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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.

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