With the hope of spreading hope and solidarity in the country, and to echo the resilience of the Filipinos, the Ayala Malls in partnership with the Embassy of France and Alliance Française de Manille, and with the endorsement of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) bring The Gregorian Choir of Paris in a series of free public concerts around the country.
At a press preview on Tuesday, the notable endeavor was presented by Alliance Francaise de Manille director Patrick Deyvant, Fr. Milan Ted Torralba of CBCP Catholic, the French Embassy’s cultural counsellor Michel Stanislas-Villar, and Rowena Tomeldan, Ayala Land vice president of Operations and Support Services
The Gregorian Choir of Paris is a globally renowned group established in 1974 with the mission to preserve and spread the tradition of sacred singing of the Gregorian chant, which is centered on the all-encompassing love of the Virgin Mary.
The choir brings together musicians from all over the world with 26 male and female members from who hail from France, Germany, Czech Republic, Russia, Slovak Republic, Colombia, Madagascar, and the Republic of Korea. Each of them has dedicated themselves to cultivating sacred Gregorian hymns.
Providing accompaniment for the group for this tour is acclaimed and award-winning French organist Pascal Marsault.
During the last decade, the choir has been on pilgrimage tours to spread the spiritual message of the Gregorian songs. They have performed in numerous countries such as Japan, Colombia, Egypt, Russia, China, Korea, Lebanon, Norway, Finland, Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Italy, and Switzerland.
The choir began their series of shows on February 18 at the Alabang Town Center, and held a special performance at the San Agustin Church in Intramuros on February 19, with the support of the SSI Group, Inc. They are scheduled to sing today at Greenbelt, Makati, with the rest of the venues and performance dates as follows: Ayala Center Cebu (February 22), Centrio Mall in Cagayan de Oro (February 25), and Abreeza Mall in Davao (February 27).