From carols to musicals: A joyous Christmas concert at The Pen

Musical theater performers and Aliw awardees Lara Maigue and Arman Ferrer join the Manila Symphony Orchestra at The Lobby of The Peninsula Manila as the featured solo guest artists at this year’s grandest holiday musical celebration: Christmas Concert at The Pen on 3 December.

Under the direction of Floy Quintos and musical director and conductor National Artist for Music Maestro Ryan Cayabyab, this year’s annual festive season concert promises to ring in the Christmas spirit with favorite carols and orchestral pieces from musical theater and the classics.

Joining Maigue, Ferrer, the MSO and Maestro Cayabyab are the Ateneo de Manila University’s Ateneo Chamber Singers and the Kalilayan Folk Dance Group.

“We are delighted to have this wealth of Filipino talents at this year’s Christmas concert,” says Masahisa Oba, general manager of The Peninsula Manila. “Together, they will bring the holiday spirit into the hearts of our audience through music celebrating the joy of the holiday season and provide a festive finale to the year.”

“The first part of this year’s concert includes music from E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial, My Fair Lady, West Side Story and Camelot, as well as a Michel Legrand medley played live by the MSO,” adds Oba. “I hope this will add a new energy to the concert and will engage our guests and patrons in a different way, making them realize how essential music is to a film. Of course, we haven’t forgotten to include Christmas carols to this year’s concert. This is our pamaskong handog, after all.”

“Christmas Concert at the Pen” will start at 5 p.m. at The Lobby. There is a P60,000 consumable fee for a table of 10 (with a set festive merienda) or P24,000 for a table of four (with a set festive merienda menu) at The Lobby.

Tables of four are available at The Upper Lobby for P14,000.

Call 8887 2888, extension 7410 (Festive Desk), email [email protected] or visit the website