Get to know Manila Symphony Orchestra

August 21, 2017

As Asia’s first symphony orchestra, founded in 1926 by Dr. Alexander Lippay and reorganized in 2001 by its longtime concertmaster, the late Prof. Basilio Manalo, until the present under the baton of Professor Arturo Molina, it produces a broad, year-round program that celebrates its legacy of performing the masterpieces while reaching out to new audiences across space and time. Steadfastly, it remains true to its mission “to enrich the Filipino’s vibrant cultural life through fine orchestral music and to enable more people to experience the power of music”.

The essence of each of this orchestra’s 60 musicians and the staff is fueled by the interest of the Filipino listener. 

The theme for this year is Leadership & Creativity and will be demonstrated in each of the five MSO’s Gala Season Concerts by means of an original composition to prelude the main works. 

Leadership & Creativity are essential elements in any successful undertaking. In the orchestra, the conductor exemplifies leadership, whose interpretation of the music performed must be accepted willingly by the musicians. Creativity then lies in the work of the composer, who harnesses the energetic force of ideas and concepts yet unrealized until his ink graces the empty score. 

The MSO is the proud product of the Manila Symphony Orchestra Foundation—a non-profit, private organization—whose members participate in the cultural life of the country as teachers at the MSO Music Academy in Makati and Manila, soloists, music arrangers, chamber music performers, entrepreneurs, bandmasters, and choir conductors.


MSO is set to put Ilonggos in awe with its scheduled performances in Iloilo City this week. Catch MSO at the following dates and venues:

“Sweet Symphonies: Bach and Beattles”
Friday, August 25, 2017, 7:00 pm
Parish of St. Anne, Molo Church, Iloilo City
Attire: Formal (Men: Barong, Ladies: Cocktail Dress)


“Soundtracks and Symphonies”
Saturday, August 26, 2017, 6:00 pm
Iloilo Convention Center
Attire: Casual
First come, first serve

For inquiries and ticket reservations, contact Iloilo Local Development (ILED) office at telephone number (033) 335-0333 and 337-8341.

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