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A Father-and-Sons Piano Concert in CCP

I got so lucky because of a given complimentary ticket(thanks Gian), I was able to watch a world-class piano concert as part of the 3rd ASEAN event series "Bridges-Dialogues Towards a Culture for Peace", facilitated by the International Peace Foundation at Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater Pasay City last March 11th. Featuring world renowned Russian pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy and sons, clarinetist Dimitri Ashkenazy and pianist Vovka Ashkenazy.

He is described as one of the most renowned and revered pianists of our times as per CCP website. His fingers are swift as it glide to make a glissando. Like him, his sons performed so well too. Mastery in music really run from the genes of this father-and-sons concert.It was my first time to watch a piano-cum-clarinet concert, Dimitri who had some introductions was a bit wit enough that he made the crowd laughing. Musical pieces performed were Schumann – Three Dances, Op. 94, Lutoslawski – Dance Preludes for Clarinet and Piano (1954), Poulenc – Sonata for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 94, Schubert – Divertmento a l’Hongroise, Op. 54 (to be played by two pianos), Ravel – La Valse and story about a goat which made the crowd laughing again as mentioned by Dimitri.

Don't ask me about these songs and authors as these are alien thing to me. But I did enjoyed the concert, for once in a while you get to listen to soothing, eerie and relaxing music. From time to time I would find myself yawning since it was very "unusual" in my ears to listen to these kind of music. One more piano concert made me remember way back in college, our very own Ingrid Sala-Santa Maria who performed in a gymn in Legazpi City, Bicol. I actually did not finished the show as I find it "boring". But now I did realized as I looked around, this kind of music is for the "matured" generation. Most of the people attended, are wearing formal or smart cashual attire, most of them belonging to the elite class. I would not be surprised because the most expensive ticket costs P10,000 and P500 as the cheapest (that is $200+ and $10+ approximately).

During the autograph signing, the crowd surrounded these three, that I find it hard to take a picture of them. I also took a few pictures of the exhibits of arts made by children outside the theatre. Enough, enough... the show started at 8pm and ended 10pm, I need to go back home and sleep soon as I need to wake up 5:30am for my privileged one-week day shift after four years of work.

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