A few years ago, actor-singer and heartthrob Xian Lim performed with the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra in Aliw Theater before selected students that wanted to get a glimpse of him.
Somehow his boy-next-door appeal alone made everyone in the hall screaming. But, a serious look at how he performed on the piano should make a strong case that he was playing alongside an esteemed orchestra (conducted by Gerard Salonga) for one main reason – Xian can really play.
Boy, he did beyond expectations!
His image of him serenading a delirious crowd while on a grand piano comes to mind as his major concert at The Theater At Solaire is close by. It will be on July 15. The title, Songs In The Key of X, strongly implies his musical sense and skills, particularly with singing and playing instruments. On that day, at eight in the evening, Xian will showcase his talent in music through songs that best capture his timbre and soul.
Produced by KimXian Around The Globe Inc. (KATG) and line produced by Cornerstone Concerts, it is one extravaganza highlighting the music side of a famous face whose fan base here and especially abroad, is phenomenal.
It is high time that his amazing musical gift, somehow overshadowed by his mainstream movie career, be put on display for his fans and curious spectators to celebrate with.
Joining him on stage are Jona, Matteo Guidicelli and soul supreme KZ Tandingan as very special guests. Knowing that he is more identified with film than music, Xian himself has raised the bar, polishing his talent and spending more time rehearsing. This one serious guy is ready to take the stage with a bang, one that sounds loud yet sweet, melodic and passionate.
A totally different Xian will be showcased that night now that he is even more mature with his craft.
It will truly be a celebration with his followers all over the world. Xian is American-born but grew up very much a Filipino, in sentiment and style. A Star Magic talent, he bagged instant fame when he played the role of Andy in the series My Binondo Girl.
Clearly a man that wears many hats, Xian, a psychology student back in California, gained fan attraction as a model before eventually showing his charisma as a film actor. When he returned to Manila, he became a basketball scholar at University of the East.
As a child, he already expressed interest in music and quickly learned to play musical instruments including the piano, trombone, saxophone and guitar. He once joined a symphonic band.
Xian released his debut album So It’s You in 2012. It became platinum. His follow up XL2 came two years later containing “Bakit Hindi Ka Crush Ng Crush Mo” and his version of “Si Aida o Si Lorna o Si Fe.”
He sang the theme to My Binondo Girl, “Ako’y Sayo Lamang.”
Last year he staged his first concert A Date with Xian to good acclaim.
He is also a health-buff; his athleticism extends to running.
This year he is expected not just to win dates, but to get the nods of even the toughest-to-please music critics.
For Xian, more than proving to everyone his legitimacy as a musician, he wants everyone to just enjoy the music to be shared on concert night. Music fans may have seen him in concert tours with other Star Magic acts. But on July 15, it will definitely be him, his act. Don’t be surprised if after the show, he becomes known as the heartthrob who really can sing and play.
Directed by Alco Guerrero and musical direction by Chino David, Songs in the Key of X is in essence blending showbiz charm with music credo that Xian can always provide.
For tickets, call 891-9999, log on to www.ticketworld.com.ph or visit @ticketworldinc on Instagram.
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