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Cecile Licad, Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra Reunite in One-Night-Only Concert

The pianist's pianist performs on October 27 at the CCP Main Theater.
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As celebrations continue for its 65th anniversary, Rustan’s presents Cecile Licad Chopin in the Key of C.

Timeless classics such as Chopin’s Concerto No.1 in E Minor and Chopin’s Concerto No. 2 in C Minor will be brought to life by internationally acclaimed classical pianist Cecile Licad. For the opening number, the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra will play Genoveva’s Overture under the baton of former Music Director and Principal Conductor, Olivier Ochanine.


Cecile Licad

Licad began her piano studies with her mother at the age of three. She then underwent formal training under the instruction of legendary pianist Rosario Picazo and continued on to make her soloist debut with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra. At 19, Licad was recognized internationally after becoming one of the youngest musicians to receive the prestigious Leventritt Gold Medal. It was then that Licad’s career skyrocketed, and soon after she was hailed "a pianist's pianist" by The New Yorker.

The renowned pianist has since appeared as a soloist with the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and National Symphony. Licad has collaborated and performed alongside fellow musical luminaries such as Claudio Abbado, Andrew Davis, Charles Dutoit, Kurt Masur, Sir Neville Marriner, Zubin Mehta, Seiji Ozawa, André Previn, Mstislav Rostropovich, Gerard Schwarz, Michael Tilson-Thomas, David Zinman, Pinchas Zukerman, the late Sir Georg Solti, Eugene Ormandy, Murray Perahia, Peter Serkin and Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, and Ben Heppner.


The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra

For one night, Licad will reunite with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra and Olivier Ochanine. “I’m so greatly honored to be part of Rustan’s impressive 65th anniversary. After traveling the world and performing on different stages before different audiences, it feels good to be home and to play for my fellow Filipinos,” says Licad. “I hope to move, delight and inspire all those who come to listen.”

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Proceeds from Cecile Licad: Chopin in the Key of C will benefit the San Pablo Apostol Parish Church in Tondo, Manila under the leadership of Italian priest Fr. Carlo Bittante of the Canossian Sons of Charity. The Canossian Fathers is one of the Italian Missionary-run charities supported by the Philippine Italian Association.

Tickets are available at P5,000, P3,000, P1,000 and P500 at the CCP Box Office, 832.3704; 832.3706; culturalcenter.gov.ph; and through TicketWorld, 891.9999; ticketworld.com.ph.

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