Music and Nature Come Alive
National Geographic celebrates 130 years through a symphony

"Symphony for Our World" will be performed by the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra as conducted by Gerard Salonga.

For over 100 years, National Geographic has been documenting nature and wonderful sceneries. Whether it’s lions on the savannah or a glacier in the north, the magazine has been on the forefront of environmental admiration and preservation.

To celebrate such a milestone, Emmy and BAFTA-nominated composers Austin Fray and Andrew Christie present “Symphony for Our World”, an orchestral work set against iconic images of National Geographic.

The symphony finds its way to the Philippines, which the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra will have the honor of performing under the baton of maestro Gerard Salonga on November 30 at the Solaire Theater.

“Nature has its own rhythm, and so does music. As artists, we try to find and follow the pulse and natural progression of things,” says maestro Gerard as he explains how music elevates the experience of nature.

Maestro Gerard Salonga speaks to the media as the orchestra takes a break from rehearsals.

The five-part symphony will show images by National Geographic photographers over its 130-year run, ranging from terrains of all kinds like the sea, mountain ranges, and skies. The ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra will also be accompanied by frequent collaborators the Ateneo Chamber Singers.

“Combining 130 years of National Geographic’s stunning visual storytelling with original music will bring the story of our planet to life in a truly special way for audiences all over the world,” said the Executive Vice President, Consumer Products and Experiences at National Geographic Partners, Rosa Zeegers in a press release.

“[National Geographic] reminds us that we’re not the only ones living here; it highlights the importance of beings on this planet,” adds Gerard.

Truly this special performance will deepen our appreciation for nature and this planet we call home.

Catch “Symphony for Our World” on November 30 at the Solaire Theater, with shows at 3PM (matinee) and 8PM (gala). Visit for ticket information.

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