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).

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Oh My Buddha Bar

Poshness Galore!  The facade of this resto-lounge-bar may not be so striking but when you enter the building, it’s a totally different story.  Buddha Bar  is almost like a temple as you will see a huge Buddha figure lording over the tables.   

The place feels like a scene from “Raiders of the Lost Ark” except much, much, much more glamorous.  The slow music and the peaceful ambiance on the first and second floor makes you feel like meditating or worshipping. But seriously, it is a sight that will make you stop and stare. 

With the general dimness of the place, the lights resemble floating candles in a mystical way. The comfort room area is a nice feature, resembling a museum with paintings along the corridor that tell interesting stories.

Needless to say, the interiors is amazing.  The First floor is the lounge area, the second floor is the restaurant, and the third floor, which is an outdoor terrace, is the bar.  You will definitely feel like glaming up as this place has a way of compelling you to do so.  And dressing up is part of the fun. It’s all part of the high society experience.

Their cuisine is also another attraction with a blend of flavors and textures that perk up the palate.

Weekends at the Terrace  was launched as a weekend treat where you can avail of buffet grilled items, vodka and rum with a Buddha-Bar DJ from 8pm to 11pm.  On weekdays and weekend evenings,  Shisha Nights can be enjoyed at Php 300 net per flavour with 4 mouthpiece for sharing.

For inquiries and reservations, you can call +632 8566719 or +632 8566859 or visit Buddha Bar Manila is located at Picar Place, Kalayaan Ave., 1227 Makati.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Tea for Two . . . or More at The Lounge

Dinner dates and Lunch Dates with friends are common habits, but how about doing something out of the usual by meeting your amigas for Afternoon tea.  Doesn’t that sound so “sossy”? . . .a habit associated with British aristocracy. The good news is that the Afternoon tea habit has been revived at the New World Hotel Lounge.

From 2:30 until 5pm, you can enjoy a cup of tea with sandwiches, cakes and the traditional scones with a friend or two. Ofcourse, you can also order coffee if you want to, but why not go for champagne? The Afternoon Tea Set of sweet and savory delicacies with a selection of teas and coffees can be enjoyed at Php 995 for two.  And if you opt to indulge further with additional two glasses of Piper Heidsieck Champagne and matching goodies, then just add Php 1,795.  For the month of March, you get an added treat of 30% off!

Whether you want to catch up with a friend, bond with your sister or mom, or simply spend time with a cousin who arrived from abroad, afternoon tea at The Lounge of New World Hotel will always be a good date. And If you are not in the mood for company, that’s fine too.  You will never feel alone at The Lounge as you relax and enjoy the music while having your tea and scones.

Special Afternoon tea sets:

Chocolate afternoon tea

Dark chocolate cheese cake
Cocoa tartlets, white milk chocolate cream
 Chocolate trilogy  millefeuille
Chocolate éclair

Assorted finger sandwiches
Chocolate scones
Chocolate empanadas

Chocolate and vanilla ice cream

Strawberry afternoon tea

Strawberry cheese cake
Strawberry tartlets
Strawberry millefeuille
Poached strawberry in dark chocolate
Assorted finger sandwiches

Strawberry scones
Strawberry empanadas

Strawberry and vanilla ice cream

Coffee afternoon tea

Coffee cheese cake
Tartlets, white coffee and vanilla cream
Coffee millefeuille
Coffee éclair

Assorted finger sandwiches

Coffee scones
Coffee empanadas

Coffee and vanilla ice cream

For more information or reservations, please call 811-8888 extension 3035.


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