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2017 Philippines Tour

BYU Chamber Orchestra

Story by BYU July 6th, 2017

2017 Tour

This past Spring, the BYU Chamber Orchestra embarked on a 3 week tour of the Philippines. Their first stop was the capital city of Manila where they had scheduled several performances.

Members of the BYU Chamber Orchestra arrive at the Salt Lake Airport for their flight to Manila. Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU
Members of the BYU Chamber Orchestra arrive at the Salt Lake Airport for their flight to Manila. Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU
Members of the BYU Chamber Orchestra arrive at the Salt Lake Airport for their flight to Manila. Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU
Members of the BYU Chamber Orchestra are welcomed to the Philippines. Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU
Members of the BYU Chamber Orchestra celebrate their arrival in Manila. Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU

Performance with U.P. Diliman

The Chamber Orchestra held a joint concert with the U.P. Diliman Orchestra in Abelardo Hall at the University of the Philippines Diliman in Quezon City.

Kory Katseanes instructs the Chamber Orchestra during their trip to UP Diliman. Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU
Students set up their instruments prior to a performance at UP Diliman. Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU
BYU's Kory Katseanes directs the combined orchestras during rehearsal at UP Diliman. Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU
Professor Michi Martinez and Kory Katseanes work on the program for the performance. Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU
BYU Chamber Orchestra poses with students and staff from UP Diliman. Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU
A quick selfie during a tour of the UP Diliman Campus. Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU
BYU Chamber Orchestra ladies interact with one of the students from UP Diliman. Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU
BYU Students try out the local ice cream at the UP Diliman campus. Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU
Maren Vernon interacts with a student from UP Diliman at rehearsal. Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU
BYU's Kory Katseanes speaks to the Chamber Orchestra before the combined concert. Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU
Professor Michi Martinez directs the combined orchestra. Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU
BYU students play the French horn. Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU
BYU and UP Diliman students play the trumpet during a concert. Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU
Kory Katseanes conducts BYU Chamber Orchestra and UP Diliman Orchestra. Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU
BYU Chamber Orchestra member plays the trombone during a concert. Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU
U.P. Diliman's Michi Martinez and BYU's Kory Katseanes receive a standing ovation at the end of the performance. Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU
Audience members in Quezon City applaud the combined orchestra. Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU
BYU Students and UP Diliman join together for a selfie at the their combined concert. Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU
Christina Hurlbut interacts with a UP Diliman student. Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU

Visit to American Cemetery

Before attending church services in Quezon City, the Chamber Orchestra visited the American Cemetery and Memorial which holds 17,206 graves, making it the largest cemetery for U.S. personnel killed during World War II. Sandra Rogers, BYU's International Vice President, read to the students the prayer that President Hinckley offered during a visit to the cemetery in 1961.

Touring the American Cemetery in Manila. Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU
Sandra Rogers reads a prayer Elder Hinckley offered at the memorial in 1961. Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU
The BYU Chamber Orchestra poses for a group photo at the Memorial in the American Cemetery in Manila. Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU
Students tour the memorial at the American Cemetery in Manila. Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU
Camille Walker tours the American Cemetery in Manila. Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU
Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU
The American Cemetery in Manila. Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU
A BYU Student walks through the American Cemetery in Manila. Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU

Fireside in Quezon City

Sunday night the Chamber Orchestra presented a musical devotional at the Aurora Chapel. Sandra Rogers also spoke to the audience about her experiences as a young missionary in the Philippines.

Kory Katseanes speaks during a fireside at the Aurora Chapel in Quezon City. Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU
Students perform during a fireside at the Aurora Chapel in Quezon City. Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU
Vice President Sandra Rogers speaks during a fireside at the Aurora Chapel in Quezon City. Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU
The BYU Chamber Orchestra hosts a fireside at the Aurora Chapel in Quezon City. Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU
Members listen to the BYU Chamber Orchestra during a fireside at the Aurora Chapel in Quezon City. Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU
Members meet with BYU students after a fireside at the Aurora Chapel in Quezon City. Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU
Kory Katseanes directs the Chamber Orchestra during a fireside at the Aurora Chapel in Quezon City. Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU
Local members pose with BYU Students after a fireside at the Aurora Chapel in Quezon City. Photo by Jaren Wilkey
Grant Taylor shows a cymbal to children after the fireside at the Aurora Chapel in Quezon City. Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU

Corregidor Island

The group took a short boat ride to visit Corregidor Island in Manila Bay. Corregidor was the last U.S. fort to fall to the Japanese invaders in 1942. They also toured the old Spanish city in the heart of Manila.

Students from the BYU Chamber Orchestra play on the beach at Corregidor Island in Manila Bay. Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU
Day trip to Corregidor Island. Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU
Gun emplacements on Corregidor Island. Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU
Tour of the Malinta Tunnel on Corregidor Island. Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU
Kirsten Skabelund - Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU
Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU
Intramuros Tour in Manila, Philippines. Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU
Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU
BYU Chamber Orchestra watches a performance at Barbara’s Heritage Restaurant in Manila. Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU
Hana Giauque takes a photo of the waterfront in Manila. Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU

Performance with Tim Pavino

BYU teamed up with the Archdiocese of Manila to host a benefit concert with special guest Tim Pavino. Proceeds from the concert held at the SM Megamall Theatre were used to benefit Caritas Manila.

BYU's Kory Katseanes and Tim Pavino during rehearsal. Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU
BYU Chamber Orchestra member Christian Hales playing the bass. Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU
Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU
BYU Chamber Orchestra member Nolan Harris playing the tuba. Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU
Forest Howell and Zoe Jorgenson work together during a rehearsal. Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU
BYU Chamber Orchestra member Grant Taylor playing the xylophone. Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU
Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU
BYU Chamber Orchestra Gavin Thornburg prepares for a concert. Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU
BYU Chamber Orchestra member Brennan Tolman fixes his collar before the concert. Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU
Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU
Kory Katseanes speaks with the Chamber Orchestra before the concert. Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU
BYU's Brennan Tolman, who served a mission in the Philippines, opens the concert with an introduction in Tagalog. Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU
Concert with Tim Pavino. Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU
Concert with Tim Pavino. Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU
The BYU Chamber Orchestra performs a benefit concert with Tim Pavino. Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU
Father Carlos Reyes joins the BYU Chamber Orchestra to play the triangle during the concert. Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU
The BYU Chamber Orchestra performs a benefit concert with Tim Pavino. Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU
The BYU Chamber Orchestra performs a benefit concert with Tim Pavino. Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU
Father Carlos Reyes joins the BYU Chamber Orchestra to play the triangle during the concert. Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU
The BYU Chamber Orchestra performs a benefit concert with Tim Pavino. Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU
Tim Pavino speaks to the audience during a benefit concert with BYU's Chamber Orchestra. Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU
Kory Katseanes and the BYU Chamber Orchestra take their final bow after their concert with Tim Pavino. Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU
Footnote: Photos by Jaren Wilkey/BYU
Manila, NCR, Philippines