Let music fill the air this June with a symphonic performance from our very own homegrown Filipino talents as each cord and string of the UP Symphony Orchestra serenade you once again as they go online.
A playful ballet divertissement, nostalgic melodies, and experimental sounds (think orchestra with traditional Philippine instruments) – this is just a glimpse of what can be expected from the UP Symphony Orchestra’s next online concert entitled Kayumangging Lahi.
Though seemingly a random mix of works, they are all tied together by the common thread of celebrating Filipino creativity, talent, and culture. The concert will feature numbers borrowed from sarsuwelas (Jose Estella/Lucio San Pedro, and Bienvenido Lumbrera/Lucio San Pedro), well-loved serenades (Antonio Molina), and beloved works both old and new (Lucio San Pedro, Robin Estrada). It will also give a slight tip of the hat to the highly anticipated reopening of the Metropolitan Theater that is happening this year. We all know the feeling of hearing music, reading words, or seeing art from your own country – the feeling of connecting with it on a very deep level that is hard to articulate. This concert is full of music that hits those precise feels for every Filipino.
The orchestra proudly features its own members as soloists for this online production, namely its concertmaster Janine Samaniego, and trumpeter John Paulo Ramos. Viewers will also be treated to a performance of UP Tugtugang Musika Asyatika (UP TUGMA). This Independence month, UPSO is taking the opportunity to celebrate our heritage, our talents, and our music.
“Kayumangging Lahi” is the fifth installment of the orchestra’s ongoing third concert season which began last October 2020. Their virtual hour-length productions include a mix of archive videos from past performances, and new, remotely recorded works. The season will conclude with a concert in July.
Watch the concert on the orchestra’s Facebook page (facebook.com/upsymphonyorch) and YouTube channel (youtube.com/upsymphonyorch). The premiere is set for Friday June 18, 7pm, and will be available for viewing until June 25.