Cecile Licad

Tito Munoz, Cecile Licad 001-A

Tito Munoz and Cecile Licad.

On Sunday, David and I went to the Blaisdell Concert Hall and heard gorgeous music that reverberated in our inner ear long after we drove away in our car.

Cecile Licad performed the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2.  Her black hair has grown past her shoulders since the above photo was taken, and she was a knock out in her emerald green gown.  Looking at her, you would not suspect that she has powerful hands that could do this concerto justice.  Powerful, but also lyrical and expressive.  That’s how I would describe her performance.

Licad was only three years old when she started her piano studies in the Philippines, and only seven when she made her debut with the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Philippines.  My grandson, Rylan, should take note, since he is three years old.  Can you imagine him taking piano lessons?

The conductor, Tito Munoz, impressed us with his ability to memorize the Brahms Symphony No. 2, which we heard after the intermission.  I love this symphony, because it is such a happy, pastoral, idyllic piece.  Munoz also conducted The Hebrides by Mendelssohn, a work I had not previously heard.

David and I sat on the right side of the balcony for the first time in many years.  Usually, we sit on the left side.  We noticed how much louder and deeper the bass sounded on the right side, whereas the treble was more evident when we sat on the left side.  The cellos and basses are located on the right side of the stage, and the violins are located on the left, so that may be the reason.

Is it our imagination?  Any acoustics experts out there in blog land?

11 Responses to “Cecile Licad”

  1. Olga Says:

    Music is certainly one of the things that feeds the soul.

  2. granny annie Says:

    I am certainly not an acoustics expert but it makes sense to me that the impact would be different depending on where you were situated.

  3. SchmidleysScribbling Says:

    David is an expert on acoustics (he was the senior engineer setting up NPR). He says he always sat in the middle of the concert hall where ALL vibrations reach you, so you are on to something with your theory.

    Regarding children and piano, the child’s hands are key. Hannah has nice long fingers so we started her with piano lessons when she was 4 years old and continued them until she was in 12th grade. We bought a piano for her which she has at her mother’s house (where she lives). She plays beautifully, but only for herself these days. She’d rather be doing fiber art. Kids…not all are concert pianists when they grow up.

  4. Suzanne Says:

    Starting her at 3, that is impressive. She has beautiful hair, I bet it looks great even longer.

  5. Christine Says:

    you sure know your music Gigi. On topic of the arts, we have a handsome new principal ballet dancer at the National Ballet of Canada and he is Canadian….


  6. Christine Says:

    Matthew Golding is his name

  7. DJan Says:

    It sounds like it was simply lovely. I know what you mean about hearing music long after it’s left the air around you.

  8. Jeanie Says:

    I love the thought of you carrying the music with you after the concert. I’m glad you had such an enjoyable time.

  9. Denise Says:

    This sounds like an amazing evening. Many years ago I was told by an older friend to always sit in the middle when listening to an orchestra. My Dad was a marvelous piano player. My mother always said he had ‘piano’ fingers (long fingers). He also had a wonderful voice.

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