The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra opens its new concert season with a dynamic lineup of performances at the Cultural Center of the Philippines Main Theater starting Sept. 9.
In a recent press conference at the CCP, it was announced that the country’s premier musical ensemble will open the concert season featuring noted Filipino cellist Renato Lucas performing Cello Concerto. With PPO Music director Olivier Ochanine wielding the baton, the concert will also feature Saens’ Bacchanale from Samson and Delilah, and Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben. The opening salvo entitled A Hero’s Life is part of the master classic s eason dubbed Epic Evenings.
Following the season opener is another homegrown performance with clarinetist Ariel Sta. Ana. The artist will join Maestro Ochanine and the PPO in a one-night performance on Oct.7.
Renowned international musicians and conductors will join the PPO in its coming performances for the new concert season. On Nov. 11, Korean conductor Jae Joon Lee returns to the CCP stage with one of Vietnam’s top violinists Bui Cong Duy to perform Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto and Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique. On Jan. 20, the PPO will stage Dvrák’s Czech Suite featuring Japan’s prominent trombonist Takahiro Ono, who ushers in the New Year with Rimsky-Korsakov’s Trombone Concerto.
Distinguished British born conductor James Judd conducts the PPO on Feb. 17 in Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 “Italian” and Bernstein’s Overture to Candide. Finnish violinist and concertmaster of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Vesa-Matti Leppänen, performs Beethoven’s Violin Concerto. The concert will be presented at the Philamlife Theater at 7:30 p.m.
On April 20, Leeds International Piano Competition winner renowned Russian pianist Sofya Gulyak ends the PPO season with Igor Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring” and Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1.
Apart from the musical ensemble’s season opener, Maestro Olivier Ochanine will wield the baton in PPO’s Christmas concert on Dec. 16 and in the company’s penultimate performance on March 16.