34th PPO CONCERT SEASON Timeless Classics, New Beginnings CONCERT IV Maestro Yoshikazu Fukumura Music Director and Principal Conductor




Cultural Center of the Philippines



December 16, 2016 | 8:00PM

Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater)



The bassoon takes center stage in PPO’s fourth season concert, with virtuoso Adolfo Mendoza as the featured bassoon soloist. Under the baton of Maestro Herminigildo Ranera, the PPO performs Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 in F minor (nicknamed as “Fate”), von Suppe’s popular Morning, Noon and Night in Vienna – Overture and Concert for Bassoon and Orchestra in F minor Op. 87 by Filipino composer Antonino Buenaventura. Let the country’s premier orchestra take you on a journey “back to the classics” this December!




Herminigildo G. Ranera graduated from the UST Conservatory of Music with a Bachelor of Music degree, majoring in the fields of Trombone and Theory, Master of Music degree in Conducting from the University of Northern Colorado (with the Deans's citation for Graduate Excellence and National graduate Award.) and the Doctor of Philosophy major in Educational Management from the Cagayan State University.


As an orchestra conductor, he has led the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, CSULB Symphony Orchestra, Chia-yi Wind Orchestra and the UST Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Transylvania Philharmonic Orchestra in Club, Romania with international and local artists such as Alexander Tomescu, Tian Jiang, Maki Hirasawa, Theo Mertens, Zoltan Szabo, Nena Del Rosario-Villanueva, Fr. Manuel Maramba, Leonor Kilayko, Reynaldo Reyes, Rowena Arrieta and Raul M. Sunico. 


Presently teaching at the UST Conservatory of Music, Ranera is the conductor of the UST Symphony Orchestra and Wind Orchestra.  In 2003, he was chosen as a Dangal Awardee (most outstanding faculty), Performing Arts Category by the University of Santo Tomas and recently, the 2006 Patnubay ng Sining at Kalinangan Awardee for Music given by the City of Manila.  He is currently the associate conductor of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra.




Adolfo O. Mendoza finished his Bachelor of Music in Bassoon Performance at the University of Sto. Tomas Conservatory of Music under Prof. Romeo Verayo and Prof. Amaldo Custodio. He earned his Master’s Degree at the Elisabeth University of Music in Hiroshima, Japan and was a full scholar at the Hongkong Academy for Performing Arts. In 2016, he finished his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Texas Technological University of Music in Lubbock, Texas, USA.


He won second place at the National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA) Solo Bassoon Category C in 1992. Mendoza was also a winner of the International Students Music Competition for solo instrument in Tokyo, Japan.


In 1995, Mendoza performed with the Asian Youth Orchestra at the White House, in Carnegie Hall and in nine major cities in the USA. He was featured in the CCP’s Filipino Artists Series in September 2002, and as soloist of the PPO in the same year. He participated in the Manila Wind Chamber Concert Tour to Seoul, South Korea in November 2002, and performed as the principal bassoonist of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) for its European tour to Austria, Czech Republic, Spain and Germany in 2001 and its Japan concert tour in September 2002; among other international performances.


Mendoza is the Music Director and Conductor of the Lyceum Northwestern University Chorale and the Dagupan City Government Chorale. He is also the founder and President of Pandaragupan Youth Orchestra, Inc. Presently, he is the Associate Principal Bassoonist of the PPO and a faculty member of the University of Sto. Tomas Conservatory of Music.



[OC] Orchestra Center                       1,500

[OS] Orchestra Side                            1,200

[EOS] Extreme Orchestra Side           800

[BIC] Balcony I Center                                    500

[U. Box] Upper Box (6 tickets)            3,000

[L. Box] Lower Box (6 tickets)                         7,200

[P. Box] Parterre Box (6 tickets)         9,000



                                                            8 Concerts      4 Concerts

[OC] Orchestra Center                       8,000               4,500

[OS] Orchestra Side                            6,000               3,500

[EOS] Extreme Orchestra Side           4,000               2,500

[BIC] Balcony | Center                                    3,000               1,500

[U. Box] Upper Box (6 tickets)            18,000             9,000

[L. Box] Lower Box (6 tickets)                         36,000             21,000

[P. Box] Parterre Box (6 tickets)         48,000             27,000


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