34th PPO CONCERT SEASON Timeless Classics, New Beginnings CONCERT V



Timeless Classics, New Beginnings



Maestro Yoshikazu Fukumura

Music Director and Principal Conductor



Cultural Center of the Philippines



January 20, 2017 | 8:00PM

Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater)



The PPO, with Maestro Yoshikazu Fukumura conducting, welcomes the New Year with a selection of uplifting classical masterpieces that include Mozart’s Symphony No. 28 in C, Elgar’s Enigma Variations and Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor, one of the most popular and most frequently performed violin concertos of all time. Violinist Diomedes Saraza, Jr., who was the featured soloist in the Carnegie Hall debut of the PPO in June 2016, will dazzle audiences as he performs the many virtuosic passages of Mendelssohn’s concerto. Don’t miss this concert!



W. A. Mozart                           Symphony No. 28 in C                   

Edward Elgar                          Enigma Variations

Joaquín Rodrigo                      Violin Concerto in E minor


                        Diomeded Saraza, Jr., violin

                              Yoshikazu Fukumura, conductor




DIOMEDES SARAZA, JR., violin         


Born to a family of musicians, Diomedes B. Saraza, Jr. showed his interest in the violin at the age of three, with his father as first violin teacher. He took his formal lessons at the age of five at St. Scholastica’s College of Music, moving a year later to the much respected pedagogue, a Juilliard-trained violinist, Prof. Basilio Manalo and later on, to Prof. Arturo Molina of the Kiev Conservatory in Moscow.


At an early age, Saraza performed as a soloist of the Philippine Research for Developing Instrumental Soloists (PREDIS) and served as the concertmaster of the Children’s Orchestra in the Philippines.  He soon became the youngest member of the Manila Symphony Orchestra II. At the age of 8, he became one of the selected delegates of the 45th year Suzuki Music Convention held in Tokyo, Japan. He had his debut recitals at the CCP and at the Pasig Music Festival. In 2002, he won first place in the National Music Competition for Young Artists (NAMCYA) and later made his concert debut entitled “The Gift” at the CCP.


In the summer of 2005, he moved to New York to pursue violin studies at the Mannes The New School Preparatory Division under the tutelage of respected violin pedagogue, Dr. Chin Kim. In 2006, he joined the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival and in 2007, he won the Friday-Woodmere Young Artist Competition in Hewlett, NY. In 2008, he won the Mannes Concerto Competition and and later that year, he became the concertmaster of the Mannes Philharmonic. In 2009, his chamber group, the Mannes Chamber Initiative, won the American Teacher's League Competition and was featured at Carnegie Hall in New York. Later that year, he had his homecoming concert in Manila entitled “Symphonic Virtuosity” with the Manila Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Christoph Poppen of the German Radio Philharmonic.


Today, Diomedes continues to perform extensively around Asia especially in the Philippines. He has performed in such respected venues as Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, Julia Richman Auditorium, and Paul Hall of the Juilliard School. He completed both his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees at the Juilliard School where he was also awarded the Irene Diamond Graduate Fellowship and C.V. Starr Scholarship. In addition, he was recently admitted for Master of Musical Arts degree at Yale University with full-tuition scholarship. Saraza was the featured soloist in the Carnegie Hall debut of the PPO in June, 2016.



[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




20% Discount for Senior Citizens, PWD, Government and Military Personnel

50% Discount for Students

For reservation and other information, call 832-3706.