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World-renowned pianist leads Beethoven concert fundraiser

(FIRST row from left) Kyla Coronel; Marian Mayuga; Miguel Angelo Estrada; Raphael Espada; (2nd row, L-R) EJ Villarin; Jeanne Rafaella Marquez; Gabriel Art Mendoza; Janine Samaniego; (3rd row, L-R) Alain de Asis; and Micah Pecson. PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF MANILA PIANOS ARTIST

Manila Pianos Artists Series presents “Beethoven for Street Children: A Virtual Fundraising Concert Series” celebrating the 250th birth anniversary of one of the greatest composers who ever lived, Ludwig van Beethoven. Five virtual concerts will be shown on 3, 6, 10, 13 and 17 (Beethoven’s birthday) December.

Proceeds from this project through sponsorship and donations would go to the street children under the wing of Childhope Philippines Foundation Inc. These will aid them amid the pandemic and help provide better access to education, health and counseling services.

World-renowned pianist Mariel Ilusorio is at the helm of the fundraiser. It will feature Beethoven’s 10 Violin Sonatas, which she will perform with 10 young and promising violinists, aged 16 to 28 years old. They represent the University of Santo Tomas, University of the Philippines, St. Scholastica’s College, Manila Symphony Junior Orchestra and Casa San Miguel. The Ten Violin Sonatas are a monumental set and the study of these pieces is essential for every violinist and for every pianist who is a serious chamber musician.

WORLD-RENOWNED pianist Mariel Ilusorio.

Ilusorio was educated in The Juilliard School in New York; Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio; and Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media in Germany. After living overseas for 26 years, including nine years in South Africa as an active musician, she returned home in 2014 and has been actively teaching and performing.

Participating violinists are Jeanne Marquez, Gabriel Mendoza, Miguel Estrada, Micah Pecson, Alain Asis, Marian Mayuga, Janine Samaniego, Kyla Coronel, EJ Villarin and Raphael Espada.

Sponsors include PI Foundation, the Embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium in Manila, Casa San Miguel and 98.7 DZFH.

For more information on this project, contact, igivehope@childhope.

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