UST Symphony Orchestra performs in the Cultural Center of the Philippines in their first concert. Photo by Isabela A. Martinez

UST SYMPHONY Orchestra presented eminent classics in its first concert for the academic year, titled UST Symphony Orchestra in Concert last September 12 at the Main Theater of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Featured pianist was UST alumnus Heliodoro “Dingdong” Fiel II.

Conducted by Jeffrey Solares, assistant conductor of the UST Symphony Orchestra, the event featured Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Symphony No. 35” also known as “Haffner Symphony.” It was divided in four movements namely “Allegro con spirito,” “Andante,” “Menuetto” and “Finale-Presto.” The delicacy of the wind instruments complemented the simplicity of the musical form, and the smooth chromatic harmony of the piece evinced inner serenity for the audience.

Meanwhile, Fiel made Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “Concerto No. 1 in Bb minor, Op. 23” a stimulating presentation made by his passionate performance.

According to Fiel, the concert had the advantage of the UST Symphony Orchestra’s energetic performance.

“Their dynamism made the concert fiery, which made the audience more enthusiastic,” he said.

The second part was played with the whole three movements of “Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso,” “Andantino semplice” and “Allegro con fuoco.”

Fiel’s performance breathed off an aura of astounding excellence which gave the audience a distinctive moment.

The event ended with “Pictures at an Exhibition” by Petrovich Mussorgsky, noted for the invigorating rhythm and melody. The UST Symphony Orchestra gave a timeless performance of soulful expertise.

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