As part of the 50th anniversary of the Cultural Center of the Philippines 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.
Michaël Cousteau has established himself internationally as a musician of unusual versatility, conducting operatic and symphonic repertoire ranging from the Baroque period to contemporary works. He is particularly known for developing innovative programs, having offered masterclasses and mentoring to young musicians in France and abroad.
In 2009, he conducted the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra for a French musical program, featuring pianist Raul Sunico as soloist. He returned in 2012 to participate in an operatic program with several young talented Filipino singers.
This tribute to the musical legacy of Hector Berlioz frames the French composer’s works in perspective with pieces by his friends and contemporaries through a program that includes “Harold in Italy, op. 16” and “Romeo and Juliet: Love Scene,” as well as Wagner’s “Tristan and Isolde: Prelude and Liebestod” and Lizst’s “Les Preludes.” “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.