UPSO and the UP Madz to honor those who have passed on in “Remembrances”

| Posted by UP Media and Public Relations Office


Christmas is nearly upon us, but before we dive into the festivities of the season, we look back and remember the lives of those who have gone ahead, celebrating them whom we hold in our hearts.

To honor those who have passed on, especially during this pandemic, the University of the Philippines (UP) Symphony Orchestra and the UP Madrigal Singers come together on November 26, 2021, to perform the Philippine premiere of the monumental Camille Saint-Saëns’ Messe de Requiem, Op. 54. Soprano Bianca Lopez-Aguila, mezzo-soprano Jacqueline Jimenez, tenor Ervin Lumauag, and bass-baritone Enrico Lagasca will join them in offering this mass for the dead.

Saint-Saëns composed the Requiem in 1878 in memory of his dear friend and patron, Albert Libon. This performance of the UP Symphony Orchestra and the UP Madrigal Singers is relevant not only for being the first performance of this composition in the Philippines but also for marking the centennial death anniversary of the composer this year.

The UP Madrigal Singers
The UP Madrigal Singers

Recognized by the UNESCO as Artists for Peace for “putting their fame and influence to promote cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue and a culture of peace,” the University of the Philippines Madrigal Singers is one of the most awarded choral groups in the world, having won all the top prizes in most of the world’s prestigious choral competitions, including the Grand Prix in the 2016 Concurso Internazionale di Guido d’ Arezzo in Arezzo, Italy. They are the first choir in the world to win the prestigious European Grand Prix for Choral Singing twice (1997 and 2007) and the first Asian choir to be accorded the BrandLaureate Premiere Award by the Asia Pacific Brands Foundation (2012).

Founded in 1963 by National Artist for Music, Professor Andrea O. Veneracion, the UP Madrigal Singers, now under designated successor Mark Anthony Carpio, demonstrate that choral music can be socially relevant and transformational every day. They have continued to touch the hearts and souls of those who come to their performances and have carried on various programs to nurture and develop future generations of conductors and choral singers worldwide.

The soloists for the evening (left to right): Jacqueline Jimenez, Enrico Lagasca, Bianca Lopez-Aguila, Ervin Lumauag.

Soloists Lopez-Aguila, Jimenez, Lumauag, and Lagasca once shared a seat in the semi-circle the Madz is known for. As alumni of the choir, they continue sharing their soulful voices as soloists despite their successful individual careers within and outside the Philippines.

At its 1337th meeting on August 30, 2018, the University of the Philippines Board of Regents approved the foundation of the UP Symphony Orchestra. Tagged as the orchestra for the people or Orkestra ng Bayan, the orchestra embodies the University’s commitment to excellence and is the brainchild of UP President Danilo L. Concepcion. Its main functions are to be a repertory orchestra for musicians, a laboratory orchestra for Filipino composers, and a training orchestra for young conductors.

Ang Orkestra ng Bayan, the UP Symphony Orchestra.

“Remembrances” premieres on November 26, 2021 at 7pm on the orchestra Facebook page and YouTube channel and will be available until December 5, 2021.

You may contact the UP Symphony Orchestra at any of their social media platforms or via email: info.upsymphonyorchestra@up.edu.ph, and the UP Madrigal Singers thru their website PhilippineMadrigalSingers.com.