Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra plays with cellist Ray Wang on Oct. 13

Cellist Ray Wang Photo © Cultural Center of the Philippines-Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra

THE Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO), under the baton of its music director Maestro Yoshikazu Fukumura, performs with Cellist Ray Wang at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Main Theater on Friday.

The concert program, which starts at 8 pm., includes W.A. Mozart’s Symphony No. 32 in G, E. Lalo’s Cello Concerto in D minor, and I. Stravinsky’s Petrushka (Complete Ballet).

Guest soloist Wang had performed in various musical centers and festivals in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Macau. He had also concertized in Chicago, Cremona, Florence, London, Luxembourg, New York, Saarbrucken, Segovia, and Vancouver.

Wang is a founding member of the Hong Kong Virtuosi, the Canzone Trio, and the New Art String Quartet in Hong Kong.

He is known for his passion in teaching music and he has nurtured generations of outstanding young cellists who garnered awards and citations in international competitions and became members of major symphony orchestras in Asia.

He was previously a music faculty member of the Baptist University and Chinese University of Hong Kong. He had taught in Queensland Conservatorium of Music in Australia, Fu Jen Catholic University of Taiwan, Wuhan Conservatory, Xinghai Conservatory, Central Conservatory of Music in China.

Billed as “Romancing the Classics,” the 35th season of the PPO opened on Sept. 15, featuring pianist Yuri Shadrin. The Sept. 13 concert program included G. Rossini’s Il Viaggio a Reims Overture, F. Liszt’s Piano Concerto No.1 in E-flat, and S. Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No.2 in E minor.

As a soloist with orchestras, as well as in solo recitals, Russian-born pianist Shadrin is widely known through South America, Asia, and the US.

The PPO, a resident company of the CCP, is considered as the country’s leading orchestra and is widely regarded as one of the top musical ensembles in the Asia-Pacific region.

Established on May 15, 1973 as the CCP Philharmonic Orchestra, the PPO has premiered Filipino compositions and featured works by foreign composers not yet performed in the Philippines.

It continues to promote music appreciation through outreach concerts in schools, parishes, government agencies, and underserved communities in Metro Manila and in different regions in the country.

(For inquires and subscription, call the CCP Marketing Department at 832-1125 local 1806; the CCP Box Office at 832-3704; or the TicketWorld at 891-9999).

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