MOVING TO THE MUSIC
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. manilasymphony.com.
BIG AnD SMALL the Manila Symphony orchestra and members of its younger sibling, the Manila Symphony Junior orchestra.