Art shorts: Gallery opens at SM Aura, CCP tours


Posted at Oct 22 2013 05:37 PM | Updated as of Oct 23 2013 01:47 AM

MANILA – Here are some events which may be of interest to art and culture enthusiasts.

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Art Elements gallery opens at SM Aura

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The entrance of the Art Elements Asian Gallery. Photo: Handout

Art Elements Asian Gallery will formally open on October 23 at the SM Aura Premier at the Bonifacio Global City, in Taguig, presenting a diverse collection of artworks in four distinct sections.

In the Featured Artist section, UNICEF greeting card artist Wilfredo Alicdan creates happy and colorful vignettes of family life in an exhibit dubbed "Indissoluble." His bright and color-infused paintings, often laced with humor, never fail to elicit smiles among those who see them.

In the Masters section, the gallery showcases select works by the country's most outstanding artists. These include pastel-on-paper nudes by National Artist for Visual Arts Benedicto "Bencab" Cabrera, portraits by the late expressionist Onib Olmedo, pieces by multi-awarded sculptor Julie Lluch and townscapes of Tallin, Estonia by painter Manuel Baldemor.

The Elements section, meanwhile, is dedicated to the works of in-house artist Lizanne Uychaco, said to be the first and only feng shui artist in the country. In the exhibit "Auspicious Art," she continues to capture ancient beliefs and symbols of luck in her artworks, rendered in contemporary style.

The gallery also has an Art Shoppe, featuring art applied on decorative, functional and wearable merchandise such as tea sets, mugs and t-shirts.

The current exhibits will run until November 5.

CCP now open for tours

The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) opens its doors to students, tourists, and local residents to learn more about its history, artists and the shows it has produced for more than 40 years.

The CCP offers building and theater tours, wherein visitors get to explore its galleries and hallways, as well as take a peek in its venues. Others can view the CCP Museum that features the permanent exhibit of the CCP collection of Traditional Asian Musical Instruments from the Philippines and across Asia, as well as the DIWA: Buhay, Ritwal at Sining which showcases significant Filipino artistic traditions and explores the development of Philippine art and aesthetics.

For more information and further inquiries, contact the CCP Marketing Department at 832-1125 locals 1800, 1801 and 1804.

Pianist Lisa Zheng sets debut recital at CCP

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Lisa Zheng. Photo: Handout

Pianist Lisa Zheng, a student of Prof. Cecile Roxas-Basilio, will have her debut recital, presented by the Piano Teachers Guild of the Philippines at the CCP Little Theatre on October 26 at 7 p.m.

The recital will be a combination of solo piano as well as collaborative works with the Manila Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Prof. Arturo T. Molina.

The solo works consist of the works of Franz Liszt, “Hungarian Rhapsody No. 10” and “Etude No. 3, “La Campanella;” Chopin, “ Nocturne in B-flat Minor, Op.9, No.1” and “Etude no. 12 in C Minor, “Revolutionary,” and Alberto Ginastera, “Danzas Argentinas.”

The collaborative works will feature the concertos of Mozart, “Piano Concerto K. 459 in F Major” and “The Yellow River Concerto” a concerto based on the cantata by Xian Xinghai.

Liza is a Grade 10 student at the International School where she is the pianist of the school’s orchestra. She had her piano lessons back home in Shenzhen, China, where she attended a master class given by noted concert pianist Paul Badora Skoda.

CCP Cultural Exchange holds event for children

In celebration of the National Children’s Month and the National Indigenous Month, the CCP’s Cultural Exchange Department will hold the 5th Kutitap: Isang Piging ng Kabataang Makasining from October 22-24.

Around 100 children and youth representing various cultural communities all over the country will be gathered at the CCP for a three-day celebration of arts, culture and traditions. Kutitap aims to instill among the Filipino children and youth a deep sense of understanding, appreciation and pride for Philippine arts, indigenous culture, as well as to promote creativity and positive social values.

Kutitap will conduct interactive activities to include mini-workshops and showcases (dance, drama, music, rituals, visual arts, etc.), storytelling, crafting, traditional games, film viewing, group discussions, creative collaboration, educational-exposure tours, among others.

This year’s participants will be children ages 7-12 years from the following cultural communities: Mindanao – Mamanwa, Kagan, Sama Lutangan, Kolibugan; Visayas – Sulod-Bukidnon, Negrense, Ati, Waray; Luzon – Jama Mapun, Bolinao, Olongapo, Itneg; and children from various schools and communities in the National Capital Region.

Percussionist Aimee Mina-De La Cruz in concert

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Aimee Mina-De La Cruz. Photo: Handout

Filipino percussionist and marimbist Aimee Mina-De la Cruz will perform in a special concert as part of the Special Concert Series of the CCP on November 12 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater) at 7:30 p.m.

An active member of the newly formed group, the Philippine Band Association, she performed with the PhilBanda Wind Orchestra at the Singapore International Band Festival in July 2012.

Her program includes: Sarasate’s "Carmen," Bach’s "Concerto in D minor for Two violins BWV1043 (Vivace)," Milhaud’s Concerto for Percussion, Zivkovic’s "Trio per Uno (Meccanico)," Levitas’ "Concerto for Percussion," Cruz’s "Sana’y Maghintay ang Walang Hanggan," and Ewazen’s "Concerto for Marimba."

She will perform with pianist Fe Marsha V. Nicolas. Guest artists include young marimbist Mikaela Natasha Janelle Ley, percussionists Leodivino Roque and Gomer Giron and violist Joy Allan De la Cruz.

She will also give a percussion workshop for symphonic band and orchestra percussionists on November 15 at the CCP Main Theater Lobby.

Israel pianist guests in PPO concert

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The members of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra pose in front of the CCP. Photo: Farlet Vale/Handout

The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) performs with featured Israeli pianist Yossi Reshef on November 14, 8 p.m. under the baton of PPO music director Olivier Ochanine at the CCP Main Theater. The concert is held in partnership with the Embassy of Israel.

The program includes "Don Juan" by Richard Strauss, "Norfolk Rhapsody" by Ralph Vaughn Williams, Schumann’s "Manfred Overture and Piano Concerto in A Minor" and Verdi’s "Overture to La Forza del Destino."

Reshef holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Southern California. He previously studied under the legendary Pnina Salzman at the Tel Aviv University, Rubin Academy of Music. He is a faculty member at the Apple Hill Chamber music festival in New Hampshire since 1996.

Ticket prices are P1,500, P1,200, P800 and P500, with discounts available to students, senior citizens and groups. Subscription packages are also available for eight or four shows.