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World-Class Pianist Performs Final Concert in New York City for Restoration of Earthquake-Damaged Historical Landmarks and Two UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List Sites in the Philippines
June 23, 2014, WASHINGTON, DC – Beating the clock to restore two UNESCO world heritage tentative-listed heritage sites and almost a dozen centuries-old historical landmarks 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 the final performance of world-class Julliard-trained Filipino pianist, Dr. Raul Sunico, entitled “Love for Bohol”, in his classical and Filipino concert repertoire on Wednesday, June 25 at the Kalayaan Hall of the Office of the Philippine Consulate General, 556 Fifth Avenue, New York City at 6:45pm.
“I am honored to share my music to raise awareness of the tragedy in Bohol,” according to Dr. Sunico, president of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. “Your support will make a huge difference for thousands of people awaiting help to support the communities’ restoration efforts from this forgotten tragedy.”
BRG was formed from the Philippine Embassy’s call to the local Washington, DC community after Bohol was badly hit on October 15, 2013 by a 7.2-magnitude earthquake, and three weeks later, with the landfall of super typhoon Haiyan. As a result, close to 300-year-old cultural heritage sites collapsed and were severely damaged as it also brought distress to their livelihoods and 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. Among them are technical leading experts from the National Cathedral, Quinn Evans, Leuterio Thomas and Nixon Peabody.
“We are just in the initial stages of the restoration process of these historical structures,” Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Cuisia Jr. said. “We are deeply grateful for the outpouring of support and expertise provided by our American and Filipino friends and restoration experts.”
Dr. Sunico is also dean of the Conservatory of Music at the University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines. He has garnered a number of global awards and accolades throughout his career. Among them 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. Some 50 compact discs have been recorded, 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 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 his concert, however, generous donations are greatly appreciated. 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. For more information, please visit www.brg-usa.org.
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