Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) conductor laureate Prof. Oscar C. Yatco will lead the PPO in “Picturesque Philippines: Music before the War” on Feb 4, 8 PM at the Cultural Center of the Philippines' Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. The concert, which is the PPO's sixth of the season, will feature soprano Joan Cano and pianist Reynaldo Reyes in a program featuring pre-war Philippine music.
With a career spanning 60 years, Yatco, now based in Germany, is one of the most distinguished Filipino musicians. He is hailed as a major force in the development of Philippine orchestras. He was the Music Director of the PPO from 1982-1997. Before that, he was consultant and conductor of the PPO from 1980-1982. He was also the resident conductor of the Manila Symphony Orchestra from 1964-1973.
Yatco studied at the UP College of Music where he earned his Teacher's Diploma for Violin at age 16. He continued his studies with Ivan Galamian at the Juilliard School of Music in New York City and, afterwards, with Wilhelm Stross at the Munich Music Academy in Germany. He later became a member of the Stross String Quartet in Munich, performing in over twenty countries. In 1961, he made his debut as a conductor in the Philippines.
In Germany, he held the position of First Concertmaster at the Mannheim National Theater Orchestra and of First Concertmaster of the Wagner Festival Orchestra at Bayreuth from 1974-1979. He was appointed full professor for violin at the State College of Music in Hannover in 1979.
For his Manila engagement, Yatco will conduct the following program: Juan Nakpil's Pahimakas (Farewell) 1897 (Funeral March); Julian Felipe's National Anthem (March Nacional Filipinas)(for orchestra) 1904; Antonio Molina's Hatinggabi; Jose Estela's Ang Maya 1905; Nicanor Abelardo's Cinderella Overture 1931; Francisco Buencamino, Sr.'s Piano Concerto; Rodolfo S. Cornejo's First Piano Concerto in D Minor 1933 and A la Juventud Filipina 1935; Ramon Tapales' Mindanao Orchids 1935; Lucio San Pedro's Malakas at Maganda Overture 1938; Antonino Buenaventura's By the Hillside 1941 and Francisco Santiago's Madaling Araw 1941.
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