Cecile Licad in concert at the CCP

January 21, 2016

PRESS RELEASE
January 21, 2016

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, which will take place on Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 8:00 pm  at the Main Theater of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

Philippine Italian Association co-produced with the CCP, and with Rustan Group of Companies, Calata Corporation, The Peninsula Manila, Starbucks, Royal Duty Free Shops, Inc.  and             San Miguel Corporation joining hands as the main sponsors, the concert  – billed as  Cecile Licad Encore! – 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, Cecile’s 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.

The piano that Cecile will perform on is a Hamburg Steinway Grand Piano. It 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 honour of the 15 Heads of States who attended APEC Summit last November.

The concert has also received the active cooperation of Bvlgari, Megaworld Corporation, Mercedes-Benz, Philippine Tatler, SSI Group, Inc., Amanpulo and Anflocor Group of Companies.  

Proceeds of the concert 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. 

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. 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.

Among other important projects the PIA has sponsored through the Endowment Fund include co-sponsoring the Philippine Cultural Festival 2010 in Florence, Italy, and together with the Italian Embassy and the UP College of Fine Arts bringing to Manila for the first time the exhibit on the Italian Excellence in Restoration Methods.

Tickets are available at P5,000.00, P3,000.00, P1,000.00 and P500.00.  Please call CCP Box Office 832-3704 or TicketWorld 891-9999. You may also call the Secretariat  Ms. Maricar Alamodin at 8952109; 8773412/07; 09175384508; ESAlamodin@rgoc.com.ph for tickets or those who may wish to make a tax deductible donation.