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27 February 2023, Singapore – The University of the Philippines Madrigal Singers (also known as the MADZ), a world-class, multi-awarded Philippine chorale group, held a sold-out concert at the Esplanade Concert Hall in Singapore on 25 February 2023. The concert was part of the Esplanade’s 10th edition of the Voices Festival, with the theme “Homecoming” as the stage welcomed back old friends and patrons of the festival after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Led by chorale master, Mark Anthony Carpio, the MADZ received triple standing ovations and thunderous applause from around 1,803 members of the audience comprising the Filipino community, locals, the expatriate community in Singapore and even visitors who flew to Singapore to witness their performance.

The MADZ has been presented under the Voices series banner in a sold-out performance in 2017 and close to 80% full-house in 2019. They continue to uphold excellence in choral singing which is in line with the Voices series objectives in celebration of vocal music. 

On their comeback to the Concert Hall of Esplanade this year, the 22-voices ensemble had a sold-out choral workshop for 95 participants held in the morning of 25 February 2023.

Organized in 1963 by National Artist for Music Professor Andrea O. Veneracion, MADZ is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. Their concert in Singapore was their first post-pandemic public performance in four (4) years. They are slated to travel to  the US and Canada for a series of concerts until July 2023. 

Esplanade is Singapore’s national performing arts center and one of the busiest arts centers in the world. Its architectural icon with the shape of the durian, houses world-class performance spaces and presents world-renowned companies and artists that attract international attention and add to Singapore’s vibrant culture. 

The Philippine Embassy in Singapore is a long-standing partner of the Esplanade and continues its commitment to foster cultural relations with, and enhance the Philippine image in Singapore . (END)

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