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Christian Leotta in Manila: An Italian pianist’s Beethoven connection


Italian pianist Christian Leotta made an auspicious Philippine debut in an evening of Bach, Schubert, Rossini and Beethoven last Nov. 11 at the Little Theater of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

Posted: November 17th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

All-male Filipino choir wins grand prize in Korea

TRIUMPHANT Aleron Choir waving Philippine flag after being declared grand winner in the 10th Busan choral competition.

The all-male Aleron Choir from the Philippines received the Grand Prize in the 10th Busan International Choral Festival and Competition in South Korea recently.

Posted: November 3rd, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Gina and Racquel Pareño: Mother and daughter take to the stage

RACQUEL Pareño on alternating with Gina (right): “For as long as I did well and I pleasedmy same role.
director and my audience, I didn’t feel I needed to compete with my ownmother.”

For several weekends at the CCP’s Bulwagang Huseng Batute, mother and daughter Gina and Racquel Pareño alternated in the part of Linda Loman, the wife of Willy Loman, in “Pahimakas Ng Isang Ahente,” Tanghalang Pilipino’s production of Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” as translated into Filipino by National Artist for Theater and Literature Rolando Tinio.

Posted: November 1st, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos,Theater | Read More »

Ingrid Sala Santamaria talks about her musical life amid the old-world charm of Negros

SANTAMARIA at the Yuan Thong Temple in Bacolod City

For more than a decade, pianist Ingrid Sala Santamaria has been holding classical concerts in the Philippine countryside in varied settings (not to mention playing and making do with inferior pianos).

Posted: October 20th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

‘La Boheme’ to be mounted; Arrieta returns to the concert hall

SOPRANOS Margarita Giannelli andMyramae Meneses

Another opera treat coming is the mounting of Puccini’s “La Boheme” at Samsung Hall, SM Aura, Oct. 18-19, under the direction of Anton Juan.

Posted: October 13th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories | Read More »