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Senior’s night out


Lately we’ve been finding ourselves, instead of in bed reading, out for some nocturnal enjoyment. One such spell started with an invitation from Ingrid Sala Santamaria for a concert of hers with the Manila Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Arturo Molina.

Posted: April 6th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

MSO holds 88th anniversary concert; Korean superstar Jo Sumi to perform ‘Traviata’ finale

THE MANILA Symphony Orchestra at the BDO Francisco Santiago Hall. The orchestra will have its 88th anniversary concert on Jan. 18.

The life span of symphony orchestras is unpredictable as an artist’s existence. It is especially so in this country where subsidy spells the difference between death and survival.

Posted: January 12th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Editor's Pick,Headlines | Read More »

Ballet Manila with MSO stages ‘Le Corsaire’ pirate adventure

MANILA Symphony Orchestra

After its successful staging of “Tatlo Pang Kuwento ni Lola Basyang,” Ballet Manila (BM) continues its 18th performance season with the full-length pirate adventure on pointes, “Le Corsaire.”

Posted: September 30th, 2013 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

MSO to perform Bartok, Chopin

Two former prizewinners of the National Music Competition for Young Artists will be heard in a special concert of the Manila Symphony Orchestra (MSO) under Arturo Molina on Aug. 20, 7 p.m., at the UP Abelardo Hall in Diliman, Quezon City.

Posted: August 11th, 2013 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

Debonaire MSO plays elegantly in concert with Belgian musicians

TOP, trumpet soloist Mellaerts in solid rapport with MSO

The Manila Symphony Orchestra (MSO) recently gave the second concert of its season at the BDO Francisco Santiago Hall.

Posted: July 22nd, 2013 in Arts and Books,Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines | Read More »

Belgian musicians featured in Manila Symphony Orchestra’s new concert

Manila Symphony Orchestra (MSO) will stage “The Trumpet Calls,” on July 6, 8 p.m., at the Francisco Santiago Hall, BDO Corporate Center, Makati.

Posted: July 1st, 2013 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

Remembering Conchita Sunico, MSO supporter and fund-raiser

MODELS with Conchita Sunico and Manila Hilton officials

It was in the early 1970s, while enjoying a luncheon show at the Top of the Hilton (now Manila Pavilion Hotel), when I first met Conchita Sunico.

Posted: December 10th, 2012 in Arts and Books,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Manila Symphony Orchestra’s feast of Russian music

PIANIST Victor Asuncion and conductor Arturo Molina

The music of Russian masters Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Sergei Rachmaninov and Dmitri Shostakovich took center stage in the third concert of the Manila Symphony Orchestra (MSO) at Banco de Oro’s Francisco Santiago Hall. Pianist Victor Asuncion was the featured soloist in Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.

Posted: September 24th, 2012 in Arts and Books,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Metro Manila Film Festival goes down the drain


The recent edition of the Metro Manila Film Festival ended with more than half a billion pesos in revenue and with at least one entry “Enteng Ka Ng Ina Mo” (second best picture) breaking box-office history with more than P111 million in less than a week.

Posted: January 16th, 2012 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

Season finale of MSO a real treat


After its grand CCP debut in the ’80s, Felipe Padilla de Leon’s opera “Noli Me Tangere” (with libretto by Guillermo Tolentino) returned to the local opera scene as a chamber opera at Dulaang Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero courtesy of Dulaang UP under the direction of Alexander Cortez.

Posted: December 4th, 2011 in Arts and Books,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Cellist Wilfredo Pasamba performs with MSO at CCP June 4


MANILA, Philippines—The most memorable thing about the press con announcing the opening season concert of the Manila Symphony Orchestra at the CCP main theater on June 4, 8 p.m., is the special number rendered by cellist Wilfredo C. Pasamba. Playing Rachmaninoff’s “Vocalise” on a cello made in Chicago by renowned violinmaker Cison Bronek in 2001, [...]

Posted: May 30th, 2011 in Arts and Books,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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