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.