Toyota Musical Classics 2018 Feature Lea Salonga


This November, Toyota Motor Philippines is bringing back one of the most-awaited celebrations of beautiful music and talent in the Toyota Classics 2018. Now on its 19th rendition, enjoy a delightful performance by the internationally-renowned Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE) from London under the baton of conductor and a celebrated harpsichordist, Steven Devine together with the globally renowned singer, Lea Salonga on November 7, 2018 at the Theater of Solaire Resort & Casino.

Reknowned Filipina singer Lea Salonga will topbill this years Toyota Classic.

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE) has been performing for over three decades now. A few of the famous compositions to be performed by the Orchestra are Handel’s Water Music, Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins in D Minor and Mozart’s Symphony No. 25 amongst other exquisite compositions.

The Toyota Classics this year shall focus on bringing the joy of music with the theme, “Music that Moves Lives.” Aligned with Toyota’s global vision of providing mobility for all, the said concert supports the ‘Start Your Impossible’ campaign, aiming to inspire people to strive for their dreams and make their impossible happen.

The orchestra will be under the baton of conductor and a celebrated harpsichordist, Steven Devine.

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment will delight the audience with baroque music, a style composed between the years 1600 to 1750, that has changed the view of composers and performers in the music industry. Baroque music expanded the size, range, and complexity of instrumental performance, mobilizing music into a space that was viewed before as ‘not’ possible.

More than a celebration of remarkable music and performance since 1990, the Toyota Classics is one of Toyota’s biggest ventures to uphold the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility. This concert has raised close to USD 9.50 million for beneficiaries of local charities across the Asia Pacific Region for the past 29 years. Moreover, the said concert has also helped promote sustainable development and of course, the beauty of classical music in several countries across Asia.

For this year, Toyota’s beneficiary is para-swimmer gold medalist, Mr. Ernie Gawilan and the Philippine Paralympic Committee (PPC). Formed by the Philippine Sport for the Differently-Abled (Philspada), the PPC now serves as the counterpart of the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) led by its president Mike Barredo, a former Philippine Sports commissioner who also heads Philspada.

Aside from the Philippines, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment will also be performing in other Asian countries – Brunei, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, and Vietnam. Interested patrons who wish to enjoy this concert can purchase tickets through Ticket World. For more details visit

About Lea Salonga (just in case you’ve been living under a rock)

Best known for her soulful voice and perfect pitch, Lea Salonga is a singer and actress recognized for her Tony award winning role in Miss Saigon.

Beginning her career as a child star in the Philippines, Lea eventually made her professional debut in 1978 at the age of seven in the musical The King and I. In addition to her musical performances, she also starred in the productions of Annie, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Fiddler on the Roof, The Rose Tattoo, The Sound of Music, The Goodbye Girl, Paper Moon, and The Fantasticks.

Aside from her career in the Theatre, many fans recognize her as the singing voice behind Princess Jasmin from the movie Aladdin and Fa Mulan for Mulan and Mulan II. This in turn led the Walt Disney Company to bestow her with the honor “Disney Legend” in August of 2011 along with other luminaries as Regis Philbin, Jim Henson (posthumously) and Anika Noni Rose.

Just recently, Lea starred as Erzulie, the Goddess of Love, in the Tony Award winning revival of Once on This Island. For her performance, Lea received the Broadway World Theater Fans’ Choice Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. Currently, she travels to the United States for her performances but still returns to the Philippines for her family.

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