After mounting the inaugural edition in 2013, the Cultural Center of the Philippines brings back the Andrea O. Veneracion International Choral Fest this year.
The 2015 edition, organized by the CCP together with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, will take place from July 22-25 at Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo.
This year, 16 foreign and local choirs compete in three categories: Folk Song, Vocal Ensemble and Chamber Choir.
Here is the list of competing Filipino choirs:
De La Salle University – Dasmarinas
Mandaluyong Children’s Choir
Technological Institute of the Philippines Choral Society
The Voices of Davao
Philippines Vocal Ensemble
University of Baguio Voices Choral
University of Los Banos Choral Ensemble (Philippines)
University of Visayas Chorale
The foreign choral groups are as follows:
Gioventu in Cantata (Italy)
Inggou Victory Children Voice GKPS (Indonesia)
Svaditra-Bandung Chamber Choir (Indonesia)
The Archipelago Singers (Indonesia)
Tuumben Paax (Mexico)
Universitas Pelita Harapan Choir (Indonesia)
The Festival’s guest Choir is Youth Choir Kamer … from Latvia, conducted by Janis Liepins. A two-timer winner of the European Grand Prix for Choral Singing, Youth Choir Kamer… will give a special performance on Sunday, July 26 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater).
The Competition will premier the obligatory piece commissioned by the CCP for the Chamber Choir competition titled “Ang Tren”. The choral work is a setting of Filipino literary giant Jose Corazon de Jesus’ poem about Philippine commuter culture, composed by young award- winning composer Saunder Choi.
The five member of the jury are composed of internationally renowned choral conductors coming from different continents. They are the following: Brady Allred (United States), Janis Liepins (Latvia), Silvia Vallesi (Argetina), Andre van der Merwe (South Africa), and Mark Anthony Carpio (Philippines).
SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES:
July 22, 2015
5:00 PM – Opening Ceremonies
7:00 PM – Folk Song Competition
July 23, 2015
7:00 PM – Vocal Ensemble Competition
July 24, 2015
7:00 PM – Chamber Choir Competition
July 25, 2015
4:00 PM – Philippine Madrigal Singers Gala Concert
7:00 PM – Awarding and closing Ceremonies
For ticket reservations, please call the CCP Marketing Department at Tel. No. 832-3704 and 832-3706 or visit Ticketworld Online.