Regina Buenaventura & MSO

July 5th, 2012

7 July 2012, Saturday | 2000
The MSO with Regina Buenaventura
Philamlife Theater, Manila

Violinist Regina Buenaventura joins the Manila Symphony Orchestra under Arturo Molina in a program that includes Paul Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Kodaly’s Hary Janos Suite and the Violin Concerto of Samuel Barber.

Puccini’s Madama Butterfly at CCP

June 15th, 2012

22 & 23 June 2012, Friday & Saturday | 2000
Madama Butterfly
CCP Main Theater, Pasay City

The Cultural Center of the Philippines together with MusicArtes Inc., mounts Giacomo Puccini’s most famous opera, Madama Butterfly, featuring Japanese soprano Mako Nishimoto, Mexican tenor Dante Alcalá, Filipina soprano Camille Lopez Molina and baritone Andrew Fernando, with Singaporean conductor Lim Yau leading the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra.

Madama Butterfly was last seen as a full production in Manila in 1994. This production will be helmed by multi-awarded international director Dr. Anton Juan, with Maestro Francisco Feliciano as music director.

Supporting the lead cast are top Filipino singers John Glenn Gaerlan, Lemuel de la Cruz, Jonathan Velasco, Nonon Baang, Jun Jaranilla, Viva Voce and graduates of the UP College of Music, UST Conservatory and St. Scholastica’s College.

Talented young designer Leroy New will execute the set and costumes, with John Batalla creating the lighting design.

Tickets are available from the CCP 832-3704 or Ticketworld 891-9999.

Festival of Life & Music with Houston’s First Choir & Orchestra

June 15th, 2012

16 June 2012, Saturday | 830 (workshops), 1030 (concert)
Festival of Life and Music
CCF Auditorium, St Francis Square, Ortigas Center

The 120-member Choir and Orchestra of Houston’s First Baptist Church in Texas led by John Bolin  presents a rousing morning of workshops and a concert dubbed “Festival of Life and Music”, Saturday, June 16, 830 to noon.

The concert is the main event, and admission to the concert is free, but early comers may choose two from an array of 14 workshops that begin at 830.  Non-musical workshops are on topics that include family, parenting, marriage, youth, leadership, missions, mobilizing laymen, OFWs, and God’s Word.

The music workshops are:

  • The Music Leader. John Bolin leads this workshop, challenging musicians to delve deep into the meaning and beauty of music, and ultimately, to glorify God through it.
  • Up Close and Personal with Instrumental Musicians. Many in the orchestra are professional musicians and some have other careers but have had music as a major part of their life. All have kept their joy and involvement in music. Hear where the inspiration comes from to continue to excel in instrumental music and the arts. Hear their trade secrets. Ask questions.
  • Up Close and Personal with Choristers. Choir members will talk about the nurture of their voices; career experiences in vocal music; how they have kept their spirits in tune with God so they enjoy the meaning of the music; and how they have been able to express their creativity in other areas like drama, teaching and conducting.

For inquiries, please call Church Strengthening Ministries (CSM) at 852-7302.

De Leon Centenary Concert & Exhibit

May 22nd, 2012

28 May 2012, Monday | 1900
Sa Daigdig ng Musika ni Felipe Padilla de Leon
Philamlife Auditorium, Manila

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts marks the centenary of Felipe Padilla de Leon with an exhibit and free concert. The concert features the participation of pianist Dr. Raul M. Sunico; violinist Alfonso “Coke” Bolipata; flutist Santiago “Sonny” Yangco; sopranos Aileen Espinosa-CuraJoy Abalon-Tamayo and Geraldine “Fame” Flores; and the Manila Symphony Orchestra.

Earlier in the day, at 1000,  a “Life and Works” Memorabilia Exhibit will open at the NCCA Gallery, Intramuros, Manila.  The exhibit will be on view until July 20, 2012.

For more information, please call / SMS (0927) 251-9190 or (0920) 843-1994.


Jazz Meets Classical with the MSO

February 15th, 2012

18 February 2011, Saturday | 2000
Manila Symphony Orchestra: Jazz Meets Classical
BDO Francisco Santiago Hall, Makati

Call 523-5712 for details and reservations.

Verdi’s La Traviata at CCP this March

February 13th, 2012

2 & 3 March, Friday, Saturday, | 2000
4 March, Sunday | 1700
Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata
CCP Main Theater, Pasay City

The CCP, in cooperation with the Daejeon Opera Company of Korea, will be presenting the well-loved Italian opera La Traviata of Giuseppe Verdi. An opera in three acts, La Traviata, which translates as “Fallen Woman”, or more literally, “The Woman Who Goes Astray”, was composed by Giuseppe Verdi, set to an Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave.

The title roles of Violeta, Alfredo, and Germont will be alternately performed by a Korean stellar cast led by multi-awarded Yun-Kyoung Yi and local stars Rachelle Gerodias, Andrew Fernando, and La Scala tenor Arthur Espiritu. Supporting roles will beplayed by Ronan Ferrer, Thea Perez, Eugene de los Santos, Noel Azcona, Jun Francis Jaranilla, Raymond Roldan, Jade Riccio, and Micah Galang. The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Prof. Jae-Joon Lee will provide the orchestral accompaniment, while the internationally awarded UST Singers will render the choral support. Direction is by Floy Quintos.

Tickets are available from the CCP 832-3704 or Ticketworld 891-9999.


Beethoven + Hovhaness + Enescu

February 13th, 2012

23 February, Thursday | 2000
Insular Life Auditorium, Alabang

24 February, Friday | 2000
BDO Francisco Santiago Hall, Makati City

German pianist Rolf Dieter Arens concert & workshop

January 30th, 2012

23 February 2012, Thursday | 2000
Piano Concerto: Prof. Rolf Dieter Arens
Philamlife Auditorium, Manila

27-29 February 2012, Monday-Wednesday | 900-1700
Piano Workshop with Prof. Rolf Dieter Arens
UST Conservatory of Music Recital Hall 2, UST, Manila

Tribute to Angel Peña

January 30th, 2012

11 February 2012, Saturday | 2000
A Tribute to Angel Peña
Insular Life Corporate Center Auditorium, Filinvest, Alabang

“A Tribute to the Maestro” to feature both classical and jazz compositions of Peña, including Manalig Ka Sinta for cello and piano (premiere performance), Arigato Guzaimasu (Quartet for  violin, cello, piano and double bass); Peace Beyond, RoTo, Café Espresso and GABE. Participating artists include Renato Lucas (cello), Gina Medina (violin), Jonathan Coo (tenor), Sheryl Ann de Dios (piano), Rommel Cruz (bass), the Kasilag Guitar Trio, and the Asosasyon ng Musikong Pilipino Big Band directed by Mel Villena.


Classic meets Jazz features Israeli artists & MSO

January 27th, 2012

18 February 2012, Saturday | 1900
Classic Meets Jazz
Francisco Santiago Hall, Makati

“Classic Meets Jazz” features The Manila Symphony Orchestra under Israeli maestro Yaron Gottfried, alongside Israeli artists Yonatan Oleiski and Tal Gamlieli.