A resounding evening of magnificentlyÂ rendered classical music worthy of a standing ovation is coming our way this November.
On 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5, the doors of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) will open themselves to an audience withÂ an appetite forÂ virtuosity that will be personified by none other than ItalianÂ piano soloist Maestro Fermo Roscigno and theÂ Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO),Â the country’s premier orchestra that has just returned from its hugely successful performance in New York’s Carnegie Hall.
Â Â Â Â Â Â (Piano soloistÂ Maestro Fermo Roscigno)
Having studied piano under the guidanceÂ of Maestro Vincenzo Vitale at Rome’sÂ Conservatorio di Musica di Santa Cecilia and attended Specialist Courses in Italian Music in Venice, Maestro RoscignoÂ has since performed in concerts and with orchestras in cities acorss Europe, Asia and North America.
His Manila performance will especially excite classical music enthusiasts as heÂ will be playing on a Fazioli â€”Â CCP’sÂ newly acquired Italian piano that is thought toÂ be the finest piano today.Â
To add to the anticipation and excitement, this concert will be presenting a number of surprises to its audience. Maestro Roscigno’s performance of Muzio Clementiâ€™s Concerto inÂ Concert in C Major for Piano and Orchestra (Cadenzas by Fermo Roscigno) will premier inÂ Southeast Asia on that very evening, and previous PPO music director and principal conductor Maestro Ruggero Barbieri will also be joining the performance to conduct the PPO.
“The concert is intended as a tribute to Italian music and also a recognition of the distinguished Italian composer Muzio Clementi who is noted for his symphonic music and concertos for soloists and orchestra,” he explains.
The first half of the concert will be dedicated to the PPO, while Maestro Roscigno will beÂ soloist in the second part of the program.
As the older brother of Italian Ambassador to the Philippines Massimo Roscigno, Maestro Roscigno â€™s performance also serves to help strengthen the cultural ties of Italy and the Philippines.
Coming on board with their general support to make the concert possible are Cultural Center of the Philippines, Rustanâ€™s, the Philippine Italian Association (PIA) and Calata Corporation. The event was alsoÂ made possible byÂ the Embassy of Italy to the Philippines and through the organizing efforts of CCP presidentÂ Dr. Raul Sunico, PIA president Â Nedy Tantoco and the PIAâ€™s cultural committee headed by Silvana Diaz.
Tickets are priced at P2,000, P1,500, P1,200, P800, P500 and P300. Inquiries can be made at the CCP Box Office (02) 832 3704, Ticketworld at (02) 891 9999 and the PIA office at (02) 815 1310 and withÂ Lulu Casas and Maricar Alamodin of the Secretariat at (02) 895 2109 or (02) 877 3412.Â
(TheÂ Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra)
(Guest conductorÂ Maestro Ruggero Barbieri )