Musical group to help youth resolve conflicts

The group of young people from Focolare Movement will spread the Gospel message of love and peace through music and dance.

Philippines
Jan 30 2014, 1:22 PM
Musical group to help youth resolve conflicts
GenRosso at Mariapolis Center.

Italy-based performing arts group Gen Rosso is in the Philippines on a solidarity tour with a musical for Typhoon Haiyan survivors. Organizers said the musical was written to educate young people on how to channelize their inner strength.

The group of young people from Focolare Movement will spread the Gospel message of love and peace through music and dance. They will stage a series of musical performances titled “Streetlight” in different venues across the country from February till March 5.

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

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.

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.

This is Gen Rosso’s second performance in the Philippines. They had staged a production during the 70’s.

Named “Gen”, short for New Generation and “Rosso”, after the colour 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.

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.)

Many Filipinos have been 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, Gen Rosso has held 60 international events, conducted 350 workshops, played before 6 million spectators, and published 54 albums with 325 songs.

Source: CBCP News

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