Italian-based Focolare musical group to perform in Phl

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GenRosso at Mariapolis Center. (Photo grabbed from GenRosso Facebook page)

MANILA, Jan. 29, 2014—An Italian-based Performing Arts group is in the Philippines to perform in a musical in solidarity with the survivors of typhoon Yolanda.

GenRosso, a group of young people from Focolare Movement, will spread the Gospel message of love and peace through music and dance in a solidarity tour this February.

Named “Gen”, short for New Generation and “Rosso”, after the color of their original drum set, the group was formed in 1966 in the little town of Loppiano, near Florence, when Focolare founder Chiara Lubich gifted the young people with a red drum set as a Christmas gift.

The group will stage a series of musical performances titled “Streetlight” in different venues across the country beginning February 2014.

The musical is inspired by the experience of Charles Moats, an African-American Youth in the 1960s, who had renounced violence in Chicago, Illinois his hometown.

“Streetlight” is a story of the struggles of the young people, on how to resolve conflicts in their immediate surroundings.

Organizers said the musical was written to help the young people educate themselves on how to channel their inner strength for them to have this sense of personal competence.

Youth workshops

Aside from musical performances, a series of youth workshops are also on the agenda of the group, which will precede the staging of the musical.

The first workshop with 200 youths from public and private schools, is scheduled on January 30 and 31, before staging the musical “Streetlight” on February 1 at 6:30 pm and on February 2 at 3:30 pm at Ynares Arena in Pasig City.

The second workshop, slated on February 5 and 6, will be held in Masbate with 200 youths from public and private schools attending.  The “Streetlight” Musical will be staged on Feb. 7 and 8 at 6:30 pm at the Magallanes Coliseum in Masbate City.

A third workshop with 200 youths from public and private schools will take place on February 12 and 13,with the musical “Streetlight” to follow on February 14 and 15 at 6:30 pm in Holy Cross of Davao College Gymnasium in Davao City.

A fourth workshop with 200 young people is slated on February 19 and 20 and will be followed by the musical “Streetlight” on Feb. 21 and 22 at 6:00 pm at the Sacred Heart School, Ateneo de Cebu, in Mandaue City.

The group’s Solidarity Tour will culminate with a workshop and musical presentation at the Iwahig Penal Farm in Palawan on March 5.

Although the name may not be familiar to many, this is not the first time the group will perform in the country as they have already staged a production in the Philippines during the 70’s.

Some of their songs known to Filipino Catholics are “Stay With Us Oh Lord” (1985); “Servant of Love” (1985) and “Grazie, Mamma” (Thank You Mama, 1966.)

A number of Filipinos have also been a part of the group from its founding year in 1966 up to the present.

The group has collaborated with more than 200 artists and technical staff, performed in 49 countries, staged 2,500 shows, and gone on 220 tours.

With songs in 24 different languages, GenRosso has held 60 international events, conducted 350 workshops, played before 6 million spectators, and published 54 albums with 325 songs. (CBCPNews/Guilian Geronimo)


For further inquiries and other concerns, kindly visit their website at http://www.genrosso.com/index.php?lang=enand/or like their Facebook Fanpage at https://www.facebook.com/GRPhilippinessolidaritytour2014?fref=ts

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