Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) will hold online performances consisting of three pocket concerts to uplift the minds and hearts of Filipinos in the midst of the quarantine period.
The concerts will be streamed simultaneously on July 3 at 8pm, the first Friday of July through the CCP Website. New performances will be uploaded every first Friday of the month.
Billed as MUSIC FOR HEALING: PPO in Quarantine, the pocket concerts consist of PPO by your Bedside, PPO in your Workplaces, and PPO in your Living Room.
Each pocket concert, which runs approximately 35 to 40 minutes, will present 10 to 12 numbers of solo and ensemble performances by the members of PPO recorded from their respective homes.
PPO by your Bedside is comprised of Antonin Dvorak’s 4 Romantic Pieces op. 75 no. 1 – Allegro Moderato performed by violinist Berny Payte, Ennio Morricone’s Gabriel’s Oboe played by oboist Jappy Bautista, Rodgers and Hammerstein‘s You’ll Never Walk Alone interpreted by violinist Dino Decena and pianist Jascha Decena, Hillsong Worship’s What a Beautiful Name played by violinist Angelica Uson; J.S. Bach’s Air on the G string rendered by String ensemble players Jose Carlo Tuazon, Berny Dulce Payte, Joy Allan Dela Cruz, Giuseppe Diestro, Aris Payte III; Secret Garden’s Sometimes When it Rains performed by trombone player Andoy Fernandez; Bach, Gonoud’s Ave Maria played by contrabassist Abner Cruz, May Bukas Pa recorded by Rico J. Puno to be interpreted by cellist Roland Guerrero, Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah performed by viola player Joven Edward Aquisap, Astor Piazzolla’s Ave Maria rendered by violinist Jose Carlo Tuazon, Can’t Help Falling In Love recorded by Elvis Presley performed by violinist Michael Del Rosario, and Lucio San Pedro’s Sa Ugoy ng Duyan interpreted by viola player Rey Casey Concepcion.
PPO in your Living Room features Scott Joplin’s The Entertainer performed by contrabassist Aris Payte III; Michele Pangini’s Pagina D’album rendered by clarinetist Jayson Rivera and Ensemble players Christian Tan (Violin), Berny Dulce Payte (Violin), Joy Allan De la Cruz (Viola), Gerry Gonzalez (Cello), Aris Payte III (Contrabass); Consuelo Velázquez’s Besame Mucho interpreted by trumpetist Melvin Miranda, Claude Bolling’s Irlindaise performed by flutist Edgardo Silangcruz; J.S. Bach’s Air on the G string interpreted by String ensemble players Jose Carlo Tuazon, Berny Dulce Payte, Joy Allan Dela Cruz, Giuseppe Diestro, and Aris Payte III; Lucio San Pedro’s Sa Ugoy ng Duyan rendered by violinist Christian Tan and cellist Giancarlo Gonzales, What a Wonderful World recorded by Louis Armstrong and performed by Hernan Manalastas (Clarinet) and Abner Cruz (Contrabass), Edward Elgar’s Salut D’Amour rendered by cellist Ma. Theresa Ibero, Lift Up Your Hands by Basil Valdez performed by violinist Aristotle Ramos, Lead Me Lord recorded by Gary Valenciano and rendered by Ricson Poonin (Trombone), Can’t Help Falling In Love recorded by Elvis Presley and interpreted by violinist Michael Del Rosario, and Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah performed by Joven Edward Aquisap (Viola).
PPO in your Workplaces presents Claude Bolling’s Irlindaise performed by flutist Edgardo Silangcruz, Consuelo Velasquez’s Besame Mucho interpreted by Melvin Miranda (Trumpet), Scott Joplin’s The Entertainer rendered by contrabass player Aris Payte III, Lead Me Lord recorded by Gary Valenciano and performed by trombone player Ricson Poonin, J.S. Bach’s Air on the G string interpreted by String ensemble players Jose Carlo Tuazon, Berny Dulce Payte, Joy Allan Dela Cruz, Giuseppe Diestro, and Aris Payte III, Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah performed by violist Joven Edward Aquisap, Antonin Dvorak’s 4 Romantic Pieces op. 75 no. 1 – Allegro Moderato rendered by Berny Payte (Violin), Edward Elgar’s Salut D’Amour interpreted by cellist Gemma Bicaldo, Friedrich Flotow’s Ti’s The Last Rose of Summer performed by trumpet player Edwin Matias, Ennio Morricone’s Gabriel’s Oboe rendered by oboist Jappy Bautista, Sometimes When it Rains by Secret Garden interpreted by Andoy Fernandez (Trombone), and Lift Up Your Hands recorded by Basil Valdez and performed by violinist Aristotle Ramos.
The PPO pocket concerts are dedicated to the following audiences: The sick who are recuperating either in the hospitals or in their homes, Front liners who tirelessly take care of their sick countrymen, and the rest of the Filipinos staying in their homes living and coping with the new normal way of life in the pandemic stricken Philippine society.