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The Ateneo Blue Symphony is the first and only pioneering student–led orchestra of the Ateneo de Manila University, having started nine years ago in 2008 with only 20 members.

It continuously grew as an avenue for students to pursue their passion and talent through orchestral music performance and production. Nine years later, there are about 100 talented students that make up the Blue Symph.

On May 6, Saturday, the orchestra filled Ateneo’s Singson Hall with an audience eager to hear them go all out for its year-end concert Retrospect.

Under the baton of Mr. Rodel Noreli Lorenzo, the Ateneo Blue Symphpony played a wide ranges of medlies—from Nat King Cole to disco to Herb Alpert; film soundtracks like our favorite, the Studio Ghibli Medley, which featured different songs from animated films by Studio Ghibli.

Songs like “Rolling In The Deep,” “Shaker Song,” “Evergreen,” “Take On Me,” and “Never Ever Say Goodbye” was also heard that night.

The two-hour show didn’t feel that long and what more, the Ateneo Blue Symphony did not sound like a university organization, at all!

Even though this is our first time to watch the Ateneo Blue Symphony, we are now looking forward to watching their next show and we’re totally gearing up in finding more orchestral concerts like this.

Congratulations, Ateneo Blue Symphony!

Check out Ateneo Blue Symphony’s Facebook page for more updates about their upcoming concerts.


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