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January 09, 2017
Timeless Classics, New Beginnings

Listening to music can be a great way to relax and reenergise. For some, it’s about diving into the mix at a grungy gig, for others, it’s about breaking shapes in a ravey nightclub. Then again, perhaps you’d prefer a night of reclining in your seat to the dulcet tones of classical compositions?!

Classical connoisseurs are in for a treat in Manila, as the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) – a striking contemporary building by Leandro Locsin – presents the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra’s 34th Concert Season, entitled Timeless Classics, New Beginnings.

Maestro Yoshikazu Fukumura, the orchestra’s focussed, fiery new Music Director and Principal Conductor, will be wielding the baton for Concert V (20 Jan), featuring acclaimed Filipino violinist Diomedes Saraza Jr, one of the country’s top talents. The performance includes Mozart’s Symphony No.28 in C, English composer Elgar’s Enigma Variations, and Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto.

Music fans can expect more concerts to come in February, March and April, with an eclectic programme spanning orchestral gems from Tchaikovsky, Haydn, Shostakovich and Dvorak via Gershwin’s energetic Thirties musical Girl Crazy – Overture to riveting modern piece El Conga del Fuego by Mexican composer Arturo Márques. Guest soloists animate the shows, with visiting cellists and pianists. Take a date, some friends or just go it alone to bliss out in style.

CCP Complex / Roxas Boulevard / Pasay City / +63 2 832 1125 /
Concert V / 20 Jan, 2017 / Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater)

Photos © Jennie Trinidad, Jon Mannion /