Friday, May 11, 2018

CHARLIE PUTH’S MUCH ANTICIPATED ALBUM VOICENOTES ARRIVES TODAY

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SOPHOMORE RELEASE FROM MULTI-GRAMMY® NOMINATED SINGER/SONGWRITER/PRODUCER
FEATURES 3X-PLATINUM SINGLE “ATTENTION” AND PLATINUM FOLLOW-UP “HOW LONG”

VOICENOTES AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE NOW

DOWNLOAD ALL CHARLIE PUTH PRESS ASSETS HERE

Multi-GRAMMY® nominated singer/songwriter/producer Charlie Puth has released his highly anticipated album, Voicenotes, via Atlantic Records.  The multi-platinum artist’s sophomore release is available now at all music retailers and streaming services. Download/Stream HERE.

Every track on Voicenotes was produced and written by Charlie himself, and the initial response to the album has been incredible:  The Associated Press calls it, “an astonishing, glistening collection of summer-perfect pop” while Billboard raves that “[Puth] has put his best foot forward with an entire album’s worth of songs both catchy and sincere – turning the potential for a sophomore slump into a sophomore triumph.”

Charlie celebrated the arrival of Voicenotes with a number of release week, national television appearances, performing his current single “Done For Me” on NBC’s “The Voice” and “TODAY.”  Charlie continues his media blitz with a performance of the track on the nationally syndicated “Live with Kelly and Ryan” on May 14.  “Done For Me (feat. Kehlani)” – the third single off of Voicenotes - is currently climbing the top 25 at Top 40 radio and the top 15 at Hot AC.  The album already boasts back-to-back smashes in its now 3x-Platinum certified lead single “Attention” and Platinum certified follow-up “How Long.”  “Attention” marked Charlie’s fifth RIAA-certified platinum selling single, third Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 (peaking at #5), second solo #1 on Hot AC radio, and first solo #1 on Top 40 radio.  In addition to his continued commercial success, Charlie’s new music has found critical acclaim with The New York Times calling “Attention” one of the best songs of 2017. “Attention” also proved to be a worldwide smash outside the U.S., receiving a remarkable 47 Platinum certifications as well as a Diamond certification in France.   In addition to hitting #1 on the European airplay chart, the song went #1 on the airplay charts in France, Italy, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.   Likewise, “How Long” went Top 5 at both Top 40 and Hot AC radio, and was named one of “The 17 Best Pop Songs of 2017” by Vanity Fair.  Together, the companion videos for “Attention” and “How Long” have logged over 1 billion views on YouTube alone, and can be seen at Charlie’s official YouTube channel – watch HERE.
This summer, Charlie will embark on his biggest North American tour to date.  Produced by Live Nation, the cross-country trek officially gets underway July 11th in Toronto, Ontario at the Budweiser Stage, and travels the continent through the summer (see attached itinerary). Highlights include dates at New York City's world-famous Radio City Music Hall (July 16) and the renowned Greek Theatre in Los Angeles (August 14).  Multiplatinum recording artist Hailee Steinfeld will be his very special guest support on all dates.  For complete tour details and ticket information, please visit www.charlieputh.com/tour or LiveNation.com.

Charlie is nominated for a pair of 2018 Billboard Music Awards – Top Radio Song for his smash “Attention” and Top Radio Songs Artist – with the winners being announced on May 20.  In March, Charlie delivered an electrifying performance at the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards that had the entire audience singing every word.  In addition to being nominated for Male Artist of the Year, Charlie was also among the recipients of iHeartRadio’s Titanium Award - which recognizes artists who have reached a threshold of a billion Total Audience Spins – for “Attention.” 
Voicenotes is the follow-up to Charlie’s RIAA Platinum-certified first album Nine Track Mind, which made a remarkable chart debut upon its 2016 release, hitting #5 on Billboard’s Top Current Albums Chart, fueled by the 2x RIAA Platinum-certified top 40 smashes, “One Call Away” and “Marvin Gaye (featuring Meghan Trainor),” as well as the 3x RIAA Platinum-certified “We Don’t Talk Anymore (featuring Selena Gomez).” Overseas, “We Don’t Talk Anymore” went 29x Platinum and received a Diamond certification in France. A worldwide phenomenon, the album reached #1 on iTunes charts in 28 countries around the globe having received 34 Platinum certifications with over 2 million albums sold outside of the U.S.  A worldwide phenomenon, the album reached #1 on iTunes charts in 28 countries around the globe.

Charlie fully exploded onto the music scene as a songwriter, producer and vocalist on Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again,” the emotional tribute to Paul Walker in “FURIOUS 7.” The song has officially entered the history books as one of the decade’s biggest singles, topping Billboard’s Hot 100 for a stunning 12 weeks and has become YouTube’s “second most popular video of all-time” with 2.1 billion-plus views. It won two Billboard Music Awards, a Critic’s Choice Award for “Best Song,” a Hollywood Film Award, 2 Teen Choice Awards, a Golden Globe® Award nomination in the category of “Best Original Song” and three GRAMMY® Award nods, including the prestigious “Song of the Year.”

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

CCP MET OPERA IN HD SEASON 5 CLOSES WITH DER ROSENKAVALIER

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THE CCP Met Opera in HD culminates its fifth season with “Der Rosenkavalier,” a comic opera in three acts by Richard Strauss to an original German libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal. It will be screened on May 8, 2018, at 6:30 p.m., at Greenbelt 3 Cinema 3. Estimated HD run time is 4 hours and 12 minutes.

Set at the end of the Habsburg Empire, Baron Ochs unknowingly disturbs the illicit tryst of the Marschallin and Octavian one morning. He asks the Marschallin about who to employ to present a silver engagement rose to Sophie, his betrothed, in his behalf. In a whim, Marschallin suggests to employ Octavian, her young lover. To this end, Count Octavian finds himself employed by the baron.

Inevitably, Octavian falls in love with Sophie, who reciprocates the feelings. Together, they must find a way to outwit the baron. Will they be able to succeed? And will the Marschallin yield Octavian to the younger woman?

Director Robert Carsen, who also helms the recent Met production Falstaff, underscores the opera’s subtext of class and conflict against a rich backdrop of gilt and red damask, with a beautiful score conducted by Sebastian Weigle. Gary Halvorson directs the Live in HD, with Matthew Polenzani as Live in HD host. It was re-staged and performed at the Met from April 13 to May 13, 2016.

In this latest staging of Strauss grandest opera, it featured the dream cast - soprano Renée Fleming as the Marschallin, Elīna Garanča as the 17-year old count named Octavian whom the Marschallin is having an affair with, Günther Groissböck as Baron Ochs, Erin Morley (alternate with Kathleen Kim) as Sophie, a 16-year-old daughter who is engaged to the baron; Markus Bruck as Faninal, the father who wanted to cement his status through his daughter's marriage; and Matthew Polenzani as A Singer.

The CCP Met Opera in HD series features screenings of the latest operatic productions of the Metropolitan Opera of New York through the high-definition digital video technology and Dolby sound recreating the experience of watching an opera production at the Met “live.” The CCP Met Opera in HD is presented by the Cultural Center of the Philippines, the Metropolitan Opera of New York and the Filipinas Opera Society Foundation, Inc., in cooperation with the Ayala Malls Cinemas.

For more information, please call Greenbelt 3 cinemas Customer Service Hotline: 757-7883 or CCP Sales and Promotions at 832-3706, or e-mail 
ccpsalesandpromo@gmail.com.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

PPO SUNSETS AT MAKILING 2018

PRESS RELEASE
April 20, 2018


PPO SUNSETS AT MAKILING


THE much-loved and most anticipated sunset concert at the Makiling is back, with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO), the country's leading orchestra, serenading the crowds with classical music on May 5, 2018, 5:00pm at the Tanghalang Maria Makiling of the National Arts Center in Los Baños, Laguna.


A rare experience of live orchestral music set against the majestic backdrop of sunset in the mountains, the concert features works by the great classical music masters such as Franz von Suppe's Poet and Peasant Overture, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, KV550 Molto allegro, and Jean Baptiste Arban's Carnival of Venice, among others. The concert will be conducted by PPO resident conductor, Maestro Herminigildo Ranera.

This year, the PPO will be joined by trumpet player Rhoxene Octaviano who will perform Nicollo Paganini's Moto Perpetuo; banduria player Nikki Zen Obmasca performing George Frederic Handel's Concerto in B flat, Op. 4 No. 6, HWV 294 Andante-Allegro, and harpist Jane Banta, playing Jose Santos' Dalagang Pilipina, arranged by Ryan Cayabyab.

Dubbed “PPO Sunsets at Makiling,” the sunset concert is one of the CCP’s flagship outreach programs in the arts. It aims to bring the Philippine classical music, through the PPO, closer to audiences in Los Baños and other cities and towns outside Laguna.

Taking place at the open-air amphitheater overlooking the panoramic view of Laguna de Bay and Mt. Makiling during the summer month of May, the sunset concert is the perfect way to relax and enjoy quality time with family and friends, while listening to the beautiful music.

An open theater located in the slopes of Mt. Makiling in Los Baños, Laguna, the Tanghalang Maria Makiling is a National Arts Center structure that can accommodate up to a thousand audiences complete with state of the art lights and sound system suitable for low, medium and large scale productions and performances.

Established in 1976 as a haven for young and aspiring artists, the National Arts Center is tucked away in mythical Mt. Makiling, Laguna. Its various buildings and facilities are scattered over 13.5 hectares of the Makiling Forest Reservation and also houses the Philippine High School for the Arts, a government-run secondary educational institution for gifted young artists. The NAC’s unique location offers a perfect vacation hideaway and its laid-back and contemplative atmosphere sets the mood to relax, unwind and recharge one’s energies.

Presented by the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the Filipinas Opera Society Foundation, Inc., the concert is free and open to the public. Jeepneys to the National Arts Center will be available at the Baker Hall of the University of the Philippines Los Baños from 2p.m. onward on May 5, 2017. Fare is Php50 (one way).

Thursday, April 19, 2018

BINONDO A TSINOY MUSICAL SET TO OPEN JUNE 29

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SYNERGY 88, Rebecca Chuaunsu Film Production (RCFP) and Fullhouse Asia Production Studios, Inc. proudly presents BINONDO, A TSINOY MUSICAL directed by Joel Lamangan and written by Ricky Lee with Gershom Chua and Eljay Deldoc.


            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.

The schedule of performances are as follows: June 29 at 8pm; June 30 and July 1 at 3 and 8pm; July 6 at 8pm; July 7 and 8 at 3 and 8pm.
           
Venue: Theatre at Solaire

BINONDO, A TSINOY MUSICAL shall feature the country’s multi-talented
artists from film, TV, stage namely Shiela Valderrama Martinez and Carla Guevara
Laforteza (Lily); Arman Ferrer and David Ezra (Ah Tiong); Floyd Tena and Noel
Rayos (Carlos); Yela Laurel (Jasmine); Ashlee Factor (Ruby); Ima Castro (Mrs.
Dela Rosa); Ana Feleo and Jennifer Villegas (Lourdes); Kay Balajadia and  
Jennifer Villegas (Mrs. Chua); Dondi Ong (Mr. Chua); Russell Magno (Mr. Zhang);
Elizabeth Chua (Mrs. Zhang); Jim Pebanco, Lorenz Martinez. Khalil Kaimo, Ellrica
Laguardia, Rhapsody & Tuesday Vargas (Koro); Jonel Mojica (Ge Lao); Philip
Deles & Ivana Billanueva (Swing);

The ensemble are as follows: Carlos Derriada, Cheeno Macaraig, Claire
Borja, Daniel Cruz, Dusty Suarez, Janine Tolentino, Joseph Billeza, Joseph
Puducay, Julia Chua, Paul Clark, Precious Sementilla, Rence Aviles, Randy Rey,
Romcel Brinquiz, Roy Sotero, Ryan Caraan, VJ Cortel, Xander Pineda, and Zyruz
Imperial
           
The artistic team of BINONDO, A TSINOY MUSICAL are as follows:
Joel Lamangan (Director ), Rebecca Chuaunsu (Original Story / Producer),   
Ricky Lee, Gershom Chua, Eljay Castro Deldoc (Story / Libretto), Von De Guzman
(Music), Douglas Nierras (Choreography), Joey Nombres (Light Design),       
Otto Hernandez (Production Design / Technical Director).                                   
           
The production team are as follows: Gina T. Godinez (Creatives/ Line
Production), Maricel Santos (Production Manager), Lani Tapia (Stage Manager),
Rice Ramos (Asst. Production Manager), Froilan Dabalus & Christaliza Dabalus
(Dance Masters), Therese Arroyo & Celine Bugcat (Associate Production
Designers),  Nikki Borbon, Bing Galla, Reynaldo Balaran, Henrick Jueco &
Ronaldo Alim (Production Staff), Reynan Jalos, Leo Asetre, Jayson Busa,
Jay-Ar Talanay Cruz (Assistant Stage Managers); Jenny Uy Estrope (Production /
Marketing Coordinator); Sonny Aniceto (Graphic Artist);   Christine de Los Santos,
Sherry Gocheco, Hepzibeth Ting (Marketing / RCFP staff).

For tickets, call TICKETWORLD 8919999.
Ticket prices:
Orchestra center: PHP 2500
Orchestra side  PHP 2000
Loge or gold premium side PHP 3000
Balcony center PHP 1000
Balcony side PHP 500.

            For further inquiries, please contact:
REBECCA CHUAUNSU 09189169357 & 09173012445.
Email: rebeccachuaunsufilmproduction@yahoo.com

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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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

YOUNG AND FAST-RISING OPM BAND BETTER DAYS LAUNCHED THEIR DEBUT MUSIC VIDEO, ‘SIGE LANG’

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Rising OPM band Better Days, composed of Daniel Paringit (Vocalist and Lead Guitar), Rosner Mabuti (Pianist), and Gelo Cabigon (Bassist), launched their music video for their hit debut single ‘Sige Lang’.

The single was recently featured as Barangay LS FM 97.1 ’s most wanted song of the week. This, together with their other single ‘Nararamdaman’ are already highlighted on multiple Spotify Playlists, including ‘I Love You Sabado,’ ‘Pinoy Love Ballads,’ ‘New Music Friday Philippines,’ ‘Relax Tayo,’ and ‘Philippines Viral 50’ with both songs having over 200,000 plays in only a month.

Among their growing number of gigs, they have already been included in various major events such as Rakrakan Festival 2018: Pinoy Muna! and UP Fair 2018: Elements.

The premiere of Better Days’ ‘Sige Lang’ Music Video happened on March 7, 2018 (Wednesday) at 70s Bistro, Anonas, Quezon City, which also showcased live performances from Better Days, Hilera, Banda ni Kleggy, Where’s Ramona, and Stellar. The video was likewise launched on the Number 1 Music Channel MYX last weekend and is currently drawing raves.

Better Days’ two singles, ‘Sige Lang’ and ‘Nararamdaman’ are now available on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer, Spinner, and Amazon.

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