Friday, April 6, 2018

PPO CLOSES ITS 35TH SEASON WITH TRUMPET PLAYER DE LEON AS GUEST SOLOIST

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THE Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra culminates its 35th season, billed “Romancing the Classics,” with a finale concert featuring trumpet player Raymond de Leon as guest soloist on April 13, 8p.m., at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’s Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater).


Under the baton of its music director Yoshikazu Fukumura, the CCP resident orchestra will perform F. Delius's “A Walk to the Paradise Garden” and “Summer Evening,” F. Haydn's “Trumpet Concerto,” and M. De Falla's “El Sombrero de Tres Picos (Complete Ballet).”

A three-time first prize winner in the National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA), Raymond studied at the University of Santo Tomas where he received the Benavidez Award twice for International Excellence in Music. He also worked as a recording artist with Global Recording Orchestra, under the baton of Maestro Gerard Salonga.

He joined the Seattle Philharmonic in 2012. In the same year, Raymond has performed with the PPO, performing the Arutiunian trumpet concerto as soloist which drew raves from the audience and critics. He has also performed and toured in Europe, USA, and Asia with international orchestra players and competed in international music competitions. He served and performed as a soloist in the US Army with the 56th Army Band stationed at Joint Base Lewis – McChord in Washington.

Some of his accolades include: semi-finalist in the 1st Calvia International Trumpet Competition in Mallorca, Spain in 2003, third prize in the International Trumpet Guild Solo Trumpet Competition in New Jersey in 2006, and won First Prize in the Seattle Philharmonic Don Bushell Concerto Competition in 2011.


Meanwhile, Maestro Fukumura, recognized as one of the most famous maestros in Japan, is the former music director of the Tokyo Ballet, Kyoto Municipal Symphony, and Nagoya Philharmonic. From making recordings to conducting festivals and subscription concerts in almost all parts of Asia, he has found a huge satisfaction in working with Asian orchestras. He was assigned as the first chief conductor of ASEAN Symphony Orchestra, consisting of 80 musicians carefully selected from some of the ASEAN countries, at the 17th ASEAN Summit in Hanoi on October 2010 as supported by the Nippon Foundation.

Popular for conducting charity concerts, Yoshikazu Fukumura was appointed as the music director for the charity concert of the special orchestra in support to the Association of the Blind in Phnom Penh, Cambodia in the same year. The concert was the pioneer symphonic concert in Cambodia after the civil war took place.

For inquires and subscription, call the CCP Marketing Department at 832-1125 local 1806, the CCP Box Office at 832-3704, or the TicketWorld at National Bookstore at 891-9999.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

“DRUM TAO – SAMURAI DRUM ROCK” IN MANILA

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 “DRUM TAO – SAMURAI DRUM ROCK”, the return of the Japanese troupe with a spectacular new show on April 19th – 22nd, 2018 at the Kia Theatre, Quezon City.


World-renowned Japan martial arts and drum-playing extraordinaires, Drum Tao, have an exciting stage show for 2018 with costumes created by fashion designer Junko Koshino.

After playing to audiences of more than 7 million, in 400 cities in 23 countries that include Switzerland, Denmark, Israel, USA, Australia, Spain, Belgium, UK and Germany, critically-acclaimed Drum Tao, will explode onto the Manila stage with its eclectic mix of dance and martial arts as the dynamic and innovative Japanese performers beat their Wadaiko Drums.

Drum Tao is world class entertainment at the highest level.  It is an innovative contemporary Japanese production that has thrilled audiences with this ground-breaking presentation and one-of-a-kind show.

The two-hour extravaganza features super human efforts by the highly disciplined crew of Japanese Taiko drummers, who spend eight months of the year touring the world, giving it their all in the 500 shows they perform a year.

Audiences will be captivated by an evening of rhythm, beats, melody and extraordinary precision which is inspiring, uplifting and theatrical. Tickets on sale today!

“The highly acclaimed debut of Drum Tao in Broadway will represent not only Japanese entertainment but Japan itself”… - Newsweek

“Supernaturally fit and superbly trained…Stunning…fully deserving of the standing ovation” – Herald


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Thursday, February 8, 2018

MUSICAL THEATER SONGWRITER WILLIAM ELVIN TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM OF PERSONAL SONGS IN OCTOBER

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After producing a string of original Filipino musicals, including 2011’s “Rizal X”, 2013’s “Maxie The Musicale” and 2016’s “Mula sa Buwan”, singer-songwriter William Elvin is set to release a new collection of personal songs on Spotify and Apple Music in October this year.

Having gained fan support through his emotionally vulnerable and brutally honest musical works, songs such as Ang Sabi Nila (Mula sa Buwan), But I Love No One But You and Tonight, I Break Some Promises (Rizal X) have garnered thousands of listeners on Spotify. With the new album’s release, William aims to express his musical message on a more personal level and connect with his listeners more intimately.

“I think the new album will be an exploration of where I am now as an artist as opposed to where I was creatively when I was just starting out,” said William. “It will contain a mix of songs I have recently written here in HK and some that were from when I was 17 years old,” he revealed.

William Elvin started performing music in 2003 with small band gigs in the now-defunct iconic rock club Mayric’s in Espana, Manila. He then went on to become a performer, writer and director for the stage after being trained in Dulaang UP, the official theater group of the University of the Philippines Diliman.  He is now based in Hong Kong and is active in the Filipino musician community in the city, and continues to perform with his band William Elvin and the Circus Tour.

To listen to William Elvin’s music, visit his official website at www.williamelvinmusic.com, or like his official Facebook page www.facebook.com/williamelvinmusic.

Monday, February 5, 2018

A Lolita Carbon Valentine Special”

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Coming  from  the big success of her FULLBLAST! PINOY SUPERBANDS concert last Oct 20 2017,  Lolita is  once again  set to excite and entertain her loyal fans on Valentine’s Day.  First ever will they see their Folk  Rock idol (aka “Voice of the Earth”) onstage  of the most prestigious Manila Hotel singing their most coveted, beloved hits of all time!
This being the ‘first ever’ big valentine concert of Lolita, she promise  to offer her fans ALL her greatest hits from  ASIN, her own signature hits and ‘never been heard’ before cover rock love songs!
Together with the Metro Manila Concert Orchestra, come and be mesmerize by the voice of Earth, Lolita Carbon  and the boys on  February 14 2018 at the Grand Ballroom of The Manila Hotel. Dinner buffet starts at 6pm . Show starts at 8pm.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

NEOCOLOURS SIGNS WITH UNIVERSAL RECORDS

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One of the biggest names in the OPM scene, Neocolours, will finally release new songs this year. To jumpstart this awaited music launch, the band signed up today with its record label, Universal Records. Universal Records’ top executives led by VP Ramon Chuaying , General Manager, Kathleen Dy-Go and Operations Manager, Peter Chan welcomed the members of the band during the contract signing.
Neocolours' songs have been a mainstay of many Filipino listener's playlist. Their songs such as Maybe, Kasalanan Ko Ba, Hold On, Say You'll Never Go and Tuloy Pa Rin have transcended generational barriers and repeatedly re-recorded by some of the country's top recording artists. With the release of new songs starting this March, the band hopes to continue this artistic and musical tradition. Aside from the completion of a new album, Neocolours' other music activities includes a 30th year anniversary show at the Music Museum on April 28, as well as a national tour for the rest of the year.

Monday, January 22, 2018

AUDITIONS FOR BINONDO: A TSINOY MUSICAL

Auditions is now open casting for the forthcoming BINONDO: A TSINOY MUSICAL to be directed by Joel Lamangan. The musical is written by Ricky Lee with music by Von de Guzman and choreography by Douglas Nierras. Auditions will be on February 8-9, 2018 from 10AM to 5PM at Douglas Nierras Powerdance Studios, Unit B 4/F ICITE Building, Eastwood City Libis, Quezon City.

Prepare a Tagalog song and 1 dance. For more information, contact Ms. Rebecca at +63 918 9357/ +63 917 301 2445 or Chriz S. Zabala at +63 917 9004 6778 . For more updates about the tsinoy musical Binondo, follow this blog and like L.E.N.S. blogs on Facebook. Written below is the synopsis and character sketches of the musical.

PREMISE
‘BINONDO: a Tsinoy Musical’ tells the story of how LILY, a Filipina night club singer in pre-Martial Law Manila, and AH TIONG, a mainland Chinese scholar returning to Cultural Revolution-era Beijing, embark on a journey of great love and heartbreak that begins one fated, moon-lit night during the Mid-Autumn Festival of 1971 in the heart of Manila’s Chinatown.

LILY, a hopeless romantic, finally finds her unlikely great love in AH TIONG, a cynic about destiny, during this night of one of the fullest moons ever recorded and on the birthdate of Ge Lao, the Old Man Under the Moon or the Chinese Deity of Love. Vying for LILY’s heart as well is CARLOS, a local Chinese childhood friend of hers who is finally pushed to confront his feelings for her with the arrival of this stranger set on stealing her heart. A triangle centered on different ways of loving and receiving love forms the crux of this story.

Spanning two decades and two countries, the musical explores how love overcomes even times of racial prejudice and political turmoil and endures years of waiting and absence, only to grow deeper and change the lives of everyone who dares to put their hearts on the line.

MGA TAGPUAN
UNANG YUGTO – 1971, Chinatown at Mendiola Manila PH, Shenzhen Harbor at Beijing Labor Camp CN
IKALAWANG YUGTO – 1971-1986, Chinatown Manila PH, Beijing Labor Camp at University Housing CN

CHARACTER SKETCHES
LILY (25/40)
-Filipina, hopeless romantic, laking Chinatown dahil sa factory ng mga Chinese nagtrabaho ang mga magulang niya noon kaya sanay na siya sa kulturang Tsino, hindi nakatapos sa college dahil namatay ang ama sa barilan sa loob ng isang club at kinailangan niyang tumulong sa ina na kumita ng pera, namasukan bilang kahera sa Divisoria bago natanggap bilang isang singer sa The Lotus Club sa Binondo, halos araw-araw bumibisita sa altar ni Ge Lao (ang Diyos ng Pag-ibig, o ang matandang nananahan sa mukha ng buwan) para humiling na makita na niya ang lalaking nakatadhana para sa kanya 


AH TIONG (27/42)
-mainland Chinese, iskolar ng Beijing University na katatapos lang ng PhD sa Amerika, pragmatic kaya hindi naniniwala sa great love o destiny kundi ang pag-ibig ay isang duty na kailangang bigyan ng commitment, tanggap niyang may nakatakda na sa kanyang aasawahin pagbalik sa Tsina, nadaan sa Pilipinas para magbakasyon ng 2 linggo bago umuwi sa Tsinang nabalitaang nabalot na sa gulo ng Cultural Revolution


CARLOS (26/41)
-local Chinese, kababata ni LILY, anak ng may-ari ng factory na pinagtrabahuan ng mga magulang ni LILY noon, lumaking malapit sa mga kaibigang Pilipino, nagsimulang maging aktibista mula college kaya sinasama-sama niya si LILY tuwing may kilos-protesta, nasanay nang tinutulungan si LILY gaya ng pagpapapasok dito sa The Lotus Club na pagmamay-ari ng kaibigan ng pamilya nito, para sa kanya ang pag-ibig kahit magsimulang simple ay pinipili at ginagawang great


JASMINE (26/41)
-mainland Chinese, kasamahan ni AH TIONG sa Beijing University at anak ng malalapit na kaibigan ng mga magulang nito, ang babaeng itinakda para kay AH TIONG hindi lamang dahil malakas ang mga magulang ni JASMINE sa Communist Party kundi dahil lumaki rin siyang kilala na ng pamilya, para sa kanya ang pag-ibig ay desisyon na tanggapin ang isang tao nang buong-buo


RUBY (15)
-Chinese-Filipina, anak nina LILY at AH TIONG, lumaking alam ang katotohanan na hindi si CARLOS ang tunay niyang ama kaya mas mamahalin pa niya ito at isusumpang ayaw nang makita pa si AH TIONG, pinalaking Chinese ng mga magulang ni CARLOS matapos sila tanggapin mag-ina, testigo sa sakripisyo ng inang si LILY na pumayag na maging halos ghost/miyembrong walang boses sa bahay ng mga CHUA kapalit ng magandang buhay para sa kanya, matututunan mula sa halimbawa ni CARLOS na ang pag-ibig ay debosyon at ang paghahangad ng ikabubuti ng minamahal 


MATANDANG TSINO/GE LAO
-matandang Tsinong nagbabantay sa altar ni Ge Lao (ang Diyos ng Pag-ibig para sa mga Tsino, o ang matandang nananahan sa mukha ng buwan), kilala na si LILY dahil sa halos araw-araw na pagbisita ng dalaga upang hilingan ang estatwa, sa totoo’y siya ang incarnation ni Ge Lao sa lupa upang makahalubilo ang mga tao


LIDER NG KORO, at sina KORO 1, 2, 3, at 4
-mga miyembro ng Koro na magsisilbing mga tagapagkwento ng musical at gaganap sa iba’t-ibang mga karakter sa dula (hal. mga waiters sa club, reporter ng balita, lider ng mga rally, mga miyembro ng Philippine Constabulary, mga miyembro ng Red Guard, atbp.), mga alipin ni Ge Lao sa pagtatakda ng tadhana, makukulit, witty, at madalas comic relief ng mga eksena


MRS. DELA ROSA (50)
-nanay ni LILY, mapagmahal, boto kay CARLOS na maging kasintahan ang anak dahil matagal na niyang napansin na may pagtingin ang binata dito, tututol sa umpisa sa pagmamahal ng anak kay AH TIONG na estrangherong aalis at baka hindi na bumalik, may malubhang sakit kaya parating nangangamba para sa kinabukasan ng anak na dalaga sakaling maiwan na niya ito


MR. CHUA (53)
-tatay ni CARLOS, hindi mapagsalita kaya wala masyadong relasyon sa anak kahit mahal niya ito, tutol sa pagsama ng anak sa mga rally dahil para sa kanya sadyang magkaiba ang mga lannang (local Chinese) at mga hwanna (barbaro/pej. for Filipino), itatakwil ang anak nang bulagain siyang bitbit-bitbit nito ang anak ng dating mga pahinante na buntis


MRS. CHUA (49)
-nanay ni CARLOS, maaruga at halos i-spoil ang anak para bumawi sa pagka-distant ng asawa, tradisyunal din ang paniniwala ukol sa pagkakaiba ng mga lannang at hwanna pero hinahayaan ang anak na sumama sa mga kilos-protesta dahil alam niyang ito lang ang makakapagpasaya dito, pipilitin ang asawang tanggapin muli ang anak at ang asawa nitong si LILY lalo na’t may supling na silang dadalhin (si RUBY) na palalakihin niyang halos bilang sariling anak at bilang Chinese


MR. ZHANG (58)
-tatay ni AH TIONG, propesor ng sosyolohiya sa Beijing University, boto kay JASMINE para sa anak, magiging biktima ng pang-aabuso ng mga Red Guard—ipaparada at ipapahiya nila siya bilang kontra-rebolusyonaryo at iiwang nasa bingid ng kamatayan matapos ng parada



MRS. ZHANG (51)
-nanay ni AH TIONG, propesor ng sikolohiya sa Beijing University, boto kay JASMINE para sa anak dahil alam niyang mabuti itong babae at mas lalo na dahil ang mga magulang lang ni JASMINE ang nakatulong sa asawa niya matapos itong pahirapan at ngayon naman ay para mapalaya rin ang anak pagkatapos itong hulihin pag-uwi ng Tsina

Friday, January 12, 2018

CELINE DION ANNOUNCES LIVE 2018 TOUR TO PLAY IN MANILA

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Tickets Go On Sale To The Public Beginning 18 January 2018

World-renowned singer Celine Dion has announced she will head overseas this summer with her highly anticipated LIVE 2018 Tour to perform in seven cities across the Asia-Pacific regionScheduled to kick-off 26 June in Tokyo, the CELINE DION LIVE 2018 Tour will see Celine return to cities she hasn’t performed in for ten years, including Tokyo and Macao, and cities she will perform in for the first time ever, including Singapore, Jakarta, Taipei, Manila and Bangkok.

Tickets for CELINE DION LIVE 2018 in Manila will go on sale to the public beginning 18 January at 10 a.m. Members of TeamCeline will have access to purchase tickets before the public through an advance pre-sale from 16 January to 17 January. The tour is produced by AEG Presents and co-produced by Ovation Productions in Manila.

Tickets for CELINE DION LIVE 2018 Tour in Manila will go on-sale to the public beginning 18 January.
For tickets and information visit celinedion.com and smtickets.com.
 CELINE DION LIVE 2018 Tour Dates:

26 June                Tokyo                    Tokyo Dome                                                      
29 June                Macao                  Cotai Arena at The Venetian Macao                        
3 July                     Singapore            Marina Bay Sands Grand Ballroom           
4 July                     Singapore            Marina Bay Sands Grand Ballroom           
7 July                     Jakarta                  Sentul International Convention Center
11 July                  Taipei                    Taipei Arena                                                      
13 July                  Taipei                    Taipei Arena                                                      
19 July                  Manila                  Mall of Asia Arena                                          
23 July                  Bangkok               Impact Arena 
                                                   
One of the most immediately recognized, widely respected and successful performers in pop music history, Celine Dion has sold almost 250 million albums during her over 30-year career. She has earned five Grammy Awards, two Academy Awards and seven American Music Awards.  In 2004, Celine  received the Diamond award at the World Music Awards recognizing her status as the best-selling female artist of all time. In 2016, the Billboard Music Awards presented her with the lifetime achievement Icon Award.   Celine continues to break records with her ongoing Las Vegas residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace which has played over 1,000 shows to more than four million fans.

AEG Presents is one of the largest live music companies in the world.  The company is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performances, including producing and promoting global and regional concert tours, music events and world-renowned festivals.  AEG Presents promotes more than 8,000 shows annually worldwide.  For more information, visit aegpresents.com.