Tuesday, February 02, 2010

The Lauchengco siblings invite you to a rare Valentine concert

Rare, because after 30 years of accomplished individual careers as performing artists, Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo and younger brother Raymond Lauchengco are starring for the first time in a back-to-back dinner concert called Sibling Revelry, at the Rockwell Tent on Feb. 14. Lookie, they're talking to you:

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.)


Oliver Oliveros said...

Great, thanks!!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much, Gibbs.

-Mia L.

Anonymous said...

I dont know, but kinda expensive. sayang. Parang i will pay 1,800 for a performance of menchu and raymond; and then additional 1500 for dinner (kapresyo ng buffet sa circles). parang mahal for an 8-piece band. I would love to go, but would think it over dahil may pagka-mahal siya.

Anonymous said...

maganda sana. i like to watch menchu kaya lang mahal. sana magkaroon si menchu ng solo concert, na walang dinner. kahit trio lang ang accompaniment. medio mahal nga ito.

Anonymous said...

i'm kinda curious about a brother/sister concert (don't we all love donnie/marie and the carpenters??). I spend 1,500+ for pop/rock concerts that don't even have chairs to sit on, and i'm deaf for a few hours after. and this has a sit down dinner?? what a deal. rockwell tent pa. I assume this will be an intimate crowd. I shall force the husband to take me to this one hehe :) hope tickets haven't run out.

gibbs cadiz said...

hey OLIVER, MIA, best of luck. :)

ANONYMOUS 1: i understand valentine concerts, treats, etc. usually cost from P1500 to P5k. P3300 sounds reasonable with back-to-back concert and dinner thrown in. :)

ANONYMOUS 2: agree, i hope she does a solo concert. :)

ANONYMOUS 3: have fun at the concert/dinner with the hubby!

Anonymous said...

Bumili na ako ng tickets dito. Actually, boyfriend ko bumili hehe. (Good job, hon!) He was asking kung anong show gusto ko, others were offering 3k-plus for a show plus drink lang. Sulit na ito for us and I think it's perfect for Valentines. I went to Raymond's concert before, guest si Menchu, and iba talaga ang vibe, ang galing nila Menchu and Raymond and the atmosphere was classy and elegant. My tickets have raffle coupons din, hope we win though I don't know what they are raffling out.

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