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The Philip­pine Phil­har­monic Orches­tra’s per­for­mance sea­son con­cludes this month with a con­cert fea­tur­ing the award-win­ning trum­pet player Ray­mond de Leon. A grad­u­ate of the Univer­sity of Santo To­mas Con­ser­va­tory of Mu­sic, the 31-yearold mu­si­cian was a three-time first-prize win­ner of the Na­tional Mu­sic Com­pe­ti­tion for Young Artists. While at univer­sity, he re­ceived the pres­ti­gious Be­na­vides Award twice for In­ter­na­tional Ex­cel­lence in Mu­sic. Af­ter mov­ing to the United States 10 years ago, he joined the 56th Army Band of the U.S. Army, serv­ing for three years. In 2011, de Leon took fur­ther stud­ies at Pa­cific Lutheran Univer­sity, where he earned his bach­e­lor’s de­gree in mu­sic, spe­cial­iz­ing in trum­pet per­for­mance. Now based in Ta­coma, Wash­ing­ton, De Leon is feted dur­ing his reg­u­lar vis­its to the Philip­pines, giv­ing mem­o­rable con­certs with the PPO as well as con­duct­ing mas­ter classes for the in­stru­ment; ex­pect no less dur­ing this lat­est visit. Con­ducted by mae­stro Yoshikazu Fuku­mura, the evening’s pro­gram in­cludes “The Walk to the Paradise Gar­den,” by Fred­er­ick Delius (1862-1934), the pop­u­lar Trum­pet Con­certo in E Flat, by Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809), and El Som­brero de Tres Pi­cos (The Three Cornered Hat), by Manuel de Falla (1876-1946). April 13, 8 p.m., Tang­ha­lang Ni­canor Abe­lardo, Cul­tural Cen­ter of the Philip­pines, Pasay; 832.1125; tick­ets avail­able through Tick­et­world, 891.9999, tick­et­world.com.ph; cul­tur­al­cen­ter.gov.ph.

TOP BRASS Trum­peteer Ray­mond de Leon is the fea­tured artist in the Philip­pine Phil­har­monic Orches­tra’s fi­nal con­cert of the sea­son.

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