PH Philharmonic Orchestra to hold virtual ‘instruments petting zoo’ for free

By Richa Noriega

The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) is set to hold an online musical instruments appreciation series for children and families every Sunday, starting June 21.

In a Facebook post on Monday, the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) announced that the PPO will be holding a virtual “instruments petting zoo” to be held on Sundays, starting June 21 at 4 p.m. in celebration of Father’s Day.

The CCP said that the series will feature one to two members of PPO per session who will share with the audience his or her musical instrument and demonstrate how it is played.

It added that the session includes a topic on playing techniques and the performance pieces by the PPO member.

The series aims to promote among children and families, appreciation for the individual instruments of the orchestra and its music.

The CCP annually presents “Tricks and Musical Treats, a PPO Family Concert” on the last Sunday of October, with a different theme every year.

“This highly successful concert for children and families includes pre-concert activities which includes a trick or treat and an 'instruments petting zoo' wherein the PPO member encourages the children to handle his/her musical instrument while he/she demonstrates to them how this is to be played,” the CCP said.

“This year, the 'instruments petting zoo' is planned to run for several months. The program is open to the public via Facebook live through the PPO Facebook page,” it added.