Monday, October 9, 2023



Cellist Wen-Sinn Yang will be the featured performer for the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra's second concert of the season, which will take place on October 13, 2023, at the Samsung Performing Arts Theater in Circuit Makati at 7:30 p.m., conducted by Maestro Grzegorz Nowak. 

The second event, titled "Italian Night," will include the Swiss-born cellist performing Antonin Dvoák's Cello Concerto, Op.104, B minor.  The program also includes Potenciano Gregorio Sr.'s Sarung Banggi: A Symphonic Serenade (arr. Angel Pea) and Felix Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 4, op.90, A major ("Italian").

“As always, music enthusiasts can expect extensive program repertoire from the PPO’s 39th concert season, dubbed Switch, under the baton of Maestro Nowak. Having the Maestro on our team is a welcome development as we – both the CCP and the PPO – continue to fulfill our mandate to bring artistic excellence to greater heights and utilize arts for the national development,” says CCP president Michelle Nikki Junia.

Wen-Sinn Yang stands out as one of the most diverse cellists of his generation due to his passion for the unknown and ongoing exploration.  His performances not only resurrect the music of nineteenth-century cello virtuosos like Adrien François Servais and Karl Yulievich Davydov, but also introduce audiences to contemporary composers like Aribert Reimann and Isang Yun.

Alongside his activities as an internationally renowned soloist under conductors including Sir Colin Davis, Lorin Maazel, Mariss Jansons, Shiao-Chia Lü, Grzegorz Nowak, Daniel Klajner, Yukata Sado and Michael Hofstetter and with such orchestras as the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra the Shanghai Symphony, the NHK Tokyo, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Russian State Orchestra of Moscow, Wen-Sinn Yang is also a highly sought-after chamber music partner. His mastery and technical aptitude are not only highly expressive but also exceptionally sensitive, opening up ever-new listening perspectives.

Yang has been a professor of Violoncello at the Academy of Music and Theatre in Munich since 2004 and also regularly conducts international master courses.

Maestro Grzegorz Nowak is currently the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra’s Music Director and Principal Conductor.  He is likewise a permanent associate conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London, UK.  He was music director of the Polish National Opera, Warsaw, Poland from 2017-2020 and other orchestras in Poland, Germany, Switzerland, and the USA.  He has conducted orchestral music recorded in over 80 CDs that have received awards and 5-star ratings.

Tickets are priced at Php3,000 (Orchestra Center), Php2,000 (Orchestra Side), Php2,500 (Loge Center), Php1,500 (Loge Side), and Php800 (Balcony 1).

The PPO concert season is made possible with partners SSI Group, Inc., TBWA\SMP, Ascott Bonifacio Global City, and Lyf Malate Manila.

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