TOTS TOLENTINO & GERARD SALONGA IN PPO NOVEMBER CONCERT

October 19, 2017

PRESS RELEASE
October 18, 2017

FILIPINO saxophonist Tots Tolentino performs on November 17, 2017 with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Filipino conductor Gerard Salonga at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Main Theater at 8:00pm.  

The program features G. Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess, J. Williams’ Catch Me If You Can Escapades and A. Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 in E minor “From the New World”.

Tots Tolentino studied flute under Prof. Eric Barcelo at the University of the Philippines Conservatory of Music in 1977 to 1978. He continued his studies on soprano, alto and tenor saxophones under Joseph Viola at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. A magna cum laude graduate in 1982, Tolentino has been a leading session musician on the Philippine concert scene from 1984 to 1990. He also worked with several popular Philippine artists like Lea Salonga, Martin Nievera, Janno Gibs and Gary Valenciano. Although his musical origin was in the field of pop music and pop ballads, Tolentino pursued his passion for Jazz and emerged as a formidable solo artist. He release three albums between 1990 and 1993: namely; Tots Tolentino (1990), Inah (1991) and Color Real (1993) which highlight his saxophone skills. Tolentino bagged a Gold Record Award and Ina won Best Jazz Recording in the 1991 Awit Awards. He also fronted for the Jazz group Buhay, which were composed of Wowee Posadas, Mar Dizon and Meong Pacana. The group has toured Asia and the US.  Tots Tolentino currently heads the Jazz Studies program at the University of Santo Tomas, Manila.

Gerard Salonga is currently the music director of the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra in Manila, and is in his second season as assistant conductor of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.  Born in Manila, he is a four-time winner of the Aliw award (live performance awards), and was twice awarded the Philstage prize for his work in musical theater. In 2012 Gerard was named music director of the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra, a professional orchestra in Manila maintained by Philippine broadcast giant ABS-CBN. In 2016 Gerard was selected to be one of the assistant conductors of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.  In this capacity he has assisted and covered maestros such as Jaap van Zweden, Yu Long, Jun Märkl, and David Stern. He has guest-conducted the HK Phil, Philippine Philharmonic, Shanghai Opera House Orchestra and Chorus, The Evergreen Symphony, Bangkok Symphony, Malaysian Philharmonic, Orchestra Victoria, and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. His arrangements and orchestrations have been performed by the HK Phil, New York Pops, Cincinnati Pops, and the RTE Concert Orchestra.  This season includes his subscription debut with the Philippine Philharmonic, as well as return visits to the Malaysian Philharmonic and the Sydney Symphony.

For inquiries and reservations, call the CCP Box Office (832-3704), TicketWorld (891-9999) or visit www.culturalcenter.gov.ph.