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ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra to perform with Andrea Bocelli in April

Young Filipino musicians Francis Concio, Toma Cayabyab, and Ejay Yatco performed with the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra for their conducting recital after their three-day conducting workshop with Maestro Gerard Salonga to harness their skills in leading an orchestra.

Choral conducting UP major Toma Cayabyab with his family and Maestro Gerard Salonga

Handpicked by the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra to train with Gerard, the three young musicians were exposed to learn the right skills and attitude in conducting as part of ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra’s mission to train high potential young musicians to become the country’s next top conductors.


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Gerard shared that their small-scale conducting workshop was conceived after their search for an assistant conductor a few months ago did not work out. He also revealed that there’s a chance that the conducting workshop could happen again.

“There’s obviously a chance that this could happen again and we can do a less extensive but more time appropriate workshop,” he remarked.

He further elaborated that interested people who want to be part of a conducting workshop need to possess basic qualities such as “understanding the basic conducting technique, mastering an instrument, and having a historical and theoretical background on music.”

Francis, Toma, and Ejay who have musical backgrounds before participating in the workshop, showcased their mastery of the art of conducting an orchestra in front of their family and friends.

Musical scorer and arranger Francis Concio, son of ABS-CBN executive adviser to the chairman, chief content officer, and president of ABS-CBN University Charo Santos-Concio, performed John William’s “The Mission NBC” as his recital piece.

The ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchesta with Maestro Gerard Salonga, Francis Concio, Toma Cayabyab, and Ejay Yatco

Toma Cayabyab, a choral conducting major from UP and son of renowned Maestro Ryan Cayabyab, performed “Usahay” and “Atin Cu Pung Singsing,” folk music arranged by his own father.

Meanwhile, musical director, composer, and arranger Ejay Yatco chose to perform his own composition “Friction” during his recital.

Gerard also revealed at the mini recital that the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra will be the orchestra playing for world famous tenor Andrea Bocelli for his April 26 concert in Mall of Asia Arena.

“It started out as an inquiry so we sent videos of our classical performances. Magaling naman talaga ang orchestra so I’m not surprised that they chose us,” Gerard said.

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