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, perorming
, 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 perorming Angel Peña’s
Philippine Festival Overture
Trinity: A Symphonic Cycle
. Theconcert ended, ttingly, with National Artist Lucio San Pedro’s
. Obliging the enthusiastic audience, theorchestra perormed
Overture to Philippine Folksongs
arrangedby Bernard Green.MSO’s
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 perormat the Malacañang Palace where they received many positivecomments rom the attending diplomats. The orchestra likewise looked back on its own history when theyperormed 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 ulllmento 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 wonrst place in the National Music Competition or Young Artists. They have perormed 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 beautiul 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 lie 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 beore 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 successul perormance.
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
Overture to Fingal’s Cave
, 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 perorm as soloist in the Vivaldi concerto. Theselection process let 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 perormed 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 perormance.
“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 Philamlie Auditorium. Call 523-5712 or inquiries and reservations.
Regina BuenaventuraDiomedes Saraza, Jr.