At the rate tickets are moving for the Sept. 15 to 16 concerts of celebrated pianist Cecile Licad and German cellist Alban Gerhardt at the CCP, the much-awaited concerts will be sold out three weeks before the opening night. (In March last year, hundreds were left gawking at the CCP lobby when they found out tickets disappeared a week before.)
This is not surprising. Licad is the box-office queen of classical concerts in Manila and she is duplicating that feat in USA and Europe where her recital and orchestra concerts are sold out months ahead.
But what about Gerhardt? He is a prize winner of several international cello competitions, much younger than Licad but both share the highest passion and musicality associated with the best of chamber music.