[Blueboard] AWIT: The First Ateneo Chamber Singers European Tour
acatubig at ateneo.edu
Tue Sep 26 16:56:55 PHT 2006
The story of the Ateneo Chamber Singers must be familiar to many people
by now: from 2000 to 2001, alumni and graduating members of the Ateneo
College Glee Club embarked on two ambitious European tours, sweeping top
prizes in major choral competitions and singing to enraptured judges and
audiences in Germany, France and Spain. Upon returning to the
Philippines, the group sought an opportunity to sustain the musical and
personal friendship they had created during the tour. With the blessing
of Dr. Joel Navarro, ACGC principal conductor, they formed the ACS in
2002. Renowned choral music expert Jonathan Velasco, who served as the
choir's guest conductor on their European tours, took the helm as
The past four years have been fruitful ones for the young choir, which
have thus far produced two albums, a successful US tour, numerous
concerts, collaborations with the country's finest orchestras and
choirs, and innovative projects such as the Advent concert series at the
Church of the Gesù and a choral composition competition. Their unique
specialization in sacred choral music has opened a richly eclectic
repertoire to Philippine audiences, one that ranges from Western to
Asian, classical to pop to postmodern, American gospels to
Having established themselves as a formidable presence in the country's
musical landscape, the ACS are now gearing themselves for the next big
step: making their mark abroad with Awit: The First ACS European Tour.
The tour, which will run from October 20 to November 15 this year, will
see the ACS representing the Philippines in two important choral events
in Saint-Lô, France and Tolosa, Spain. They will also be staging
concerts in Paris and in Spain's Basque Region.
The first leg of Awit will take the ACS to Saint-Lô in the La Manche
and Basse-Normandie regions in France to perform in Polyfollia, a
biennial international choral festival. With its aim of enriching the
global choral music scene, Polyfollia brings together music promoters
and some of the world's best and most promising choirs in a 5-day series
of concerts, workshops and festivities. The ACS is one of only three
Asian groups invited to this event and will be performing to major
concert organizers and to choral music lovers from all over the world.
The second half of the European tour will bring the group to the Basque
region of Spain to compete in the prestigious 38th Tolosa Choral
Contest. Tolosa is a well-known venue for showcasing new and
groundbreaking approaches to choral music and performance. Winners of
the contest also go on to qualify for the prestigious European Grand
Prix, also known as the "Olympics of the choral world." The ACS is one
of the most highly anticipated performers this year, as Tolosa audiences
still remember the group's victories in 2000 as the ACGC.
Awit will be followed by a trip to Singapore in the first week of
December in a major event celebrating the International Day of Choral
Singing (December 10). The ACS have been invited to perform with two
other award-winning choirs, the SYC Ensemble Singers (Singapore) and the
Vox Gaudiosa (Japan) directed by Jennifer Tham and Ko Matsushita
respectively, at the Esplanade Hall for a concert showcasing their
Filipino and Asian repertoire.
The women and men of ACS are currently training hard for the tour,
practicing ten hours a week in addition to juggling day jobs, families,
and other individual commitments. They are also faced with the daunting
task of raising funds for their lodging and traveling expenses abroad.
Though it's a colossal project that promises little by way of monetary
or even professional rewards, the members of ACS are unflagging in their
enthusiasm and steadfast in their commitment as musicians, Ateneans and
Beyond the thrill of seeing the world, winning awards and gaining
recognition, it's the rare opportunity to share their faith through
music that inspires the ACS' spirit of magis.
Send-off concert schedules (ADMISSION IS FREE!):
* 6 October, Friday, University Church of the Gesu, Ateneo de Manila
University, Katipunan Road, Loyola Heights, Quezon City (Mass-6pm;
* 8 October, Sunday, Union Church of Manila, Rada corner Legazpi
Streets, Legaspi Village, Makati City (630pm)
Any form of support for ACS' projects, monetary or otherwise, would be
greatly appreciated. Contact their manager, Mimi Agbay, at 0917-8933379
or through chamber_singers at atenista.net or mimiagbay at hotmail.com and
visit http://www.ateneochambersingers.com for more details.
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