A group of Filipino children ages four to six are set to conquer New York’s Carnegie Hall with their “unconventional” percussion instruments come May 31.
The young ambassadors of music are among the gifted preschool children of Philippine Montessori Center, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
Their orchestra, known as Philippine Montessori Center Instrumental Ensemble (PMCIE), is a one-of-a-kind percussion orchestra with a repertoire of classical, jazz, cultural, and Broadway pieces played on marimba, xylophone, glockenspiel, timpani, and angklung. Since it was formed 30 years ago, PMCIE has impressed audiences here and abroad, in venues such as Lincoln Center, Merkin Concert Hall and Queen’s Theater in the Park, Malacanang Palace, PICC, and CCP.
In their forthcoming performance on May 31 at Carnegie Hall, they will be billed with The Nightingales, former soprano soloists of the Philippine Madrigal Singers.