Performing to a full crowd, the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO), the country’s prime symphony orchestra, wowed in a performance in the city dubbed “Concert at the Pines” held at the University of Baguio (UB) last Aug. 3.
The first set covered classics from Mozart, Rossinni, and Tchaikovsky, among others. Modern Filipino and foreign pieces were featured in the second half of the show. Aegis’ famed “Halik” and “Bakit” were played, as well as Beyoncé’s “Love on Top” and “Crazy in Love”. Baguio’s soprano Kay Balajadia-Liggayu performed with the orchestra, rendering Augusto Espino’s “Kundiman ng Langit”.
PPO is a resident company of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, playing under Japanese maestro Yoshikazu Fukumura, one of Japan’s most revered maestros. Fukumura, who serves as the orchestra’s music director and principal conductor, took over from French maestro Olivier Ochanine.
Scroll down for photos from the event. Photos by the UB Media Affairs and Publications Office.
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In his remark, UB president Engr. Javier Herminio Bautista expressed his delight for the rare occasion.
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It was a packed Friday afternoon at the UB Gym as the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra opened the concert. The audience covered all ages.
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The concert was staged under the baton of Maestro Herminigildo Ranera, PPO’s associate conductor.
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A member of a hippie band performs in between the sets.
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Baguio’s soprano Kay Balajadia-Liggayu performs “Kundiman ng Langit” with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra.
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The concert finished with a mash-up of Beyoncé’s “Love on Top” and “Crazy in Love”, to which the orchestra received a standing ovation.