketing Specialist of Federal Land.
The PPO performed Dmitri Shostakovich’s Festive Overture, op.96, Jean Sibelius’ Violin Concerto in D minor, op.47, Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto no. 2 in C minor, op.18 and Redentor Romero’s Philippine Portraits.
Proceeds from the concert will go to a housing project of the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF) in Tacloban for typhoon Yolanda victims.
Soloists to join the orchestra include pianist Cecile Licad and violinist Diomedes Saraza, both first class Filipino musicians. Cecile Licad has performed with the world’s best orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, and London Symphony, among many others. Saraza recently graduated from the prestigious Juilliard School in New York City, and is currently pursuing further studies at Yale University in Cambridge.
Previous international performances by the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra have brought the orchestra on a European tour in 2001 as well as concerts in Beijing and Shanghai, China; Bangkok, Thailand; and Japan. The uniqueness of the Carnegie Hall concert aims to bring pride to the multitudes of Filipinos living on both coasts of the country and celebrating the Filipino spirit through music.
Tickets to the Carnegie Hall concert go on sale on the hall’s website (www.carnegiehall.org).