A fundamental commitment to educational outreach is what drives the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra to make a mark in the Filipino community. Holding concerts for schools in the Dolphy Theatre, the orchestra presents orchestral music to a wide range of ages. The Educational Concerts focus on bringing orchestral music to the community in an entertaining way while giving schools and teachers the tools necessary to enrich the lives of all their students. Through visits to schools around the city, the orchestra also reaches out beyond their home theatre.
The ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra has the following goals in mind for the Educational Concerts:
- To present concerts that meet the highest artistic standards
- To introduce new and young audiences to orchestral music with an entertaining but educational program
- To provide an opportunity for students to listen and analyze musical performances
- To make the audience realize the value of orchestral music in the cultural landscape
Every Educational Concert is narrated by the vibrant Maestro Gerard Salonga, who guides the audience through the program with his charming personality. As part of the concerts, a volunteer gets to “conduct-along”; This shows the audience the purpose and value of the conductor in leading the orchestra while giving a volunteer a chance to experience conducting first-hand. “Sing-alongs” can also be arranged prior to the concert if a school would like to have a student sing with the orchestra. Though the program for the concerts is malleable depending on the needs of the students attending, below are some suggested programs that schools can avail of.
Philharmonikids How many sections are there in an orchestra? What are the different instruments in each? Which instrument can reach the lowest note? The students will discover the answers to these questions and more during the Philharmonikids program. The program introduces the kids to the orchestra’ sections and instruments and shows them the capabilities of the orchestra to convey moods in music.
Musicovery Students see the value of an orchestra when they are shown how the orchestra can tell a story. Students will enjoy their favorite film scores and more as they learn about programmatic listening, learning how the orchestra can be a source of extra-musical imagery.
Philharmonic Discoveries A lot of people are afraid of classical music, fearing they might not understand it. In this program, the ABS-CBN Philharmonic guides the audience through some of the classical music world’s best-loved works, showing why even someone who’s hooked on telenovelas can connect to classical music. Love drama? Can you get scared? Do you love a good laugh as well as anyone? Spend an hour with the orchestra and realize that there’s no right or wrong way to enjoy music.
Teaching and Student Guides
The ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra will make available Teaching Guides for schools to help teachers prepare students for the program. The guides will have basic information on the orchestra and its sections as well as a list of resources that can be used to aid in teaching the students.