Philippine Madrigal Singers Will Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Pitsburgh
Date: April 28, 2013
Location: Pennsylvania, USA
Philippine-American Performing Arts of Greater Pittsburgh (PAPAGP), a local non-profit dedicated to preserving, promoting, and propagating Filipino culture, will host a concert by the award-winning Philippine Madrigal Singers on May 5. The concert will be held at 4:30 p.m. at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater in East Liberty.
The Philippine Madrigal Singers are touring the United States this year in celebration of their 50th anniversary. The group, composed of students, faculty and alumni from the University of the Philippines, holds the distinction of being the first choir in the world to win the European Grand Prix for Choral Singing twice (1997 and 2007). The Philippine Madrigal Singers were recognized by UNESCO in 2009 as Artists for Peace, and in 2010 received the Guidoneum Award from the Concorso Polifonico Guido d’ Arezzo Foundation. In July 2012, the group became the first choir in the world to receive The BrandLaureate Premier Award (as the World’s Best Choral Ensemble) from the Asia Pacific Brands Foundation. Through the direction of Mark Anthony Carpio, the Madrigal Singers continue to produce new compositions and choral settings of Philippine, Asian and international songs, contributing to the growth of world choral literature.
The May 5 performance will also include traditional Filipino dances by PAPAGP’s 30 young performers, aged 4 to 18. Judith “Deedee” Portugal serves as PAPAGP’s president, artistic director, and choreographer.