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A concert for the Motherland

PATRIOTIC songs of freedom, love and inspiration will make up the repertoire of Reminiscences, a special concert to commemorate the 121st anniversary of Philippine Independence. Presented by the Ephesus Teatron Group Inc., it will be held on June 11, 7 p.m., and June 12 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati City.

The good ol’ days

FOR MANY the 1980s were a decade when people could be themselves, from fashion to culture to music — especially the music. As singer Jett Pangan of rock band The Dawn described, the sounds of the decade had “a nice diversity” and “innocence.”

Twilight rises again, this time as a concert tour

LOS ANGELES — Twilight is coming back from the dead with a live concert that will tour the world.

Zsa Zsa Padilla promises something different for her next concert

VETERAN singer/actress Esperanza “Zsa Zsa” Padilla marks another year in the music industry with a May 16 concert at Resorts World Manila, promising a night where she performs “like never before” by singing hits of the decades in various personas.

After going on international TV, the TNT Boys to tour America...

IN AN EPISODE of The Late Late Show with James Corden, the TNT Boys — 14-year-old Kiefer Sanchez, 12-year-old Francis Concepcion, and 13-year-old Mackie Empuerto — were invited to the show and performed Jennifer Hudson’s “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” from the film Dreamgirls. As the boys were performing, pop singer Ariana Grande unexpectedly entered the stage to finish the song with them.

DJ Fatboy Slim performing at Cove Manila

LEGENDARY DJ Fatboy Slim will be performing at Okada Manila’s Cove Manila on April 12, 10:30 p.m.

Rolling Stones delay tour as Jagger seeks medical help

LONDON -- The Rolling Stones have postponed a tour of the United States and Canada to give singer Mick Jagger time to receive medical treatment, the veteran rock band said on Saturday.

Sponge Cola launching 6th album with ‘intimate’ one-night concert

ONE OF the most popular rock bands in the country, Sponge Cola, is set to launch its sixth studio album, Sea of Lights, via an intimate one-night concert on March 29, 7 p.m., at the Power Mac Spotlight, Circuit Makati.

Who’s next? Daltrey, Townshend set for ‘full throttle’ tour, album

LONDON — “I hope I die before I get old,” The Who sang in their 1965 hit “My Generation.”

Lazada’s Super Party concert to be livestreamed

E-COMMERCE site Lazada will livestream its inaugural Super Party music concert on its app simultaneously across all six of its markets in the region, as a way to mark its 7th anniversary.

Celebrating 70 years of Korean-Philippine friendship

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.”

MSO plays the Beatles, folk songs, Gershwin

The Silaw Foundation, in cooperation with Far Eastern University, presents the Manila Symphony Orchestra (MSO) in a concert featuring Filipino folk songs, Beatles tunes, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and the Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 2.

Josh Groban: As good as the first time I heard him

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.

A Valentine from Ogie and Mr. C

FOR SONGWRITERS, experience is an essential ingredient when composing a great love song.

All in the family

ICONIC FILIPINO singers/songwriters and siblings Joey Ayala and Cynthia Alexander, will be performing together back to back on Jan. 27 at the Conspiracy Garden Café in Quezon City.

Traditional Chinese music gets a modern twist

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.

Ely and Itchyworms collaborate once more, this time in a concert

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.

Tribute concert set in honor of new National Artist Ryan Cayabyab

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).

A new look at Beethoven

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.

Singing along with Per Sorensen

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.

Ending the year with music and laughter

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.

The show must go on: Rico J.’s final concert repurposed into...

LIKE THE total entertainer he was, death is not enough to stop Rico J. Puno.

Iconic iKON

UNLIKE IN beauty pageants, the “spare tire” principle does not apply to reality shows. The winner usually proceeds to sign the hefty, multi-year, exclusive contract, receive all the accolades, and, for all intents and purposes, makes the runner-up eat dust.

Aretha Franklin’s Amazing Grace concert film finally debuts

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.

Taeyeon concert in PHL

K-POP artist Taeyeon is gearing up for another solo concert tour and the Philippines is one of the stops. ‘S...Taeyeon Concert in Manila will be held on Dec. 14, 8 p.m., at the New Frontier Theater, in Cubao, Quezon City.

Licad to have all-Chopin piano concert

ACCLAIMED pianist Cecile Licad will return to Manila for a concert entitled Cecile Licad: I Love Chopin, on Nov. 27, 7 p.m., at the main lounge of the Manila Polo Club in Makati City.

Excited Spice Girls say reunion tour will feel strange without Posh

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 Sanchez performs in PHL

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.

After cruising for 10 years, the Draybers get their 1st major...

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.

Two K-Pop shows coming in November

NOVEMBER will see two major K-Pop groups make Manila their stop in their respective world tours: Winner and iKon.

A classical Halloween

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.

Bautista and Ledesma focus on Streisand, Legrand and Groban

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.

Lea: 40 years of entertaining — and winning

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.

Rewarding online users with an offline concert

SPONSORED DATA platform Freenet celebrates its third anniversary with its first offline event—a “free” concert scheduled on Sept. 20 at the Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena in Pasay City.

Korean greats amidst the chaos

THE FRENZY that accompanied the visit of K-pop group, MOMOLAND, to the Philippines over the weekend overshadowed the arrival of three of Korea’s best singers.

Reminiscing

REVISIT the music of the 1970s as Ronnie Henares and Jojit Paredes, the musical duo known as Twofus, reunites for a one-night concert on Sept. 1 at the Theatre at Solaire Resort and Casino in Parañaque City.

Rockin’ the orchestra

ROCKESTRA 2018, performed at The Theatre at Solaire was a historic moment for the Manila Symphony Orchestra (MSO) as it was their first attempt to play a full concert dedicated to rock-classical fusion music.

Loving Celine Dion even more

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.

Take 3 in the Philippines for singer Charlie Puth

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.

Boyzone’s last tour touching down in PHL

IRISH POP vocal group Boyzone is coming back to Manila which is one stop in its their 25th Anniversary and Farewell Tour.

Everlasting Super Junior

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 Filan promotes new album with Sept. concert in PHL

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.

Posporos hooks up Spanish, Pinoy musicians

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.

After 20 years, Workshy returns

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.

Calum Scott’s Asian tour comes to PHL in Oct.

BRITISH crooner Calum Scott, is coming back to Manila for a concert on Oct. 30 at the Kia Theater in Quezon City as part of his ongoing Only Human Asia Tour.