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PPO Instrument Petting Zoo with Mendoza and Andra

The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra Instrument Petting Zoo continues with its live online program with featured bassoon players Adolfo Mendoza and Frenvee Andra on Sunday at 4:00 p.m. via the PPO Facebook page.

 PPO’s Adolfo Mendoza (left) and Frenvee Andra
For the instrument petting zoo session, Mendoza and Andra will talk about the bassoon and demonstrate how it is played.  They will also perform classical pieces suited for the bassoon.

Mendoza finished his Bachelor of Music in Bassoon Performance at the University of Santo Tomas Conservatory of Music under Prof. Romeo Verayo and Prof. Arnaldo Custodio.  He studied with the NHK principal bassoonist. Prof. Koji Okazaki at the Elizabeth University of Music in Hiroshima Japan for his Master’s Degree.  He was a full scholar at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing arts under Prof. Kam Sui, principal bassoonist of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.  He finished his Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A) at Texas Tech University in Texas, U.S.A. in 2016 under Prof. Richard Meek.  

Mendoza is the Principal Bassoonist of the PPO, a faculty member of the Sta. Isabel College of Music and the Conductor of Trinity University of Asia Symphonic Band.      

Andra, on the other hand, obtained his Bachelors in Music Degree in Bassoon Performance at the University of Santo Tomas under the tutelage of Prof. Severino Ramirez.  He also studied under John Mostard and Adolfo Mendoza.  He pursued his Master’s Degree from Elisabeth University of Music in Hiroshima under the legendary bassoonist Koji Okazaki, Principal Bassoon of NHK Orchestra.  He founded the I-House Woodwind Quintet in Hiroshima.  He was also the Bassoon Principal of the Hiroshima Festival Orchestra in 2001 and Instructor of Bassoon with the Hiroshima Junior Orchestra. 

Andra is the Music Director of the Sta. Cecilia Band 89 City of General Trias Cavite.  At present he leads the newly formed Gentri Youth Symphonic Band which he co-founded with the City of General Trias.

A project of the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, the instrument petting zoo aims to promote appreciation for musical instruments of the orchestra and its music among children and families.  It is held every Sunday at 4:00 p.m., and runs for several months.

Catch the Musical Instruments Appreciation Series on the official PPO Facebook page.

Topics: Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra Instrument Petting Zoo , Adolfo Mendoza , Frenvee Andra , Romeo Verayo , Koji Okazaki , Arnoldo Custodio , Richard Meek , Severino Ramirez , Cultural Center of the Philippines
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