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Five of today’s newest and hottest Korean pop groups are set to dominate the country with “Seoul Invasion”, a one-night full concert performance from Excite, A-Prince, Tahiti, Delight and Mellow:D. Be in the mood to groove with the hit Korean pop singles like “Try Again” by Excite and “Tonight” from the all-female group Tahiti. Better have those Oppa-embellished sign boards set on Febaruary 9, Saturday, 7:00 p.m. for the “Seoul Invasion” concert at Aliw Theater. Tickets are available at all SM Ticket outlets in SM Cinema branches located across the nationwide chain of SM Supermalls.
Time and again, foreign promoters have seen the Philippines as a wellspring of musical talent. And in today’s age of YouTube successes and reality TV, musical programs mounted by the biggest broadcast networks overseas always manage to include singers of Filipino lineage. Now, it’s the choral community’s turn. Interkultur Germany – the group behind the World Choir Games – which has long wanted to stage an international festival right here on local shores — teams up with Manila Broadcasting Company (MBC), Star City, the Philippine Choral Directors Association (PCDA),and Globe Telecom in mounting Sing N Joy Manila at the Aliw and Star Theaters this December. Audiences will be treated to stunning harmonies from the best choirs in the world in the classical, sacred music, folkloric, and pop music genres. In preparation for this, MBC has announced qualifying auditions for Philippine choirs, which will be held on August 10 and 11 at the Aliw Theater in Pasay; August 17 in Baguio; August 23 in Cebu; August 31 in Davao; and September 7 in Iloilo. Children’s choirs, as well as non-professional groups – mixed choruses, all-male, and all-female ensembles – are invited to contest the slots open to local choirs, whose participation will be subsidized by MBC. Former champions of the MBC National Choral Competition from 2007 – 2012 have automatically been invited into the contest proper. Bronze, Silver, and Gold Certificates will be awarded in each category, with the choirs that earn the highest scores taking part in the Grand Prix, where the over-all winner will receive USD 5,000 and the championship trophy. Friendship concerts and workshops under top choral directors Kirby Shaw (USA) and Jonathan Velasco (Philippines) are also included in the programme. Detailed guidelines for Sing N Joy Manila are available on www.interkultur.com. Those interested in auditioning should secure a registration form along with the mechanics by emailing email@example.com. For the regional auditions, call or text 0917.500.2109 (Baguio); 0917.627.3018 (Cebu); 0917.704.0527 (Davao); 0939.909.0191 (Iloilo); and 0932.287.5550 (Manila). Choirs who are interested to take part in the international derby but are unable to come to any of the auditions may apply directly with Interkultur via their website. Who knows? With the likes of Nanette Inventor, Ogie Alcasid, and Gary Valenciano achieving singular successes in their musical careers after being honed in choral traditions, our next international star may just come from a local choir!