Fresh from being designated as UNESCO’s Artist For Peace, the Philippine Madrigal Singers is scheduled to hold a concert entitled “Madz About Love…Madz About Peace” at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theatre) on August 28 and 29 at 8pm. Also known as Madz, the group has received the distinction “in recognition of their efforts to promote dialogue and understanding among people in Southeast Asia, their contribution to extend UNESCO’s message of peace and tolerance, and their dedication to the ideals and aims of the Organization.”
They will perform songs that made them bring honor to the country and affirmed their status as icons of Filipino music as well as singles from their upcoming album “Love Continues” under Sony Music. This will be a collection of well-loved classics and contemporary love songs interpreted in the timeless Madrigal fashion. It will feature songs like “How Did You Know,”“Love Of My Life,” “Now That I Have You,”“Very Special Love,” “When You Say Nothing At All,” “Whenever, Wherever, Whatever” and “Your Love” among others.
The Philippine Madrigal Singers, one of the most awarded choirs in Asia and the world, made the country proud once again as they were recently designated by United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director General Koïchiro Matsuura as Artist For Peace.
Held last July 27, ceremony took place just before the group’s concert at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France. The Philippine Madrigal singers received this distinction “in recognition of their efforts to promote dialogue and understanding among peoples in Southeast Asia, their contribution to extend UNESCO’s message of peace and tolerance, and their dedication to the ideals and aims of the Organization.”
The Philippine Madrigal Singers, known as the MADZ, were brought together in 1963 by music professor Andrea O. Veneracion. The group performs many different musical genres but specializes in the Renaissance style for which it is named. It has won numerous awards, including the European Grand Prix for Choral Singing in 2007 (Arezzo , Italy), and its influence in the Philippines and throughout Asia is far-reaching. Responsible for training more than 200 singers and choral music specialists since its creation, the group goes on tour twice a year, not only abroad but also to the most remote parts of the Philippines. Continue reading →