The Philippine Montessori Center Instrumental Ensemble's First Performance in New York

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Filipino kid-instrumentalists wow the Big Apple

 

The Philippine Montessori Center Instrumental Ensemble (PMCIE) 2007-2008 was the first batch in the 40 year history of The Philippine Montessori Center to perform outside the country.  Upon the invitation of The Children's Orchestra Society (COS), a non profit organization based in New York under the leadership of Executive Director Dr. Yeou-Cheng Ma and Musical Director Michael Dadap, PMCIE performed in a joint concert with the COS entitled "Meet the Composers" at The Queens Theatre In The Park located in Flushing Meadows, Corona Park, New York last April 2008.

 

During the joint concert, Michael Dadap conducted the COS Young Symphonic Ensemble, composed of children between the ages 10 and 18, and PMCIE in rendering pieces which he arranged especially for the two orchestras.  The combined group only had two rehearsals and Mr. Dadap was impressed at how easily the children, with the guidance of their teachers, adapted to the different style of the orchestration in such a short time.


PMCIE Batch 2007-2008 performing "Medley of Visayan Folk Songs" at Queens Theatre In the Park

 

 

COS also presented the children in a solo concert at The Christ Episcopal Church in Manhasset, New York.


PMCIE Batch 2007-2008 performing "Sabre Dance" at The Christ Episcopal Church, Manhasset

 

 

Both performances were met enthusiastically by the American audience and ended with standing ovations.