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Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) Considered possibly the greatest Western composer of all time. He wrote symphonies, concertos, chamber music, sonatas, and vocal music. His best-known composition is the Ninth Symphony with its passionate chorus, the Ode to Joy. Beethoven began to lose his hearing in the 1790s and was completely deaf by 1818. ©Copyright 1994. Microsoft® Encarta.

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Concert Session Works in the Philippines

  • Gladys Knight & the Pips
  • Burt Bacharach
  • Henry Mancini
  • Andy Williams

Guest Performances

  • Gift of Life Concert with First Lady Amelita Ramos & daughter Jo Dianne Reeves at the CCP and Cebu Convention Center

Points to Ponder

  • Mr. Lesaca's father, Dr. Reynaldo M. Lesaca, is the only Filipino who talked and interviewed Albert Einstein for his school paper as a young student in the USA…

  • Mr. Lesaca's Great Grand uncle, Julian Felipe, composed the Marcha Nacional which is known today as the Phil. National Anthem.

Activities of Note

  • Commissioned work, ODE TO EARTH, by the UNITED NATIONS EVIRONMENTAL PROGRAM (UNEP) Director for Asia & the Pacific, donated to UNEP Director-General Dr. Mostafa Tolba

  • The only Filipino performer to be accorded equal concert billing & publicity in the 1986 special concert ONE ON ONE featuring Noel Pointer & John Lesaca

  • Currently the resident co-host for the weekly musical television program A Little Night of Music

  • Performed for the country at the Philippine Pavilion of the 1993 EXPO at Seville Spain

  • A member of the Philippine group TALA, to the NORTH SEA INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL at The Hague, Netherlands

  • A member of the Philippine Tourism Sales Mission to Hongkong, Taipei and Kaoshiung (1994)

  • Performed for King Carlos & Queen Sofia during their Philippine visit last April 1995

  • Host and co-producer of the weekly musical television program, The John Lesaca Show every Thursdays, UHF channel 27 Citynet.

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