A Ballet Not To Be Missed

Keri   20 Aug , 2018  


5 Reasons Why You Must See Carmina Burana

  • Alice Reyes –  now a National Artist for Dance, is back at the helm as the company’s Artistic Director alongside Chairman Antonio Cojuangco and President Kathleen Liechtenstein as Board of Trustees.Alice Reyes’ version of Carmina Burana is one of the company’s most iconic pieces. It highlights the power, passion and emotion of Carl Orff’s magnum opus taken from 13th century Goliard poetry. The dance begins with an almost stealth like silence, gradually building up to create a breathtaking vision of bodies bursting with energy, moving with elegance and grace.
  •   Madrigal Singers-  The group is composed of students, faculty and alumni from the different colleges of the University of the Philippines (UP). The choir is one of the world’s most awarded, having consistently won all the top prizes in most of the world’s prestigious  choral competitions: Arezzo and Gorizia in Italy, Marktoberdorf in Germany, Spittal in Austria, Neuchatel in Switzerland, Tours in France, Varna in Bulgaria, Debrecen in Hungary, Cantonigros, Tolosa and Torrevieja in Spain. They hold the distinction of being the first choir in the world to win the European Grand Prix for Choral Singing twice (1997 and 2007).The group was recognized in 2009 by the UNESCO as Artists for Peace for “putting fame and influence at the service of UNESCO’s ideals and efforts to promote cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue and a culture of peace”. Then in 2010, the Concorso Polifonico Guido d’ Arezzo Foundation honored the group with the Guidoneum Award by for “their artistic and choral promotion activity”. In July 2012, the group became the first choir in the world to receive The Brand Laureate Premier Award from the Asia Pacific Brands Foundation, in recognition for its “significant contribution to the world of choral music, producing new compositions and choral settings for Philippine, Asian and International songs, spreading the beauty of this genre and giving a good musical experience to the audience.”
  •  Live Orchestra headed by Gerald Salonga –

Gerard Salonga is a renowned musical director, conductor and multi-platinum record producer. He has collaborated with some of Asia’s finest musical artists including Lea Salonga, Regine Velasquez, Wang Leehom, Elisa Chan and Cecile Licad.

He is regarded as one of the most in-demand and versatile musicians in the country. His body of work is recognized by peers, critics and award-giving bodies like the Aliw Awards. Gerard has also lent his genius to several theater productions in Manila that include Carousel, Baby Theyre Playing Our Song, Dreamgirls, West Side Story, Sweeny Todd and Little Women. Today, he is the musical director of the ABS CBN Philharmonic Orchestra. He leads the ensemble on its musical journey of exciting concerts, film and TV scores, outreach work and artistic collaborations.

The ABS CBN Philharmonic Orchestra accompanies the piece with a hauntingly beautiful rendition of Carl Orff’s masterpiece under the baton of maestro Gerard Salonga. Since it debuted in 2012, the ABS CBN Philharmonic Orchestra has performed in countless theaters and performance arenas. It has shared the stage with some of the most prestigious performers that include Ballet Philippines, Andrea Bocelli, Idina Menzel and Ryan Cayabyad, to name a few. Playing both classical and contemporary music, the ensemble has also done several film scores, making the ABS CBN Philharmonic Orchestra an important part of local and mainstream culture.

  • Return of Vivaldi Concerto

The program will also feature pieces that highlight the history of Ballet Philippines. It will include Brando Miranda’s rendition of Vivaldi Concerto—vigorous, lively and spirited. Vivaldi was first premiered in 1983 and returns on stage after 35 years this season. Norman Walker’s Seasons of Flight, will also take center stage. It tells the tale of human relationships—its dynamics, idiosyncrasies and complexities—through graceful avian movement and migratory patterns. Debuted by Ballet Philippines in 1972, it was the first of five pieces created by Norman Walker for the company.

  • Ronelson Yadao

In celebrating the bright future of dance, Ballet Philippines is also staging an exciting new piece by the company’s young and talented choreographer Ronelson Yadao, It was during the 48th season when Yadao decided to return to the company after dancing with Cloud Gate Theater in Taiwan. As he stays on for another milestone year, the talented choreographers of the company will premiere more pieces that will add to Ballet Philippine’s unparalleled repertoire.

Here’s a special preview 🙂




Amanda and I with National Artist for Dance, Alice Reyes

Amanda and I with National Artist for Dance, Alice Reyes

with Ballet Philippines President, Kathleen Lior Liechtenstein

with Ballet Philippines President, Kathleen Lior Liechtenstein

with Amanda's former Assumption schoolmate Monica Gana and Kuya Yugne (who performed the male lead in all of Amanda's ballet recitals with Teacher Toni Lopez)

with Amanda’s former Assumption schoolmate Monica Gana and Kuya Yugne (who performed the male lead in all of Amanda’s ballet recitals with Teacher Toni Lopez)



Experience the return of one of Ballet Philippines’ masterworks. Carmina Burana running from September 7 – 9, 2018, at the CCP Main Theater. For tickets, call Ballet Philippines at (+632) 551-1003, Ticketworld at (+632)891-9999 or go to


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