Bautista and Ledesma fo­cus on Streisand, Le­grand and Groban

The duo’s So­laire Tent con­cert tack­les songs that shaped their ca­reers

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LIS­TEN to the clas­sic songs of Bar­bra Streisand and Michel Le­grand along­side the more con­tem­po­rary hits of Josh Groban as sung by vo­cal heavy­weights, Kuh Ledesma and Chris­tian Bautista at the Tent in So­laire Re­sort and Casino in Parañaque City on Oct. 20.

The one-night event ti­tled Kuh Ledesma Chris­tian Bautista Sing

Streisand Groban Le­grand, fo­cuses on the songs of three artists who have shaped the ca­reers and tal­ents of both Ms. Ledesma and Mr. Bautista as the for­mer noted in a press con­fer­ence in Septem­ber. Ms. Ledesma then said that she con­sid­ers Ms. Streisand as her “true vo­cal coach.”

“I sing a lot of Streisand and her songs are al­ways so complicated that it taught me where to place my voice,” Ms. Ledesma said dur­ing the press con­fer­ence.

For Mr. Bautista, who first gained at­ten­tion when he joined the ABS-CBN singing con­test

Star in a Mil­lion in 2003, Mr. Groban was a singer he was of­ten com­pared to be­cause of their sim­i­lar lanky frames.

He might not have won the grand prize back in 2003 but he was of­fered a record­ing con­tract with Warner Mu­sic Philip­pines and shortly af­ter he re­leased his self-ti­tled de­but al­bum which spawned hits such as “The Way You Look At Me,” “Color Ev­ery­where,” and his ren­di­tion of Breathe’s 1987 hit, “Hands to Heaven.”

Ms. Ledesma, who has been in the in­dus­try for close to four decades, made a name for her­self with hits such as “Dito Ba?,” “’Til I Met You,” and “One More Try,” to name a few. Her soul­ful voice led her to per­form with international artists in­clud­ing Mr. Le­grand in 2002 dur­ing a Valen­tine’s Day con­cert.

“I’ve learned so much from her,” Mr. Bautista said of Ms. Ledesma in a press re­lease. “As an artist, I ad­mire the bril­liance she in­jects in our craft. She knows how ev­ery lit­tle de­tails will flow and has to­tal con­trol of her shows. It’s an amaz­ing op­por­tu­nity to see how she does it and be able to sing with her on the same stage again.”

Though they de­clined to re­veal which songs they would be singing, Mr. Bautista said he might sing Mr. Groban’s “You’re Still You” or Mr. Le­grand’s “What are You Do­ing the Rest of Your Life” while Ms. Ledesma said she would love to sing Ms. Streisand’s “Some­where.”

“Our — and of course the fans of Streisand, Le­grand, and Groban — can def­i­nitely ex­pect a deeper sense of con­nec­tion in the songs that we will sing in the con­cert. It’ll be the mu­sic we have fallen in love with, only this time more heart­felt.” Ms. Ledesma said in the re­lease.

The Oct. 20 con­cert will be held at So­laire’s The Tent, a tem­po­rary venue meant to “ac­com­mo­date So­laire’s ever-ex­pand­ing entertainment fare,” said Audie Gemora, So­laire’s di­rec­tor for entertainment, in the re­lease.

The Tent, which will only be up un­til the end of the year, will be re­placed by a new venue in 2019. While Mr. Gemora kept mum about the spe­cific de­tails he said that the new de­vel­op­ment will be big­ger than the Tent’s 1,800-per­son ca­pac­ity.

Tick­ets to Kuh Ledesma Chris­tian Bautista Sing Streisand Groban Le­grand are avail­able at Tick­etWorld (www.tick­etworld.

com.ph, 891-9999). Ticket prices range from P2,000 to P4,500. —

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