Highlights of Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra Concerts are recommended by the BFPA member Cultural Center of the Philippines(CCP), presented by its resident orchestra -- the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra. Audiences are invited to appreciate two wonderful performances by Filipino artists. The first one presents "Serenade for Strings in E Major" composed by Anthony Dvorak and conducted by Herminigildo Ranera. Composed in 1875, this work is the most elegant, lyrical, natural and perfect work of the composer's youth, and is also representative of Dvorak's earthy and warm style. Today, this piece is one of the most popular works in the genre, alongside Mozart and Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings. The second one presents "Italian Capriccio" composed by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky and conducted by Yoshikazu Fukumura. This masterpiece was completed in 1880. During Tchaikovsky's stay in Italy, the bright and beautiful scenery, fascinating historical sites, diversified folk arts, and the optimistic spirit of the Italian people left a very strong impression on him and brought him the inspiration for creating this piece.


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. It was established on May 15, 1973 as the CCP Philharmonic Orchestra and was initially intended to accompany performing artists at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater). The PPO's first Music Director was Prof. Luis Valencia with Julian Quirit as Concertmaster. 

The PPO has performed with many of the world's renowned conductors , such as Helen Quach, Sister Maria Rosalina Abejo, Yoshinao Osawa, Mendi Rodan, Francisco Feliciano, Basilio Manalo, Rudolf Gerstenbauer.

The PPO has premiered Filipino compositions and has 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.

The PPO held two Ode to Friendship concerts at the Concert Hall of the National Centre for the Performing Arts in August 2011 to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and the Philippines. Previous international performances by the PPO have been in Tokyo, Bangkok, Shanghai, Beijing as well as various European cities. June of 2016 marked the historic concert of the PPO as the first Philippine orchestra to perform at the world-renowned Carnegie Hall in New York City. In 2018 PPO participated in the Asia Orchestra Week held in Kuji and Tokyo, Japan.


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