The bassoon players of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) are the stars of the July 26, 2020 “Instrument Petting Zoo” featuring Adolfo Mendoza and Frenvee Andra.
The live online show is at 4 pm via the PPO Facebook page.
During the show, Mendoza and Andra discuss the bassoon and demonstrate how it is played. They will perform classical pieces suited for the bassoon.
Mendoza finished his Bachelor of Music in bassoon performance at the University of Santo Tomas Conservatory of Music under Prof. Romeo Verayo and Prof. Arnaldo Custodio.
He studied with the NHK principal bassoonist. Prof. Koji Okazaki at the Elizabeth University of Music in Hiroshima, Japan for his master’s degree. He was a full scholar at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing arts under Prof. Kam Sui, principal bassoonist of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. He finished his Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) at Texas Tech University in Texas, US in 2016 under Prof. Richard Meek.
Mendoza is the principal bassoonist of the PPO, a faculty member of the Sta. Isabel College of Music, and the conductor of Trinity University of Asia Symphonic Band.
On the other hand, Andra received his Bachelors in Music degree in bassoon performance at the University of Santo Tomas under the tutelage of Prof. Severino Ramirez.
He studied under John Mostard and Adolfo Mendoza. He has a master’s degree from the Elisabeth University of Music in Hiroshima under bassoonist Koji Okazaki, principal bassoon of the NHK Orchestra.
He founded the I-House Woodwind Quintet in Hiroshima. He was also the bassoon principal of the Hiroshima Festival Orchestra in 2001 and instructor of bassoon with the Hiroshima Junior Orchestra.
A former principal bassoon of the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra, he is now a member of the PPO and conductor of Lyceum of the Philippines University Cavite Symphonic Band. He is the Music Director of the Sta. Cecilia Band 89 City of General Trias Cavite.
A project of the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the PPO, the instrument petting zoo aims to promote appreciation for musical instruments of the orchestra and its music among children and families.
It is held every Sunday at 4 pm and will run in the coming months.
Catch the Musical Instruments Appreciation Series on the official PPO Facebook page.
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