Musica Singers is Manitoba’s newest vocal ensemble promoting Philippine music. It aims to showcase Philippine art, culture, and traditions in performances throughout the province. The group’s repertoire ranges from folk and the classics like the kundiman, a Philippine art song, to popular and sacred choral music by contemporary composers.
Musica Singers started in 2019 as an informal company of kundiman soloists. Late last year, the singers started exploring choral pieces and found a home at the Philippine-Canadian Centre of Manitoba. Since then, the ensemble’s more notable performances have been at the Community Celebration concert of the WSO and the Filipino Heritage Celebration of the Winnipeg Jets. This year, they presented a full-length Valentine concert, “Seasons of Love,” and the third installment of “Musica: An Evening of Kundiman and Philippine Art Songs.”
Members of the Musica Singers come from the large Filipino community in Winnipeg. Its roster comprises music enthusiasts, directors, students, performers, and teachers who specialize in various genres such as classical, jazz, musical theatre, pop, and opera. This diverse ensemble is composed of professionals in architecture, civil service, education, finance, health, information technology, marketing, medicine, music, and real estate, but their deep love and appreciation for Philippine music has brought them together as the Musica Singers.
Musica Singers is honoured and delighted to be back at the Centennial Concert Hall in this year’s WSO Community Celebration. Conrado Del Rosario’s arrangement of Gaano Ko Ikaw Kamahal (How Much I Love You) is performed tonight with a special permission from the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. The score and parts were prepared by Paulo John Rubio.