Finally, the Madz are back to heal our minds and souls with their music.
The University of the Philippines Madrigal Singers, also known as the Madz, is the country’s premier choir and one of the most awarded choral groups worldwide. Take this, Madz is the first choir in the world to win the European Grand Prix for Choral Singing (the Olympics of choral competitions) TWICE (1997 and 2007), almost winning a third one in 2017. World-class Filipino talent indeed!
THE BANAAG NATIONAL CONCERT TOUR
After two years, the Philippine Madrigal Singers are now back on the road and ready to captivate our ears and souls once again as they go on tour this year entitled, The Banaag National Concert Tour. “Believe there is always a glimmer of light, of hope, even in the direst of moments, especially when you know you are not alone,” the announcement on their Facebook post read. On the first leg of the national tour, they enchanted audiences in Southern Luzon, performing in the provinces of Catanduanes, Albay, Camarines Sur, Quezon, and Laguna.
Currently, the multi-awarded choral group is on their Visayas leg, serenading our kababayans in Bohol, Cebu, Samar, and Leyte. Their shows are usually held in cathedrals where they also conduct choral workshops with their fellow choristers, sharing their fiery love and passion for music.
The Philippine Madrigal Singers was formed in 1963 by the National Artist for Music, Professor Andrea Veneracion. They are composed of musically talented students, faculty, and alumni from the different colleges of the University of the Philippines and is now being led by Mark Anthony Carpio, the choirmaster. The group was also recognized by UNESCO as Artists for Peace in 2009 for “putting fame and influence at the service of UNESCO’s ideals and efforts to promote cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue and a culture of peace.”
In 2012, the Madz also received The Brand Laureate Premier Award from the Asia Pacific Brands Foundation to recognize the choir’s “significant contribution to the world of choral music, producing new compositions and choral settings for Philippine, Asian and International songs, spreading the beauty of this genre and giving a good musical experience to the audience.”
THE SPELLBINDING TALENT
The Madz recently got viral when a video of their angelic rendition of Megastar Sharon Cuneta’s Bituing Walang Ningning made rounds online earlier this month. As per Dee Jai, the poster of the now-viral Facebook video, the heavenly a capella number happened as the Madz were waiting for their takeout in a restaurant in Albay. “Ganito po sila pag nasasarapan sa foods!” she said in her caption. (Their impromptu performance then became widely admired by netizens as it has now been viewed more than a million times.)
If you haven’t heard any of the Madz’s performances yet, you can watch their awe-inspiring presentation of Elton John’s Circle of Life while they were in Spain in the video below.
For more details and announcements regarding the Madz’s tour performances, you can check their Facebook page here.
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