• Three icons reunite in ‘The Legends and the Classics’

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    Cecile Licad, Lisa Macuja-Elizalde and Lea Salonga

    Three iconic Filipino artists—Lea Salonga, Cecile Licad and Lisa Macuja-Elizalde—reunite onstage in The Legends and the Classics Encore for an incomparable showcase of song, music and dance.

    Presented by the Manila Broadcasting Company and Ballet Manila, The Legends and the Classics returns today at 8 p.m. and tomorrow at 5 p.m., at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater) of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

    The concert brings together anew the outstanding talent and impeccable showmanship of three Filipinas who have shone brightly on the international stage and brought home countless accolades for their country.

    Each of them represents a lifelong dedication to the arts—in theater, music and ballet—where success is forged only through long years of training, unwavering commitment and an ironclad will in pursuit of excellence.

    The Legends and the Classics Encore will highlight individual spot numbers, including medleys of Broadway hits and romantic standards from Salonga, immortal piano pieces from Licad and lyrical ballet numbers from Macuja-Elizalde. But what will make it even more unforgettable are the triumvirate’s collaborative performances.

    Also featured are the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Maestro Gerard Salonga, and Ballet Manila. Cellist Francisco Llorin takes over the part rendered by Wilfredo Pasamba last year, the stirring accompaniment to Lisa’s evocative number, “Dying Swan.” Roxanne Lapus directs.

    The Legends and the Classics was the winner of last year’s Aliw Award for Best Concert Collaboration.

    Macuja-Elizalde gives gredit to lawyer Katrina Legarda for the original concept of bringing together the three performing artists in one show.

    That planned show never materialized but the idea stuck in the ballerina’s mind.

    “I was determined to do it, plain and simple. As an artist, I sincerely wanted to perform alongside these two Filipino icons before I retire from the stage, which is not too far from now. So I made it my own personal mission to make it happen,” she relates.

    Because of public clamor, Macuja-Elizalde decided to produce the concert anew this year. She promises a more refined show, retaining bulk of last year’s repertoire but also presenting new numbers particularly from Licad.

    Salonga, Licad and Macuja-Elizalde have had stellar careers in their respective fields. All three have followed similar paths, starting young and then eventually making their mark on he international stage.

    Tickets are available at all TicketWorld outlets. For details, check out www.ticketworld.com.ph or call 891-9999.

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