Monday, November 30, 2009


The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) staged the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra's (PPO) 27th Concert Season 2009-2010 billed as The PPO Signature Series: Tour de Force Performances with 8 Maestros last from September 2009 to April 2010 at CCP’s Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater).

The season was a series of unique, original and moving musical experiences highlighting the guest conductors, the individuality of their musical perspectives in collaboration with the PPO. The PPO season began on September 3 featuring Antonin Dvorak’s Carnival Overture Op. 92, Buenaventura’s By The Hillside, Anica Galindo’s For Lambent Isles for String Orchestra, Debussy’s La Mer, and Peter Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 in F-Minor Op. 36. American conductor Anthony Quartuccio leads the PPO.

Noted conductor Robert Ryker of the USA takes the baton on October 8 with Bach/Rÿker’s Prelude and Fugue in E-flat Major (on Sainte-Anne), BWV 552, Brahms’ Variations on a Theme by Franz Joseph Haydn, Op. 56a, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D Minor (Choral), Op. 125.

On November 12, Korean conductor Jae-Joon Lee leads the PPO featuring Berlioz’s Roman Carnival Overture, Op. 9; Delibes’ Les Filles de Cadix (soprano solo), Verdi’s Tutte le feste al tempio-Piangi from “Rigoletto” (soprano, baritone duet), Giordano’s Come un bel di di maggio from “Andrea Chenier” (tenor solo), Verdi’s E strano!...Sempre libera from “La Traviata” (soprano solo), and Dvorak’s Symphony No.8 in G Major, Op. 88 “The English”. Guest performers are Korean soprano Yun-kyoung Yi, Filipino baritone Noel Azcona and Filipino tenor Randy Gilongo.

Renowned Italian conductor Maestro Ruggero Barbieri wields the baton in a Christmas concert on December 10, featuring Filipino Fredeline Parin, principal trumpet of the PPO. Program consists of Beethoven’s Symphony no.7 in A Major, Op. 92, Corelli’s Concerto Grosso in G minor, Op. 6 no. 8 (Christmas Concerto), and Haydn’s Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra in E flat Major, H. VIIe: 1.

The PPO ushered in the New Year on January 14, 2010, with pianist Albert Tiu and Conductor Laureate Oscar C. Yatco at the baton. The evening opens with Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68, Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op.11, and Hindemith’s Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber.

On February 11, conductor Agripino Diestro conducts a birthday concert of National Artist for Music Lucio San Pedro, featuring his works Ang Buwan sa Kabundukan Tone Poem, and Lahing Kayumanggi Symphonic Poem.

Italian conductor Piero Gamba returns to the stage with violinist Joseph Esmilla as guest performer on March 18 featuring Sibelius’s Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47, Prokofiev’s Symphony no. 1 in D major, Op. 25 “Classical Symphony”, and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol, Op. 34.

The PPO had its season finale last April 15, 2010 as conducted by its incoming Music Director.

Ticket prices were sold at P1000/800/500/P350/200, with discounts made available to students, senior citizens and groups. For inquiries, please call the CCP Marketing Department (832-1125 loc. 1806) or the CCP Box Office (832-3704).


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