July 17, 2020


July 16, 2020

THE PPO Instrument Petting Zoo continues with its live online program with featured double bass player Rommel P. Cruz on Sunday, July 19, at 4pm via the PPO Facebook page.

For his instrument petting zoo session, Rommel will talk about the double bass and demonstrate how it is played.  He will also perform classical pieces suited for the double bass.

Rommel is a graduate of UP College of Music, major in double bass in 2003.  He also took a certificate course from the American School of Double Bass, Capital University, Columbus, Ohio in the same year.  His mentors include Antonio Rodriguez, Mark Morton, principal bass of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Thomas Gale and Angel Peña.  He participated in master classes conducted by Angel Sicam and Lou Ortiz.

He was a former member of the Manila Symphony Orchestra II from 2001-2003, the Clarion Chamber Ensemble.  He is presently a member of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra bass section.

Rommel is also a faculty member of the Strings Department of the UP College of Music and St. Scholastica's College of Music.

A project of the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, the instrument petting zoo aims to promote appreciation for musical instruments of the orchestra and its music among children and families.  It is held every Sunday at 4pm, and runs for several months.

Catch the Musical Instruments Appreciation Series on the official PPO Facebook page.