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Get ready for musical tremors

by Nickie Wang

The Cultural Center of the Philippines brings together seven of the country’s finest symphony orchestras in a week-long rendezvous of exquisite music and extraordinary talents.

From Sept. 21 to 25, the country’s Mecca of culture and the arts hosts the first-ever National Orchestra Festival featuring more than a hundred musicians who are members of the FILharmoniKA, the Manila Symphony Orchestra, UP Orchestra, Angono Chamber Orchestra, the UST Symphony Orchestra, the PREDIS Chamber Orchestra, and the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra. Continue reading

Olivier Ochanine: New kid on the PPO block

by Nickie Wang

French-American conductor and music educator Olivier Ochanine has an impressive portfolio of work experience at a very young age. At 30, his resume boasts a number of achievements ranging from awards and recognitions to academic degrees in music education. But guess where this new kid on the block wants to perform:

“Given a chance, I would want to perform in places like schools, hospitals, jails and in some undeserved areas where music education is inaccessible, where performances staged by symphony orchestras like the PPO are not usually witnessed,” Ochanine poured his heart out in an interview with the Standard Today. Continue reading