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October 26, 2011

TAIPEI SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PLAYS IN MANILA AND BATANGAS CITY

THE distinguished Taipei Symphony Orchestra (TSO) with conductor Hubert Soudant, will be in the Philippines for two concerts in November 2011. The concert will feature as soloists Ray Chen, a Taiwanese violinist, and Filipino pianist Raul M. Sunico.

The TSO will hold its gala performance on November 4, 8:00 pm at the Cultural Center of the Philippines Main Theater. An outreach concert in Batangas City will be held prior to the gala concert on November 2, 5:00 pm, at the St. Bridget College Manuela Q. Pastor Auditorium. The outreach event is presented by Atty. Tony Pastor and St. Bridget College.

A violin master class will be conducted by Ray Chen on November 4, 10:30 am, at the CCP Little Theater.

Since its founding in 1969, the TSO has built up a huge repertoire and become one of the most sought-after ensembles in Taiwan. Noted for its excellence in artistic presentations and efforts to promote intercity cultural interchanges, the TSO also plays a role in advocating for public music education. Over the years, top quality opera production has become TSO’s most unique tradition. To broaden its global perspective, the orchestra has visited Singapore, Hong Kong, the Philippines, USA, Japan, Russia, France, Spain, China, Austria, Germany, Luxembourg, etc. The remarkable number of international invitations and acclaimed performances has confirmed TSO’s place as one of the main musical forces in Taiwan and one of the best orchestras in Asia.

Conductor Hubert Soudant has conducted the most prestigious European orchestras such as Berliner Philharmoniker, London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, K.B.S. Symphony Orchestra of Seoul, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of Scala Milan and many others. As an opera conductor, he conducted operas at de la Bastille, and at all Italian opera houses like Parma, Catania, Palermo, Trieste and Bologna. He was principal guest conductor of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Music Director of Radio France Nouvelle Orchestra Philharmonique, Utrecht Symphony Orchestra, l’Orchestra Toscanini of Parma, Orchestra National des Pays de la Loire and, for the last thirteen years, of the Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg. Since September 2004, he has been the Music Director of Tokyo Symphony Orchestra with whom he recorded several CDs, the latest of which---Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7 released in 2009, won the Best CD by Japanese Artist at the 22nd Music Pen Club Japan Awards.

Violinist Ray Chen is considered one of the most compelling young violinists today. He was winner of the Queen Elisabeth Competition (2009) and the Yehudi Menuhin Competition (2008). His premiere album Virtuoso, released in January 2011, received glowing reviews from a range of major publications including The Times and Chicago Tribune, which named it “CD of the Week”. Born in Taiwan and raised in Australia, Chen was accepted to the Curtist Institute of Music at the age of 15, where he studied with Aaron Rosand. Chen plays the 1721 “Macmillan” Stradivarius provided as part of the award for winning the 2008-09 Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York.

Raul M. Sunico

Raul Sunico is one of the top pianists in the Philippines. He holds a Master of Music degree from the Julliard School in New York, and a Ph. D in Piano Performance from the New York University. Sunico has performed in solo recitals all over the world and recorded more than 40 CDs of Philippine music as well as the classical, duo-piano, American pop, and collaborative genres. He is the author of music textbooks for use in Philippine schools and is recipient of various awards for his achievements. He is currently the president of the Cultural Center of the Philippines and Dean of the UST Conservatory of Music.

The forthcoming concerts of the TSO are part of the activities being held for the Federation for Asian Cultural Promotion (FACP) 29th Annual Conference slated on November 2-5, 2011 at the CCP. The FACP conference aims to promote the arts and culture of the Asia-Pacific region in the global context. It offers strategies for attracting and nurturing future audiences for each country’s cultural treasures, in particular, the performing arts. Around 200 delegates from all over Asia are expected to attend the Conference.

For more information about the TSO concert in Batangas, please call CCP Outreach at tel. no. 833-0267.

For the TSO concert at the CCP, tickets are priced at Php1000, 800, 500 and 300. Please call CCP Sales Division at tel. no. 832-3706, the CCP Box Office at tel. no. 832-3704 or Ticketworld at tel. no. 891-9999.

For inquiries about the FACP 29th Annual Conference, please call. For inquiries about the FACP 29th Annual Conference, please call the Linkages Office c/o Ms. Bernie Abella at tel. no. 832-1125 to 39 local 1111 or email intldesk@culturalcenter.gov.ph.

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