All artists have dreams to pursue, but it is how one conquers those dreams that make a difference. Over the last couple of months, tenor Al Gatmaitan was quietly working on a dream project to further hone his craft as a theater actor.
Embarking on a major decision to widen Al Gatmaitan’s horizons, and to further advance his studies, he passed a rigorous audition process and was selected to be part of the New York University Steinhardt School for Music and Performing Arts Professions this coming June.
But before he takes a bite of the Big Apple, catch Al Gatmaitan: In Pursuit of a Dream – a special fund raising concert presented by The Philippine Opera Company and Grupo Reposo, in collaboration with LRI Design Plaza set on May 14 and 23, 2014. Karl Estudillo will serve as collaborative pianist while Will Fredo will serve as director.
The concert on May 14, 2014 (7:30 p.m.), will be at The Opera Haus located at 3657 Bautista Street, Brgy. Palanan, Makati. Special guest artists include: TV, film and stage actress Ms. Ayen Munji-Laurel, Sopranos Karla Gutierrez, Gabri Panlilio, and Janine Santos; Tenor Nazer Salcedo, Baritone Lawrence Jatayna and Mezzo Soprano Clarissa Ocampo.
The concert on May 23, 2014 (7:30 p.m.), will be at LRI Design Plaza located at 210 Nicanor Garcia St., Brgy. Bel Air II, Makati. Special guest artists include: Soprano Gabri Panlilio, Mezzo Soprano Clarissa Ocampo, Soprano and stage actress Tricia Amper-Jimenez, Film, TV and stage actress Liza Diño, singer and songwriter Aiza Seguerra, and world renowned concert pianist Raul Sunico.
Al Gatmaitan has trained at the UP College of Music Major in Voice and experiences in acting from various theatre groups such as Dulaang UP, UP Playwrights, Trumpets, Spazio Teatro and Teatro Calabria in Italy and PETA (Philippine Educational Theatre Association) where he started his career.
His three years of stay in Italy for language studies, bonded with rigid vocal and acting training from highly renowned masters of the arts in full bright scholarships proved that these people believe in what he can do. He has been part of several telenovelas in ABS-CBN, appeared for the highly-acclaimed movie musicale, Emir, and The Mistress for Star Cinema. His first major film under HUBO Productions, In Nomine Matris (In The Name of The Mother) was part of the Metro Manila Film Festival 2012 under the New Wave Category.
In theatre productions, Al played the tenor for Philippine Opera Company's Master Class and he has been part of the successful runs of Ang Bagong Harana under the direction of Mr. Floy Quintos. He covered as Roger Davis for Nine Works Theatrical Production of Rent, he collaborated with Tanghalang Pilipino for Banaag at Sikat (under Ms. Jose Estrella) and Noli Me Tangere 2011 (under Mr. Audie Gemora) where he was nominated as Best Male Featured in a Musicale for PhilStage's Gawad Buhay Awards. He has been nominated twice in Aliw Awards for Best New Male Classical Performer and Best Actor in a Musicale. Last 2013, he played Kuya Boy for Bit by Bit's production Maxie the Musicale.
The concert series will feature a diverse repertoire of songs such as: "Empire State of Mind" (from Alicia Keys – “The Element of Freedom" by Janet Sewell, Angela Hunte, Shawn Carter, Sylvia Robinson, Burt Keyes, Alicia Keys and Alexander Shuckburgh); "Una Furtiva Lagrima" (from L’Elisir d’amore, Gaetano Donizetti); Lamento Di Federico ("È la solita storia del pastore" from L’Arlesiana by Francesco Cilea); "Wheels of a Dream" (from "Ragtime" Wheels of A Dream by Stephen Flaherty; Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens); "All I Ask of You" (from The Phantom of the Opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber); "Nasaan Ka Irog" (Nicanor Abelardo, Arranged by Ryan Cayabyab); "Ang Pag-ibig Mo" (Leopoldo Silos); "I Believe" (Words and Music by Eric Levi).
Ticket price is P1,000.
For inquiries, please call telephone numbers 822-9609, 0917-8072223 and 0917-5224183.
Aiza Seguerra, Liza Diño, and other artists to join concert series of Al Gatmaitan
by posted on May 2, 2014