THE MADZ RETURNS FROM A CHORAL COMPETITION WIN AND A CONCERT ABROAD

September 14, 2016

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September 14, 2016

FRESH from its three-month tour in Europe and Kuwait, the Philippine Madrigal Singers (Madz) was greeted by well-wishers led by the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) vice president and artistic director Chris Millado with CCP Cultural Exchange Department Manager Chinggay Bernardo and Director of CCP Artists’ Training Division Menchi Mantaring upon arriving in the country yesterday. The Madz, headed by artistic director and choirmaster Mark Anthony Carpio, is one of the CCP’s resident companies.

The Madz won the coveted Gran Premio in the Concorso 64th Polifonico Internazionale in Arezzo, Italy last August 27. This earned for the group one of only six berths for the 2017 European Grand Prix for Choral Singing, a battle of the champions of Europe’s six top choral competitions, which will be held next year in Tolosa, Spain. The choir holds the distinction of being the first choir in the world to win the European Grand Prix title twice before in 1997 and 2007.

The Madz was organized in 1963 by National Artist for Music Andrea O. Veneracion as the University of the Philippines Madrigal Singers, composed of students, faculty and alumni of the university.

Following a Renaissance tradition, the group sings in a semicircle without a conductor. It has an extensive repertoire that ranges from classical choral masterpieces to avant-garde compositions, renaissance madrigals to folk, pop and humorous novelty numbers. (Photo by Kiko Cabuena)