It’s all set for the much awaited concert of internationally acclaimed Filipina pianist Cecile Licad, together with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Olivier Ochanine, come January 28, 8 p.m., at the main theater of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP).
Billed as Cecile Licad Encore!, the concert will feature a scintillating repertoire including Rossini’s Overture to Italian Girl in Algiers, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2.
Licad’s rise to international prominence began in 1981 when she was awarded the prestigious Leventritt Gold Medal making her the first Asian to bag this award. With this, her international career was launched and since then her musical life has been played out in the great concert halls of the world, performing with famous orchestras and distinguished conductors of the world.
Another notable thing in the concert will be Licad’s Hamburg Steinway Grand Piano, which was shipped from New York and was used for her concert at the Santuario de San Antonio Church concert in October 2015 and also at the state dinner in honor of the 15 heads of States who attended APEC Summit in November 2015.
Philippine Italian Association co-produced the concert with the CCP.
The Philippine Italian Association (PIA) Endowment Fund was created in 2002 under the leadership of PIA President Zenaida Tantoco to answer the growing needs of the underprivileged, as well as nurture the human spirit through the arts and culture.
For Licad’s concert, proceeds will go to the Philippine Italian Association Endowment Fund and the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra United States of America Tour in June 2016. Incidentally, the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto that Cecile will perform at the CCP will be repeated at the Carnegie Hall when she joins the PPO in concert.
Other outstanding beneficiaries of the PIA Endowment Fund are major charities organized by Italian missionaries who provide educational, medical, food and housing facilities. The welfare projects initiated by PIA are supervised by the Missionaries of the Servants of Charity, the Sisters Handmaids of Charity and the Canossian Sons of Charity.
Tickets are available at CCP Box Office (832-3704) or TicketWorld (891-9999). Also call the Secretariat Maricar Alamodin at 895-2109; 877-3412/07; 0917-5384508; ESAlamodin@rgoc.com.ph for tickets or those who may wish to make a tax-deductible donation.