Manila Symphony Junior Orchestra bags top spot in Vienna fest

Published July 16, 2018, 8:06 PM

by Roel Tibay

By MB Online

The Manila Symphony Junior Orchestra (MSJO) bested more than 30 youth orchestra from 14 different countries as they snatch the top spot in the 12th edition of Summa Cum Laude Festival held at the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna, Austria last July 8.

The Manila Symphony Junior Orchestra. (Photo courtesy of MSJO)
The Manila Symphony Junior Orchestra. (Photo courtesy of MSJO)

The MSJO won the first place in the string category, sharing the spot with Jerusalem Hassadna Conservatory String Orchestra. The Montreal Suzuki String Orchestra from Canada claimed the third spot, and the Nanyang Girls’ High School String Orchestra and the UWCSEA String Orchestra, both from Singapore, secured the fourth and fifth place respectively.

The 48-member orchestra, under the baton of Jeffrey Solares, played a 25-minute performance which includes the music of Mozart, Dvorak, Alcala, Florante, and Castillion. They also played “Dayo Dayo Kupita” by Nilo Alcala, Kruhay and Handog by Florante.

The group is said to continue its concert tour in Vienna, Venice, Florence, and Rome until July 16 and is set to come back to the Philippines on July 17.

The MSJO was formed in 2014, but the Philippines first participated in the festival in 2017. With just 36 members, the orchestra won second place in the same category.

The 12th Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival is Austria’s most prestigious music festival supported by the UNESCO and the Austrian government.