The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra continues to render online performances through the Music for Healing: PPO in Quarantine Pocket Concert Series to uplift the minds and hearts of Filipinos in the midst of the quarantine period. One of the three pocket concerts, namely, PPO By Your Side, streams tonight at 8:00 through the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ website.
PPO By Your Side features the following pieces, among them, “Songs My Mother Taught Me (Als Die Alte Mutter)” by Antonín Dvorák to be played by Gerry Graham Gonzales (Cello), Rommel Camba (Piano); “The Swan (Le Cygne)” by Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns to be interpreted by Herrick Ortiz (Cello); “The Girl with the Flaxen Hair (La fille aux cheveux de lin)” by Claude Debussy to be performed by Giuseppe Andre Diestro (Cello), Dr. Michelle Nicolasora (Piano); and “Cantabile in D Major Op. 17” by Niccolò Paganini to be rendered by Giancarlo Gonzales (Cello).
The Music for Healing: PPO in Quarantine Pocket Concert Series is an ongoing program of the PPO which can be viewed from the PPO FB page and the CCP YouTube as platforms. Initially intended as an online music offering to Filipinos who are recuperating in their beds either from hospitals or from their own homes as therapy to aid in their total healing, it also aims to accompany the whole family in coping with the pandemic situation and the frontliners who bravely provide their services to fellow countrymen in need.
PPO in Quarantine Pocket Concert Series had its premiere on July 3 with 12 musical numbers in the playlist recorded by PPO musicians from their homes especially intended for the sick Filipinos under PPO by your Bedside program. The series offers two other programs, the PPO in Your Workplace pocket concert and the PPO in Your Living Room pocket concert.