MANILA, PHILIPPINES — The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra performed a live concert at the Sorsogon Cultural Center for the Arts on May 27, 2023. Presented by the Cultural Center of the Philippines in cooperation with the City Government of Sorsogon, the event was free and open to the public.
Billed as “The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra Serenades Sorsogon,” the concert is part of the CCP’s Outreach Program whose mission is to bring the arts closer to the people. The event also marked the launching of the Sorsogon Cultural Center for the Arts.
The program for the concert included light classics, Original Pilipino Music and movie themes.
Established in 1973 as an accompaniment for the performing artists at the CCP Theater, the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra has become the country’s leading orchestra and is widely regarded as one of the best in the country. It has performed with world’s renowned conductors including Mendi Rodan, Piero Gamba, Enrique Batis, Sebastian Bereau and Nicholas Koch, as well as performed with the best foreign and Filipino artists such as Van Cliburn, Renata Tebaldi, Judith Engel, Anthony Camden, David Benoit, Cecile Licad, Raul Sunico and Lea Salonga.
The PPO toured Europe in 2001 and participated in the Asia Orchestra Week in September 2002 held at the Tokyo Opera City Hall upon the invitation of the Association of Japanese Symphony Orchestras. It performed at Bangkok’s National Theater in September 2004 upon the invitation of Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vandhana of Thailand. In June 2016, PPO made history when it became the first Filipino orchestra to perform at the world-renowned Carnegie Hall in New York City.
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