Ayala Malls, with the support of Alliance Française de Manille and the French Embassy, proudly presents the world renowned Gregorian Choir of Paris, live in concert for the Philippine tour from 18 February 2015 to 27 February 2015. The tour, endorsed by the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, brings a spiritual and sacred message: The world needs a form of silence that resembles a Gregorian chant.
For the first time ever, the prestigious ensemble will be performing in the Philippines to spread a spiritual message of hope and solidarity especially after moments of natural and man-made upheavals in the country. It aims to echo through actual Gregorian chanting the resilience of the Filipino spirit. The concerts and masses of the Sacred Liturgy are also meant to promote th ecultural heritage of the Church through its music tradition. St. Augustine of Hippo said a famous quote: “Qui Bene Cantat Bis Orat” (who sings well pray twice).
The Gregorian Choir of Paris will also be participating in the historic celebration of the 450 year of the presence of the Augustinians in the Philippines (1565-2015). As the first Catholic missionaries in the country, and with almost 150 churches scattered all over the country, the influence of the Augustinian order is very much imbedded in Philippine history and culture. The opening concert at the UNESCO declared World Heritage Church of San Agustin, Intramuros, on 19 February 2014 at 7 pm, with the support of the SSI Group, Inc., Lacoste and Oliviers & Co., will be featuring a repertoire with Pascal Marsault on the 18th century Spanish baroque organ and the oldest existing organ in the country.
The succeeding concerts will be held in Ayala Malls throughout the country. The spirit of the Gregorian Choir of Paris is to reach the people and touch their lives through a program, centered on the all-encompassing love of the Virgin Mary.
The Gregorian Choir of Paris gathers musicians from all over the world.The Choir have dedicated themselves in cultivating the Gregorian chant, both in its natural liturgical setting and in their concerts across the world.
For the Philippine tour, 26 singers, both male and female, will be coming to the Philippines featuring the acclaimed French organist Pascal Marsault. The singers come from France, Germany, Czech Republic, Russia, Slovak Republic, Colombia, Madagascar, Republic of Korea. This prestigious ensemble, created in 1974, continue to carry the mission to preserve and to spread the tradition of sacred chanting of the Gregorian chant. This ensemble is comprised of two distinct entities: the male Choir and the female Choir, which was created 20 years later and “The Gregorian Choir of Paris – Female Voices.”
Schedule of performances:
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 at 7 PM
Alabang – Alabang Town Center
Thursday, 19 February 2015 at 7 PM
Manila – San Agustin Church, Intramuros, Manila
With the support of the SSI Group, Inc.
Friday, 20 February 2015 at 7 PM
Manila – Greenbelt 5, Makati
Sunday, 22 February 2015 at 7 PM
Cebu – Ayala Center Cebu
Tuesday, 25 February 2015 at 7 PM
Cagayan de Oro – Centrio Mall
Friday, 27 February 2015 at 7 PM
Davao – Abreeza Mall Davao
Concerts are free admission on a first-come basis.
For more information please contact the following:
Ayala Malls: Mitch Hernandez-Suarez, at 759-8000 loc. 8038, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Alliance Française de Manille: Eliz Agabin, at 895-7585 / 895-7441 or email email@example.com
French Embassy: Camille Conde, at 857 6916 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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