“a Summer Symphony With Faso”

Sunday September 1, 2019

Among the concert’s highlights were FASO’s performances of “Die Fledermaus Overture” by Johann Strauss and the “Triumphal March” from Verdi’s opera, “Aida.” The latter classic was performed by the orchestra and combined choirs with a trumpet ensemble, which played the fanfare section of the piece. ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ numbers by talented youths among highlights of FASO’s historic debut at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Two combined choirs gloriously sang Freddie Mercury’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” with a full 73-piece orchestra and special numbers by talented youths were among the highlights in the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra’s (FASO) historic debut in the prestigious Walt Disney Concert Hall last August 3, 2019. Titled “A Summer Symphony with FASO,” the concert was a major event in the 11-year history of the orchestra, the only Filipino symphony orchestra outside of the Philippines which has become a vital Filipino-American cultural institution. Many of the featured performers also made their debut on the famed Walt Disney Concert Hall stage, home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. Over the years, FASO has been offering musical opportunities to deserving talents. The prodigies performing with FASO, under musical director and conductor Robert Shroder are Nichole Aye, Mikaela Bautista, Samantha Morelos, Erica Delos Santos, Anastazya Reoma, Carly Rhoades, FASO Kids and the FASO Youth String Ensemble. Brycen Hall, performed, joined by his parents, musical theater stalwarts Deedee Magno Hall and Cliffton Hall, in a special number. Nichole Aye, who started playing the violin at the age of five, is a recipient of the Herbert Zipper Scholarship at the Colburn School. Nichole performs in various recitals and has won awards in the Classics Alive Young Artists National Auditions and from the American String Teachers Association. Mikaela Bautista, who has been singing since she was three years old, recently graduated from...... Read more on Full Issue!

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