THE PHILIPPINE Opera Company opens its 20th anniversary with Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s 1994 Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning musical, Passion, at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza in Makati City on Sept. 15 to 29. Set in war-torn Italy in 1863, Passion tells a story of a love affair between a young soldier, a beautiful married woman, and a sickly spinster. Directed by Robbie Guevara, it stars Jasmin Fitzgerald as Clara, Vien King as Giorgio, and Shiela Valderrama-Martinez as Fosca. Tickets are available through TicketWorld (www.ticketworld.com.ph, 891-9999).
Company: A Musical Comedy
UPSTART Productions presents Stephen Sondheim’s Company: A Musical Comedy on Sept. 13 to 22 at the Globe Auditorium, Maybank Performing Arts Theater, BGC Arts Center, Taguig City. Directed by Topper Fabregas, the musical follows 35-year-old Bobby who struggles to commit to a relationship or marriage. Tickets are available through TicketWorld (www.ticketworld.com.ph, 891-9999).
THE Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of Yoshikazu Fukumura, opens its 37th Concert Season titled, “Gold Classical Music Treasures,” with a concert on Sept. 13, 8 p.m., at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Main Theater, with pianist Noriko Ogawa as soloist. The night’s repertoire consists of Mozart’s Don Giovanni Overture, Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 Op. 26 in C Major, and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 7 Op. 70 in D minor. Tickets are available through TicketWorld (www.ticketworld.com.ph, 891-9999).
Manila International Book Fair
ON ITS 40th year, the Manila International Book Fair returns on Sept. 11 to 15 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City. The book fair includes activities such as seminars, workshops, book signings and co-located events such as Fandom Fest. For more information, visit http://manilabookfair.com/.
Harry Potter Concert
AS PART of the “Harry Potter Film Concert” series, the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Gerard Salonga, will perform Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in Concert on Sept. 14 and 15 at The Theatre in Solaire. Relive the magic of the film in high-definition on a 40-foot screen while hearing John Williams’ score live. Tickets are available through TicketWorld (www.ticketworld.com.ph, 891-9999). For more information, visit www.harrypotterinconcert.com.
Rak of Aegis
THE hit Pinoy jukebox musical Rak of Aegis returns to the PETA Theater Center, with ongoing performances until Sept. 29. The show uses the songs of the Aegis band such as “Halik,” “Sinta,” and “Basang-Basa sa Ulan” to tell the tale of a perennially flooded barangay. Tickets are available through TicketWorld (www.ticketworld.com.ph, 891-9999).
Non-competitive, inclusive marathon
THE World Health Organization Philippines will hold the first non-competitive and inclusive marathon, “Walk the Talk Manila: The Health for All Challenge,” on Sept. 15, 7 a.m., at the Pacific Rim, Alabanf, Muntinlupa City. The event is open to all ages and is free-of-charge. There will be running, walking, and non-motorized wheels (e.g., wheelchairing) in different distances (3K, 5K, 10K), as well as biking (10K).
OLD NAVY’s will hold a big sale on Sept. 15, with “Buy One, Get One” offers on jeans and select dresses and shirts, as well as 30% off the entire store. Old Navy has branches at Bonifacio High Street, Estancia in Capitol Commons, Glorietta 3, Robinsons Galleria, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, and SM Megamall.