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August 8, 2011

CCP Calendar of Events - August 2011


INTERNATIONALLY renowned Filipino pianist and pedagogue Reynaldo Reyes performs his second Beethoven sonata concert at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater) on August 8 at 7:30 pm, instead of July 27 as originally scheduled. The postponement was made in view of inclement weather brought on by Typhoon Juaning.

Program includes Sonata No. 9 in E Major, opus 14, no.1 (1798-99), Sonata No. 14 in C# minor opus 27, no.2, (Moonlight) (1801), Sonata No. 10 in G major opus 14 no.2 (1798-99), and Sonata No. 2 in A Major, opus 2 no.2 (1795).

“The structural devices were stunningly reflected by Reyes who exhibited utmost skill and vitality, with brilliant bravura clearly pointing up Beethoven’s hitherto unprecedented technique,” said music critic Rosalinda Orosa on his earlier Beethoven concert in June this year. Further, “Reyes, simple and unassuming in demeanor, played both the grandiloquent and serene sequences with elegance, refinement and restraint - these ensuing from a master’s artistic maturity and seasoned sophistication."

Based in Maryland, USA, Reyes is a Professor in piano at Towson University. He studied at the University of Santo Tomas’ Conservatory of Music while attending High School at the same time, and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music at age 17. He then received a French Government Scholarship to study at the Conservatoire Nationale Superieur de Musique de Paris where he obtained the coveted Premier Prix in Piano. He subsequently received a Philippine Government Scholarship to study at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore where he obtained his Masters Degree and the Artist Diploma. He has concertized in South America, Central America, Western and Eastern Europe, the Far East and North America.

As the most awarded pianist of the Philippines, Reyes has been a Ten Outstanding Young Men awardee, Ten Outstanding Filipino Overseas awardee by President Marcos, One of the Twenty Outstanding Filipinos of Canada and the US by Fil-American Image Magazine in Washington DC and the Golden Cross Award given by the University of Santo Tomas, the highest award that the University bestows on its alumni. He is the only Filipino musician ever awarded 3 times Musician of the Year by the University of the Philippines. He was a winner in the International Piano competitions in Italy, France and Brazil. For 20 years, he was the official accompanist of the Metropolitan Opera Company Regional Auditions in Washington DC. He has done outreach programs in the Far East, particularly in the Philippines, bringing classical music to areas where people and mostly students have never heard of classical concerts.

For ticket inquiries, contact the CCP Box Office at 832-3704 or Ticketworld at 891-9999; or call the CCP Music Division at 832-1125 loc. 1604-1605

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