After the opening concert for its 35th concert season, the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO), under the baton of its music director Yoshikazu Fukumura, continues to romance the classics in their second concert on October 13, 8p.m., at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Main Theater. 

For its second concert, cellist Ray Wang will perform with PPO. The guest soloist has performed throughout the musical centers and festivals in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau. His performances have also taken him to Chicago, Cremona, Florence, London, Luxembourg, New York, Saarbrucken, Segovia and Vancouver.

A founding member of the Hong Kong Virtuosi, the Canzone Trio, and the New Art String Quartet in Hong Kong, cellist Wang is known for his passion for teaching music. He has nurtured generations of outstanding young cellists who won international competitions and became members of major symphony orchestras in Asia.

He was previously a music faculty member of the Baptist University and Chinese University of Hong Kong. His other teaching activities included Queensland Conservatorium of Music in Australia, Fu Jen Catholic University of Taiwan and Wuhan Conservatory, Xinghai Conservatory, Central Conservatory of Music in China, among others.

For the October concert, the program features W.A. Mozart’s Symphony No. 32 in G, E. Lalo’s Cello Concerto in D minor, and I. Stravinsky’s Petrushka (Complete Ballet).

The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) is the country’s leading orchestra and is widely regarded as one of the top musical ensembles in the Asia-Pacific region. Established on May 15, 1973 as the CCP Philharmonic Orchestra, the PPO has premiered Filipino compositions and featured works by foreign composers not yet performed in the Philippines. It continues to promote music appreciation through outreach concerts in schools, parishes, government agencies and underserved communities in Metro Manila and in different regions in the country.

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