Monday, November 11, 2013

Lisa Macuja's Swan Song Series to raise funds for typhoon victims

Lisa Macuja's Swan Song Series to raise funds for typhoon victims

Prima ballerina Lisa Macuja-Elizalde has announced that all proceeds from ticket sales to her Swan Song Series Year 3 shows will be donated to relief operations for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda.

The Swan Song Series, Macuja-Elizalde's three-year retirement plan in which she is bidding goodbye to her favorite full-length ballet classics, is on its final year with performances of La Bayadere and The Nutcracker. 

The ballerina had initially thought of cancelling the series of shows in consideration of the devastation that has happened in the Visayas region. However, after what she describes as “much soul-searching,” she decided the performances would serve a better  purpose by raising funds and goods for the typhoon victims.

Thus, all tickets sold via Ticketworld for the November 14, 15 and 16 performances of La Bayadere; and for the November 29 and December 1 shows of The Nutcracker will go to the Philippine National Red Cross and DZRH's Operation Tulong. All shows – also featuring Ballet Manila and the Manila Symphony Orchestra – will be presented at 7:30 p.m. at the Aliw Theater, CCP Complex, Pasay City.

“I am just grateful that I have the means to contribute in this manner. My husband Fred Elizalde has supported by my decision 100 percent,” the ballerina said. 

DZRH is the flagship radio station of the Manila Broadcasting Company, a presentor of the Swan Song Series, and of which Fred J. Elizalde is chairman.

Macuja-Elizalde has announced on Twitter and Facebook: “Honestly, I almost cancelled Swan Song Series Year 3 because of this horrible catastrophe. (But) the shows will go on. ALL proceeds will be donated.”

For tickets, contact Ticketworld at 891-9999 or For inquiries or additional information, contact Ballet Manila at telephone numbers 525-5967 or 400-0292.

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