From the announcement:
“Sibling Revelry,” a dinner-concert to be held at the Rockwell Tent on February 14, 2010 brings together two of the country’s most talented musical siblings in a rare evening filled with big band standards, soulful ballads, and the most romantic songs from Broadway and the West End.
“It’s going to be a fun, musical evening performing with my sister,” says Raymond. “It’s not often that we get to share the stage…and to think she was my first-ever singing partner!”
Menchu says, “Growing up, we spent a lot of time singing together, in front of family and friends…it’s been a while since we’ve been able to do that. It’s always been fun to do that. I think the last time we shared a stage before a concert audience was in the ‘80s, when we were both [Pepsi] New Generation artists.”
Since appearing as Louis when he was 12 years old in Repertory Philippines’ staging of “The King and I,” Raymond has pursued a singing career, recording a total of eight albums (the latest of which is “Full Circle,” his big-band album) and performing in concerts around the country and the world.
Meanwhile, Menchu proceeded to conquer the stage with one memorable performance after another in dozens of musicals, including the role of Ellen, the wife of American soldier Chris, in the Manila staging of “Miss Saigon.” Her recent portrayal of Mrs. Lovett in “Sweeney Todd” is considered among her finest performances.
Raymond and Menchu will be accompanied by an eight-piece band comprising of two keyboardists, one bassist, one drummer, two trumpeteers, one trombonist, and one saxophonist under the musical direction of Jun Austria.
Prior to the concert, a four-course, sit-down dinner with a menu designed and prepared by Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef Him Uy de Baron of Chef Cuisine will be served to guests. Dinner will be served from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. The show promptly begins at 8 p.m.
With music from Sinatra to Streisand, from the Carpenters to the Osmonds, from Broadway to the West End, the Lauchengcos are sure to make February 14 a night to remember.
Tickets at P3,300 (inclusive of dinner). For free ticket delivery within Metro Manila, call 0939-1286569. Also available at TicketWorld 8919999.
Here's a preview of the exact four-course dinner fare that Chef Him Uy de Baron will be serving guests at the concert. The meal is the height of casual chic--distinctive and flavorful, nothing too fancy or fusion. Classy, in a word.
Duck meat parcel with arugula and mixed green salad in raspberry dressing
Roasted tomato soup with basil oil
6-hour braised short ribs with lemon gremolata and truffle mash
Le Kit Kat with strawberry sauce
And this is the kitchen whiz who's whipping up Valentine dinner: Le Cordon Bleu-trained private chef Him Uy de Baron is a consultant to Travel Cafe Philippines and East Cafe (in Rustan's) where he used to be executive chef. Chef Him now heads Chef Cuisine, a company that focuses on catering for parties of two to one thousand, with a lineup of chefs of different specialties to accommodate the cuisine preferred by the client.
PLUS: Version 2 of the 1980 Rep Sound of Music kids guesting on TV, this time on Discorama. Lea wasn't around, but on hand were Menchu Lauchengco, Raymond Lauchengco, Risa Hontiveros, Javier Arriaga, Monique Wilson, Gianina Revilla and Angela Adams to sing My Favorite Things a capella. Note Raymond's already strong baritone--he was 14 then. (The Student Canteen guesting here. Priceless clips.)