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LONDON — “I hope I die before I get old,” The Who sang in their 1965 hit “My Generation.”
THE PHILIPPINES and Korea mark 70 years of diplomatic relations this year and last week celebrated the milestone through a one-of-a-kind “friendship concert.”
I VAGUELY remember my introduction to Josh Groban — I only recall hearing a deep and operatic male voice as a seven-year-old one evening in the master’s bedroom. Out of curiosity, I approached the front of the old stereo system to see what new album was playing. The artwork on the cover was divided horizontally into 2 frames — at the top was the artist’s name in lowercase letters and below was his photo. I couldn’t imagine that a baby-faced young man would sound like that. I flipped the album to read the track list and kept track as the record played each song.
WHENEVER we hear the word “orchestra,” we immediately think of a busload of violins, violas, and cellos. Grace Christian College Chinese Orchestra, or “GC3O” has those, but also incorporates traditional Chinese instruments like the erhu (a two stringed Chinese violin), the pipa (a lute), the guzheng (a zither), and the ever iconic Chinese gong. To further bolster the Eastern appeal, they also have the Japanese koto (a Japanese zither) and the Indonesian anklung among many other instruments. Led by their teacher and conductor Danny Chin, the GC3O combines the power and potential of a Western orchestra with the audial flavors of the Orient.
FOR ONE night, Resorts World Manila is bringing two of the most prominent names in the Philippine rock scene as it presents Ely Buendia and the Itchyworms: Greatest Hits on Feb. 9 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater.
SOME OF the best singers in the Philippines will pay tribute to newly minted National Artist for Music Raymundo “Ryan” Cayabyab on Jan. 18 at the Globe Auditorium of the Maybank Performing Arts Theater in Bonifacio Global City (BGC).
FOR ITS past few concerts, the Manila Symphony Orchestra (MSO) has been focusing on very popular music: Rockestra 2018 mixed classical and rock music, playing “orchestra-fied” works of Metallica and AC/DC, while Silver Screen Symphonies featured music from beloved movies like Star Wars and The Lion King.
WE WERE ON EDSA some time in the 1990s when dad played the album Fra Lippo Lippi’s The Virgin Years: Greatest Hits (1997) on the car’s stereo system, the New Wave music filling the space as we made our way home. That is how I was introduced to the unique sound of the Norwegian duo whose group name I did not know then — not until I found the old album hidden deep in a shelf in my early teens.
THE YEAR is ending so what better time is there to reminisce than on Dec. 1 at the Theatre at Solaire Resort and Casino as vocal group The CompanY and comedian Jon Santos take the stage for a one-night only shindig celebrating four decades of golden music from the 1960s to the ’90s.
LIKE THE total entertainer he was, death is not enough to stop Rico J. Puno.
NEW YORK — Three months after her death and 46 years after she first recorded it, Aretha Franklin’s live gospel concert is coming to the big screen.
LONDON — British pop band the Spice Girls joked on Wednesday about their plans for a new album after announcing they would reunite for a UK tour next year but said it would feel strange performing without “Posh Spice” Victoria Beckham.
AMERICAN IDOL-alum Jessica Elizabeth Sanchez comes back to the Philippines for a one-night concert, bringing with her the hits that made her a finalist on the US singing show alongside songs that will showcase her vocal versatility.
CELEBRATING 10 years in show business, Mitoy Yonting and the Draybers, led by front man Michael “Mitoy” Yonting of the Voice of the Philippines fame, will be holding their 10th anniversary concert on Oct. 30 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila (RWM) in Pasay City.
FOR something completely different, there is a concert. Children can come in costumes inspired by their favorite book characters, and enjoy an afternoon at the Tricks and Musical Treats: A PPO Family Concert, on Oct. 28, 3 p.m., at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Main Theater.
LISTEN to the classic songs of Barbra Streisand and Michel Legrand alongside the more contemporary hits of Josh Groban as sung by vocal heavyweights, Kuh Ledesma and Christian Bautista at the Tent in Solaire Resort and Casino in Parañaque City on Oct. 20.
AWARD-WINNING singer and actress Lea Salonga (real name: Maria Lea Carmen I. Salonga) is celebrating the 40th anniversary of her career with a two-night, sold-out concert at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) Plenary hall on Oct. 19 and 20.
IT WAS a weekend morning in the late 1990s when a familiar piano introduction (in C major) blared into the room and woke this writer (who was then probably in kindergarten) from her sleep. “I know this song. I’ve heard it before,” I thought. I got up and hurried to the shelf beside the stereo system (where Dad would usually place his newly purchased CDs) and saw an album cover with a woman wearing a white shirt and denim pants, her hair in a pixie cut. The singer’s voice was captivating. From then on, I continued to listen to her songs — playing them loud and singing along as if it were a live concert.
AMERICAN singer/songwriter, Charlie Puth, is coming back for a third time in the Philippines on Nov. 6 in the Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena in Pasay City as part of his ongoing North America and Asia tour promoting his newest album, Voicenotes.
THIRTEEN YEARS after they were catapulted to stardom, Korean pop group Super Junior can still give boy bands half their age a run for their money. In their first solo concert in Manila in five years, the group — which is recognized as the catalyst that led to the worldwide K-pop craze — rocked the SM Mall of Asia Arena. Fans could only describe their performance as “walang kupas” (unfading).
WESTLIFE’S lead singer Shane Filan is coming back to Manila for a one-night concert featuring the Irish boy band’s greatest hits and some of his new singles on Sept. 15 at the Kia Theatre in Quezon City.
SINCE 2016, the Philippine-Spanish music project Posporos has showcased indie music talents from both countries, giving them the opportunity to experience each other’s music. Posporos has already featured 18 Spanish and Filipino music bands and six DJs, in nine different venues across Metro Manila.
BRITISH BAND Workshy, best known for the song “Never the Same,” and covering Carole King’s “It’s Too Late,” comes back to Manila after more than 20 years to promote the group’s newest album, Wayward, on Aug. 10 at the Theatre at Solaire Resort and Casino.
INTERESTED in hearing Mariah Carey’s “Always Be My Baby” sung as Ella Fitzgerald would? Or Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” performed as if it came out in the 1960s? Or Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect” done 1950s prom style? You can thanks to Post Modern Jukebox (PMJ), a vintage minstrel band which currently has over one billion views on YouTube and almost 3.5 million subscribers.
FOR THE 24th year, Fete de la Musique is coming back for a three-day, free-for-all music festival this month, this time featuring almost 40 pocket stages scattered across the metro and main stages in Makati; Intramuros, Manila; Baguio City; and Pagsanjan, Laguna.
THE PECULIARITY with male Korean pop groups is that at some point in their career, the band will go on hiatus. By force of circumstances — or more aptly, due to the mandatory military service required of able-bodied adult male Koreans — groups either go on an involuntary 24-month respite or perform as an incomplete unit or members pursue solo careers while waiting for their band to regroup.