THE Manila Symphony Orchestra (MSO) ends their season with a bang in “The Titan.”
Their Season Finale concert will be held on January 30, 8 p.m. at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Main Theater featuring rarely-performed pieces, Mahler’s “Symphony No. 1 ‘Titan’” and Ravel’s “Piano Concerto in G Major.”
US-based Filipino pianist Victor Asuncion will share the stage with MSO as guest soloist under the baton of Marlon Chen as guest conductor.
Asuncion — hailed by The Washington Post for his “poised and imaginative playing” – has performed in concert halls around the world as a recitalist and concerto soloist.
He played his orchestral debut at the age of 18 with the Manila Chamber Orchestra and his New York recital debut in Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall in 1999.
Asuncion then worked with conductors including Sergio Esmilla, Enrique Batiz, Mei Ann Chen, Zeev Dorman, Arthur Weisber, Corrick Brown, David Loebel, Leon Fleisher, Michael Stern, Jordan Tang, and Bobby McFerrin.
He has also performed with esteemed artists such as Lynn Harrel, Zuill Bailey, Andres Diaz, Antonio Meneses, Joshua Roman, Cho-Liang Yan and many others.
The celebrated soloist was on the chamber music faculty of the Aspen Music Festival and was also the pianist for the Garth Newel Piano Quartet for three seasons. His recordings include the complete Sonatas of L. van Beethoven with cellist Tobias Werner, Sonatas by Shostakovich and Rachmaninoff with cellist Joseph Johnson, and the Rachmaninoff Sonata with the cellist Evan Drachman.
Finally, he is featured in the award winning recording “Songs My Father Taught Me,” with Lynn Harrell, produced by Louise Frank and WFMT-Chicago.
Meanwhile, Chen’s dynamic charisma and artistic versatility have seen him conduct opera, ballet, symphonic works and chamber orchestras to sold-out concert halls across four continents.
He currently holds positions as Principal Guest Conductor of the Shenyang Symphony Orchestra, Sichuan Symphony Orchestra, the Orquesta Sinfonica de la Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Hildalgo, and Resident Conductor of the Aperio Ensemble in Houston, Texas.
Previously, he was an Associate Conductor of the Baltic Sea Philharmonic, an Assistant Conductor of the MDR Symphony Orchestra in Leipzig and an Assistant Conductor of the Orchestre de Paris. Marlon Chen appears as guest conductor on both sides of the Atlantic with many of the world’s finest orchestras including Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, English School of Opera Festival Orchestra London, Moldova Chamber Orchestra, Winnipeg Symphony, Bolivian Festival Orchestra and Singapore International Music Festival Orchestra, among many others.
Himself a composer and arranger, professor Chen has performed his own works with the major orchestras he has conducted, commissioned works from composers and has conducted more than 50 premieres of contemporary compositions.
His recent film projects include recording for Netflix on the award winning show “Sense8” and “Babylon Berlin” with director Tom Tykwer.
Joining in this stellar collaboration is internationally-awarded youth orchestra, the Manila Symphony Junior Orchestra (MSJO). They won the 1st Prize in the 12th Summa Cum Laude International Music Festival held at the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna, Austria and went on to perform in concerts in Venice, Florence and Rome.
MSO’s new concertmaster and violin prodigy, Diomedes Saraza Jr., also joins MSO in the season finale concert.
All in all, the audience can expect to enjoy a captivating and grand performance by these exemplary artists in the classical music scene
Tickets are now available at www.ticketworld.com.ph or call 891-9999.