|The ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra.
MANILA, Philippines -- Acclaimed composer Ryan Cayabyab lauded the newly formed ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra, which will make its first major public debut at the “Icons at the Arena” concert at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.
"Rehearsing this afternoon was a breeze. The rare event on Saturday combines only the best Filipino artists together in the concert, with the best musicians of the ABS-CBN Philharmonic. What more can I ask for as musical director? Ang ganda at ang sarap ng tugtugan,” said Cayabyab, who is the musical director of the all-star OPM concert.
Cayabyab, who composed OPM classics such as "Kay Ganda ng Ating Musika," called the orchestra "the newest, most exciting addition to the top artists of the Kapamilya Network."
He praised the orchestra members as "arguably the best crossover musicians of the country who can perform all types and genres of music, led by a formidable music director, Gerard Salonga."
Early this year, ABS-CBN and First Philippine Holdings Inc. joined hands to promote an advocacy for Filipinos to connect and experience “real” and “good” music. Thus, the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra was created to "defy the notion that a full orchestra is only limited to classical music."
The 40-piece musical ensemble is also a first in the history of ABS-CBN.
ABS-CBN chairman Eugenio “Gabby” Lopez III stressed that the orchestra aims to provide "music of the highest caliber" to the general audience.
ABS-CBN president, Charo Santos-Concio, on the other hand, expressed her full support for the orchestra and her optimism that this will be "a significant platform to celebrate the character and soul of Filipino music."
According to ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra’s executive director Mickey Muñoz, the orchestra shall also service the performance and music needs of ABS-CBN such as concerts, as well as the musical scoring for movies.
Muñoz also revealed that a "youth orchestra" is also being formed to train indigent but talented young Pinoys to play musical instruments.
For inquiries and bookings, please contact The Executive Director, ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra at (02) 415-2272 local 2326.
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