Manila Symphonic Orchestra Opens

New Season of Live


by Jace Amodo, May 24, 2019 5:05pm

Art by Ahl Mirambel


Manila Symphonic Orchestra Opens New Season of Live Music

by Jace Amodo, May 24, 2019 5:05pm
Art by Ahl Mirambel

Ask Manillennials about live music and they'd probably start talking about music festivals and rock and pop concerts and how much they're willing to spend on one, much to the music scene's delight. It's rare to hear classical music at the top of "music events to attend to" lists, partly because many of us don't give it a chance.

The Manila Symphonic Orchestra (MSO), a well-respected ensemble in the Philippines, is known for bringing auditory entertainment to fans of classical musicbroadening our definition of live music if not already. Developed by the Manila Symphony Orchestra Foundation, Inc., the MSO is joined by their protégé-like youth orchestra called the Manila Symphony Junior Orchestra (MSJO), and the MSO Music Academy.

Sure, orchestra music doesn't fare to everyone, but what if it's mixed with pop culture, though? That's exactly what happened at "Video Game Symphonic," a concert extraordinaire rendering soundtracks from popular video games like Super Mario Bros., Final Fantasy, and Grand Theft Auto, as well as from trending pictures like Game of Thrones and Avengers: Endgame through a symphony orchestra—you bet we cried!

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This theme song is going to hit us differently from now on.

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This joint performance by select MSO and MSJO members serves as their final "Rush Hour Concert," one of the two programs of the foundation, for the year 2019. Patrons of the institution and aspiring classical music enthusiasts can, however, look forward to MSO's "Annual Concert Series" 2019-2020 Season. If the gala concert is any indication, "live music lives." Mark your calendars for these MSO concerts!

Video Game Symphonic: A live rendition of our well-loved video game soundtracks


Concert No. 1: The Music of Ryan Cayabyab
When: June 9 (Sunday), 6 pm
Where: Hyundai Hall, Arete, Ateneo De Manila, Quezon City

The MSO kicks off the season with a tribute to the music of Maestro Ryan Cayabyab, who was recently recognized as a National Artist For Music. As if the talented MSO isn't enough, the performance will be complemented with the voices of the Ateneo Chamber Singers. Now that’s a tribute to a relationship that goes way back.

Concert No. 2: Double Concerto
When: September 1 (Sunday), 6 pm
Where: Power Mac Center Spotlight, Circuit, Makati City

Two Berlin-based artists Matias de Oliveira Pinto (cello) and Andion Fernandez-Ching (soprano) perform for the first time in Manila for a double concerto. It's all going down under the roof of Makati City's finest theater, Power Mac Center!

Cosplayers pose for a picture during MSO's Video Game Symphonic at the Ayala Museum. 

Concert No. 3: Beethoven’s 5th and Sibelius Violin Concerto
When: October 6 (Sunday), 6 pm|
Where: Hyundai Hall, Arete, Ateneo De Manila, Quezon City

Prepare for a heartwarming "the kids are alright" reassurance as this concert will feature young and talented 15-year old violinist Jeanne Rafaella Marquez. Under the baton of Finnish-Filipino Tarmo Peltokoski, the MSO will perform Beethoven's most popular Symphony, his Fifth in C-minor.

Concerto No. 4: Darrell Ang and Diomedes Saraza
When: November 16 (Sunday), 8 pm
Where: Meralco Theater, Ortigas Avenue, Pasig City

As the program title suggests, the fourth event in MSO's next concert gala will be a collaboration of international conducting legend Darrell Ang and Julliard-trained violinist Diomedes Saraza Jr. What better way to see how this goes than to see it for yourself?

The MSO in harmony

Concerto No. 5: Concerto De Aranjuez and Shostakovich 5
When: February 5 (Wednesday), 8 pm
Where: The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Main Theater, CCP Complex, Pasay City

Concerto De Aranjuez is the most popular concerto for the guitar, and it'll be performed by Spanish guitar virtuoso Jacob Cordover as the MSO closes the Season; a closing so huge, it just had to be performed in one of the country's premiere arts and culture institution, the CCP.

As with pop and rock and what-have-you concerts, music is not just for entertainment. Music is experience; it is culture. How is classical music any different, right?


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