Jasmine Ragual shines with Brampton Orchestra

Community Round Up Nov 17, 2008 at 12:50 pm
Jasmine Ragual with “Phantom” Robert Pilon after the concert with Brampton Symphony Orchestra at the Rose Theatre.

Jasmine Ragual with “Phantom” Robert Pilon after the concert with Brampton Symphony Orchestra at the Rose Theatre.

BRAMPTON–The “Musical Postcard from Abroad: Sympfusion” concert of the Brampton Symphony Orchestra (BSO) at the Rose Theatre in the city of Brampton was a resounding success . Brampton’s own singing sensation, Jasmine Elaine Ragual, surely brought the house into much excitements as she rendered two angelic and melodic songs arranged by the BSO’s principal conductor, Maestro Robert Raines. Her first song was from the broadway musical “Les Miserables” entitled “On My Own” and the second from the hit Disney movie soundtrack of Mulan called “Reflections”. This was Jasmine’s third performance with the Symphony. She will, once again, be joining the symphony, performing at a world stage, in March 2009 for its South Beach Miami, Florida tour.

The show also featured some great artists including the surprise solo appearance of the famous Robert Pilon, known for his roles in the hit musical plays “Les Miserables” and the “Phantom of the Opera”.
Pilon brought tears and happiness with his touching song collections. Other performers included: the Jamaican born song stylist Toni Anderson, the Royal Conservatory’s Three Young Tenors, and this year’s BSO Diverse Awardee.

The concert was ably emceed by CBC’s Suhana Meharchand who introduced Jasmine as “Brampton’s international showcase winner and our little princess”. A post-concert reception followed at the mansion of Mrs. Lois Rice, Brampton’s philanthropist of Arts and Culture.

Jasmine has gone a long way after that fateful day when she was first discovered locally. Last August, she brought not only the entire city of Brampton, but also Canada and even abroad when she enjoined the world to vote for her into the USA WorldShowcase Talent competition internet voting process. She came victorious as a 3rd Place overall voted winner. Also that same month, she bested as the Junior Champ at the CNE Rising Star search in Toronto.

You can catch Jasmine this November on her first major role for a Christmas musical play called “Ahmal and the Night Visitors” sponsored by the City Centre Musical Productions of Mississauga. In January 2009, she will go back to Las Vegas to record her first Demo CD and will compete again at the USA World Showcase Talent Competition. Jasmine is a youth member of the Federation of Filipino Canadians of Brampton and a junior member of the Fiesta Filipina Dance Troupe of Canada. She is vocally coached by the renowned Madam Eleanor Calbes of Oakville.