For the past two years, the University of the Philippines Symphony Orchestra (UPSO) has continued its tradition of community concerts on the online platform. This year, for the first time since the pandemic, UPSO will be celebrating the holidays face-to-face with the Diliman community!
Tagged as the orchestra for the people or Orkestra ng Bayan, UPSO serves as the official system-wide orchestra for the university.
They maintain a roster of 65 members Exclusively from the alumni, students, faculty, and staff of all UP campuses. They have been under the direction of Maestro Josefino Chino Toledo since their inception in August 2018.
In celebration of the season and the university, UPSO will be joined by four choirs from three different campuses: the UP Concert Chorus and the UP Singing Ambassadors from UP Diliman, the UP Los Baños Choral Ensemble, and the UP Manila Chorale.
The UP Symphony Orchestra will also be joined by alto soloist Mel Torre, known for her singing with the vocal trio Baihana and Manila’s longest-running blues band, The Blue Rats.
The concert will feature a selection of popular tunes and holiday music to spread the joy and cheer of the season, including Lucio San Pedro’s Simbang Gabi, Juan Silos’ Kampana ng Simbahan, Maestro Toledo’s arrangement of Krismas Na, Darling (a medley of Pasko na Sinta Ko, I’ll Be Home for Christmas and Merry Christmas Darling), Ryan Cayabyab’s Mano Po Ninong, and many, many more!
Catch UPSO on Thursday, 15 December 2022, at 6 pm at the University Amphitheater, UP Diliman! Free admission, with no registration required. See you there!