Tuesday, September 30, 2014

UST Symphony Orchestra to perform Prism Rhapsody and Star Wars

October 5, 2014, 6:00 PM
Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater)
Cultural Center of the Philippines
CCP Complex
Pasay, Metro Manila

Yukiko Ishihara, marimba
UST Symphony Orchestra
Daniel Bartolome, conductor

Gioachino Rossini Overture from La Gazza Ladra
Keiko Abe Prism Rhapsody
John Williams
     Star Wars Suite
     Battle of the Heroes

The UST Symphony Orchestra, a resident company of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, presents a unique symphonic concert entitled Prism Rhapsody at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater) this October 5, 20146:00 PM.

Marimbist Yukiko Ishihara

The USTSO, along with conductor Daniel Bartolome welcomes in this concert, prize-winning Japanese marimbist Yukiko Ishihara who will perform the Prism Rhapsody of renowned marimbist composer Keiko Abe. Also to be performed in this concert are Gioachino Rossini’s Overture from La Gazza Ladra, John Williams’ Suite from Star Wars and Battle of the Heroes that will also feature special visual and sound effects.

An exhibit of Star Wars artworks in competition will also be on display at the CCP Main Theater Lobby during the concert.

Ticket prices:
P1000 Orchestra Center
P800 Orchestra Side
P700 Balcony I Center
P600 Balcony I Side
P400 Balcony II Center
P300 Balcony II Side

For inquiries:
UST Conservatory of Music Office 731-4022
CCP Box Office 832-1125
TicketWorld 891-9999

30th Sampung Mga Daliri, Atbp. pays tribute to Ernani Cuenco

October 4, 2014, 7:00 PM
Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater)
Cultural Center of the Philippines
CCP Complex
Pasay, Metro Manila

The UST Conservatory of Music celebrates the 30th year of its popular Sampung Mga Daliri, Atbp. at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Tanahgalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater) this October 4, 2014 at 7:00 PM.

An annual showcase of the Conservatory talents highlighting various repertoire played on ten grand pianos by selected alumni, faculty, and students, the event also boasts of its outstanding ensembles including the UST Symphony Orchestra, Wind Orchestra/Symphony Band, Jazz Band, Guitar Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Voice faculty, Coro Tomasino, and Liturgikon Ensemble that will be performing alongside the piano groups.

Featured pieces are Invitation to the Dance (Weber), Rhapsody in Blue (Gershwin), Brasileira (Milhaud), Ang Maya (Estella), Inday (Buencamino), Take the A Train (arr. By Emi Muniji), Movie Themes (arr. By Naldy Rodriguez), and culminates with the Cuenco Medley (arr. By Fr. Manuel Maramba, OSB), honoring the late National Artist and UST Faculty Ernani Cuenco who conceptualized Sampung Daliri in 1984. Conductors include Herminigildo Ranera, Daniel Bartolome, Alberto Mesa, and Ronan Ferrer.

Ticket prices:
P1000 Orchestra Center
P800 Orchestra Side
P700 Balcony I Center
P600 Balcony I Side
P400 Balcony II Center
P300 Balcony II Side

For inquiries:
UST Conservatory of Music Office 731-4022
CCP Box Office 832-1125
TicketWorld 891-9999

Violin prodigy Chino Gutierrez in Passion the repeat

September 30, 2014, 7:30 PM
Ayala Museum
Makati Avenue corner De La Rosa Street
Greenbelt ParkMakati

Joaquin Maria "Chino" Gutierrez, violin
Corazon Kabayao, piano 

Johann Sebastian Bach Chaconne from Partita in D minor, BWV 1004
Johannes Brahms Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108
Giuseppe Tartini Violin Sonata in G minor Devil’s Trill
Ernest Bloch Nigun from Baal Shem
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Souvenir d’un lieu cher, Op. 42
Pablo de Sarasate Carmen Fantasy, Op. 25

Due to popular demand, Joaquin Maria “Chino” Gutierrez will stage a repeat of his Passion concert this September 30, 2014, 7:30 PM with the Ayala Museum as the venue this time around. Joining him will be pianist Corazon Kabayao as they perform works such as Johann Sebastian Bach’s Chaconne from Partita in D minor, BWV 1004, Johannes Brahms’ Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108, Giuseppe Tartini’s Violin Sonata in G minor Devil’s Trill, Ernest Bloch’s Nigun from Baal Shem, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir d’un lieu cher, Op. 42, and Pablo de Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasy, Op. 25

Joaquin Maria “Chino” Gutierrez belongs to the emerging crop of young Filipino virtuosos who are carving a secure place in the international arena of classical violin playing. Chino began violin studies at 7 and ½ years old under Alfonso „Coke“ Bolipata.  He made his orchestral debut at the Cultural Center of the Philippines at the age of 10 in a performance of Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole. Similarly, his first solo recital at the age of 10 in a program of Bach, Mozart, Paganini, Sarasate, Wieniawski, and Kreisler, earned public and critical acclaim. In 2002, he won first prize at the National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA), high school division.  At 12, he was the youngest competitor in his category. His first violin teacher, Alfonso Bolipata described him as “unusually gifted, with a natural ability and a sense of music-making that is uncanny for someone his age.” Rosalinda Orosa of Philippine Star wrote, “Chino’s performance was brilliant, manifesting an expressivity and sensitivity well beyond the soloist’s tender years. The most intricate and rapid configurations were hurled with agility and pizzazz… with virtuosity.” Respected conductor and violinist Oscar Yatco made an assessment of Chino’s gifts, thus: “Chino is the Cecile Licad of the violin.”

After finishing first year high school at the Philippine Science High School, Chino left for Germany to train under the renowned violin pedagogue Jens Ellermann, who instantly recognized him as “a major talent of the violin”. He was admitted into the prestigious Hochschule für Musik und Theater München (State Academy of Music and Theater in Munich) where he studied violin while simultaneously attending a regular German high school. Multi-talented and gifted, Chino made splendid progress with the violin even as he reaped success in math, science and languages. At 14, he emerged Landdessieger (champion) in the state math competitions in Bavaria. In addition, because of his linguistic abilities, he was handpicked to co-author a book on etymology in five languages. When he is not performing in concerts here and abroad, Chino finds time to teach high school algebra and trigonometry and is an enthusiastic mentor to younger violin students.

Chino has participated in master classes in the Philippines, Germany, Italy and USA, and has taken lessons and personal coaching from noted violinists like Gilopez Kabayao, Oscar Yatco, Gina Medina, Joseph Esmilla, Alexandru Tomescu, Gottfried Schneider and Weigang Li. He has performed as soloist with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, the Manila Philharmonic Orchestra and the Metro Manila Community Orchestra under the baton of Chino Toledo, Francisco Feliciano, and Oscar Yatco. He has been the recipient of a scholarship from the Miriam College Music Center, as well as German grants from the Dorian Stiftung in Stuttgart and the Theodor-Rogler Stiftung in Munich. Currently, Chino is finishing his Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München under the tutelage of respected pedagogues Olga Voitova-Bloch and Christoph Poppen.

Ticket price:

For inquiries:
(0915) 189-2998, (0925) 764-2608, 218-1864

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Mga Ama Mga Anak

Nanding Josef

The 27th MensaHEROs season of Tanghalang Pilipino closed out with a star studded production of Nick Joaquin’s Mga Ama Mga Anak at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater) under the helm of distinguished film, television and stage director Joel Lamangan.

The Nick Joaquin play, originally in English titled Fathers and Sons (a three-act play adaptation of his short story Three Generations) was translated into Filipino by Virgilio Almario aka Rio Alma and Jose “Pete” Lacaba. The play tackled the rise of the new generation taking over their weakened predecessors and the inter-generation struggle that arose from this shift in power.

Cris Villonco and Raquel Villavicencio

Director Joel Lamangan stated that directing Mga Ama Mga Anak is significant for him because a PETA production from many years ago his first foray into theater acting when he played the small role of handyman. And for his directorial stint with Tanghalang Pilipino, he has assembled a cast of heavyweights led by award winning film, television and stage actor Robert Arevalo portraying the role of the aging patriarch Zacarias Monzon with Spanky Manikan, another veteran, alternating the role.

With a stellar cast, a big name director and National Artists for Literature writing/translating, I was expecting this to completely blow away the previous straight play from the company which was the excellent Der Kaufmann. Instead, I was under whelmed not just by the staging but ultimately, by the material itself which didn’t have enough layers to satisfy me. I was bogged down by the exposition at the beginning courtesy of Mrs. Pablo, an enamored neighbor who probably desired to be a member of the Zacarias family. Her lines basically told the status quo and how things were before. It made me wish that they could’ve showed the audience more instead of being told a lot. The revelations also when Celso had become exactly like his father Zacarias whom he loathed and that he had a hidden desire for his father’s lover Bessie were seen miles ahead.

The set design by Tuxqs Rutaquio creating the interior of the Monzon household was indeed very lovely but I think that the stage overall was too big for this kind of material. And with all the action taking place inside the house, I sometimes wished for more variety.

Watching a show with a matinee audience, made up mostly of young students/young adults, is always an interesting experience for me. Not only do I watch what’s happening on stage, but I also take note of how the audience response to the material. And as expected, the young audience guffawed and struggled to contain their laughter when Sofia mentioned to her son Chitong (Marco Viaña) the word masturbation.

Tanghalang Pilipino aimed to end their 27th Season on a high note with a production that boasted a who’s who in the industry. But Der Kaufmaan set such a high standard for me that Mga Ama Mga Anak had an unenviable task of either matching or exceeding the previous play.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

French circus show wraps up FrancoPhil 2014

October 7, 2014, 7:30 PM
Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater)
Cultural Center of the Philippines
CCP Complex
Pasay, Metro Manila

The Alliance Française de Manille (AFM) and the Cultural Center of the Philippines with the support of the Embassy of France present Me, Myself and Us by the Tête d’Enfant modern circus company this October 7, 2014, 7:30 PM at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater).

Tête d’Enfant circus company

The Tête d’Enfant circus company is composed of longtime friends Guillaume Biron, Naël Jammal and Florent Lestage who met while attending the National Circus School of Montreal back in 2004. The first show from this company is Me, Myself and Us which not only features circus acts like juggling, acrobatics and a flying trapeze but also highlights the strong bond between the three members of the company.

Me, Myself and Us by the Tête d’Enfant circus company is also made possible by sponsors Rustan’s, the SSI Group, and Y2 Residence Hotel.

Ticket prices:
P600 Orchestra Center
P400 Orchestra Side
-50% student discount
-20% senior citizen discount/AFM members

For inquiries:
Christine Sace 895-7585, 895-7441, csace@alliance.ph
CCP Box Office 832-2704
TicketWorld at 891-9999

Monday, September 22, 2014

Gina Pareño makes theater comeback with Tanghalang Pilipino’s Pahimakas sa Isang Ahente

September 26, 2014, 8:00 PM
September 27, 2014, 3:00 & 8:00 PM
September 28, 2014, 3:00 PM

October 3, 2014, 8:00 PM
October 4, 2014, 3:00 & 8:00 PM
October 5, 2014, 3:00 PM

October 10, 2014, 8:00 PM
October 11, 2014, 3:00 & 8:00 PM
October 12, 2014, 3:00 PM

October 17, 2014, 8:00 PM Cancelled
October 18, 2014, 3:00 & 8:00 PM
October 19, 2014, 3:00 PM

Tanghalang Huseng Batute (CCP Studio Theater)
Cultural Center of the Philippines
CCP Complex
Pasay, Metro Manila

Multi-awarded actress Gina Pareño returns to the stage in Tanghalang Pilipino’s Pahimakas sa Isang Ahente this September 26-October 19, 2014 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Tanghalang Huseng Batute (CCP Studio Theater).

Gina Pareño

Pareño, who made her theater debut back in 2010 with Tanghalang Pilipino’s American Hwanggap will portray Linda Loman in Pahimakas sa Isang Ahente which is only just her second theater production. Interestingly enough, her daughter Racquel, the winner of the 2013 Gawad Buhay "Best Featured Actress" for her performance in Der Kaufmann, will be her alternate.

Joining the Pareños in this production are Yul Servo, Fernando “Nanding” Josef, Jonathan Tadioan, Marco Viaña, Ricardo Magno, Ding Navasero, Mcdonnel Bolaños, Dido dela Paz, and Bong Cabrera. JV Ibesate, Doray Dayao, Aldo Vencilao Dan, Jarden de Guzman, Regina De Vera, Llorvie Nuevo, Antonette Go from the Actors Company round up the cast.

Pahimakas sa Isang Ahente is a translation to Filipino of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman by National Artist for Theater and Literature Rolando Tinio. Staged countless times in both English and in other translations since its premiere back in 1949, the upcoming Tanghalang Pilipino staging, directed by Chris Millado, will aim to highlight dreams, family and love in the context of post-war America.

Yul Servo

The production’s creative team consists of Katsch Katoy (lighting design), Leo Abaya (set design), James Reyes (costume design), TJ Ramos (sound design), Raym Picardo (flute), and Giselle Garcia (dramaturgy).

Ticket prices:
P800 VIP Seats
P600 Bleachers, Gallery
-50% student discount
-20% senior citizen discount

For inquiries:
TP Marketing 832-1125 local 1620/1621, (0905) 254-4930
TicketWorld 891-9999

Manila Symphony Orchestra pays tribute to National Artist Buenaventura in Pastorale concert

September 27, 2014, 8:00 PM
Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater)
Cultural Center of the Philippines
CCP Complex
Pasay, Metro Manila

Regina Buenaventura, violin
Manila Symphony Orchestra
Arturo Molina, conductor

Col Antonino Buenaventura By the Hillside
Ludwig van Beethoven
     Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61
     Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, Pastoral

The Manila Symphony Orchestra pays tribute to National Artist for Music Col. Antonino Buenaventura in their upcoming concert entitled Pastorale happening this September 27, 2014, 8:00 PM at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater).

National Artist for Music Col. Antonino Buenaventura

The concert, to be conducted by MSO’s principal conductor and music director Arturto Molina, will feature a performance of Buenaventura’s By the Hillside, a tone poem evoking the landscapes of Baguio. Also taking to the stage this evening is Regina Buenaventura, the colonel’s granddaughter and a frequent MSO guest artist. She will perform Ludwig van Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61. The only violin concerto composed by Beethoven, this piece nonetheless has been considered as one of the most important concertos in the violin repertoire. Though it may not be as flashy and as bombastic compared to other violin concertos (I do describe it as very polite), its lyricism and charm make it a favorite among audiences.

Violinist Regina Buenaventura

Rounding up the concert for will be Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, also known as Pastoral. This piece ties everything up quite nicely since Buenaventura’s By the Hillside is an essay on the Pastoral symphony. This Beethoven work was also the very first symphony that the MSO played in their inaugural concert in 1926. And I think that the Pastoral symphony is also very timely since it also serves a reminder that after the storm (which our country has been plagued with for the past couple of weeks) there will come a time when the sun shines and things go back to normal.

Ticket prices:
P1200 Orchestra Center
P800 Orchestra Side
-50% student discount
-20% senior citizen discount

For inquiries:
MSO 523-5712, info@manilasymphony.com
TicketWorld 891-9999

Thursday, September 18, 2014

August: Osage County

Seated from left to right: Angeli Bayani, Pinky Amador, Chris Millado,
Baby Barredo, and Sheila Francisco
2nd row standing from left to right: Thea Gloria, Tami Monsod, Richard Cunan,
Hans Eckstein, and Liesl Batucan
3rd row from left to right: Noel Rayos, Kenneth Moraleda, Leo Rialp,
and Arnel Carrion

Repertory Philippines’ staging of August: Osage County at Onstage, Greenbelt became a grand return to the stage for Rep’s own Baby Barredo. Starring as Violet Weston, the drug addicted and beleagured matriarch of the Weston family, Barredo led an all star cast in delivering a solid performance of this award winning play touted as a soap opera from hell.

August: Osage County, winner of The Pulitzer Prize was written by Tracy Letts and the play’s film adaptation gave Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts acting nominations at this year’s Academy Awards. In the Repertory Philippines staging, Chris Millado was on the helm as director marking his first time to work for the theater company.

When the patriarch of the Weston family, Beverley (Leo Rialp) mysteriously disappeared, his daughters Barbara Fordham (Pinky Amador), Ivy Weston (Tami Monsod), and Karen Weston (Liesl Batucan) rushed to their mother’s side to offer each other some solace and comfort. But getting all of them, along with the extended family, some significant others, and all their baggage and dark secrets, together in the household only became a sure recipe for disaster.

As a member of the audience, I couldn’t help but squirm and shift constantly on my seat as each character continued to make wrong decisions despite the best intentions. Barbara’s stern decision to take over her mother’s house hold was a desperate attempt for her to regain control of something as her own relationship with her ex-husband Bill Fordham (Kenneth Moraleda) and daughter Jean Fordham (Thea Gloria) was in shambles. And the other daughters both found love with the wrong man, Ivy with her half brother “Little” Charles Aiken (Noel Rayos) and Karen with the womanizing Steve Heidebrecht (Hans Eckstein). And even Violet’s own sister, Mattie Fae Aiken (Sheila Francisco) also had a dark secret of her own which she compensated by lashing out on her husband Charles Aiken (Richard Cunanan) and son Charles. And all of this madness was silently witnessed by the household help Johnna Monevata (Angeli Bayani) and Sheriff Deon Gilbeau (Arnel Carrion).

From left to right: Chris Millado, Angeli Bayani, Noel Rayos, Thea Gloria,
Kenneth Moraleda, Tami Monsod, Pinky Amador, Baby Barredo, Liesl Batucan,
Sheila Francisco, Richard Cunanan, and Leo Rialp

Not surprisingly, the family that tried so hard to stay together eventually grew more apart than ever gaining more wounds in the process. My favorite moment from this play was when Barbara asked her husband Bill if ever there was a chance for them to be back together again. Bill then took a moment and removed his eyeglasses as if they were the final piece of the mask he had been wearing. Then, looking at Barbara straight in the eye, he told with conviction that it was really over between them. I think that this was the most honest part in the whole play and it was the moment when Barbara realized that she loved him but it was already too late.

August: Osage County was really dark and watching the story unfold made me uncomfortable in some parts. Good thing that I knew beforehand that this was not a feel good play wherein one can just sit back and enjoy watching. After this was over, I had to collect my thoughts, let out a huge sigh and express relief and gratitude that my family, despite the occasional quibbles, isn’t as messed up as the Westons.

PPO VI: Romantic Brahms

Violinist Odin Rathnam

Odin Rathnam, violin
Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra
Olivier Ochanine, conductor

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture
Richard Wagner Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde
Claude Debussy Clair de Lune from Suite bergamasque
Johannes Brahms Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77

The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra welcomed violinist Odin Rathnam during their Romantic Brahms concert held at the Meralco Theater. For this evening, the orchestra led by its principal conductor and music director Olivier Ochanine, prepared a lineup that brought out the romantic in everyone.

The first two pieces performed that night were inspired by tales of ill-fated lovers. First was Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture which was based on the William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and the second one was Richard Wagner’s Prelude and Liebestod from the opera Tristan und Isolde. This opera was inspired by Gottfried von Strassburg’s tale of Tristan which was adapted from the Tristan and Iseult legend. The Tchaikovsky really set the mood for the night as Ochanine deftly weaved the themes, making the violent section of the Montagues and Capulets seem as if swords were actually clashing before things eventually lead to the climax of the extremely popular romance theme. But everybody knows how Romeo and Juliet ends and the music reflected that, with a funeral march almost at the very end before the romance theme took over telling everyone that love conquers all, even death. While the Tchaikovsky piece was more accessible and familiar, Richard Wagner’s Prelude and Liebestod was more esoteric. I think that one had to know what a Tristan chord is and to put it into context on how revolutionary that ambiguous chord was at the time of the work’s premiere to fully appreciate the music far beyond of what one just hears. But for me, the piece sounds incomplete without a soprano singing the Liebestod.

Claude Debussy’s Clair de Lune from Suite bergamasque was a nice and fitting, late addition to the evening but the theater’s acoustic inadequacies didn’t bring out the brilliance of the piece’s orchestration by André Caplet. The beauty of the melody as it gets passed on from one solo instrument to another was lost in the dryness of the theater.

Odin Rathnam and conductor Olivier Ochanine

Then, it was time for Odin Rathnam to take to the stage with Johannes Brahms’ Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77. Odin, an imposing figure, made a full sized violin look like a ¾ model in his hands. And probably also because of this, it looked like he made easy work of the Brahms concerto which is known as one of the war horses in a violinist’s repertoire. And his performance of this concerto gave me another opportunity to deconstruct the work’s complex first movement. As expected, the audience seeing how Odin made a concerto performance look like a walk in the park, showered him with thunderous applause which were actually calls for him to do an encore. And Odin obliged with the Sarabande from Violin Partita No.2 in D minor, BWV 1004 by Johann Sebastian Bach and the Allegro from Sonata No. 1 in A Major, Op. 7 by Francesco Maria Veracini.

During the meet and greet after the concert, I asked Odin if he performed with the now infamous Bartolomeo Calvarola violin, worth around $100,000 that he had lost (and was eventually recovered) in a bar almost a decade back. He said in good humor that he brought a different and less inexpensive violin with him this time. But the way he sounded that night didn’t betray any signs that he played with a lesser valued instrument.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Rare double bass concert with Jiovanni Tabada at the CCP

September 24, 2014, 7:30 PM
Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater)
Cultural Center of the Philippines
CCP Complex
Pasay, Metro Manila

Jiovanni Tabada, double bass
Michelle Nicolasora, piano
John Paul Bermudez, double bass
Emman Ongleo, double bass
Gerry Gonzalez, cello

David Ellis Sonata Op. 42 for Unaccompanied Double Bass
Serge Koussevitzky Double Bass Concerto, Op. 3
Gioachino Rossini Duetto in D major
Paul Hindemith Double Bass Sonata
Angel Peña Suite for Three Double Basses

A rare double bass concert featuring the Netherlands-trained double bassist Jiovanni Tabada wraps up the 2014 CCP Special Concert Series this September 24, 2014, 7:30 PM at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater).

The evening will consist of performances of works like David Ellis’ Sonata Op. 42 for Unaccompanied Double Bass, Serge Koussevitzky’s Double Bass Concerto, Op. 3, Gioachino Rossini’s Duetto in D major, Paul Hindemith’s Double Bass Sonata, and Angel Peña’s Suite for Three Double Basses. Guest artists include accompanying pianist Michelle Nicolasora, double bassists John Paul Bermudez and Emman Ongleo, and cellist Gerry Gonzalez.

Jiovanni Tabada received his basic music training in double bass in 1996 at Salvador and Pilar Sala Foundation, Inc., an orchestra development program initiated in Cebu by concert pianist Ingrid Sala Santamaria. Four years later, he was awarded a full grant to study in one of the best conservatories in Europe, the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, Netherlands.  In 2009, Jiovanni graduated from the Royal Conservatory with a Master of Music degree,   major in Double Bass, with distinction. He has performed with the Sinfonia Rotterdam Chamber Orchestra, the Holland Sinfonia, and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. He now resides in his hometown Cebu, and is contributing to its growing music scene. He is currently the Program Director of Sistemang Pilipino, a program based in Cebu, dedicated to providing world-class music education and performance opportunities for Filipino children and youth, with special focus in those from underserved communities.

Double Bassist Jiovanni Tabada

On September 25, 2014, 1:00 PM, Jiovanni Tabada will give a double bass masterclass at the MKP Multi-Purpose Hall of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

Ticket prices:
P800 Orchestra Center
P600 Orchestra Side
-50% student discount
-20% senior citizen discount

For performance inquiries:
CCP Box Office 832-3706
For masterclass inquiries:
CCP Music Division 832-1125 local 1604, ccp.artist.training@gmail.com

Monday, September 15, 2014

Metropolitan Opera in HD relaunching at Greenbelt Cinema

The Cultural Center of the Philippines, the Metropolitan Opera and the Filipinas Opera Society Foundation Inc. in cooperation with the Ayala Malls Cinemas and Greenbelt, is relaunching the screenings of the latest operatic productions by the Metropolitan Opera through digital technology.

Six recent Metropolitan Opera productions, including the bold staging of Rigoletto set in Las Vegas in the 1960’s, will be shown in high definition and in Dolby Surround. At the opening of the series, Franco Zeffrelli’s classic staging of La Bohème will be shown starring Anita Hartig as the frail Mimì and Vittorio Grigolo as her lover Rodolfo. Other cast members are Massimo Cavalletti as Marcello, Oren Gradus as Colline, Patrick Carfizzi as Schaunard, Donald Maxwell as Benoit, Donald Maxwell as Alcindoro, and Susanna Phillips as Musetta. Stefano Ranzani conducts the orchestra in this production.

The Metropolitan Opera in HD screenings for this season will include the repeat showing of Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto on October 14, 2014, Antonín Dvorák’s Rusalka on November 18, 2014, Giuseppe Verdi’s Othello on December 16, 2014, Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème on January 13, 2015, Jules Massenet’s Werther on February 10, and George Friedrich Handel, Antonio Vivaldi, and Jean-Philippe Rameau’s Enchanted Island on March 13. All screenings will start at 6:30 PM. Viewers can enjoy discounts by availing the subscription package for all the six screenings.

Ticket price:

For inquiries:   
Dominique Dionisio (0929) 784-8783
Barbie Maceda (0917) 887-9687

Kean and Eunice to make everyone Happy Together with new album

Eunice Jorge and Kean Cipriano

Kean Cipriano and Eunice Jorge, vocalists of their respective bands Callalily and Gracenote, team up for a new concept album entitled Happy Together: A Trip Down Memory Lane that aims to reconnect generations through music. This album, released by Universal Records, features 10 tracks that will take listeners on a nostalgic journey through music.

Taking the trip several notches further is Kean and Eunice’s upcoming concert, also entitled Happy Together: A Trip Down Memory Lane, happening on September 19, 2014, 8:00 PM at the Music Museum where the duo is expected to perform tracks from their album and a whole lot more.

The album, composed of solos and duets by Kean and Eunice, is filled with timeless tunes, arranged for today’s listeners but without destroying the essence of the songs as Kean said during a press conference held at Universal Records. He also added that recording the tracks made the both of them wonder how the songwriters came up with these beautiful songs. Kean concentrates more on vocal duties for this album while Eunice, an accomplished musician, plays the piano/keyboards and the violin in a few songs.

The tracks in the album include My Love originally by Paul McCartney, Never My Love by The Associations, To Sir with Love by Lulu, Islands in the Stream by Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You by Frankie Vallie, Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight by James Taylor, How Can I Tell Her by Lobo, You’re In My Heart by Rod Stewart, Because by Dave Clark Five and the title track Happy Together by The Turtles.

Kean and Eunice bring Happy Together in concert at Music Museum

BREAKING NEWS: Due to inclement weather, Happy Together the concert has been rescheduled to October, 16, 2014.

September 19, 20148:00 PM Postponed
Music Museum
Greenhills Shopping Center
San Juan

Kean said that the album came about due to numerous requests by his folks, aunts and uncles to sing certain songs from their era. I guess that his folks and a lot more will be pleased that he’ll get to sing those songs and a lot more at their upcoming Music Museum concert. Presented by Redlines Entertainment Productions, the concert Happy Together, hopes to be a bonding experience between the Kean and Eunice’s fans (who are mostly young) and their folks through the music that the duo will perform on that night.

The concert will be directed by Enzo Valdez of Sindikato, Inc., co-directed by Darwin Hernandez of BBS and narrated by Ramon Bautista. And I just have to mention my good friend Al Bernard Garcia of Daloy Dance Company who will be the choreographer in this concert.

Ticket prices:
P1500 VIP
P800 Orchestra Center
P500 Orchestra Side
P350 Balcony

For inquiries:
Music Museum 721-6726
SM Tickets 470-2222
TicketWorld 891-9999

Happy Together: A Trip Down Memory Lane, released by Universal Records is now available in CD format at record stores nationwide and in digital formats at online music stores.

Happy Together: A Trip Down Memory Lane

1. Because
2. Islands in the Stream
3. To Sir with Love
4. Can’t Take My Eyes off You
5. Don’t Let Me be Lonely Tonight
6. How Can I Tell Her
7. You’re in My Heart
8. Happy Together
9. Never My Love
10. My Love
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