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Philippine Madrigal Singers – Madz in Love

The Philippine Madrigal Singers (affectionately known as the “Madz”) was founded in 1963 by National Artist for Music, Professor Andrea O. Veneracion. The Madz is mostly composed of students, faculty and alumni from the University of the Philippines.

The group performs a variety of styles and forms but it specializes in the Madrigal, a polyphonic and challenging musical style popular during the Renaissance period where singers and guests would gather around the table during a banquet to sight-sing and make music together. This served as the inspiration for their unique style of singing – singing seated in a semicircle without a conductor. As Philippine ambassador of culture and goodwill, the Madz has had the pleasure and privilege of giving command performances for royalty and heads of state. These include Pope Paul VI, Pope John Paul II, United States Presidents Gerald Ford, Richard Nixon, and Barack Obama, Chinese President Hu Jintao, Queen Sofia of Spain, King Juan Carlos I of Spain and Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew.

As resident artists of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, outreach concerts have taken the Madz to far-flung areas seldom reached by most performing artists.

Presently under the leadership of Madz alumnus Mark Anthony A. Carpio.

Philippine Madrigal Singers – Madz in Love Continues

The Philippine Madrigal Singers (affectionately known as the “Madz”) was founded in 1963 by National Artist for Music, Professor Andrea O. Veneracion. The Madz is mostly composed of students, faculty and alumni from the University of the Philippines.

The group performs a variety of styles and forms but it specializes in the Madrigal, a polyphonic and challenging musical style popular during the Renaissance period where singers and guests would gather around the table during a banquet to sight-sing and make music together. This served as the inspiration for their unique style of singing – singing seated in a semicircle without a conductor. As Philippine ambassador of culture and goodwill, the Madz has had the pleasure and privilege of giving command performances for royalty and heads of state. These include Pope Paul VI, Pope John Paul II, United States Presidents Gerald Ford, Richard Nixon, and Barack Obama, Chinese President Hu Jintao, Queen Sofia of Spain, King Juan Carlos I of Spain and Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew.

As resident artists of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, outreach concerts have taken the Madz to far-flung areas seldom reached by most performing artists.

Presently under the leadership of Madz alumnus Mark Anthony A. Carpio.

Philippine Madrigal Singers – Acclamation

The Philippine Madrigal Singers (affectionately known as the “Madz”) was founded in 1963 by National Artist for Music, Professor Andrea O. Veneracion. The Madz is mostly composed of students, faculty and alumni from the University of the Philippines.

The group performs a variety of styles and forms but it specializes in the Madrigal, a polyphonic and challenging musical style popular during the Renaissance period where singers and guests would gather around the table during a banquet to sight-sing and make music together. This served as the inspiration for their unique style of singing – singing seated in a semicircle without a conductor. As Philippine ambassador of culture and goodwill, the Madz has had the pleasure and privilege of giving command performances for royalty and heads of state. These include Pope Paul VI, Pope John Paul II, United States Presidents Gerald Ford, Richard Nixon, and Barack Obama, Chinese President Hu Jintao, Queen Sofia of Spain, King Juan Carlos I of Spain and Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew.

The word acclamation is defined as praise, applause or commendation. How fitting it is then that the Philippine Madrigal Singers have released an album entitled Acclamation at a time when the group is enjoying another noteworthy victory. The Madz guys recently became the toast of the 2006 Florilege Vocal de Tours held in Tours, France when they won the Grand Prix de la Ville de Tours by besting 14 other choirs from all over the world.

Philippine Madrigal Singers – Maior Caritas Op.5

The University of the Philippines Madrigal Singers has established itself as one of the finest choral groups in the world. In it’s long history, the group has captivated the hearts of music enthusiasts from all continents and has always left the audience mesmerized and enthralled after each amazing and moving performance. Most remarkably, the group has no conductor, to give the cues and shape the architecture of the music, in this formation of singers seated in a mystical semi circle. National Artist Andrea Veneracion founded the group in 1963 and led them through numerous victories in the international choral scene reaching the pinnacle of the choir’s success in 1997 when they won the European Grand Prix for Choral Singing in Tours (France). She carefully nurtured the group into becoming the world-class ensemble that it is today. Mark Anthony Carpio now directs the group, and ten years after that momentous 1997 triumph, the most beautiful sound on earth again earned the unanimous vote of the judges in the 2007 European Grand Prix in Arezzo (Italy), becoming the first choir to merit the honor of winning twice in the history of the competitions. The current group is composed of very young singers who, after receiving the music minutes before the recording, proceeded in the usual “Madz” fashion of impeccable sight-singing, bringing the music to life with an amazing spontaneity, delivering an emotionally arousing performance that is immortalized in this compact disc.