Philippine Madrigal Singers set for 2008 command performances in the U.S

Los Angeles, California/Manila, Philippines – The music and magic of the Philippine Madrigal Singers, one of the best choirs in the world, comes to Southern California and Nevada this summer as part of a series of Command Performances presented by Philippine Airlines and sponsored by the Rotary Club of Historic Filipinotown in association with the Philippine Patrons of the Arts-USA, TDRZ Productions, Inc. and with Asian Journal as the official media sponsor.

With one-night only performances set in Las Vegas , San Diego and Los Angeles , the appearance of the Philippine Madrigal Singers (or “Madz” for short) will surely be a highlight of this summer’s concert season as well as part of the month-long Philippine Independence celebration. Many aficionados and devoted fans of the Madz look forward to their musical virtuosity, technical proficiency and soulful singing. With a highly eclectic repertoire — from Renaissance madrigal music to the avant-garde, from Filipino and international folksongs to the latest pop hits, even from the most cerebral choral masterpieces to the most humorous of novelty numbers — this world-class choir can sing anything with authenticity and professionalism while keeping their audience thoroughly entertained.

The Madz have consistently won top prizes in the most prestigious choral competitions held around the world. As Philippine ambassadors of culture and goodwill, the Madz have given command performances for royalty and heads of state including Pope Paul 6th, U.S. Presidents Gerald Ford and Richard Nixon, King Juan Carlos de Bourbon and Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew.

Madz alumni are much sought-after as singers, conductors, arrangers and music educators. Its corps of composers and musical arrangers continue to produce new compositions and choral settings of Philippine music, thus contributing to the global growth of choral literature. Averaging two international concert tours per year, the Madz relentlessly engages in the promotion of Philippine music and the Filipino Artist globally.

“To be able to bring the Madrigals to Southern California in support of the Rotary Club is absolutely amazing”, says Vicente Ching, President of the HiFi Rotary Club. “We are proud to be able to present the best singers in the world to new audiences in the U.S. ”

“For the Los Angeles concert,” explains Ms. Guila Maramba of the Rotary Club, “there will be a special pre-concert reception that is being put together by world renown chef Cecilia de Castro, the food producer and ‘right hand’ of Wolfgang Puck that we are all looking forward to.”

Presently under the masterful leadership of Madz alumnus Mark Anthony A. Carpio, the Philippine Madrigal Singers continues to set new standards of excellence at a global level. Since their humble beginnings as a university-based chamber ensemble throughout their legendary rise as international choral champions, this 42-year old cultural icon known as the Philippine Madrigal Singers has irreversibly cemented its stature as one of world’s best choirs for all time.