[Blueboard] Another time to fly: Ateneo Boys Choir performs at thanksgiving concert on Dec. 7

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Another time to fly

Ateneo Boys Choir performs at thanksgiving concert on Sunday, 7 December   



The Ateneo Boys Choir version of Blue Eagle the King, included in their album, A Time to Fly, signals the start of every school day in the Ateneo Grade School. It rouses students to form their lines for morning prayers and the flag ceremony.  Not only heard but seen, the choir then leads their schoolmates in active singing during First Friday Masses and major liturgical celebrations. In this the Ateneo Boys Choir is not much different from its precursors, the boys choirs of the Ateneo in its early Intramuros days. 


Where they differ is that the Ateneo Boys Choir of today also performs, not only in its home ground, singing intermission numbers or full concerts at the Grade School Auditorium or the Henry Lee Irwin Theatre, but in other university venues as well. However, it is outside the Ateneo where the choir earned its reputation. Long before the Jesuit Communications produced A Time to Fly in November 2004, the Ateneo Boys Choir had already lent their voices to events as diverse as they were significant.  


The Ateneo Boys Choir was given its name by Mr. Mariano Singson, Jr. when he was the Assistant Headmaster for Student Affairs and the choir became a co-curricular activity. Then as now, students need only to pass an audition to become members. Coming from Grades Three to Grade Seven, they provide the choir its sopranos and altos. Without the lower voices, their singing is often described as angelic.


Such angelic voices are usually in demand during the Christmas season, so the Ateneo Boys Choir became the mainstay at the Manila Hotel for nine consecutive years. They then performed at the Mandarin Oriental and the Peninsula Manila, which also invited the Vienna Boys Choir and made favorable comparisons. 


Although the Cultural Center of the Philippines has included the choir twice in its Samu't Saring Tinig concert series featuring "best choirs," the Ateneo Boys Choir does not join competitions, nor does it go on concert tours. The choir remains a co-curricular activity to be undertaken once a week. It has two faculty moderators, Miss Daisy Marasigan and Mrs. Catherine Santos.     


On Sunday, 7 December 2008, 6:30PM, the Ateneo Boys Choir, together Ateneo's other home grown and award-winning groups Ateneo High School Glee Club, Dulaang Sibol, Ateneo College Glee Club, and Ateneo Chamber Singers, will regale fans with the songs that have made them distinct and popular through the concert Take and Receive: The First Festival of Ateneo Music, at the Church of the Gesù, Ateneo Loyola Heights campus. 

They will perform with the Jesuit Music Ministry artists, Blue Symphony, Bukas Palad, Himig Heswita and Musica Chiesa. Distinguished Filipino musician and composer Ryan Cayabyab's medley arrangement of the different "Take and Receive" compositions by the Filipino Jesuits will be one of the highlights of the concert. 


Take and Receive: The First Festival of Ateneo Music marks the Ateneo's 149th anniversary, the year of "Deepening Spirituality," the second theme of a three-year countdown to Ateneo's 150th anniversary, or sesquicentennial. Ateneo de Manila University will celebrate its sesquicentennial on December 10, 2009 with the theme "Building the Nation."  



by Zenaida D. Xavier

November 25, 2008 

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