Saturday, October 23, 2010

NEWS: Madrigals, PPO hold concerts with and for kids


MANILA, Philippines - Young kids (and the young at heart) are in for a musical treat as two topnotch groups--the Philippine Madrigal Singers and the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO)--hold separate concerts this month.

One will hold a concert with accomplished children's choirs, while the other will target a young audience.  On October 29 and 30 at 8 p.m., the Philippine Madrigal Singers (also called Madz) will present its thanksgiving concert together with the Philippine Montessori Center Instrumental Ensemble (PMCIE) and the Temple Hill International School Marimba Ensemble (THISME) at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP).

The concert, dubbed "Caritas et Amor," will celebrate the many awards and blessings the Madz and the children ensembles have garnered both in Manila and the US. The Madz won the Guidoneum Award 2010 given by the Fondazione Guido d’ Arrezo last September 19 after they held their gala concert at the 58th International Choral Competition in Arezzo, Italy. The award acknowledged their "artistic and choral promotion activity that they carried out after they won the European Grand Prix in 2007.”

The group is the only choir in the world to have won the Grand Prix during 2 consecutive years, 2006 and 2007 in one of the top choral competitions in the world. Led by its choirmaster Prof. Mark Anthony Carpio, the Madz is currently touring Europe for a series of concerts.

The PMCIE and THISME, on the other hand, performed at the Lincoln Center in New York last May 2010.
Tickets are available at the Philippine Montessori Center, tel. nos. 911-4838 and 911-4889; Ticketworld at tel. 891-9999 and the CCP Box Office, tel. no. 832 3704.

PPO's concert for kids

Meanwhile, the country's national orchestra, the PPO, will showcase excerpts from Western and Filipino symphonic music to introduce the element of dance and rhythm to young concert-goers.

Their concert titled "Turn on the Beat, Bring Out the Moves: A PPO Concert for Young Audiences" will be held at 11 a.m. on October 20 at the CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino.

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