Renowned Filipino singing icon Lea Salonga will perform her hit songs and other memorable tunes with the Brigham Young University (BYU) Chamber Orchestra, under the baton of Kory Katseanes, in a concert at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater) on May 30, 2017, at 8 p.m.
This concert concludes the series of performances of the BYU Chamber Orchestra in different parts of the country.
The program includes Salonga’s rendition of “Reflection” from Mulan, “A Whole New World” from Aladdin, “I’d Give My Life for You” from Miss Saigon, and “I Dreamed a Dream” and “On My Own” from Les Miserables, among other songs.
Known around the world for her powerful voice and perfect pitch, Salonga is best known for her Tony Award-winning role as Kim in Miss Saigon. In addition to the Tony, she has won the Olivier, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World prizes in the field of musical theater.
Salonga is also the first Asian to play Eponine in Les Miserables on Broadway and returned to the beloved musical as Fantine in the 2006 revival. She is currently a judge on the Philippine version of the hit television program The Voice. She is currently filming the third season of The Voice Kids.
The BYU Chamber Orchestra plays an expansive variety of classical music, including traditional orchestral works for small orchestra. The ensemble is made up of 45 musicians, including string, woodwind, brass, and percussion players. Members, who ages range between 18 and 27, come from all parts of the United States. Most are pursuing professional degrees in music performance or education.
The chamber orchestra originates in the School of Music of the College of Fine Arts and Communications at BYU in Provo, Utah. BYU is one of the US’s largest private universities, with 30,000 students from all over America and 105 other countries enrolled there.
Katseanes is currently the director of the BYU School of Music, as well as director of orchestras within that school, overseeing the orchestral program that accommodates nearly 450 students enrolled in the five university orchestras.
In addition to conducting studies with renowned conductor Joseph Rosenstock, Katseanes has degrees in violin performance from the University of Utah and was a member of the Utah Symphony for 26 years, serving 17 of those as assistant conductor.
Tickets to the concert cost P3,000, P2,000, P1,000 and P500, with 50-percent discounts for students, and 20 percent for senior citizens and persons with disabilities.
For details, call the CCP Box Office at (632) 832-3704 or TicketWorld at (632) 891-9999.