Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017 at 7 p.m.
Recognized by the UNESCO as Artists for Peace for “putting their fame and influence to promote cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue and a culture of peace,” the Philippine Madrigal Singers is one of the most awarded choral groups in the world, having consistently won all top prizes in major choral competitions, including the Grand Prix in the recently concluded 64th Concurso Internazionale di Guido d’ Arezzo last August 2016 in Arezzo, Italy. They hold the distinction of being the first choir in the world to win the prestigious European Grand Prix for Choral Singing twice (1997 and 2007).
The Madz, as they are fondly called, is the Philippines’ most active ambassadors of goodwill. They have sung for many of the world’s most influential and prominent leaders in state visits and command performances. Among them were Pope Paul VI, Pope John Paul II, Pope Francis, United States Presidents Gerald Ford, Richard Nixon, and Barack Obama, French President François Hollande, King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sophia of Spain, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, Vietnam President Tôn Đức Thắng, Princess Margaret of the United Kingdom, His Royal Highness Prince Haji ‘Abdul ‘Azim of Brunei, Queen Fabiola of Belgium, and Emperor Hirohito of Japan. Their frequent world concert tours have made them the most travelled and far-reaching performing group in the Philippines.
The Madz is a 26-person choral ensemble composed of students, faculty and alumni of the University of the Philippines. They perform a wide repertoire of various styles and forms: renaissance music, classical music, Filipino and international folksongs, contemporary and avant-garde music, opera and even popular music.
The group’s virtuosity across a vast repertoire range, its continuing promotion of Filipino choral works and the rousing and deeply emotional impact that each performance has on all audiences the world over as they sing in the distinctive set- up of sitting in a semi-circle without a conductor have established their reputation as a pioneering force in choral music and an inspirational role model for other choirs. For this and their “significant contribution to the world of choral music, producing new compositions and choral settings, spreading the beauty of this genre and giving a good musical experience to the audience,” the group became the 1st choir to ever receive the BrandLaureate Premier Award in 2012.
At the group’s celebration of its 50th year in 2013, the Philippine Madrigal Singers have been invited to perform during the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) National Convention in Dallas, Texas and during the America Cantat in Bogota, Colombia.
National Artist for Music Professor Andrea O. Veneracion, who founded the group in 1963, introduced world-class Filipino choral artistry to the world as the Philippine Madrigal Singers triumphed in festivals and concerts all over the world. Today, Mark Anthony Carpio is the second Choirmaster since 2001 and has taken the already much- awarded choir to even greater heights!
Come and see these world-class choristers for the first time in Austin, TX!
Listen and be captivated by the talented Philippine MadrigalSingers!
MORE ABOUT THE MADZ:
www.unesco.org/new/en/ goodwill-ambassadors/ artists-for-peace/ the-philippine-madrigal-sin gers/
For more information about the Madz, Concert or Sponsorship:
Rela 512.694.4183 [email protected]