Original Philippine Music Takes Center Stage in NYC

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Original Philippine Music Takes Center Stage in NYC
Filipino composer-singer Cecile Azarcon

New York--While the Filipino food pancit, lumpia, and balut are slowly breaking into mainstream America, Original Philippine Music (OPM) should not be too far behind--food and music go well together anyway, which has inspired Synergy Productions and Marketing Inc. to stage the concert "An Evening of Original Philippine Music with Cecile Azarcon and Sounds of Manila" at Peter Norton Symphony Space (2537 Broadway and 95th Street) on Sunday, April 27, at 7 p.m.

"The concert will be a musical tribute to celebrate Filipino composer Cecile Azarcon's timeless pop songs that have been pervading the airwaves over the last 35 years--whether it be in their original form and arrangement, or contemporary rendition--in the Philippines or in many Filipino American communities across the United States," says Grace Labaguis, Synergy Productions' marketing director.

"The time is also ripe to introduce Azarcon's melodious love songs such as 'Even If,' 'I Think I'm In Love,' and 'How Did You Know,' newly rearranged by the renowned musical director and arranger Lorrie Ilustre, and interpreted by Sounds of Manila, a band that produces an authentic '70s, '80s Manila sound, to a more diverse group of concertgoers," Labaguis adds.

Original Philippine Music Takes Center Stage in NYC
Sounds of Manila band is made up of Ronnie Sabangan, Suzanne
Lansangan-Sabangan, Hermie Angeles, JR Gendrano, Aaron Garcia
Bobby de Leon, and Jojo Gendrano. Photo by Rex Romero

Joining Azarcon, Ilustre, and Sounds of Manila in the one-night-only concert at Symphony Space are emerging young vocalists Tiffany Viray ("Stars of Tomorrow" at the Apollo Theater), Jared Martin (The Outstanding Filipino Americans in New York Awards at Carnegie Hall), Arnel Arcedo (Finalist, Broadway's "Rock of Ages" at Superbowl Boulevard), and Tony Gado (FDR Band); and guest guitarist Carlo Tampac of Chapter 2 band.

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