Performances of the UP Symphony Orchestra, University choral groups, and several militant artists on a set-up dominated by an art installation bring the spirit of the First Quarter Storm to life on the historic AS Steps of UP Diliman’s Palma Hall.

The lantern parade in UP Diliman bids everyone to soar high, “Pumailanlang”, or “to surpass the suffering and difficulties faced by the country”. Contest hall-of-famer College of Fine Arts mounts a show highlighting issues of Philippine seas.

To commemorate the UP College of Music’s 103rd Founding Anniversary, the UP College of Music and the UP College of Music Alumni Association, Inc. proudly present two shows for its founding month. It will aptly greet the month with ICONOGRAPHY: Homage to the Shapers of Philippine Music on Saturday, September 7, 2019 and close it with KÁROLY, JENÖ AND FRANZ on Wednesday, September 25, 2019.

Barely five months after the establishment by the UP Board of Regents as the official orchestra of the university, the UP Symphony Orchestra has been making waves and living up to their moniker as Orkestra ng Bayan. Under the leadership of the country’s premier conductor and composer, Prof. Josefino Chino Toledo, the UPSO has featured works of classical composers alongside protest songs and contemporary Filipino compositions never tackled by any of our local orchestras.

“Resist!—Anthems of Struggle and Triumph” will be the fiery opening salvo of the 2019 Abelardo Hall Concert Series. The four-month-old University of the Philippines Symphony Orchestra (UPSO) will make its Abelardo Hall debut on February 23 at 7:00 PM, together with the UP Madrigal Singers, pianist Pia Dino-Balasico, and playwright-singer Rody Vera. They will perform under the baton of UPSO musical director Prof. Josefino Chino Toledo.

Now on its 40th year, the UP Jazz Ensemble continues to swing as a band which does not only perform great jazz but also promotes the genre through its performances and collaborations with other organizations. Nearing his retirement from the university, the group’s bandleader, Prof. Rayben Maigue, looks back with fondness at what the ensemble has become in four decades.