THE Andrea O. Veneracion International Choral Festival is all set for its third edition from July 20 to 23.
Presented by the Cultural Center is of the Philippines with the support of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) of the Department of Tourism, the festival follows the successes of the first and second choral festivals held in 2013 and 2015, respectively.
A total of nine foreign and local choirs—University of Baguio Voices Chorale, Brawajiya University Student Choir (Indonesia), Choir of the University of Silesia “Harmonia” (Poland), Koro Ilustrado, Medan Community Male Choir (Indonesia), Philippine Vocal Ensemble, Technological Institute of the Philippines Choral Society, University of the Philippines Los Baños Choral Ensemble, and the UST The Accountancy Chamber Singers—will compete in three categories: folk song, vocal ensemble and chamber choir.
The Folk Song competition will showcase the performances of Filipino choirs singing folk songs from the Philippines, the Asian region, and from outside of the Asian region and foreign choirs singing folk songs from their home country, from another country in their region and from the Philippines.
Vocal Ensemble competition, meanwhile, will see choirs, composed of a maximum of only 16 singers, sing freely chosen pieces with the exception of folk songs. Finally, the Chamber Choir competition will present choirs singing period pieces: one Renaissance or Early Baroque choral work, one Romantic choral work, one 20th or 21st century choral work; and the obligatory piece entitled “Daluyong”, a newly commissioned work composed by Ily Matthew Maniano. “Daluyong” is a tribute to the Yolanda victims and survivors.
The five-member jury is composed of internationally renowned adjudicators, namely Kent Hatteberg (of US), Bengt Ollén (Sweden), Maria Guinand (Venezuela), Ronald Smart (Australia), and Mark Anthony Carpio (Philippines).
The festival schedule is as follows: opening ceremonies, July 20, 7 pm; Folk Song Competition, July 21, 7 pm; Vocal Ensemble Competition and Chamber Choir Competition, July 22, 4 pm; Philippine Madrigal Singers Gala, July 23, 3 pm; closing ceremonies, July 23 , 6 pm.
All events will be held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo.