Thursday, April 16, 2009

FASO Gala Night - May 16, 2009


7:30 PM, Saturday, May 16, 2009

The Wilshire Theatre Beverly Hills (

On behalf of Asian Journal Publications, Inc. and Asian Journal Foundation, we cordially invite your participation at the debut Gala Night for the Filipino-American Symphony Orchestra (FASO) on May 16, 2009 at the Wilshire Theatre Beverly Hills.

The Filipino-American Symphony Orchestra (FASO) is the first Filipino symphony orchestra outside of the Philippines. FASO was established in Los Angeles County, which has the biggest concentration of Filipinos outside the Philippines. With FASO's existence in Los Angeles, mainstream America – and the world – will recognize, appreciate and enjoy symphony music played by excellent Filipino musicians based in Southern California. This is just part of our story.

For decades, Filipino musicians in America have dreamed of having a Filipino-American Symphony Orchestra. With Filipinos being naturally gifted in music, they have expressed their longing and connection back to the homeland through notes and composition. Stories are integrated into the melodies that describe past, present and future experiences of what it is to be Filipino. FASO is committed to increase the appreciation and engagement of richly orchestrated symphony by allowing others to find their Filipino identity through music and the arts. Today, more than ever, FASO raises the harmonious blend for love of country and music to a whole different octave.

The Gala Night will feature a symphony of musicians – from enthusiastic students to veteran orchestra musicians – all bound together by their passion for music. Robert "Bob" Shroder brings with him his talent, expertise and experience as the Conductor and Musical Director of FASO. The featured musical selections to be played by the orchestra include: an overture and excerpts from opera, ballets and Broadway, and well-loved Filipino songs, and pieces by instrumental soloists. Guest singers, Joey Albert and Stephanie Reese, will sing popular Filipino songs from classical to pop music.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Amirah Limayo at (213) 820-5248 or email Celebrate the unveiling of the Filipino-American Symphony Orchestra (FASO) in this enchanting evening of unforgettable performances.

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