Classical music transcends cultural boundaries and musical genres in “FASO is Bach to Rock!” The LA-based Filipino American Symphony Orchestra (FASO), conducted by Robert Shroder, presents an eclectic evening of music including Bach and symphonic arrangements of pop-rock songs such as Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven,” as well as disco, alternative and Filipino rock music.
The event will take place on Saturday, July 28 at the Ford Theatres. “This is very exciting because it will be the first time FASO will be doing this mixture of genres in a major concert,” said conductor Robert Shroder. “Bach to Rock is a very interesting combination of repertoire because the Baroque era, the era of Bach, is where improvisation started – even before jazz and rock music. So it’s really a good combination to mix both genres together.” Expected to be one of the show’s exciting highlights is FASO’s performance of Stairway to Heaven, as arranged by Filipino composer Louie Ramos.
Building off the popularity of American rock music in the Philippines, FASO will also perform music from Filipino rock and pop groups, as well as classics from the Beatles and Chicago. Audience members can expect guest performances by Joey Albert, Mon David, and Mirielle Enriquez. Immaculate Heart of Mary Children’s Choir will perform, arriving fresh from The World Choir Games in Cincinnati, Ohio. The concert will also feature FASO’s Youth String Ensemble, showcasing the talent of emerging artists ages eight to fourteen.
“Bach to Rock!” is part of the 21st annual Festival of Philippine Arts & Culture (FPAC), which will be held on Sept. 8-9 at Point Fermin Park in San Pedro, CA. FPAC is the largest celebration of Filipino arts and culture, presenting over 1,000 artists and cultural bearers from all over the nation every year.
“FASO is Bach to Rock!” will take place on Saturday, July 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Ford Theatres, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd, East, Hollywood, CA 90068. Tickets are on sale at www.fordtheatres.org. General admission prices range from $30-40. VIP packages are $100 and include premium seating and a pre-show reception. Tickets for students and children are $20, and group discounts are available.