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Philippine Madrigal alumni reunion at The Ford Theater

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Philippine Madrigal Singers

Philippine Madrigal Singers

Alumni of the Philippine Madrigal Singers take the stage in “All Together Now: Celebrate in Song!” on June 30, 2013 at the historical Ford Amphitheatre.

Being the only all-Filipino music event at the Ford this summer, this collection of vocal artists will serenade an entertaining mix of favorite songs and master pieces that placed the Philippine Madrigal Singers as one of the most respected choir ensemble worldwide.

The Philippine Madrigal Singers or the “Madz” as more popularly known in the choir world, will demonstrate the origin of the popularity of choral music in the Philippines. The Madz will perform well-known European Madrigals and choral versions of Filipino folksongs.

THE BIG ENSEMBLE

By gathering different choral groups to perform, the show will celebrate the choral community as an important genre in the music industry. Those familiar with the choral world will know that Filipinos have a penchant for singing that makes everyone come together for the love of music.

The Harana Men’s Chorus, aside from its trademark love songs, will treat the audience to American doo-wop. Their popular performance “Jersey Boys Medley” never fails to bring the audience jolly response. Another witty entertaining number is “Italian Salad” which uses musical terms. Challenging enough to make the group break into laughter!

Inspirare Vocal Ensemble shows two sides of the most outstanding of Filipino composers, Ryan Cayabyab. Choral piece “Gloria” pairs the group with tenor Edward Granadosin, original soloist when the Madz sang this song in a competition. “Gloria” is offset with Cayabyab’s “Better World,” originally by Cayabyab’s teen pop protégé group Smokey Mountain.

Joining the Harana and Inspirare are Bridges Chorale and WMC Singers, collectively called the “Big Choir”. The “Big Choir” will perform a variety of Cebuano songs, and will back-up a heart-wrenching acapella version of “Hanggang” with Erwin Andaya.

Madz Alumni Sheen Sanchez and Sunddie Manalo’s skills and leadership adds the pizzazz in preparing the show on and off stage with music producer Annie Nepomuceno.

Want to hear the Filipino-American pride of the LA Opera backed up by the “Big Choir”? No less than tenor Sal Malaki will perform a famous aria that you simply need to come and hear for yourself.

Come join the Madz Alumni as they perform songs that narrate our days and serenade our nights.

Proudly sponsored by Weekend Balita, Foodtrients, Grace Mercado Ouano, LA Rose Cafe, House of Grill, Asian Journal, TFC The Filipino Channel, US Asian Post, The Law Offices of Paul Allen, Island Pacific Supermarket, Burog’s Barong, Ylang-Ylang Floral Design, The Law Offices of Chris Navarro, and LA18 through the Ford Summer Partnership Program. Proceeds benefit the Philippine Patrons of the Arts USA and the Scholarship Fund of the UP Alumni Association of Greater Los Angeles.

Tickets prices are $30, $40 and VIP $75, reserved seating, $15 for full-time students with ID and children 12 and under. Purchase by June 23 and save $5! Tickets are available at www.FordTheatres.org or 323 461-3673. To learn about discounts for groups of 8 or more, please call 323 769-2147.

ABOUT THE FORD THEATRES

Located at 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood, CA 90068, just off the 101 Hollywood Freeway across from the Hollywood Bowl and south of Universal Studios. The grounds open two hours before showtime for picnicking, with a number of dining options: a variety of food and beverages is available on site and box dinners for evening events may be ordered in advance. Patrons are welcome to bring their own food and drink.

The Ford is disabled accessible. Portable wireless listening devices are available upon request. On-site, stacked parking costs $5 per vehicle for evening shows. FREE non-stacked parking serviced by a FREE shuttle to the Ford, for evening amphitheatre performances only, is available at the Universal City Metro Station lot at Lankershim Blvd. and Campo de Cahuenga. The shuttle, which cycles every 15-20 minutes, stops in the kiss and ride area.

This event is part of the Ford Theatres 2013 Summer Season, a multi-disciplinary arts series produced by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission in cooperation with Los Angeles County-based arts organizations. For a complete season schedule, directions to the theater and parking information, log on to www.FordTheatres.org.

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