THE SENSE OF SOUND
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.