UP Concert Chorus to Perform in Malaysia as Part of Their 50th Year Anniversary Tour

03 October 2012 – The Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur said today that the world-renowned University of the Philippines Concert Chorus (UPCC) will be in Malaysia for performances in Kuala Lumpur and Kuching later this month.

They will perform at the Panggung Bandaraya (Kuala Lumpur Cultural Center) on the evening of October 23. Expected to be present at the by-invitation event are members of the Malaysian Cabinet, the diplomatic corps, prominent Filipino and Malaysian businessmen, art and music enthusiasts, members of the media and members of the Filipino community. The performance is mounted by the Embassy, in cooperation with Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (Office of the Kuala Lumpur City Mayor).

As part of its thrust of fostering friendship, goodwill and love for music among its fellow students, the UPCC will also perform at a by-invitation event before university students, faculty members and other guests at the Universiti Malaya's (UM) Experimental Theatre on the evening of October 24. The event is expected to bring together music and performance teachers and students from around Kuala Lumpur, as well as students taking Philippine and Asian studies, among others.

The choir will then fly to Kuching for a performance on the evening of October 25 at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, in cooperation with the Rotary Club of Kuching.

"The University of the Philippines Concert Chorus marks its 50th year exemplifying musical virtuosity and excellence. The Philippine Embassy is honored to bring them to Malaysia in the course of their golden anniversary tour," Ambassador J. Eduardo said.

The UPCC's visit and performances in Malaysia is made possible with the generous support from AirAsia Philippines, PLDT Malaysia, MegaEvents and Borneo Tours.

Since its establishment in 1962, the UPCC has metamorphosed from being a university chorale into a musical force of national and world stature. Aside from its undeniable musical prowess and versatility in performing classical, Filipino folk, pop, and Broadway genres, the group is recognized in the music world as the pioneer of choreographed song for a choir.

It holds the distinction of having been chosen as "one of the world's best choirs" at the 4th Lincoln Center International Choral Festival in New York City in 2006, and holds the singular honor of having been requested four times to do command performances before Queen Elizabeth II. In July this year, the UPCC received the First Prize in the Folk Category and Second Prize in the Mixed Category at the Festival International de Musica de Cantonigros, held in Catalunya, Spain.

With 20 international tours and countless performances within the university and the country tucked under its belt, the UPCC blazes on in sharing its brand of outstanding and exceptional music and dance to other countries and peoples, including Malaysia.

Under the leadership of Conductor and Artistic Director Prof. Janet Sabas-Aracama, supported by UPCC President and Assistant Conductor Emmanuel P. de Leon, Jr., the Concert Chorus continues to foster friendship, goodwill and love for music across the globe.

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