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The Manila Sym­phony Orches­tra presents the third con­cert of its mu­si­cal season this month, shar­ing the stage with guest con­duc­tor Christoph Pop­pen of Ger­many and renowned clas­si­cal pi­anist In­grid Sala San­ta­maria as the fea­tured soloist. Ful­fill­ing the orches­tra’s prom­ise to de­liver a new com­po­si­tion at each of this year’s con­certs, the evening’s pro­gram be­gins with the MSO’s Orig­i­nal Com­po­si­tion No. 3, fol­lowed by the for­mi­da­ble Brahms warhorses, Sym­phony No. 4 and Pi­ano Con­certo No. 2. San­ta­maria, who has per­formed other Brahms pieces in the past with an orches­tra, no­tably in a record­ing of Pi­ano Con­certo No. 1, is cel­e­brat­ing her 55th year as a con­cert pi­anist in 2017. Pop­pen, on the other hand, is a vir­tu­oso on an­other in­stru­ment. Be­fore picking up his con­duc­tor’s ba­ton, the 61-year-old was a vi­o­lin­ist, earn­ing ac­co­lades for his solo per­for­mances as well as part of a quar­tet.

The con­cert caps a busy cou­ple of months for the orches­tra, which has just moved into a new home, the MSO Recital Hall in Cir­cuit Lane, Makati. After the lamented loss of its long-time op­er­a­tions base at the Phil­am­life Au­di­to­rium in down­town Manila, the orches­tra first re-es­tab­lished it­self at Ayala Malls’ Glo­ri­etta 5, with the MSO Mu­sic Acad­emy. The MSO’s reg­u­lar open re­hearsals at the same mall also drew in a mu­sic-lov­ing crowd. Now, with the open­ing of the new Recital Hall, the MSO and its younger sib­ling, the Manila Sym­phony Ju­nior Orches­tra, have a ded­i­cated main re­hearsal venue. Fea­tur­ing mu­si­cians aged 9 to 21, the ju­nior orches­tra was in the spot­light re­cently as it took sec­ond place at the 11th Summa Cum Laude In­ter­na­tional Mu­sic Fes­ti­val, held in Vi­enna, Aus­tria. Led by Pro­fes­sor Jef­frey So­lares, the MSJO achieved the ac­co­lade as it com­peted in the String Orches­tra cat­e­gory of the com­pe­ti­tion. Oc­to­ber 14, 8 p.m., BGC Arts Cen­ter, 26th Street, Taguig. mani­lasym­

BIG AnD SMALL the Manila Sym­phony orches­tra and mem­bers of its younger sib­ling, the Manila Sym­phony Ju­nior orches­tra.

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