A stellar concert series

The Metro Manila Concert Orchestra stages 5 shows featuring world-class Filipino musicians

Philippine musical excellence takes center stage as the Metro Manila Concert Orchestra presents five shows featuring world-class Filipino soloists for its 15th Crystal Anniversary Concert Season.

MMCO, the country's premier orchestra, has tapped Raul Sunico, Jose Artemio Panganiban III, Albert Tiu, Abelardo Galang II and Cristine Coyiuto together with her daughter Caitlin to perform under award-winning conductor-composer Prof. Josefino Chino Toledo.

Opening the stellar concert series last September 18 at the Meralco Theater in Pasig City was world-acclaimed pianist Raul Sunico. In his show, titled "The Power of Prokofiev," the University of the Philippines and Juilliard-trained pianist performed the Prokofiev Concerto No. 3 of Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev.

Coming up next on October 21 is "The Amazing Brahms" featuring renowned pianist Jose Artemio Panganiban III. The concert will see Panganiban performing German luminary Johannes Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 1 for Meralco Theater's audience.

The classical music of Russian composer Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky will fill the Meralco Theater on November 30 as Cebu-born classical pianist Albert Tiu does Tchaikovsky Concerto No. 1 in his solo show "The Incredible Tchaikovsky."

Continuing the series next year is "The Enchanting Ravel and Rodrigo" featuring the mother-daughter tandem of pianist Cristine Coyiuto and flutist Caitlin on January 8 at the CCP Little Theater. Cristine, considered one of the top pianists in the Philippines, will perform French composer Maurice Ravel's Ravel Concerto in G, while Caitlin will showcase her rendition of Spanish composer Joaquin Rodrigo's Rodrigo Fantasie para un Gentilhombre.

For the final installment of the concert series, ace pianist Abelardo Galang II will perform his version of Russian composer, pianist and conductor Sergei Rachmaninoff's Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 3 in his "The Magnificent Rachmaninoff" show on February 5, also at the CCP Little Theater.

For tickets and inquiries, contact MMCO at (02) 216-6487 or (639) 17-5335747, or email [email protected]

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