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Arts & Culture (04/28/21)

PPO holds chamber music concert

THE Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) will stage its fifth Chamber Music Concert on April 30, 8 p.m., streamed via the CCP and PPO Facebook Pages and CCP YouTube Channel. The PPO Chamber Music Concert Series is the orchestra’s online alternative in bringing classical music to the Filipino audiences since social gatherings are prohibited due to the pandemic. The series also highlights the different instruments of the orchestra while performing music composed for small ensembles. Violinist Christian Tan and pianist Maryanne Espina will play Sonata for Violin and Piano in C Major No. 8 Opus 30 by Ludwig Van Beethoven. For more information, visit the CCP website www.culturalcenter.gov.ph or follow the official CCP and PPO Facebook pages.

PETA’s Rak of Aegis goes online

PHILIPPINE Educational Theater Association (PETA) together with Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang–Aawit (OPM) and The Philpop Musicfest Foundation (Philpop) present the pay-per-view streaming of the jukebox musical Rak of Aegis on July 31, Aug. 1, 7, and 8 via www.ticket2me.net. Rak of Aegis Online is the banner project of PETA’s fundraising campaign dubbed as #TakePETAbeyondCOVID, and a part of the Linggo ng Musikang Pilipino 2021 celebration. Featuring songs from the popular 1990s band Aegis, the jukebox musical tells the story of impoverished community Barangay Venezia, which has been submerged in floodwater for months. The popular musical has had seven runs through the years and is going onscreen for the first time. Tickets for Rak of Aegis Online will be available online by May. The streaming cast as well as further ticketing details will be announced soon. For details follow PETA’s social media pages: Facebook www.facebook.com/petatheater; Instagram @petatheater; Twitter @petatheater; YouTube www.youtube.com/petatheateronline.

TV host releases book on the biz of beauty, wellness

TV HOST Joby Linsangan Moreno has written a new e-book, Beauty and the Biz, featuring success stories of well-known Filipino celebrities and personalities who ventured into the business of beauty and wellness. Her 25 subjects who are active in the salon, skin and body care, and fashion industry include talk show host Boy Abunda, celebrity fitness coaches Jim and Toni Saret, and top make-up artist RB Chanco. The e-book is published by ABS-CBN Books. Beauty and the Biz is now available on amazon.com.  For details, follow ABS-CBN Books on Facebook www.facebook.com/abscbnbooks and Instagram (@abscbnbooks).

Virtual gallery holds solo exhibit featuring Jill Arwen Posadas

ON MAY 7, Virtual ArtistSpace will open Hothouse, the first virtual and 16th solo exhibition of Filipino visual artist and writer, Jill Arwen Posadas. Hothouse features a collection of half-human, half-plant portraits rendered in watercolors to approximate the presentation of traditional botanical illustrations. In creating the works for this exhibition, the artist used plants that are endemic to or found in the Philippines. Hothouse will be on view virtually on view starting May 7, 6 p.m. until May 27. The link to the exhibition will be posted on ArtistSpace Facebook and Instagram pages (@artistspacegallery).

Rodel Tapaya exhibits in Hong Kong

HONG KONG’S Tang Contemporary Art gallery is holding “Random Numbers,” the latest solo exhibition by contemporary artist Rodel Tapaya showcasing the artist’s most recent body of work. The exhibit is ongoing until May 15. In this new exhibition, the artist’s overarching interest in reflecting upon ideas based in the common human experience continues as part of his artistic practice, as does his interest in presenting an interface between imagination and reality, but represents a departure from his previous artistic investigations.

Ballet e-book virtual launch and roundtable discussions

LET’S Learn Ballet!, an e-book which tackles the best practices required for successful training of beginners in the highly disciplined art form, by former Ballet Philippines soloist Nina Anonas is set to be released through an online book launch followed by roundtable discussions on May 2. The book is an innovative learning tool designed to reinforce weekly lessons on proper form and techniques. An ideal guide for instructors and learners, it features over 80 worksheets that visually simplify and explain the fundamentals of the performance art while fostering the creativity of the aspiring dancers. Ms. Anonas was a principal dancer of the Manila Metropolis Ballet and the Junge Ballett Compagnie Frankfurt as well as a featured international artist at Ballett Frankfurt. The associated roundtable discussion, which touches on critical points in teaching ballet, will feature the author, together with Chelo Borromeo Gemina, Artistic Director of ACTS Manila; and Elizabeth Rae, a former soloist of Oakland Ballet in California, London Theatre Ballet, Compania Balletto Classico Italy, Östgôta Ballet Sweden and Frankfurt Ballet Germany; Rosemary Frost, Artistic Director of Ringwood Ballet; Susan Lucas, former principal dancer of Birmingham Royal Ballet and teacher for Royal Ballet School; as well as Vella Damian, founder of the Association of Ballet Academies Philippines and Philippine Ballet Theater and instructor and director of the Vella C. Damian School of Dance. Let’s Learn Ballet! is published in collaboration with Benilde Hub of Innovation for Inclusion and Ballet Brains, Inc. The free and public online e-book launch and discussions will be held via Zoom on May 2, from 4 to 6 p.m. To register, visit the official pages of Benilde Arts and Culture Cluster (https://www.facebook.com/benildearts/) and Benilde HiFi (https://www.facebook.com/benildehifi).