“A Christmas Gift” Concert by ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra ft. Xian Lim and K-La Rivera!

The ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra will spread holiday cheer as it performs in a free concert dubbed “A Christmas Gift” at the Rockwell Tent on December 16 at 2 pm and 6 pm. Led by its music director, conductor Gerard Salonga, the orchestra will play Christmas favorites.

Special guests for the concert are actor Xian Lim, who will showcase his piano and trombone skills; and singerK-La Rivera. This event is presented by ABS-CBN, First Philippine Holdings Inc., and Rockwell Land.

For details on how to win tickets, follow the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra on Facebook at facebook.com/ABSPhilharmonic and on Twitter at @ABSPhilharmonic ; and the Powerplant Mall at facebook.com/PowerPlantMall and @PowerPlantMall on Twitter.

The ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra performs in A Symphonic Serenade!

The ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra held a gala concert entitled A Symphonic Serenade to present itself to representatives from various companies and ad agencies recently at the Mandarin Hotel.

The event was an intimate gathering wherein the orchestra played a wide range of elegant music, including Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, known for its eighteenth variation being used throughout the film Somewhere In Time. Borodin’s Polovetsian Dances, popularly known for its melodies found in songs of the musical Kismet, was also played.

The orchestra also gave an energetic performance of Symphonic Dances from The West Side Story, a 22-minute suite prepared by Leonard Bernstein.

Two musical guests also joined the Philharmonic in serenading the crowd: Micha Haran, the famous principal cellist of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, and John Philip Sta. Ana, an 11-year-old boy from Youth Orchestra who recently made waves for his astonishing performance in Chris Botti’s concert. Haran and Sta. Ana performed Cinema Paradiso together and moved the audience to a tumultuous applause.

The audience was pleasantly surprised when the conductor, Maestro Gerard Salonga, invited a volunteer from the audience to come up on stage and conduct the orchestra. Charles Rapaport enthusiastically volunteered and conducted the orchestra through the piece Radetzky March by Johann Strauss Sr.

The ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra has been wonderfully delighting audiences since it was launched early this year and is truly one symphony to watch for. The orchestra will be accompanying the Philippine Ballet Theatre in The Nutcracker on November 10 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. The orchestra is also gearing up for its Christmas concert. For inquiries, contact Chris Graham at (0917) 824 7633.

For more information about The ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra, visit our website www.abscbnphilharmonic.com; follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/ABSPhilharmonic and on Twitter at @ABSPhilharmonic.

Master Ryan Cayabyab Lauds the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra!

“The ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra is the newest, most exciting addition to the top artists of the Kapamilya Network.

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.

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