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CCP launches the 33rd season of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra

                                             (photo by DZRH Rita Salonga)

The Cultural Center of the Philippines announces the line-up of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2015-2016 concert series during a media briefing at the Hotel Jen in Pasay City on Thursday, August 27, 2015.

The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, CCP’s resident orchestra and the premier orchestra in the Philippines will be holding six concerts that will start on September 11, 2015 and will last until April 22, 2016, under the baton of its resident Music Director, Olivier Ochanine.

In an exclusive interview with CCP’s Vice President and Artistic Director Chris Millado, the 33rd PPO’s concert season, aptly titled “Reveries” will be a mixture of different repertoires, ranging from classical western work to Filipino symphonic works.

Each concert series will have guests’ conductors and seasoned performers, all experts in symphonic orchestra.

For its opening salvo on September 11, the audience is in for a treat as Malaysian pianist Claudia Yang will head the ensemble as they take on classical masterpieces’ Piano Concerto No. 1 by Chopin and Shostakovich’s Symphony No.10.

On October 9, giving life to Emillie Mayer’s Ouverture to Faust Op. 46, Mozart’s Symphony no.40 and Schumann’s Symphony no.3 is German conductor Henrik Schaefer.

The PPO on November 3 will focus on the hornet. Maestro Ochaine is excited to put an emphasis on the said instrument as it brings to life Poulenc’s Les Biches and Mendelssohn’s Symphony no.3 “Scottish.”

The composer of the music Francis Poulenc described his work as a “contemporary drawing room party suffused with an atmosphere of wantonness”.  Biche is often referred to as a “doe”, a female deer.  The repertoire itself is a reflection on other classical works which include Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky and Mozart among others.

Meanwhile, on December 8, Japanese conductor Yoshikazu Fukumura will return to the CCP’s main stage and will feature Brahms’ Academic Festival Overture, Faure’s Pelleas Et Melisande Suite, and Tchaikovsky’s no. 2 “Little Russian.”

Fukumura is notable for conducting charity concerts and has been appointed as the music director for the charity concert of the special orchestra in Phon Phenh, Cambodia; the first-ever symphonic orchestra to be staged in Cambodia after the civil war.

The PPO has prepared as its opening concert for 2016 the works of Joseph Haydn (Symphony no.94) and Symphony no. 3 “Eroica” of Ludwig Van Beethoven.

Beethoven’s Eroica has been known to exude great emotional depth, evident in how each performance is different from the other.

On February 19, Maestro Olivier invited soprano Denise Beck and baritone Thomas Sturm.  The two’s much anticipated programme that will center on The Carl Nielsen Project and will feature Nielsen’s Maskarade Overture and some of Nielsen’s more prominent songs.

                                             (photo by RHTV Nino Nuval)

On March 18, Korean Baritone Byeong In Park will be accompanied by his wife, Soprano Rachelle Gerodias will be performing with Maestro Olivier.

Their programme will center on the winners of the 2015 Composition Competition which will be adjudge by December, 2015.

Joining them on stage are the Philippine Madrigal Singers.

Closing the concert series and Maestro Olivier’s last performance as PPO’s Music Director, will be Olivier’s collaboration with American violinist Odin Rathnam.  The two have painstakingly chose the songs that will be part of their programme.  They will be playing with some of their all-time favorite classical hits such as Enesco’s Romanian Rhapsody no.1 and Massenet’s Scenes de Feeries among others.

PPO’s concert series will be held at the CPP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater) at 8pm.  For ticket inquiries, you may contact the CCP Marketing Department or go to your local ticketing centers nationwide.

The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra 2015-2016 concert series coincides with the CCP’s 46th anniversary celebration.

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