Given the ongoing pandemic, the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) continues to seek alternative ways to serene audiences with classical music by hosting a series of online recitals through June 2022 at 8 p.m.
A program of the OPP, the PPO Recital Concert Series replaces the annual face-to-face orchestral concert season which normally runs from September through April.
Cellist Giancarlo Gonzales
Clarinetist Ariel Sta. Ana
Horn player Ernani Pascual
“This particular program is an offshoot of our previous program called the PPO Chamber Music Concert Series in which carefully selected instrumentalists were chosen to tour and record live from our two benevolent venues at the Cultural Center of the Philippines,” said Eugene De Los, director of the PPO orchestra. Santos said at a press conference.
“With a repertoire that has been meticulously programmed by the current musical director to show that indeed music knows no borders, even in the midst of the pandemic, it continually strives to be heard and experienced,” said added De Los Santos.
To kick off the event, the first recital opened with flutist Hercules Santiago performing Otar Taktakishvili’s “Sonata” for flute and piano on November 26th.
The second recital features clarinetist Ariel Sta. Ana while performing “Fantasiestucke Op. 73” by Robert Schumann and “Pagina d’Album” by Michele Mangani for clarinet and piano on December 31st.
Horn player Ernani Pascual welcomes the New Year with his third recital as he performs Hermann Eichborn’s “Sonate fur Waldhorn und Klaiver, Op. 71” on January 28, 2022.
Then will follow the recitals of: – the trumpeter Glober Calambro who will perform the “Sonata” by Paul Hindemith on February 25; cellist Giancarlo Gonzales with a performance of Claude Debussy’s “Cello Sonata” and Svante Henryson’s “Black Run” on March 25; violinist Dino Akira Decena performing “Sonata for violin and piano” and “Romanza” by Nicanor Abelardo on April 29; and violist Rey Casey Concepcion who performs Paul Hindemith’s “Viola Sonata Op. 11, No. 4” and Max Bruch’s “Romanze Op. 85” on May 27th.
Double bass player Ariston Payte 3rd will close the series of recitals with a performance of Adolf Misek’s “Sonata No. 2, Op. 6” on June 24, 2022.