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Thursday, March 14, 2013

PPO March 22 Concert Features “The Maestro’s Maestro”

Press Announcement:
The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra goes onstage on March 22, 2013, Friday, 8pm at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater). Billed as “The Maestro’s Maestro”, the PPO will be conducted by Mark Gibson with Chinese violinist Gao Can as guest soloist. 
 
Program includes Bizet’s Jeux d’Enfants, Saint-Saens’ Violin Concerto No. 3 and Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloe.

Mark Gibson, in his fourth year as Artistic Director of the Opera Theatre and Music Festival of Lucca, maintains an active performing career on three continents while heading the Orchestral Studies program at the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati. 

Formerly Principal Conductor of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of the Ash Lawn/Highland Summer Festival, Maestro Gibson has enjoyed an extensive career both in the opera house and concert hall.  Trained in the United States with Gustav Meier, Seiji Ozawa and Leonard Bernstein, Gibson pursued an opera career in Spain, serving as Associate Conductor of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona and Music Director of the Opera de Maò, Menorca. 

At the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), Gibson serves as Music Director of the CCM Philharmonia, one of the preeminent conservatory orchestras in the world.  Highly sought after as a teacher, he has been invited to give conducting master classes in Beijing, Munich. Gibson’s first book, a major revision of the classic conducting text, The Modern Conductor (7th edition), was recently published by Prentice-Hall.

Recognized as one of China’s most versatile young violin soloists, Gao Can was the Grand Prize winner of 2006 China’s National Violin Competition. He received the special Recognition Award by Michael Hill at the International Violin Competition in 2007, the Second prize and the Special Award winner of 2008 Naples “Alberto Curci” International Violin Competition, and was granted the Highest Violin Award of 2009 Ima Hogg International Young Artist’s Competition. 

Tickets are P1,000, P800, P500, P350, and P200, with discounts available to students, senior citizens and groups. Subscription packages are also available. For details, call the CCP Marketing Department at tel. 832-1125 loc. 1806; CCP Box Office (832-3704) or Ticketworld at National Book Store (891-9999).

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