The Manila Symphony Orchestra at 91

The Manila Symphony Orchestra, Asia’s first symphony orchestra, is on its 91st year of bringing excellent orchestral music to Filipinos.

It was founded in 1926 by Dr. Alexander Lippay and reorganized in 2001 by its longtime concertmaster, the late Prof. Basilio Manalo. Until the present, under the baton of Professor Arturo Molina, it produces a broad, year-round program that celebrates its legacy of performing the masterpieces while reaching out to new audiences across space and time.

Steadfastly, it remains true to its mission “to enrich the Filipino’s vibrant cultural life through fine orchestral music and to enable more people to experience the power of music.” The essence of each of this orchestra’s 60 musicians and staff is fueled by the interest of the Filipino listener.

Leadership and Creativity
The theme for this year is 'Leadership and Creativity,' and will be demonstrated in each of the five MSO’s Gala Season Concerts by means of an original composition to prelude the main works.

Leadership and creativity are essential elements in any successful undertaking. In the orchestra, the conductor exemplifies leadership, whose interpretation of the music performed must be accepted willingly by the musicians. Creativity then lies in the work of the composer, who harnesses the energetic force of ideas and concepts yet unrealized until his ink graces the empty score.

The Manila Symphony Orchestra is the proud product of the Manila Symphony Orchestra Foundation—a non-profit, private organization—whose members participate in the cultural life of the country as teachers at the Manila Symphony Orchestra Music Academy in Makati and Manila, soloists, music arrangers, chamber music performers, entrepreneurs, bandmasters, and choir conductors.

Iloilo Concerts
This 55-piece world-class ensemble conducted by Prof. Arturo Molina, is set for two performances with a diverse repertoire in its premiere with the Iloilo crowd.

On August 25, the orchestra will present 'Sweet Symphonies: Bach vs. Beatles' at Molo Church while the concert dubbed as 'Soundtracks and Symphonies' is scheduled on August 26 at the Iloilo Convention Center.  Ilonggos will have an inspiring experience of orchestral music that features soundtracks from American and Filipino hit movies.

For inquiries about the free, by-invitation only concerts, contact the Secretariat c/o Iloilo Economic Development Office at (033) 335-0333 and 337-8341.

The Manila Symphony Orchestra would like to thank its sponsors for Season 2017-2018 'Leadership & Creativity.'

Metrobank Foundation
First Metro Investment Corporation
Ayala Malls
Auto Nation Group
Orix Metro Leasing & Finance Corporation
First Metro Securities Brokerage
First Metro Asset Management
Philippine Airlines

And Avida Land (for Rush Hour Concert Series)

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