A healthy dose of classical music

Tha Good Life - by John Paul "JP" Tanchanco

Posted at Jun 02 2013 11:04 AM | Updated as of Jun 02 2013 07:04 PM

Manila Chamber Orchestra promotes healthy classical music during great performance series at Ayala Museum.

I dropped by their concert to hang out with them and get my dose of live classical tunes.

Manila Chamber Orchestra Foundation (MCO) started in 1985 with 25 of the best musicians from the Manila Symphony Orchestra.

A healthy dose of classical music 1MCO's Angel Nacino, Ayala Foundation's Director Elizabeth Gustilo

According to MCO's executive director Angel Nacino, the organization was set up to promote appreciation of classical music to wider audiences.

"We're happy that we started doing our concerts here in Ayala Museum this year. Our partnership with the Ayala Group and Ayala Foundation has helped us reach new audiences," says Nacino.

A healthy dose of classical music 2Ayala Foundation's Jane Salvador, Brian Tanchancoo
A healthy dose of classical music 3Frank Holz, Angel Nacino

Nacino explained that their concerts are also aimed at reaching out to the growing fans of classical music who want to gain from its health benefits.

"More people are now aware of scientific studies about how classical music can greatly increase one's IQ and reduces stress," Nacino says.

The event was attended by classical music enthusiasts, yuppies, tourists, expats and friends from the business community.

A healthy dose of classical music 4ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra Maestro Gerard Salonga, JP Tanchanco
A healthy dose of classical music 5JP Tanchanco, Robert Coyuito, Angel Nacino

Pinoy pianist Albert Tiu and Belgian clarinetist Marcel Luxen were the two international musicians featured in the concert.

A healthy dose of classical music 6Pianist Albert Tiu, Clarinetist Marcel Luxen, JP Tanchanco

The duo performed excellent numbers from Brahms, Schumann and Weber.

I loved their rendition of Schumann's Fantasiestucke op. 73. Marcel and Albert played it with great emotional feeling.

A healthy dose of classical music 7Albert and Marcel in action

The concert culminated with shouts of bravo from the audience as everyone went home happily satisfied with their dose of classical melodies.

Contact MCO Foundation and learn about their upcoming events and concert season in Ayala Museum for an experience of chillaxing classical music!
tel. no. +6327500768 or +639209540053 or visit their Facebook page.


John Paul C.Tanchanco is a travel, food, party, film and music aficionado. He is also an economist, businessman, MYX/Awit award-winning media producer and Kala guitarist.

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