by Franis Ryan B. Pabiana | News Writer
ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of musical director Gerard Salonga, performed for the second time in the Luce Auditorium featuring violinist Kristine Clair “KC” Uchi Galano, July 27-29.
Salonga said meeting KC was what made the performance special. He added that she possessed natural skill when she performed and that knowing Galano was his ‘big takeaway’ of the concert, aside from the new sets of pieces they performed compared last year.
Galano is a 17-year-old music prodigy from Dumaguete who lived in Brunei. She had her first Philippines solo concert, “Prodigy,” at the Luce Auditorium last March 2009.
In this concert with the Philharmonic Orchestra, she performed the “Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major K.219” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the Theme from “Schindler’s List” by John Williams.
Salonga said aside from the pieces chosen by Galano, he also included classical music and Original Philippine Music to balance the pieces.
Moreover, the performance included classics by Ludwig Van Beethoven, among others, and Filipino songs arranged by Salonga, including “Langis at Tubig,” “Rey Valera Medley” and “Please Be Careful With My Heart.”
ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra is a joint venture of ABS-CBN and First Philippine Holdings, composed of 42 musicians, created to connect and reinstate symphonic music to the lives of Filipino and younger generations.