It is comprised of arguably the best crossover musicians of the country who can perform all types and genres of music, led by a formidable music director, Gerard Salonga. Rehearsing this afternoon was a breeze. The rare event on Saturday combines only the best Filipino artists together in the concert, with the best musicians of the ABS-CBN Philharmonic. What more can I ask for as Musical Director? Ang ganda at ang sarap ng tugtugan.”
These are the words of music genius Master Ryan Cayabyab after the rehearsals at the Dolphy Theater at the ABS-CBN compound in preparation for the “Icons at the Arena,” a concert that brings together the best of OPM music icons on June 16 at SM Mall of Asia Arena. The concert is going to be the first major public performance of the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra.
Early this year, ABS-CBN and First Philippine Holdings joined hands to promote an advocacy for Filipinos to connect and experience “real” and “good” music. Thus, the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra was created to defy the notion that a full orchestra is only limited to classical music. The 40-piece musical ensemble, is a first in the history of the Kapamilya Network.
ABS-CBN chairman Eugenio “Gabby” Lopez III stressed that it aims to provide music of the highest caliber to the general audience. ABS-CBN President, Charo Santos-Concio, on the other hand had expressed her full support for the orchestra and her optimism that this will be a significant platform to celebrate the character and soul of Filipino music.
ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra’s executive director Mickey Munoz also stated, “Our new “Kapamilya” shall also service the performance and music needs of ABS-CBN such as the concert series, as well as the musical scoring on cinemas as well as live and stage performances.” He added that ABS-CBN is taking music seriously, sharing that Youth Orchestra is also being formed to train indigent but talented young Pinoys to play musical instruments and entice them to turn their attention from game consoles to music and culture.
The curtain unfurls as the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra dominates the Pinoy music scene. For inquiries and bookings, please contact The Executive Director, ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra at 415.2272 local 2326.