April 04, 2019

April 4, 2019

City of Balanga, Bataan -- the University of Santo Tomas Symphony Orchestra (USTSO), one of the resident companies of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) for music, will be part of the two-week long celebration of Bataan. 

The USTSO will play a two-part repertoire featuring classical music for the first part, and light classics and popular tunes for the last section at the Plaza Mayor on April 5, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. The event, organized by the Bataan Peninsula Tourism Council Foundation, Inc. (BPTCFI), is billed “Ika-77 Taong Paggunita sa Araw ng Kagitingan” to commemorate the valor of Filipino veterans in 1942. The musical concert, which is free and open to the public, expects to draw in some 3,000 audience members. 

The USTSO was founded by Dr. Manuel Casas, a medical doctor, in 1927. He was likewise its first conductor with university students as members. In 1961, the USTSO was reorganized by Antonio R. Buenaventura, National Artist of Music, known for his extensive research on folk songs and dances in collaboration with Francisca Reyes-Aquino, National Artist for Dance. Herminigildo G. Ranera is the principal conductor and artistic director of the USTSO. Renato Lucas and Reynato Resurreccion are associate conductors of the orchestra. 

“We are glad to be a part of this celebration that marks an important event in our history. For 2019, this is the first time that we are bringing the USTSO on an outreach tour,” Arsenio J. Lizaso, CCP president, said. He continued, “For this USTSO concert, we hope to replicate our success with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) outreach tours which have gathered almost 56,000 audiences in 10 various venues.”

The PPO would be playing at the University of the Philippines - Los Banos campus on May 4, 2019 and it is scheduled to hit Dagupan and Lingayen in Pangasinan come June. The outreach tours of the USTSO and the PPO form part of the flagship program of the CCP Office of the President.

The UST Symphony Orchestra with its resident conductor Herminigildo G. Ranera