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The Philippines and France established diplomatic relations on June 26, 1947. Marking the 70th anniversary of that milestone, the Cultural Center of the Philippines, the Embassy of France in Manila, and the Department of Foreign Affairs co-present a fundraising concert featuring the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra and renowned French pianist Francois Chaplin on June 22. Appropriately, the concert dubbed “Ravel Unravelled” features compositions by two of France’s most beloved composers, Maurice Ravel and Claude Debussy. The PPO gets the program started with Debussy’s La Mer, an orchestral work originally completed in 1905 and revised in 1909. Chaplin then joins the orchestra in performing Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G. An audience favorite, Ravel’s
Bolero, completes the set, with Chaplin performing solo. The French pianist trained at the Paris Conservatoire, and first gained international recognition at the 1989 Cleveland International Piano Competition. Though he only placed fifth overall, he received competition’s Mozart and Robert Casadesus prizes, launching a successful classical recording career. A Chopin devotee, Chaplin is also praised for his interpretations of Debussy, Schumann, C.P.E. Bach, and Poulenc, among other composers. Proceeds from “Ravel Unravelled” will benefit the Phil-France Foundation, an organization that helps provide aid to calamity victims in the Philippines. June 22, 8 p.m. at the Cultural Center of the Philippines Main Theater (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo), CCP Complex, Pasay; 832.1125; culturalcenter.gov.ph.
French pianist François Chaplin.