THE SENSE OF SOUND

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The Manila Sym­phony Or­ches­tra opens its con­cert sea­son with back-to-back con­certs in Makati and Que­zon City, tak­ing place on June 3 and 4. Now on its 91st year, the or­ches­tra has cho­sen the theme “Lead­er­ship & Cre­ativ­ity” as the theme for 2017, lay­ing forth am­bi­tious yet achiev­able goals for it­self. While it will con­tinue its prac­tice of bring­ing in guest per­form­ers from abroad, it will also cel­e­brate Philip­pine ex­cel­lence as it prom­ises to de­but one orig­i­nal or­ches­tral com­po­si­tion to open each of this sea­son’s con­certs. The open­ing con­cert billed as “The Di­rec­tor’s Choice” will also fea­ture Sergei Rach­mani­noff’s Sym­phony No. 2 and Jean Si­belius’ Swan of Tuonella. Rach­mani­noff’s long, com­plex piece (when played in full, it’s al­most an hour long) has re­ceived a boost in pop­u­lar­ity re­cently, thanks to the prom­i­nent use of its lyri­cal sec­ond move­ment in the award-win­ning film Bird­man. Si­belius’ piece, on the other hand, forms part of the Lem­minkäi­nen Suite (Four

Leg­ends from the Kal­e­vala), Op. 22, which the Fin­nish com­poser based on the Kalevela epic of Fin­nish mythol­ogy. The “swan” in this com­po­si­tion is voiced by the cor anglais, an in­stru­ment re­lated to the oboe, and this par­tic­u­lar solo is among the best known for the in­stru­ment in clas­si­cal mu­sic. June 3, 8 p.m., Power Mac Cen­ter Spotlight, Cir­cuit Makati; June 4, 6 p.m., Henry Lee Ir­win The­ater, Ate­neo de Manila Univer­sity, Que­zon City; 523.5712; info@ mani­lasym­phony.com; mani­lasym­phony.com.

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