French conductor leads PH Philharmonic in tribute concert to Hector Berlioz at CCP

French conductor leads PH Philharmonic in tribute concert to Hector Berlioz at CCP

BY THEPHILBIZNEWS STAFF

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the death of French composer Hector Berlioz, the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and the Embassy of France to the Philippines, with Stores Specialists, Inc., present “Berlioz and Friends” on October 25 at 8 p.m. at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater) of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

Widely regarded as the inventor of the modern orchestra, Berlioz gained a reputation as an innovative composer whose unconventional body of work and exuberance made him a hero of romanticism in France, alongside writer Victor Hugo and painter Georges Delacroix.

As part of the 50th anniversary of the CCP and the 37th Concert Season 2019-2020 of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, French conductor Michaël Cousteau will be in Manila to take the baton for a one-time concert with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, featuring soloist Rey Casey Concepcion on the viola.

“Berlioz and Friends” is presented in association with the Alliance Française de Manille and with the generous support of Air France, Don Papa Rum, and Duty Free Philippines.

Tickets to the CCP concert are priced at P400, P500, P800, P1,200 and P1,500, and are available through the CCP Box Office at 8832-3704 / 8891-9999 or via www.culturalcenter.gov.ph.

Meanwhile, Cousteau will also conduct a musical lecture on the life and works of Berlioz, titled “Ma vie est un roman qui m’intéresse beaucoup” (“My Life is a Novel that Fascinates Me”), at the Alliance Française de Manille in Makati City on October 24 as part of “Les Jeudis culturels” (“Cultural Thursdays”).

This event is free and open to the public. To register, send an email to lesjeudisculturels@gmail.com. For more information on Cultural Thursdays, visit www.ph.ambafrance.org.

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