BP Onstream Masterclass presents Lisa Macuja

BALLET Manila’s Artistic Director and CEO Lisa Macuja-Elizalde will hold a masterclass on Sept. 23, 4 p.m., as part of Ballet Philippines series of online dance masterclasses on ballet.ph/. Registration to the masterclass is free.

CCP presents a virtual jazz festival

THE Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) presents a music festival featuring Filipino jazz talents which will be streamed live online via  the Facebook pages of the CCP and the CCP Office of the President on Sept. 25-27 and Oct. 2-4, at 7:30 pm. JAZZ STAY AT HOME: Virtual Jazz Festival 2020 is free to the public, and will feature Nicole Asensio, Baihana, Tots Tolentino, Michael Guevarra, Simon Tan Trio, Pipo Cifra, Lorna Cifra, and other notable names in the Philippine jazz scene. It will be hosted by musician and CCP Trustee Stanley Seludo. The festival opens on Sept. 25 with Timeless Jazz, a selection of all-time favorite jazz songs presented by singer/songwriter Nicole Laurel Asensio. On Sept. 26, there will be a lecture-demo concert titled Saxophone Music Production at Home with saxophonist and musical arranger Michael Guevarra.  His talk includes topics like live recording and Midi sequencing for Minus 1. It will be followed by Pinoy Jazz, a showcase of all-original jazz compositions featuring Baihana. On Sept. 27, sax player Tots Tolentino performs in Free Jazz. On Oct. 2, The Wonderful World of Bossa Nova features multi-awarded musical director, composer, and arranger Peter Paul “Pipo” Cifra as he talks about the fundamentals of jazz and its use in the composition of Bossa Nova. This is followed by Improvisation and All That Jazz with Japan-based Bossa Nova artist Lorna Cifra. On Oct. 3, Modern Jazz will be presented by the Simon Tan Trio, while on Oct. 4, the festival closes in a showcase of jazz greats featuring Baihana, Simon Tan Trio, Nicole Laurel Asensio and Tots Tolentino.

Contemporary dance performance highlights social media’s beauty standards

ANG NATUTULOG na si Byuti, a contemporary dance performance, tackles how social media and its depiction of today’s concept of beauty affects the mental health of youth and spotlights self-acceptance and self-love. A metaphorical retelling of the classic fairy tale Sleeping Beauty,  it tells the story of a 15-year-old whose pursuit of social media fame creates a confident online persona that masks her burgeoning inferiority complex, anxiety and body image issues. The adaptation is directed by former Ballet Philippines principal dancer Carissa Adea. Written by Kayla Coseteng, Michelle Miranda, and Princess Balido, the show is performed by the Saint Benilde Romancon Dance Company of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde. Ang Natutulog na si Byuti is free and the premiere online performance will be on Sept. 25 at 6 p.m. on the group’s official Facebook account at https://www.facebook.com/romancondanceco.benilde.

Online concert raising funds to build church

EVERY October, the Franciscan Order holds its Francisfest in honor of its founder St. Francis of Assisi. This year, Francisfest will be having an eight-day online concert entitled Build My Church on a Song, featuring two Asian opera singers — Rachelle Gerodias, the country’s premier soprano, and her husband, Byeong-in Park, South Korea’s renowned baritone — with a special message of hope from Jose Mari Chan. The concert will premiere on the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, Oct. 4, 8 p.m., and will run until Oct. 11, 11 p.m. It can be viewed through the Santuario de San Antonio Parish (SSAP) YouTube channel and Facebook page. The major beneficiary of the concert will be the St. Clare of Assisi Parish in Dagat-Dagatan, Malabon which is in need of a church where for Masses, prayers, formation, counseling and community building. Construction will begin in 2021. Proceeds of this event will likewise support the various SSAP Parish Outreach Programs: Hospital (Philippine General Hospital and Rizal Medical Center), Restorative Justice (Makati City Jail and Taguig City Jail), Scholarship, Livelihood, Eco-Justice, Relief and Rehabilitation, and Pastoral Care for Franciscan Vocations. For inquiries and donation details, contact Tina, Francisfest 2020 Solicitation Committee Head, e-mail cit.sunshines@gmail.com or call/text/Viber 0917-819-1649.

Filipino-American artist JEFRË to show at Florida museum

FILIPINO-American artist JEFRË, whose work includes the Tree of Life in Robinsons Place Naga, the Sculpture Series at SM Aura in Bonifacio Global City, and the upcoming 20-storey monument, The Victor at Robinsons Bridgetowne, will be holding his first solo exhibit, Points of Connection, at the Orlando Museum of Art from Oct. 3 to Jan. 3, 2021. Designed to be a touchless, interactive show, JEFRË: Points of Connection will be among the first museum exhibits to launch in the wake of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. “JEFRË creates artworks that express the spirit of our time with energy and optimism,” Hansen Mulford, Senior Curator of the Orlando Museum of Art, is quoted as saying in a release. “Exploring his own visual language, rooted in personal experience, contemporary culture and social concern, his work strives to make connections and draw people together.” JEFRË: Points of Connection is an interactive exhibit featuring 40 new human-scale, site-specific installations and sculptures spread across an 800 sqm floor space. The artist’s past projects will be displayed alongside a series of sculptures that take visitors through an interactive and personal journey guided by stanzas from “Heart to Heart,” a poem written by the artist. The installations explore the artist’s personal history as a child of immigrants, survivor of heart disease, and his practice as a city placemaker. JEFRË’s work can be found in Metro Manila, Bicol, New Orleans, San Antonio, London, and Miami. For his latest work, visit his official Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/Studio-JEFRE-1671692746403819; and follow him on Instagram: @jefre_artist.