PPO stages virtual pocket performance on july 23

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THE Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra stages its next series of online concerts billed as The PPO Spotlight: Virtual Pocket Performances to be streamed on July 23, 2021 at 8pm, Friday through the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Website. Program for the July 23 concert, which focuses on Indie and Alternative music, features the following pieces such as WITH A SMILE by ERASERHEADS to be played by Ayesa Cruz (Violin), Madeline Jane Banta (Harp); TADHANA by UP DHARMA DOWN (arr. Naldy Rodriguez) to be performed by Ma. Angelica Uson (Violin), Herrick Ortiz (Cello); HALIK NI HUDAS by WOLFGANG (arr. Glenn Aquias) to be interpreted by Giancarlo Gonzales (Cello); SALAMAT by THE DAWN (arr. Theodore Amper) to be rendered by Christian Tan (Violin), Jose Carlo Tuazon (Violin), Rey Casey Concepcion (Viola), Giuseppe Andre Diestro (Cello), Vincent Dela Cruz (Contrabass); and HARANA by ERIC YAPTANGCO to be played by Brass & Percussion section with Abner Cruz (E. Bass). The PPO Online Poc

On Pointe, Ballet Manila 24th season shows

Ballet Manila Dancers perform an excerpt from La Traviata (Photo by Erickson Dela Cruz)
Two Princess, one classic and two collaborative opera, are the show offering of Ballet Manila on its 24th season with a theme “On Pointe” that represent the shoes of all ballerina which make them stand and dance daintily on her shoes.
Excerpt from Giselle by Ballet Manila (Erickson Dela Cruz)
The line-up of shows according to Ballet Manila CEO and Artistic Director Lisa Macuja-Elizalde is related to the company’s Russian Vaganova style of training and dancing, which is being able to dance on pointe. This season will also mark the 24 years of Ballet Manila.
Excerpt from Carmina Burana (Erickson Dela Cruz)
“No we're not expecting anybody from abroad this season,  we have 5 principles dancers in the company and so many capable soloists to dance the classic Giselle, the sleeping beauty, we are doing an original Filipino ballet on the 25th season,” Macuja said during its media launch last July 15 at S Maison Hall of Conrad Hotel.

The season will start with Snow White on September 7 and 8, followed by the romantic ballet Giselle on October 19 and 20, and the yearend show Sleeping Beauty on December 7 and 8 all this 2019, and two opera ballet Carmina Burana and La Traviata are set on Feb 29 and March 1, 2020.
Carmina Burana (Erickson Dela Cruz)
“The most challenging ballet in On Pointe for me as a choreographer is not sleeping beauty, but La Traviata because for the first time I’m tackling tragedy, gone are the times I want to be funny now it’s like super serious, there she dies, there is betrayal, there is a passion, there’s lust, greed all the different human emotions,” Macuja explains.
BM Dancers with Osias Barroso and Lisa Macuja-Elizalde
This is the first time that Ballet Manila is doing the full length of Sleeping Beauty, the piece is a three hour and half-hour long, but Macuja did some adjustments, cut and update it to cater for the millennial crowd, and of course, she wants a Dragon on stage.

All of On Pointe performances are staged at the Aliw Theater, to buy tickets visit Ticketworld outlet or call 891-9999 or go to the Ballet Manila site or at the BM Facebook page. 

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