Standard Insurance 64th Anniversary Concert: In Pursuit of Excellence

Standard Insurance 64th Anniversary Concert: In Pursuit of Excellence
Manila Symphony Orchestra with Conductor Jeffrey Solares.

When a company like Standard Insurance turns 64, its a celebration that honors the work, dedication and service of its associates and business partners.  A fitting celebration in a venue no other than one dedicated for world-class performers.

Samsung Performance Theatre opened its doors in July 14, 2022 with one important goal in mind, to provide theatre enthusiasts spacious yet intimate seating where no seat is a bad seat. The seats in this theatre are laid out in a way that they embrace the stage. This provides patrons a better view of the performance and performers more intimacy with the audience.  But it is not just the seating which is amazing in this venue. It is also the colorful mural that graces the hall at the 5thlevel.  The captivating, expressive art was done by Don Jaime Zobel de Ayala, known for his minimalist abstract expressionism.

Perfection.  This is what the Theatre and the interior design pieces inside it embody. The venue will surely stage world-class performers, artists of note, those who pursue excellence.  Small wonder that the first performance outside the launch event came from the Manila Symphony Orchestra (MSO), on occasion of the 64th anniversary of Standard Insurance Co., Inc. a multi-awarded company known to continuously challenge the status quo in anything and everything it does. This pursuit of excellence runs in the organization’s DNA.  Ask any of its associate what corporate value they keep to heart and Excellence is a favorite reply.

Intended to be a gathering after a 2 1/2 year hiatus from face to face meetings, Group Chairman Ernesto Echauz only planned for a pure R&R, an opportunity to listen to world-class music by gifted and awarded musicians.  The afternoon was aptly dedicated to honor the year’s loyalty awardees, men and women of service to Standard Insurance for at least 10 years. And the evening was an opportunity to entertain customers, guests and intermediaries.

The night came with its rewards, with overflowing cocktails served with COVID restrictions in mind. Towards the second half of the program, the performance of the MSO and soprano Lara Maigue and Tenor Ivan Nery blew the audience away. The surprise for the evening was the duet by mother and daughter Soprano Nannete Moscardon Maigue and Lara Maigue. The carefully selected musical pieces for the event showcased award-winning talent of Standard Insurance musical scholars:  Domador Das Castillo (cello), Emanuel John Villarin (violin), Jeanne Rafaella Marquez (violin) and Diomedes Saraza Jr (violin).

Orchestras create music that prick multi-faceted emotions.  Within the rise and fall of their dynamics and the musicians' ability to express the music based on how it's written and the conductor's vision and expectations, the MSO with conductor Jeffrey Solares,  was able to deliver a truly unique 64th Anniversary for Standard Insurance Co. Inc.