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October 3, 2011

ARIEL STA. ANA PERFORMS AT PPO II

The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) second concert of the season will present noted clarinetist Ariel Sta. Ana on October 7, 2011 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Main Theater at 8:00 p.m. Maestro Olivier Ochanine conducts.

Program includes musical landscapes of Revueltas’ Sensemayá, Mozart Clarinet Concerto, Respighi’s Feste Romane and Peña’s Igorot Rhapsody.

Ariel Sta Ana is a two time winner of the National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA)-second prize (1988) and first prize (1992). He received his musical training at the UST Conservatory of Music under Prof. Dalmacio Cruz. He earned two Master of Music degrees at the Elisabeth University of Music in Hiroshima, Japan for Clarinet Performance in 1996 under Prof. Tadayoshi Takeda and Orchestra Conducting in 1999 under the tutelage of Prof. Kazukiyo Inoue.

Sta. Ana was a member of the Manila Symphony Orchestra in 1988 and became the concertmaster of the ASEAN Youth Symphonic Band held in Singapore in 1992. He also attended the master classes of Andrew Marriner, principal clarinet of the London Symphony Orchestra, Jost Michaels, a German clarinet virtuoso, Karl Theo Adler of the Aulos Woodwind Quintet and renowned French clarinetist, Michael Arrignon. In Japan, he has been a member of the Hiroshima Wind Orchestra for two years and founding member of the Hiroshima International Music Friendship Club.

He has performed at the Paco Park Presents, Concert at the Park, "French Spring in Manila", Las Pinas Bamboo Organ Music Festival, CCP “Virtuosos” concert, CCP Filipino Artists Series, San Agustin International Music Festival, among others. He participated in a recital with “Ensemble Europa” with flutist Teruki Ishibashi and pianist Eri Nakagawa. He also performed at the Poulenc Clarinet Sonata with pianist Eric Ruple and the Brahms Trio with cellist Sung Won Yang and pianist Chi-Ying Hung in the OPUSTFEST’s International Piano Festival. At present, he is in collaboration with American flutist David Johnson, and Korean pianist Hyun Joo Lee who formed the group "The Clarion Chamber Ensemble," a group specializing in performing chamber music.

At present, Sta. Ana is the principal clarinet player of the PPO and faculty member at the UST Conservatory of Music.

The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra is the country’s leading orchestra, and is widely regarded as one of the top musical ensembles in the Asia-Pacific Region. It has performed with many of the world’s conductors and artists, as well as world premieres of Filipino compositions and international composers. Last August 13, the PPO performed at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (more popularly known as the “Egg”), in Beijing, China to mark the 35th year anniversary celebration of the Philippines-China Diplomatic Relations. The Beijing concert was supported by the Rustia Tantoco Foundation spearheaded by Zenaida “Nedy” Tantoco.

Ticket prices: P1000/800/500/P350/200, with discounts available to students, senior citizens and groups. Subscription packages are also available.

For inquiries and subscriptions, please call the CCP Marketing Department (832-1125 loc. 1806), the CCP Box Office (832-3704) or Ticketworld at National Bookstore (891-9999).

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