Witness a spectacular musical collaboration as Concert at the Park features three world class orchestras, the Worldship Orchestra from Japan together with the Manila Symphony Orchestra and Manila Symphony Junior Orchestra in a fun, educational and entertaining concert entitled “Fantasy”. Program starts at 6:00 p.m. at the Rizal Park Open-Air Auditorium and is hosted by Ms. Pia Marie Paulican. Admission is free.
The Worldship Orchestra (WSO) from Japan was founded by Mr. Akihide Noguchi and is now led by Mr. Akio Nozawa. The group aims to cater free classical concerts for the children in the Philippines and other Asian countries. The group also gives free music workshop for children in different schools and institutions. WSO dreams a future in which all the children will have the chance to involve themselves in music particularly in orchestra education in their local community for life skill enhancement. The WSO explores around Manila to meet thousands of children. Not only watching and listening to the orchestra, the children will have the chance to join, sing along and conduct with the orchestra members onstage.
The Manila Symphony Orchestra is one of the first orchestras established in Asia. It is currently the most vibrant and active symphony orchestra in the Philippines. Its members are winners of music competitions, exposed to trainings abroad and some are the most respected orchestra musician in the country. The Manila Symphony Junior Orchestra is the youth orchestra program of the Manila Symphony Orchestra. It is composed of the most advanced students of the MSO Music Academy and other qualified students ages 8 to 18 years old under the baton of Prof. Jeffrey Solares. They regularly rehearse a varied repertoire with special focus on Classical and Baroque masterworks together with especially arranged modern and Filipino compositions. Several MSJO members are also featured as soloists in their various programs as part of their training experience of performing with this ensemble.
Concert at the Park, is the longest running weekly public service project of the National Parks Development Committee and the Department of Tourism. This cultural production started in 1978 with the primary objective of bringing music even closer to the people. This ‘music for the masses’ project has received prestigious awards and citations including the Catholic Mass Media Awards Hall of Fame Awardee for Best Cultural Program.