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



Timeless Classics, New Beginnings



Maestro Yoshikazu Fukumura

Music Director and Principal Conductor



Cultural Center of the Philippines



March 17, 2017 | 8:00PM

Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater)



The country’s premier orchestra continues its journey “back to the classics” with a selection of classical delights under the baton of Maestro Yoshikazu Fukumura. The program includes Dvorak’s Symphony No.8 in G, Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream Suite, and Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme. Tchaikovsky’s challenging and electrifying piece features renowned Filipino cellist Renato Lucas as soloist. Enjoy an evening of uplifting classical music that is good for the soul!



A. Dvorak                               Symphony No. 8 in G                

P. I. Tchaikovsky                     Variations on a Rococo Theme      

F. Mendelssohn                       A Midsummer Night's Dream  Suite  

                                               (Overture, Scherzo, Notturno, Wedding March)


Renato Lucas, cello

Yoshikazu Fukumura, conductor




Renato B. Lucas, cello


“High art” seems worn but it does accurately describe Renato B. Lucas, who was destined for a career as a man of music.


Lucas is a University of the Philippines alumnus. Among his mentors who earlier honed his skills were the late Maestro Modesto Maiquez and Herminia Atienza-Ilano.


Artistic passion manifested itself at a tender age when he joined Prof. Sales’ Pasaknungan Chamber Orchestra and the Philippine Youth Orchestra of Prof. Sergio Esmilla, Jr. Eventually, the late Maestro Luis Valencia invited him to join the then CCP Philharmonic Orchestra. His early exposure to the demanding art of solo and ensemble playing paid off handsomely when he won first prize in the prestigious National Music Competition for Young Artist (NAMCYA) in 1978. The League of Filipino Composers likewise recognized him when he won the Chamber Music Composition Contest that same year.


Lucas studied abroad at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under Bonnie Hampton, a protégé of the legendary Pablo Casals. While a student, Lucas became principal cellist of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, under Edo de Wart. He had the privilege of participating in master classes of legendary cellists like Paul Tortelier, Zara Nelsova, Lorne Munroe, Anner Bylsma, Mstislav Rostropovich and the members of the Beaux Arts Trio. He also won in auditions to participate in the Spoleto Festival held in Charleston, USA and Spoleto, Italy.


Upon his return, Prof. Oscar Yatco extended him an invitation to be the Principal Cellist of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra. He represented the Philippines in various Southeast Asian Arts Festivals. Lucas embarked on a concert tour of China with the PPO String Quartet in 1987. The following year, he was sent to Washington D.C. as the Philippine representative to the first World Cello Congress. He gave two recitals at the Philippine Embassy, as part of the Independence Day Celebrations, and at the IMF Visitor’s Center. These recitals merited him the “Critic’s Pick” from the Washington Post.


He lived and studied further in Germany with the renowned cellist Prof. Karine Georgian, courtesy of the German Academic Exchange Service. He pursued his conducting studies as well. The privilege of being in the Solo Cello Class of Prof. Georgian, paved the concert opportunities with the Detmolder Kammerorchester to perform for various chamber music concerts.


Lucas returned to his post as Principal Cellist of the PPO and appeared as its soloists in various occasions. He was likewise invited to play solo with many ensembles including the Manila Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Manila, Metro Manila Symphony Orchestra, and the UST Symphony Orchestra. Lucas’ outstanding Dvorak Cello Concerto capped the 1992-93 PPO concert season. He also played in various cello recitals and chamber music performances for the CCP’s Filipino Artist Series, Coke Bolipata’s Pundaquit Arts Festival, and the Las Pinas Bamboo Organ Festival, to name a few.


He was later sent by the British Council as a Fellow in Cello and Conducting to the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester where he had the opportunity to work with the best music professors from England. He also attended the 3rd International Cello Festival.


His versatility and wide experience was much sought after. He has worked with practically the whole spectrum of music: collaborating with pop icons Ryan Cayabyab, Basil Valdez, and Kuh Ledesma; contemporary avant-garde composers from the Asia-Pacific Region, collaborating with the Deconstruction Theatre Phillip Glass Ensemble; conductors Redentor Romero, Dr. Francisco Feliciano, and film scoring with Nonong Buencamino in Marilou Diaz-Abaya’s masterpiece, “Rizal”.


His recent performance of Bruch’s Kol Nidre with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra’s Homecoming Concert drew rave reviews and was recently released on CD. He was also featured as soloist in the 1998 PPO Concert season and in 1999-2000, with the Elgar Cello Concerto under the baton of Oscar Yatco. He was likewise one of the priveleged few to have been invited by Maestro Piero Gamba in the United Nations Millenium Concert of the Nations held in 1999 at the Lincoln Center in New York.


Lucas currently teaches Cello, Chamber Music, Music History, and Music Literature at the UST Conservatory of Music, where he also serves as a Conductor of the UST Symphony Orchestra. He completed his M.A. in History from the University of Santo Tomas Graduate School with the thesis on the History of the Symphony Orchestra in the Philippines.



[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

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