MANILA, March 31, 2015—The Australia-based Catholic music group “Excelsis” is set to tour the Philippines from April 5 to 12 to share with all music-loving Filipino faithful the broad choral repertoire for which it has become known in Melbourne.
The choir is expected to sing for Holy Masses at some of Manila’s most significant churches, stage private performances for the poor, and give three concerts in Manila and Cavite, two of which are open to the public.
According to an announcement posted on its official website, the last of the three concerts aims to raise funds to help the Archdiocese of Manila (RCAM)’s Commission on Social Services and Development in its “One Voice for the Poor’ campaign,” a project in keeping with the “Year of the Poor” celebration, and inspired by no less than Pope Francis himself, who visited the Philippines in January.
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While Excelsis sings primarily for liturgical events, it also stages occasional concert acts, and boasts a repertoire of sacred music from numerous Christian traditions, incorporating classical European works, traditional African pieces, Gospel songs, Welsh hymnody, and contemporary Asian church music.
Named after the Latin word meaning “highest,” Excelsis seeks to reach the highest musical standards through its performances in order to give praise to the Highest.
The group is a traditional four-part mixed choir (Soprano/Alto/Tenor/Bass) whose members range from the very young, to the very young at heart, with all singers sharing a love of inspiring people in their faith and entertaining them through the gift of music.
A great deal of the repertoire it sings is unique within the Catholic experience, giving the singers and their audiences a chance to explore and discover the vast body of Christian choral music which exists today.
Its Philippine tour itinerary is as follows:
- Sunday, April 5
7:00 p.m., Concert at Nuestra Señora de Guia, Magallanes, Cavite (Free Admission)
- Tuesday April 7
10:00 a.m., Mass at the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene
3:00 p.m., Performance at Missionaries of Charity Orphanage, Tayuman St., Tondo, Manila
6:00 p.m., Mass at Immaculate Conception Parish Church 287 Tayuman St., Tondo, Manila
- Wednesday, April 8
12:00 p.m., Mass at Greenbelt Chapel Greenbelt, Makati City
4.45 p.m.: Novena Mass at Baclaran Church, Parañaque City
- Thursday, April 9
7:30 p.m.: Concert at St Andrew’s Cathedral Quirino Avenue, Parañaque (Free Admission)
- Saturday, April 11
7:00 p.m.: One Voice for the Poor Fundraising Concert Manila Metropolitan Cathedral-Basilica, Intramuros, Manila
- Sunday, April 12
11.00 a.m.: Mass at Manila Metropolitan Cathedral-Basilica, Intramuros, Manila
For details, visit:www.excelsis.org.au. (Raymond A. Sebastián/CBCP News)