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The 2nd Issue of the Manila Symphony Orchestra's Official Newsletter, Sound Post
The 2nd Issue of the Manila Symphony Orchestra's Official Newsletter, Sound Post

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 The MSO Starts Season 2010on a High Note
By Ida Anita del Mundo
volume 1, issue 2, sept. 2010
I the MSO’s rst two season concerts – 
 Philippine Festival  
 Forces o Nature 
– are any indication o how the rest o theseason will be, music enthusiasts surely have many more exciting, diverse, and inspiring perormances to look orward to rom theManila Symphony Orchestra.
 The Filipino is Worth Perorming For 
 Among the Manila Symphony Orchestra’s goals is to bring the masterworks o Filipino artists to a wider audience. The orchestraaccomplished this with its season opener,
 Philippine Festival 
, held on June 5. The concert showcased true Filipino talent.Enthusiastic audience members focked to the Philamlie Auditorium to witness the MSO together with eatured soloists, violinistGina Medina and pianist Virginia Laico-Villanueva in a concert made possible by major sponsor CATS Motors.Medina’s rendition o Lucino Sacramento’s
Violin Concerto No. 2
was an impressive display o superb technique. Medina gavethe appreciative audience the rare opportunity o hearing the seldom-perormed concerto and gave well-deserved attentionto Sacramento as an important composer in Philippine music. Medina perorms on a violin made by Philippine luthier Amador  Tamayo.Laico-Villanueva gave an equally strong perormance o National Artist Nicanor Abelardo’s
  Piano Concerto
. Laico-Villanueva is atrue example o Philippine talent as she has been recognized internationally not just as a pianist but also a composer. In PhilippineFestival, she perormed on a Bosendorer piano sponsored by ROS Music.
cont. on p. 6
Much to the delight o the audience, young musicians romthe Philippine Research or Developing Instrumental Soloists(PREDIS) gave a special intermission number, perorming
, a medley o Filipino olksongs. The Manila Symphony Orchestra likewise showed o their  virtuosity with principal conductor and music director Pro. Arturo Molina leading the orchestra in perorming Angel Peña’s
 Philippine Festival Overture
Trinity: A Symphonic Cycle
. Theconcert ended, ttingly, with National Artist Lucio San Pedro’s
 Lahing Kayumanggi 
. Obliging the enthusiastic audience, theorchestra perormed
Overture to Philippine Folksongs 
arrangedby Bernard Green.MSO’s 
 Philippine Festival 
was well-attended, with specialguests led by the Legarda amily, one o the original supporterso the MSO who have continued to support the orchestra’sgrowth through the Musician’s Chair Sponsorship program.MSO’s season subscribers and board members were alsoin attendance, including MSO’s chairman Cecilia Manalo andboard president Maan Hontiveros.In line with the advocacy o promoting Filipino talent, the MSO was honored to be part o a momentous occasion in thecountry’s history – the vin d’honneur o President Benigno Aquino III on June 30. The orchestra was invited to perormat the Malacañang Palace where they received many positivecomments rom the attending diplomats. The orchestra likewise looked back on its own history when theyperormed at a undraising event or the Metropolitan Theater onJune 23. The theater was the original home o the MSO and theorchestra received a warm welcome back to the concert hall which is in the process o being restored to its ormer glory.
 two violinists dream big
By Ida Anita del Mundo The Manila Symphony Orchestra, together with an enthusiastic audience at the Far Eastern University witnessed the ulllmento the musical dreams o Regina Buenaventura and Diomedes Saraza Jr., two violinists that the MSO has seen throughout their development as young musicians. The concert, held on July 18, was aptly titledMy Dreams or My Children. Even at the young age o seven, Regina had already discovered her love or the violin. “I wish I could say there was a moment wherein I say I heard a great violinist, was moved to tears, and decided rom then on that my heart was set on the violin. Or I wishI could continue to be dramatic to say that I was dragged kicking and screaming to music classes, was threatened at gunpointto begin,” she jokes, “but all I can say is that I started violin because I had nothing to do. So I made a very long voyage to theneighboring house where my Lola Aling lives and asked i she could start teaching me. Also part o a musical amily, Diomedes – Dio to his riends – grew up hearing his ather and brother playing the violin. Hestarted learning it himsel at the age o three, with his ather as his rst teacher. He then took up urther studies in violin under thePhilippine Research or Developing Instrumental Soloists program at St. Scholastica’s College-Manila.Since starting their musical studies, the two have gone on to make waves both in the Philippines and abroad. Both have wonrst place in the National Music Competition or Young Artists. They have perormed in many o the premier concert halls in thePhilippines and abroad. As students, both have also worked hard to keep up their academics. Ultimately, Regina says, “I’m mostproud at the thought that I’m a much better violinist today than I was years ago.”Currently, both Regina and Dio are pursuing studies in the US. At Northwestern University in Chicago, Regina says, “excellenceand brilliance are commonplace.” She adds, “Chicago is a place o museums and beautiul architecture... I once met a taxi driver  who was a classically-trained pianist! Great musicians and scholars are close by.Dio says that he is adjusting well to lie at Juilliard, immersed in New York’s dynamic mix o arts and culture. Instead o the strictatmosphere and erce competition that he was expecting, Dio says, “The people there are very riendly,” adding that there are somany good students in the school and great teachers and mentors as well.He has been holding his own at Juilliard, recently winning second prize in the school’s William Schumann Competition, where he was the only reshman included in the nals.
Conquering the Forces o Nature
 The orces seemed to turn against the MSO when, onlytwo weeks beore the second season concert, when slatedguest conductor rom Belgium, Pro. Thanos Adamopoulos,had to undergo an operation and was advised by his doctorsnot to push through with his trip to the Philippines. The MSO, however, persevered and Joseph Esmillagraciously agreed to step in last minute as guest conductor. Within a short period o time given, Esmilla was able to leadthe orchestra to a successul perormance.
 Forces o Nature
, held on July 10, acknowledged natureas one o the important sources o inspiration or manycomposers, with their symphonic works paying tribute to themountains, the meadows, the rivers and the sea, as well astheir display o power in storms and tempests. The concert’s repertoire eatured Dvorak’s
Symphony no.6
, Mendelssohn’s
Overture to Fingal’s Cave
, Smetana’s
The Moldau
, and Vivaldi’s Violin
Concerto in E fat “La Tempesta Di Mare” 
. Violinists rom the MSO’s roster o musicians auditioned or the chance to perorm as soloist in the Vivaldi concerto. Theselection process let panelists Joseph and Sergio Esmilla with high praise or the young violinists. Among those whoauditioned, Christian Tan was selected as soloist
(See related story in this issue’s Soloista, p.7).
 The MSO has always supported young artists like Christian. The orchestra also recently perormed in the solo recitalo talented 14-year-old pianist Lorenzo Medel and in the joint concert o violin prodigies Regina Buenaventura andDiomedes Saraza Jr. dubbed
 My Dreams or My Children
(See related story on p.3).
Guest conductor Esmilla encouraged the orchestra to keepon improving their perormance.
“This is one o the most disciplined groups in the country,” 
he said, adding that thisis greatly because o the leadership o music director andprincipal conductor Arturo Molina and concertmaster GinaMedina.
“The working environment you have provided or me gives me such hope,” 
Esmilla told the orchestra.
“You are the hope.” Catch the MSO next at the 1st National Orchestra Festival onSept. 22, 8pm, at the Cultural Center o the Philippines, and in their upcoming season concert, “A New World” on Oct. 9,8 pm, at the Philamlie Auditorium. Call 523-5712 or inquiries and reservations.
 Regina BuenaventuraDiomedes Saraza, Jr.
Summer Symphony
Summer break was no vacation or the members o theManila Symphony Orchestra. We have spent the past ewmonths perorming, teaching, learning, and working to urther improve the orchestra. Here are some o the orchestra’sactivities that have made all o us better musicians.
 The MSO at Arts in the City
 Arts in the City, a haven or artists inFort Boniacio, Taguig, has added theorchestra to its roster which includesBallet Philippines, the Philippine MadrigalSingers, and Tanghalang Pilipino. Theorchestra holds open rehearsals andperormances at the venue.
P-Noy’s Vin D’Honneur 
 The MSO was honored to be part o history when the orchestra’s string section wasinvited to perorm or the vin d’honneur o President Benigno Aquino III. Last year, theorchestra also perormed during the wake o ormer president Corazon Aquino.
Planning Seminar/Workshop
 The orchestra spent three days at Calatagan, Batangasto set their plans or season 2010 and beyond. Members were able to evaluate their perormance and makepersonal and proessional goals or their improvement. They were also divided into committees to create plansor the group, with a team building activity to cap o the workshop. O course, the MSO members also enjoyeda lot o time relaxing and having un, strengthening thebond that sets the MSO apart rom other orchestras.
3rd Isabela String Orchestra Camp
Charmirose Durante (part o MSO’s rst violin), started a string orchestra campin 2007 or promising young musicians in Isabela. This year she was joined byRosa Angela Lapeña (second violin) and David Tagala (viola) as they brought their experiences rom the MSO to the province. The camp includes group lessons andorchestra sectionals. In the culminating concert, the camp participants perormedsimplied versions o Vivaldi’s Spring and the Willam Tell Overture. Sugar says that insucceeding camps, she hopes to encourage more musicians to volunteer to help outin the program.
Suzuki Camp
MSO violinists Sara Maria Gonzales, Katerina Hernandez, Jonathan David Livioco,Joanna Ruth Livioco, Eunice Livioco, and Jeanne Frances Marie Villar took part in theannual Suzuki Camp, adding to their knowledge and skills both as perormers andteachers. The camp culminated with a perormance at Shangri-la Plaza Mall.
 Twinkle Twinkle Silver Stars
 This year is the 25th anniversary o the Philippine Research or DevelopingInstrumental Soloists. PREDIS alumni – many o whom have gone on to become parto the MSO and now are PREDIS teachers – returned to take part in the summer concert, Twinkle Twinkle Silver Stars. This summer concert is one o many other concerts and activities to be held in conjunction with the organization’s anniversary.

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