Saturday, November 14, 2015
7:00 pm to 9:30 pm
"FASO Goes POPS!" on November 14 continues the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra’s tradition of presenting quality, entertaining concerts. FASO, returning to the iconic Alex Theatre in Glendale where it earned cheers and praises for its very successful FASO Goes Broadway last April, tackles pop music this time.

"If the audience enjoyed 'FASO Goes Broadway,' this one will bring them to another level of fun and excitement," promised Robert "Bob" Shroder, the musical director and conductor of the only Filipino symphony orchestra outside of the Philippines. "We auditioned a set of incredibly talented young singers to join FASO for this concert. You will be amazed to see young Pinoy kids perform covers of Michael Jackson and Bruno Mars and some of our favorite OPM (Original Pilipino Music) numbers."

"We are very excited about this show because it is the first time that we are featuring pop music - both mainstream and OPM," added Luis "Louie" Ramos, FASO board vice president and arranger-in-residence. "We will be honoring iconic OPM composers in the show. We are also featuring the biggest hits by these renowned Filipino composers who are based in the U.S. - 'Lift Up Your Hands’ by Cecile Azarcon; 'Tayo ay Pilipino' and 'Hanggang Huli’y Ikaw,' SJ Gandia; 'Let It Go,' Robert Lopez; 'Give Me a Chance’ and 'Till I Met You,’ Odette Quesada; 'Minsan Lang Kitang Iibigin,’ Aaron Paul del Rosario; 'Ikaw Lamang,’ Dodjie Simon."

Shroder shared what’s in store for the audience: "We are opening the concert with an old school William Tell overture by Rossini. Then, we’ll kick it right off with mainstream pop music of the 1970s and 1980s. Wear your jersey shirts and blouses, bell bottom pants and platform shoes to dance to 70s tunes like those of the TSOP."

In keeping with its much-admired commitment and tradition to spotlight deserving talents, FASO is excited to present the guest vocalists in the coming show.

Ramos announced, "After holding three rounds of auditions, we selected these performers, some of whom are as young as 8 years old: Bryce Gomez; Ian Chen, who plays Evan Huang in ABC's Fresh off the Boat; Jokai Dawson; Sydney Haik; Gian Paolo Jimenez; Michael Keith Pronda; Mikaela Bautista; Therese Masangcay; Denise Gonzales; Gabrielle Current, 2015 Rose Parade princess; Shelby Miguel; Kaitlyn Fajilan and Daryl Ogalino, ABS-CBN's 'TFCkat USA' Grand Singing Champion 2012 and 'Tawag ng Tanghalan' Grand Singing Champion 2008. These talents will be joining Dennis Jardiel, Erwin Andaya, Mike Zuniga, Nilo Alcala and Sharon Rose Orosco as our guest vocalists. We will also have a Children's Ensemble consisting of Sophie Nack, who plays Sadie in NBC's new sitcom Truth Be Told; Andreas Makiling; Elizabeth Cruz; Nicole Padilla; Sabrina Evangelista; Casteen Legaspi; Jolleen Mejia and Nicole Tabio."

Ramos will also arrange pieces for the show along with Saunder Choi, Melvin Corpin, Vince Reyes and Naldy Rodriguez.