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The University of Baguio Voices Ensemble and conductor Bienvenido Constantino Jr. perform at the 2nd Andrea O. Veneracion International Choral Festival at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) in August 2015. ANDREA O. VENERACION INTERNATIONAL CHORAL FESTIVAL FACEBOOK PAGE

3rd Andrea O. Veneracion choral fest to open this month

The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), with the support of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) of the Department of Tourism (DOT), will present the 3rd Andrea O. Veneracion International Choral Festival (AOVICF) at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater) from July 20 to 23, 2017. 

The festival, which follows the successes of the first and second AOVICF in 2013 and 2015, respectively, will have nine foreign and local choirs compete in three categories: Folk Song, Vocal Ensemble, and Chamber Choir.

The competing choirs are the 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 Accountancy Chamber Singers.

The Folk Song competition will showcase the performances of Filipino choirs singing folk songs from the Philippines, the Asian region and outside it; and foreign choirs singing folk songs from their home country, another country in their region, and the Philippines.

The Vocal Ensemble competition will see choirs, composed of a maximum of 16 singers, sing freely chosen pieces, with the exception of folk songs.

The Chamber Choir competition will present choirs singing period pieces: one Renaissance/Early Baroque choral work; one Romantic choral work; one 20th- or 21st-century choral work; and the obligatory piece, titled “Daluyong”, a newly commissioned composition by Ily Matthew Maniano that pays tribute to the victims and survivors of Supertyphoon Yolanda.

A jury of five internationally renowned adjudicators—Dr. Kent Hatteberg of the United States; Bengt Ollén of Sweden, Maria Guinand of Venezuela, Dr. Ronald Smart of Australia, and Mark Anthony Carpio of the Philippines—will evaluate the competitors.

The festival is named after Andrea O. Veneracion, the founder of the Philippine Madrigal Singers who was proclaimed National Artist for Music in 1999. She died on July 9, 2013 at the age of 84.

The AOVICF schedule is as follows: Opening Ceremonies (free) on July 20 at 7 p.m.; Folk Song Competition on July 21 at 7 p.m.; Vocal Ensemble and Chamber Choir competitions on July 22 at 4 p.m.; Philippine Madrigal Singers Gala on July 23 at 3 p.m.; and Closing Ceremonies (free), on July 23 at 6 p.m.

Ticket prices for the competitions are P200 and P300. Ticket prices for the Philippine Madrigal Singers Gala are P1000, P800, P500, P400, and P300.

For ticket reservations, call the CCP Marketing Department at (632) 832-3704 and 832-3706.

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