In view of the ongoing pandemic, the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) continues to seek alternative ways to serenade audiences with classical music by staging an online Recital Series until June 2022 at 8 p.m.
A program of the PPO, the PPO Recital Series of Concerts replaces the yearly face to face orchestra concert season which is normally done from September to April.
"This particular program is an offshoot of our previous program called the PPO Chamber Music Concert Series wherein carefully selected instrumentalists were chosen to shoot and record as live from our two benevolent halls of the Cultural Center of the Philippines," PPO Orchestra Director Eugene De Los Santos said in a press conference.
"With a repertoire that was meticulously programmed by the current music director to show that indeed, music knows no boundaries with even in the midst of the pandemic, it continually strives to be heard and experienced," De Los Santos added.
To kickoff the event, the first recital opened with flutist Hercules Santiago performing Otar Taktakishvili's "Sonata" for flute and piano on November 26.
The second recital features clarinetist Ariel Sta. Ana as he renders Robert Schumann's "Fantasiestucke Op. 73" and Michele Mangani's "Pagina d' Album" for clarinet and piano on December 31.
French horn player Ernani Pascual welcomes the New Year with the third recital as he interprets Hermann Eichborn's "Sonate fur Waldhorn und Klaiver, op. 71" on January 28, 2022.
Thereafter follows the recitals of the following — trumpet player Glober Calambro who will perform Paul Hindemith's "Sonate" on February 25; cellist Giancarlo Gonzales with a rendition of Claude Debussy's "Cello Sonata" and Svante Henryson's "Black Run" on March 25; violinist Dino Akira Decena interpreting Nicanor Abelardo's "Sonata for Violin and Piano," and "Romanza" on April 29; and viola player Rey Casey Concepcion who renders Paul Hindemith's "Viola Sonata Op. 11, No. 4" and Max Bruch's "Romanze Op. 85" on May 27.
Contrabass player Ariston Payte 3rd will close the recital series with a performance of Adolf Misek's "Sonata No. 2, Op. 6" on June 24, 2022.