Celebrating 88 with Manila Symphony

Posted at 01/26/2014 10:47 PM | Updated as of 01/27/2014 10:44 AM

The Manila Symphony Orchestra celebrated its 88th year with a season-ending concert.

I had a chance to enjoy the festivities held at the Francisco Santiago Hall, BDO Corporate Center in Makati. The event was also the grand finale of their “Color Your World” 2013–2014 Concert Season.

The Manila Symphony Orchestra has been in the music scene from 1926-2014

Symphony Classics at 88

According to MSO Executive Director Jeffrey Solares, it is an honor for Manila Symphony Orchestra to be recognized and appreciated as part of the Philippines' musical heritage.

"We're happy to celebrate our 88th year in music. And we're proud to carry our country's banner as the oldest orchestra in Asia. Our group is a testament that Filipinos have been globally cultured in art. We've been cosmopolitan even before other countries in Asia that we were able to build our own orchestra as early as 1926," said Solares.

MSO Executive Director Jeffrey Solares, MSO Marketing Manager Rosa Lapena, JP Tanchanco
MSO President Maan Hontiveros, Sister Mary Placid Abejo, Sonny Tanchanco, Betty T. Chalkley, John Gaddi

The event gathered classical music fans, patrons, VIPs and families as everyone happily appreciated the special program featuring some of the best master symphonies.

Senate President of the Philippines Franklin Drilon and wife Mila Drilon
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Holz, President of Toyota Motors Philippines Mr. Michinobu Sugata and wife Mrs. Atsuko Sugata

The orchestra led by Maestro Arturo Molina featured masterpieces that expressed MSO's authority over the symphony form of classical music.

"A classical symphony is actually an orchestral music composition form with four movements. Tonight, our program showcased some of the best symphonies," explained Solares.

The Maestro Professor Arturo Molina taking a bow

The show started with "Symphony No 88 in G Major" by Haydn. It was a perfect song choice to start with given that the event was their 88th year celebration. Haydn is known as the Father of the Symphony. He wrote music for Prince Nicolas Esterhazy of Vienna and was the teacher of Ludwig Van Beethhoven.

"Symphony No 88 in G Major" by Haydn

Their excellent rendition was delivered with clarity, synchronicity and discipline. The song vibrated with the natural influence of royalty that inspired Haydn. Listening to it made me feel like I was a royal in a palace.

The number was followed up by "Sinfonia Concertante for 4 Winds in E-flat" by Wofgang Amadeus Mozart. The symphony showcased MSO’s very own wind players as soloists, namely, Jayson Pagtakhan, oboe; Randolf Lopez, clarinet; Ariel Perez, bassoon; and Celso De Leon Jr., French horn.

"Sinfonia Concertante for 4 Winds" by Mozart

Then they followed it up with Beethoven's "Symphony Number 1 in C Major." It was an enjoyable rendition and the audience wanted more.

The night culminated with a heartwarming encore of one of my favorite classical tunes, Mozart's "Overture from the Marriage of Figaro." Everyone appreciated the masterful rendition, leading everyone to a standing ovation.

Overture from the Marriage of Figaro was used as the musical lock in the 70s film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Support the Manila Symphony Orchestra's upcoming 2014-2015 season. For season ticket reservations and inquiries, please call the MSO office at +6325235712.


John Paul C.Tanchanco is a travel, food, party, film and music aficionado. He is also an economist, businessman, MYX/Awit award-winning media producer and Kala guitarist.

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