VINCENT DE JESUS IN TRIPLE THREATS: THE COMPOSERS AT CCP
MULTI-AWARDED lyricist-composer-musical director Vincent De Jesus is the second featured artist in Triple Threats: The Composers on September 24, 2015 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater) at 8:00pm.
Billed as “Demented. Delightful. Deranged. De Jesus.”, the event is an intimate concert featuring the dark, melancholic and whimsical music of Vincent De Jesus. Highlights of the show are songs from his 32-year career in theater, television and film to be performed by some of today’s finest theater actors/singers.
Critics rave Vincent De Jesus for his music and lyrics which “paint the poetry of passion and the prose of persistence, carve the pangs of unreciprocated pining, engrave the dangers of desire for power, and sanctify ordinary lives,” for “churning out world-class material” wherein “a long-running original Pilipino musical would no longer be the stuff of fantasy.” Others praise his every lyric which has an emotional resonance that affects, moves, making the heart remember personal experiences, and his music which “is something that music majors would want to write a thesis someday.”
Joining Vincent onstage are Kalila Aguilos, Jed Balsamo, May Bayot, Raflesia Bravo, Nar Cabico, Joshua Cabiladas, Natasha Cabrera, Buddy Caramat, Ricci Chan, Red Concepcion, Erick Dizon, KL Dizon, Frenchie Dy, Bituin Escalante, Hans Eckstein, Topper Fabregas, Neomi Gonzales, Reuben Laurente, Melvin Lee, Kim Molina, Mikoy Morales, Red Nuestro, Giannina Ocampo, PJ Rebullida, Victor Robinson, Nino Royeca, Myke Salomon, Ali Santos, Markki Stroem, Kakki Teodoro, Sweet Plantado-Tiongson, Dudz Terana, Eula Valdes, Cris Villonco, Ejay Yatco, Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo and The CompanY. The concert is directed by Rem Zamora.
Triple Threats: The Composers is presented by the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Individual concert tickets are Php1200, Php1000 and Php800.
For details, contact the CCP Box Office at 832-3704.
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PPO’S 2015-2016 CONCERT SEASON OPENS
THE Cultural Center of the Philippines announces the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2015-2016 Concert Season billed as Reveries under the baton of its Music Director, Olivier Ochanine.
Maestro Ochanine opened the season last September 11 with Malaysian pianist Claudia Yang as guest artist, who is recognized and esteemed by the world renowned Chinese magazine, “China Voice” of New York, as “The Global Chinese of the Year 1999. The concert also features Piano Concerto No. 1 by Chopin and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10.
German conductor Henrik Schaefer leads the Orchestra on October 9, performing the music of Emilie Mayer’s Ouverture to Faust Op.46, Mozart’s Symphony No.40 and Schumann’s Symphony No.3.
On November 3, the PPO features a prominent French Hornist in collaboration with Maestro Olivier Ochanine. The work and soloist will be announced shortly. Program also includes Poulenc’s Les Biches and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No.3 `Scottish’.
The Orchestra performs with Japanese conductor Yoshikazu Fukumura on December 8 featuring Brahms’ Academic Festival Overture, Faure’s Pelleas et Mélisande Suite, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.2 “Little Russian”.
On January 22, 2016, the PPO performs with Japanese conductor Tetsuji Honna. Program includes Haydn’s Symphony No.94 and Beethoven’s monumental and memorable Symphony No 3, “Eroica”.
Maestro Olivier Ochanine returns with guest artists soprano Denise Beck and baritone Thomas Sturm on February 19. The program is part of The Carl Nielsen Project and features Nielsen’s Maskarade Overture, some of Nielsen’s most beloved songs and Nielsen’s Symphony No.3 “Sinfonia Espansiva”.
Soprano Rachelle Gerodias and Korean baritone Byeong In Park perform with Maestro Ochanine and the PPO on March 18, also featuring the Philippine Madrigal Singers. The program showcases the winner of the 2015 Composition Competition (announced by December) and features the Philippine premiere of Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem.
Maestro Olivier Ochanine leads the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra in its concert season ending on April 22, 2016 with American violinist Odin Rathnam. The evening’s concert program features an eclectic and exciting programme with Nielsen’s Violin Concerto, Massenet’s Scenes de Feeries, Enesco’s Romanian Rhapsody No.1 and Ginastera’s Estancia Ballet Suite.
All concerts will be staged at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater) at 8:00 pm.
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“CCP holds workshop series for Performatura 2015”
The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) holds an institution-wide workshop on Philippine literature and performance for its employees and also for public school educators as part of Performatura 2015, a three-day event in November this year. Performatura 2015 will be held on November 6, 7 and 8 at various locations within and without the Center. The event is free or open to the public.
The first leg of the workshop series will be held on August 28, Friday, at the CCP Bulwagang Pambansang Alagad ng Sining for the Center’s employees. Lilian C. Barco, Department Manager of the Human Resource Management of the institution, said that this initiative forms part of its overall program designed to achieve the fourth objective of the CCP, which is to “develop a loyal, competent and efficient workforce towards fulfilling a vital role in the cultural institution”.
“The continuing education on Philippine literature and performance for our cultural workers would greatly help them in gaining a deeper understanding of our rich culture, which, in turn, would enable them to work more effectively in promoting our arts and culture to the broad public,” Barco said. “Art matters to the life of every Filipino” is the vision of the CCP.
Multi-awarded writer, performer, and educator Vim Nadera, Festival Director of Performatura 2015, will be conducting the workshop series for the CCP employees and the public school teachers. “Performatura 2015 has an education aspect for the ones who directly interface with a large group of people – the CCP employees who deal with the public aside from the artists, and the public school teachers who interact with the students. This aspect of Performatura could be likened to training the trainers,” Nadera explained.
The second leg of the workshop series will be held sometime in September for public school educators. The CCP Arts Education under Department Manager Eva Mari Salvador will handle this activity.
Highlights of Performatura 2015 include the Epic Center, Coffee & Conversations with National Artists hosted by the likes of Lourd de Veyra and Gloc-9, Chromatext Rebooted Art Exhibition curated by Krip Yuson, Park Poetry performances, daily workshops, and a day-long summit of performances from young poets.
Performatura 2015 updates are available on the CCP website (www.culturalcenter.gov.ph), Facebook (CCP-Intertextual-Division-Programs, culturalcenterofthephilippines), Tumblr (ccpintertextualdivision.tumblr.com), Twitter (ccpintertextual, ccp_gov), and on Instagram (ccp_gov).