FRESH from the commercial and critical success of his two-night benefit Valentine concert Love In Motion at The Shangri-La at The Fort, and his memorable stint as one of the celebrity jurors of ABS-CBN’s phenomenal celebrity musical competition Your Face Sounds Familiar Kids, Gary Valenciano opens the second quarter of the year with the highly anticipated season finale of Gary V Presents…, set to happen on May 12, 13, 19, and 20 at The Theatre At Solaire (8:00 p.m.).
With stage direction by Paolo Valenciano, whose credits as a director also include the hit concerts of Sharon Cuneta, Sarah Geronimo, Toni Gonzaga, Sponge Cola, and Sam Concepcion to mention a few; and musical direction by Mon Faustino – who is Gary’s musical director for over 28 years; the season finale of Gary V Presents… is the very first major event that marks Gary’s 34thanniversary in show business.
“Finally we have Gary! We have been waiting for Gary to perform at The Theatre at Solaire for a long time and we are very excited about this run,” remarked Solaire Entertainment Director Audie Gemora. Gemora used to be managed by concert producer Manila Genesis Entertainment and Management Inc. which is also celebrating the tail end of its 30th year.
Gary V Presents… is conceptualized by Gary and the Manila Genesis team with son Paolo and the main objective to the series is to provide a mainstream platform for Gary’s choice of artists whom he feels deserve a bigger and wider venue to showcase their immense and formidable talents in the different genres that each of them represent – pop, soul, R&B, jazz, world music, and classical among many others.
The maiden run of Gary V Presents… was staged for two nights in November 2015 and the concert franchise series has since spawned three more runs due to insistent public demand: a repeat in December 2015 in Manila and a special run in Dipolog City, and a two-night run performance July 2016 in Quezon City, making the season finale its fifth and grandest staging ever as it is set to dazzle and enthrall fans of all ages.
For this season finale, fans could look forward to the show-stopping production numbers of Gary with The Voice Of The Philippines alumni Mitoy Yonting, Janice Javier, RJ Dela Fuente, and Tim Pavino; Allan Silonga of the all-male vocal group Daddy’s Home and Suklay Diva and online sensation Katrina Valerde of The X-Factor Philippines; classical-pop singer Lara Maigue of Philpop; theater actress and former star of Miss Saigon in London, Carla Guevara-Laforteza; theater actor and R&B singer Jimmy Marquez of the second season of Search For The Star In A Million; indie artist Bullet Dumas of the annual Elements Songwriting Camp; and it-girl, certified hit-maker, and singer-songwriter Kiana Valenciano. As an added treat, Jason and Joshua Zamora – two of the original members of The Manoeuvres and the Addlib Dancers will join the entire gang for the season finale.
It was heartwarming to see audiences cheer for Bullet Dumas whose unique musicality endeared him to the crowd and his co-performers. Most of them were catapulted to mainstream recognition after they became part of different talent competitions on national TV. Gary chose them to be part of the concert on the basis of their individual achievements as solo artists as they are rapidly conquering the fields of recording, live shows and local bar circuits, theater, and television.
“We are calling this run of Gary V Presents… a season finale because the series will feature a different set of artists when it returns in the future,” says Gary. “I would like to continue my advocacy to provide artists with a bigger platform to showcase their music to a wider audience and I’ll be on the look out for a new set of artists. But of course, the original cast of Gary V Presents…will always have a special place in my heart.”
Gary received standing ovations for this concert and stunned the public with his amazing dancing skills and vocal gymnastics which has continued to prove that he indeed is one of the greatest music performers in Philippine entertainment history and is now being called the King Of OPM. An advocate of various causes despite his medical challenges, Gary is definitely a living miracle despite 39 years of having Type 1 diabetes. The concert series is for the benefit of the diabetes and scholarship programs of the Shining Light Foundation.
Soon after the season finale of Gary V Presents…, Gary will gear up for his very first North American concert tour this 2017 and together with special guest Katrina Velarde, he is set to perform in M Resort, Las Vegas on May 27; in Pechanga Resort And Casino on June 3 with special guest Kiana Valenciano and Katrina Velarde; and in Pasadena Civic Auditorium on June 10 with special guests Katrina Velarde, Sam Concepcion, and Kiana Valenciano. On June 12 he will celebration the Philippine Independence Day in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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