Yep, I skipped Friday class to watch Madz 50th
year Anniversary Concert. Sorry, it just has to be done.
My brother introduced me to choral group
singing and then, we finally fell in love with Madz. A friend allowed us to
pirate his precious CDs just so we can have something to listen to. Hahaha! I
was dying to watch them live—well, I was able to last December when they sang
portions during the annual Handel’s Messiah Concert. Pero mejo bitin, so
justified ang pag-absent sa class last Friday.
The first half of the concert was filled with
songs that I’m not much familiar with. There’s one sung in Spanish, another in
French and the other one was Maguindanaon yata. No worries, I haven’t
understood a word but I enjoyed the performance nonetheless.
The second half was more fun because (1) I was
more familiar with the songs, and (2) they were more upbeat. I could have
easily said their rendition of Michael Jackson’s Earth Song was my favorite but
their Da Coconut Nut, originally composed by Ryan Cayabyab, was total
performance. Second favorite was Ihip ng Hangin sung by the female members of
the group. Their voices were just so angelic and soothing. Equally amusing was
their last song: Italian Salad composed by Richard Genee. I don’t know the guy,
but according the program I got, he was a Prussian-born Austrian composer,
librettist and playwright. Italian Salad is like a parody of “the usual Italian
opera of the Romantic era.” It comes from “the long tradition of opera buffas
and pokes fun at the different types of singers that grace the opera stage.”
Sounds funny? Wait until you see them sing and do it. The bass guy was the
Madz 50th Anniversary as the University’s
premier choral group coincides with the UP College of Music’s golden year
celebration too. The Madz concert served as their opening act for a
semester-long series of concerts.
Puso Ko’y Nagpupuri (Magnificat)
En La Distancia
of Life (Encore)
Labels: 2013, 22, choir, concert, friday, madz, UP madrigal singers