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Niccolo Jose opens new exhibit
One of the works of artist Niccolo Jose. Photo: Handout
Niccolo Jose is one of only a few artists that create unique art, art pieces and furniture using found wood from old homes, construction sites and other sources.
Jose got into this type of art after he returned from the US where he stayed for five years while earning credits toward a double major in Studio Art and Environmental Studies. Over the years, he has experimented with art in various forms, fashioning unique pieces using materials found in nature.
“I work with wood, but I don’t cut down trees,” he said. “Everything that I use are recycled wood that’s 50 to 300 years old. They’re all from old houses, mga riles ng tren, so nothing is really cut. Everything is collected.”
Last year, Jose exhibited his one-of-a-kind furniture pieces made from wood. The exhibit was a success, so he is following it up with another exhibit, this time showcasing his use of wood as art—not functional art like furniture, but art created for purely aesthetic purposes.
The exhibit, entitled “Remnants,” will open at the Altro Mondo Gallery in Greenbelt 5 on August 29 and will run until the second week of September.
“This will feature me as an artist…a sculptor, not a designer. It’s purely art,” he said, “and it’s beautiful.”
‘Mind’s Eye’ returns to RCBC Plaza
Joy Virata and Jenny Jamora in a scene from "Mind's Eye." Photo: Handout
The stage adaptation of the book “Mind’s Eye,” which had its worldwide stage debut in the Philippines last year, will have a special repeat run.
“The reception was beyond my expectations,” said veteran theater actress Joy Virata, who will be reprising her role as the 88-year-old Elva. “People were asking me to restage it, and so here we are again.”
“Mind’s Eye” will be restaged from September 6 to 8 at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium in RCBC Plaza, Makati City. Also coming back to play 16-year-old Courtney is Jenny Jamora. Veteran stage director Jaime del Mundo will once again call the shot as director for this year’s rerun of the play.
“Mind’s Eye” is based on a young adult novel of the same name, written by Paul Fleischman. It narrates the story of retired teacher Elva and rebellious teenager Courtney, whose paralysis from waist down compelled her to abandon the active life for—to her astonishment—a more exciting journey that only involved the imagination.
Read our original review of “Mind’s Eye” here.
PPO sets 2013-2014 concert season
The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra. Photo: Handout
The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) is set to perform a series of concerts for its 31st Concert Season under the baton of its music director, Olivier Ochanine at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Main Theater.
On September 6, the PPO opens the season with "Guzman & Pathétique" as it performs the “Flute Concerto in D Major” of Antonio Vivaldi, “Les Préludes” of Franz Liszt and Peter Tchaikovsky's final work, his 6th Symphony, also known as the “Pathétique.”
On October 11, PPO associate conductor Herminigildo Ranera conducts a program of Filipino works, including the “Suite Pastorale” of San Pedro. Also on the program are the jazzy “La Création du Monde” of Milhaud and the lovely “Slavonic Dances, Op.46” of Dvorak.
In partnership with the Israel Embassy, the PPO's November 14 concert features pianist Yossi Reshef as soloist for Schumann's Piano Concerto. To celebrate the 200 years since his birth, Wagner's “Overture to The Flying Dutchman” and “Overture to Rienzi” round out the concert.
For December 13, conductor Yoshikazu Fukumura returns to conduct a program of Beethoven, Saint-Saens and De Falla. Cellist Ray Wang joins the PPO for the Saint-Saens “Cello Concerto”. Selections from De Falla's “3 Cornered Hat, Scenes and Dances” are also on the program.
Following many requests, the complete Four Seasons of Vivaldi is the main feature of the PPO's January 17, 2014 concert. Soloists for this concert are PPO assistant concertmaster Joanne Ruth Livioco and her brother, violinist Jonathan David Livioco, concertmaster of the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra. Also on the program is the Symphony No. 2 of Carl Nielsen, entitled "The Four Temperaments."
Former PPO music director Eugene Castillo conducts the PPO on February 21 in the “Symphony No. 5” of Jean Sibelius, while violinist Roger Wilke joins the PPO for the romantic concerto of Johannes Brahms. To top it off, Castillo leads the PPO in "The Fall of The Leaf" of Gerald Finzi.
Taiwan conductor, Maestra Apo Hsu leads the PPO on March 14 in the exciting Symphony No. 5 of Sergei Prokofiev. Also from Taiwan is oboist Wanchen Hsieh, who plays the lovely Martinu “Oboe Concerto” with the PPO. Maestra Hsu also leads the orchestra in Yarnell's "Yosemite and the Range of Light."
On April 11, the PPO closes its season with a fun program at the movies. To open this concert, the orchestra premieres the work of the winner of the PPO 2013 Composition Competition, to be announced. The program also features some popular classics from the film music repertoire, along with the stunning "Also Sprach Zarathustra" of Richard Strauss, whose 150th birth anniversary will be commemorated in 2014.
Each concert begins at 8 p.m. Ticket prices range from P500 to P1,500, with discounts available to students, senior citizens and groups. Subscription packages are also available for eight or four shows.
MCOF Young Artists' Series opens with teen violinist
Pianist Jelina Oliva. Photo: Handout
The Manila Chamber Orchestra Foundation's "Young Artists' Series 2013" opens with the performance of the 16-year old violinist and prize winner of the National Music Competition for Young Artists, Maria Jelina Llorin Oliva, with collaborating pianist, Mary Anne Espina on September 5 at 7 p.m. at the Ayala Museum.
The repertoire includes Beethoven's elegant "Spring Sonata," Sarasate's fiery "Introduction and Tarantella" and Saint-Saens' fiendish "Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso" to name a few.
Oliva won the first prize in the 2011 National Music Competition for Young Artists that gave her a chance to perform with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra.
Currently a fourth-year high school student of St. Anthony School in Singalong, Manila, she wants to pursue music and hopes to study abroad if given the opportunity.
This concert marks Oliva's first major solo concert. The next performers of the series will be tenor Ivan Niccolo Nery on September 19, a winner of both the NAMCYA and the Jovita Fuentes Vocal Competitions; soprano Myramae Meneses on October 2, a 2012 Aliw Award Nominee for Best Actress in a musical. Ending the series will be 15-year-old pianist Matthew Calderon on October 16, the second-prize winner of the first Mozart International in Thailand.
Trumpet workshop, masterclass at the CCP
Trumpet player Raymond De Leon. Photo: Handout
The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) is inviting trumpet players to attend the trumpet workshop to be given by international prize-winning trumpet player Raymond De Leon on September 5 and 6 from 1:30-5:30 p.m.at the CCP’s Silangan Hall. Trumpet players are requested to bring their trumpets for participation in the trumpet choir.
The workshop will follow the trumpet masterclass participated in by selected trumpet players.
De Leon is a three-time first prize winner of the National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA) and won first prize in the Seattle Philharmonic Don Bushell Concerto Competition in 2011. Last year, he performed with the Seattle Philharmonic, playing the Arutiunian Trumpet Concerto.
De Leon is also the featured artist of the second concert of the CCP Special Concert Series on September 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino.