The public will get to see a concert of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO), the country’s leading orchestra, live and for free, on March 23, 2018 at 6 PM in the iconic University of the Philippines Quezon Hall Amphitheater in UP Diliman, Quezon City.
The University of the Philippines (UP) and the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) are mounting “Simulain at Pangarap: A Musical Celebration” to commemorate 106 years of UP commencement exercises. UP’s first commencement ceremony was held on March 31, 1911.
The concert will be conducted by Maestro Herminigildo Ranera of the PPO.
It will feature Philippine, American, and European music arranged for full symphonic orchestra, from such classic greats as J. Strauss and G. Rossini to contemporary legends like John Williams and the Beatles. According to the program coordinator, former Dean Ramon Acoymo of the UP College of Music, music popularized by Western and Filipino icons—from Frank Sinatra to Tito, Vic, and Joey—will be juxtaposed with songs of love of country.
Five hundred seats will be set up on the amphitheater lawn, while the rest of the amphitheater will be made a promenade area.