OPM concert to be held in New York City


Posted at Feb 26 2014 06:20 PM | Updated as of Feb 27 2014 02:20 AM

MANILA – Original Philippine Music (OPM) will take center stage in a one-night only concert in New York City in April.

"The concert will be a musical tribute to celebrate Filipino composer Cecile Azarcon’s timeless pop songs that have been pervading the airwaves over the last 35 years—whether it be in their original form and arrangement, or contemporary rendition—in the Philippines or in many Filipino American communities across the United States," said Grace Labaguis, Synergy Productions’ marketing director.

Dubbed "An Evening of Original Philippine Music with Cecile Azarcon and Sounds of Manila", the concert is scheduled for April 27 at the Peter Norton Symphony Space (2537 Broadway and 95th Street).

"The time is also ripe to introduce Azarcon’s melodious love songs such as ‘Even If,’ ‘I Think I’m In Love,’ and ‘How Did You Know,’ newly rearranged by the renowned musical director and arranger Lorrie Ilustre, and interpreted by Sounds of Manila, a band that produces an authentic ‘70s, ‘80s Manila sound, to a more diverse group of concertgoers,” added Labaguis.

Aside from Azarcon, Ilustre, and the Sounds of Manila, also performing in the concert are emerging young vocalists Tiffany Viray (“Stars of Tomorrow” at the Apollo Theater), Jared Martin (The Outstanding Filipino Americans in New York Awards at Carnegie Hall), Arnel Arcedo (Finalist, Broadway’s “Rock of Ages” at Superbowl Boulevard), and Tony Gado (FDR Band); and guest guitarist Carlo Tampac of Chapter 2 band.

Sounds of Manila will also launch in the concert one of Azarcon’s three newest songs that is included in the band’s debut album, which features 10 songs written and produced by Azarcon, and arranged and co-produced by Ilustre, available in April 2014 and at the concert hall lobby.

For tickets ($60-VIP, $45-Orchestra, and $35-Balcony), visit www.symphonyspace.org/event/8306/Music/an-evening-of-philippine-music or call Symphony Space box office at 212-864-5400 from Tuesday to Sunday, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.