New York City – The year opens in brazen cold but promises the astounding music of a renowned Philippine pianist and a tour on the sparkling island paradise of the Philippine islands. Check these out.
Cecile Licad Piano Concert in Carnegie
Brilliant virtuoso Cecile Licad, hailed by The New Yorker as “a pianist’s pianist,” will be presented by the Key Pianists concert series on Thursday evening, January 18, 2018, 8 PM at the Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall.
Cecile’s program features works by Elie Siegmeister and Edward MacDowell, as well as the towering Liszt B Minor Sonata and the Mephisto Waltz.
Key Pianists is conceived by pianist Terry Eder to fill a void in New York concert life: “Many wonderful pianists playing with wisdom, insight, sensitivity and beauty are not heard in New York. These stellar artists, as well as New York audiences, deserve an event to share this extraordinary music-making.”
General Admission tickets are $35 and available for purchase at: www.carnegiehall.org, CarnegieCharge 212-247-7800 or the Box Office at 57th St and 7th Ave.
Cecile began her piano studies at the age of three with her mother, Rosario Licad, in the Philippines, and later studied with the highly regarded Rosario Picazo. At seven, she made her debut as soloist with the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Philippines. As one of the youngest musicians to receive the prestigious Leventritt Gold Medal, Cecile won immediate international recognition, and her career was launched.
Cecile’s artistry is a blend of daring musical instinct and superb training. Her natural talent was honed at the Curtis Institute of Music by three of the greatest performer/pedagogues of our time: Rudolf Serkin, Seymour Lipkin and Mieczyslaw Horszowski. Cecile’s large repertoire as an orchestral soloist spans the classical works of Mozart and Beethoven, the Romantic literature of Brahms, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Schumann and Rachmaninoff, and on to the 20th century compositions of Debussy, Ravel, Shostakovich, Prokofiev and Bartok.
Explore Islands Philippines in the Iconic Grand Central
On January 11, 2018, the JS Productions Inc. together with the Tourism Promotion Board of the Philippines will hold a press conference and official launch reception at 5 PM at the Philippine Center, Kalayaan Hall on 556 Fifth Avenue.
The launching press conference and reception will announce EXPLORE ISLANDS PHILIPPINES, a four (4) day festival to be held at the historic Vanderbilt Hall East, New York Grand Central Terminal from May 9-12, 2018.
EXPLORE ISLANDS PHILIPPINES intends to promote Philippine Tourism, Culture and Investment programs to a range of American industries and audiences. This event will attract professionals in the real estate, finance, tourism, investment and development, architecture, engineering, media and entertainment, legal and social media industries, along with hoteliers and friends of the arts.
The festival will showcase Filipino creative spirit, their way of life, history, cuisine, arts and culture and traditions emanating from their 7,100 islands. Part of the festival’s mission is to foster better understanding and unity among the diverse communities of New York City and build a stronger relationship with the Filipino-American people.
This event will offer a unique, grass-roots opportunity to grow relationships with a country that is Asia’s second-fastest growing economy and has been voted the best travel destination by Condé Nast for four (4) years running. This groundbreaking event offers a mutually beneficial opportunity to promote New York City to the Filipino-American people in different parts of the United States.
With a population of more than 300,000 in the New York metropolitan area alone (approx. 4 million nationwide, nearly half of them millennials), Fil-Ams are the second largest ethnic community in the USA today, mostly highly educated professionals and leaders in health care and teaching sector. (Photos and press releases from Marilyn Abalos and JS Productions)