FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
World-Class Pianist Hosts Concertos for Restoration of Centuries-Old Heritage Sites
June 11, 2014 – Washington, DC – Seeking to restore centuries-old heritage sites in the wake of last year’s devastating 7.2 earthquake which struck the island-province of Bohol in the Central Visayas region of the Philippines, the Bohol Restoration Group (BRG) of Washington, DC cordially invites you to attend an evening with world-class Filipino pianist, Raul Sunico as he performs a rendition of classical and Filipino concertos.
This three-evening series entitled, “Love for Bohol,” will be sure to captivate and mesmerize hearts and minds. The first solo concert will be held this Friday, June 13th at the Gilman School in Baltimore, MD, followed by Sunday, June 22 at the Church of Latter Day Saints Mormon Visitors Center in Kensington, MD and concluding on Wednesday, June 25 at the Maharlika Hall of the Philippine Consulate in New York City.
Dr. Sunico has garnered a number of global awards and accolades throughout his career such as the silver medal in the Viotti International Piano Competition in Vercelli, Italy, and the Henry Cowell Prize at the University of Maryland International Piano Competition in the United States. He has given solo recitals all across the world and has performed with a number of orchestras including the Moscow Philharmonic, Transylvania Philharmonic (Romania), the Vietnam National Symphony, and the Philippine Philharmonic.
Dr. Sunico has recorded over fifty compact discs, including his piano transcriptions of Filipino folk songs and kundimans, concerts by Grieg, Saint-Saens, Ravel, and Lucino Sacramento; solo classical pieces; popular American songs set to piano; chamber and duo piano music, and original compositions. He is currently the president of the Cultural Center of the Philippines and dean of the Conservatory of Music at the University of Santo Tomas. He is also the music author of the textbook series “Musika at Sining” used in elementary schools in the Philippines. He holds the singular distinction of being the only pianist in the world to perform the four piano concertos of Sergei Rachmaninoff in a single evening.
There is no entrance fee to attend any of these concerts; however generous donations are greatly appreciated at the door. Those unable to attend but wish to contribute, may access BRG’s secure online PayPal account at https://brg-usa.org/support-brg/. Open to the public, all denominations will be accepted to assist in the restoration and preservation of Bohol’s heritage sites and communities.
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The Bohol Restoration Group
The Bohol Restoration Group (BRG) was formed from the Philippine Embassy’s call to the local Washington, DC community after the Bohol province in the Philippines was badly hit on October 15, 2013 by a 7.2 earthquake, and three weeks later, with the landfall of super typhoon Haiyan. As a result, centuries-old cultural heritage properties were severely damaged and distressed their surrounding communities. A group of Filipinos and Americans immediately came together in an all-volunteer effort to create working committees based on professional expertise involving restoration, architecture, community advocacy, and fundraising. (http://www.brg-usa.org)