Young Pinoy virtuoso shines at Manila Symphony's 'Spectacle'
Manila Symphony Orchestra (MSO) recently showcased 22-year-old Pinoy violinist Diomedes Saraza.
I was to happy to attend the jam-packed concert titled "Spectacle" at the BDO Corporate Center.
The event marked MSO's third concert of the season.
|The young and talented Saraza on stage|
Saraza is a homegrown Pinoy who moved to New York to pursue his studies in the prestigious Juilliard School, where he graduated and garnered multiple awards and recognitions. He is also the first Filipino to receive the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award under US President Barack Obama’s Education Awards program.
According to MSO's Executive Director Jeffrey Solares, Saraza started with Manila Symphony Orchestra under MSO founder Prof. Basilio Manalo and MSO Prof. Arturo Molina.
"Saraza grew up with Manila Symphony. I'm proud that we helped honed his talent from way back. Our demanding repertoire and strict discipline has benefited many talented Pinoys for decades. Actually, MSO was the only orchestra in Asia that played a full season when it started in 1926," said Solares.
|MSO Executive Director Jeffrey Solares, JP Tanchanco|
The standing-room theater was filled with warm support from music fans, tourists, locals and VIPs who enjoyed the evenings program.
The concert started with a heartwarming rendition of the Antonin Dvorak masterpiece "Carnival Overture" Op. 92 led by Maestro Arturo Molina. I think MSO's rendition of this song was masterfully expressed.
Diomedes Saraza took the stage with a brilliant performance of Violin Concerto No. 2 in B Minor, Sz. 112.
The composition was a great choice for Saraza. It showcased the technical versatility of a mature world-class performer.
Saraza then graced everyone with an encore performance of the Original Pilipino Music (OPM) classic "Sana'y Wala Ng Wakas". The emotional rendition was gratefully appreciated with a standing ovation.
I was happy to chat with the gracious Senate President Franklin Drilon who is a proud supporter of the Filipino talent.
"The Philippines is a breeding ground of excellence in performing arts. We are natural music lovers. We should continue to expose our people to these types of concerts to inspire more Pinoy talents to shine around the world," said Senator Drilon.
|JP Tanchanco, Senate President Franklin Drilon|
The night culminated with the Tchaikovsky classic "Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36" that everyone enjoyed.
Visit www.manilasymphony.com/ for more information about their shows and concerts.
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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