UP Concert Chorus bags top prize in Krakow Fest

The UP Concert Chorus was bestowed the Grand Prix of the 6th International Krakow Choir Festival in Poland on Sunday evening, June 14, 2015 after convincing an international jury that they—the only Asian ensemble among 24 choirs from 10 countries—were the best.

The Grand Prix is considered the highest award given to the best choir of the festival.

With Janet Sabas Aracama conducting, the UPCC earned first prize for their rendition of “Abendlied” (Josef Gabriel Rheinberger), “Ummah Sallih” (John Pamintuan), “Elijah Rock” (Moses Hogan), and “Esto Les Digo” (Kinley Lange) in the mixed choir competition.
UPCC also competed in the folk-popular-and-Gospel music category. They won second prize in this category.
While at the Krakow Choir Festival, the UPCC also performed at two separate concerts in Poland.

Before joining the competition, the UPCC had been performing almost nightly in a series of concerts in Italy, Austria and Switzerland since leaving Manila on May 20. With their throats steeped in frigid environments and utilized every single day, the choir’s members fought to sustain their prize-winning singing voices.

The UPCC also joined the Filipino community in Austria during the celebration of the 117th Philippine Independence Day Celebration in Austria.

Honey Laudit, UP Concert Chorus member, is very happy to be a part of the UP Concert Chorus.

„It is a great chance to share our talents to our “kababayans” here in Vienna. Alam ko matagal na kayong hindi nakakuwi sa Pilipinas at ito na po ang paraan namin para ibalik ang Pilipinas sa inyong mga puso,” Honey said.

„It was truly an honor and a great experience to have performed in one of the oldest churches in Vienna, Austria,“ another UP Concert Chorus  member commented.

“Thank you to all who made our stay in Vienna a successful one! Special thanks to the Ambassador and the host families who welcomed us,” Prof. Janet Sabas-Aracama said. The UPCC Concert in Vienna  was made possible through the initiative of  former Cultural Attache Toni Bosa and Fr. Ely Dalanon, Chaplain, Filipino Catholic Community in Vienna.

To follow the UPCC’s ongoing 22nd International Goodwill Concert Tour, visit www.upconcertchorus.com.

— Volet Gerstl

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