After 6-year absence, world-famous choir performs in Northridge
The Philippines’ reputation for producing excellent singers is largely because of the overseas success of the Philippine Madrigal Singers. Its lone concert in the Los Angeles area is at the Plaza Del Sol Performance Hall at the CSUN Campus, part of the Valley Performing Arts Center.
Nicknamed the “Madz”, the group has proven that music transcends language and culture many times over. The choir’s sound has been described by critics as “the most beautiful sound in the world” and it is continually honed by choirmaster Mark Anthony Carpio, who inherited the reigns from Prof. Andrea O. Veneracion more than a decade ago.
A viral video of a spontaneous performance in the Abbey of Mont Saint-Michel in France has been making the rounds on social media, and has gained the group new fans all over the world. Fans have posted dozens, if not hundreds, of videos on Youtube from all over the world: Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Uruguay, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, Korea, and many more.
Known for its skill in interpreting competition pieces other choirs can only dream of, the Madz perform music spanning decades, from Madrigals of the 1500s Renaissance period, contemporary works by the likes of Morten Lauridsen and Z. Randall Stroope, to popular radio hits, especially arranged for the Madz by its in-house composer/arrangers such as Ily Matthew Maniano, who is currently touring with the group. Former members who have made a name in Los Angeles are classical singers Sal Malaki and Kit Viguilla, and Ed and Annie Nepomuceno.
Qualifying for an unprecedented third time, the world-renown choir is competing at the European Grand Prix for Choral Singing in Spain. TheMadz.is the only Philippine Choir to have qualified and won the prestigious Grand Prix, and the first choir in the world to have won twice.
The Madz perform at 7pm on Saturday, August 19, venue address is 18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330. Tickets are $70, $55, and $40 online anytime at www.ticketmaster.com. Special student pricing is available only in-person at the VPAC box office, call or visit (818) 677-3000 11am-4pm Tuesday to Saturday.
Tour information at www.musicartsevents.com is available for other stops such as Loma Linda (Aug. 20), San Diego (Aug. 25), Las Vegas (Aug. 27) and Austin (Sept. 3).