A beautiful night of Gregorian chants

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The Gregorian Choir of Paris at the San Agustin Church. PHOTO BY MELYN ACOSTA

The Gregorian Choir of Paris at the San Agustin Church. PHOTO BY MELYN ACOSTA

THE Gregorian Choir of Paris drew a huge audience to the San Agustin Church in Intramuros, Manila on February 19, filling the oldest church in the country with their beautifully haunting music for a free-to-the public concert.

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The performance was part of the famed choir’s Philippine tour, which celebrates the 450th anniversary of Augustinian presence in the Philippines. They also sought to bring a message of hope and solidarity to the Filipino people through their music.

The audience was a mix of Filipinos and foreigners, most of whom were first time listeners to Gregorian chants. But even for those who have seen and heard the choir before, the performance was still very impressive, with only a harmony of voices reaching every corner of the sizeable Baroque church.

As one Frenchman said, “They sing like angels.”

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