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Rockestra 2023

Malta Philharmonic Orchestra

Pawlu Borg Bonaci, Artistic Director Aurelio Belli, Music Director Rockestra 2023 with the theme “More Than a Feeling” returns with this being the final edition under the Presidency of President George Vella in aid of The Malta Community Chest Fund. Rockestra’s Artistic Director Pawlu Borg Bonaci said that Rockestra, organized by The Malta Community Chest Fund together with a number of volunteers, is not just a rock concert, but an event with a noble cause that brings together people from different walks of life. For the first time, Rockestra’s Musical Director will be Maestro Aurelio Belli who explained that he also benefited from the help of The Malta Community Chest Fund, and that through Rockestra he will be giving something back after the great help he received during the most difficult period of his life due to cancer. President George Vella thanked the organisers as well as The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra and the singers for once again making every effort to make Rockestra a success. The ultimate aim of this event, said the President, is to raise funds for The Malta Community Chest Fund which supports hundreds of people, among others due to illness. Also present for Rockestra’s launch, which has now entered its fifteenth year, were the Chairman of the Board of Administrators of The Malta Community Chest Fund John Huber, as well as the Minister for the National Heritage, the Arts, and Local Government Owen Bonnici and the Opposition’s Spokesperson for the National Heritage, the Arts, and Culture Julie Zahra. They encouraged the public to attend Rockestra which is not only promoting Maltese talent but above all pursuing a noble goal. It was announced that among the singers taking part this year are Aidan Drakard, David Loewe, Mikaela, Moira, Martina, Kersten Graham, Kevin Paul, Kenneth, Matthew James, Klinsmann, Raquela, Chris Grech, Peter Grech, Frank Calleja, Lara Dimech, Brooke Borg, and Pawlu Borg Bonaci.
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Classics at the Cathedral

Malta Philharmonic Orchestra

Malta Philharmonic Orchestra Giuseppe Recchia, Solosit Joseph Debrincat, Conductor Nicolò Isouard: Sinfonia in C minor Carl Maria von Weber: Clarinet Concerto no. 2 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony no. 41 Classics at the Cathedral features the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra in a selection of popular works from the “classical” repertoire. Held at one of the most iconic churches in the Maltese islands, the Gozo Cathedral, and presented by Ulied il-Belt il-Qadima, this concert will be conducted by Joseph Debrincat maestro di cappella of the Cathedral. Italian clarinettist and MPO principal clarinettist Giuseppe Recchia will be the soloist in Weber’s Clarinet Concerto No. 2 A Ulied il-Belt il-Qadima production
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MPO Chamber Series #2

Malta Philharmonic Orchestra

Fiorella Camilleri, Flute Chiara Telleri, Oboe Matteo Colombo, Violin Marco Gallina, Viola Yaroslav Miklukho, Cello Inmaculada Muñoz Salgüero, Violin Stefan Calleja, Violin Ester García Salas, Viola Desireé Quintano, Cello Giuseppe Cambini: Quintetto no. 1 Giuseppe Cambini: Quartetto no. 2 Franz Xaver Süssmayr: Quintet Felix Mendelssohn: String quartet no. 2 in A minor Joaquín Turina: La Oración del Torero The second series of the Chamber concerts commences on the 5th of November. The MPO musicians bring together works by Cambini, Süssmayr, Mendelssohn and Turina. The music takes us to the elegant gallant style of Cambini, closely followed by Süssmayr’s Quintet. A string quartet led by Inmaculada showcases Mendelssohn’s passionate String Quartet, and the chamber concert is concluded by Turina’s La oración del torero which offers a variety of colours and energy levels which will have you dancing on your seat.
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MPO Chamber Series #1

Malta Philharmonic Orchestra

John McDonough, Oboe Giuseppe Recchia, Clarinet Giacomo Cella, Bassoon Etienne Cutajar, Horn Marcelline Agius, Violin Matteo Colombo, Violin Alexandre Razera, Viola Ákos Kertész, Cello Michael Laus, Piano Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Quintet for Piano and Winds K.452 Robert Schumann: Piano Quintet Op.44 The MPO Chamber Series returns with a number of chamber concerts taking place over the course of the 23/24 season, in the stunning Robert Samut Hall. This series of concerts kicks off with Mozart’s Quintet for Piano and Winds and Schumann’s Quintet for Piano and Strings. Michael Laus, the MPO resident conductor, will perform both works at the piano together with the MPO Section Principals.
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All About the Brass

Malta Philharmonic Orchestra

Malta Philharmonic Orchestra Tylman Susato (arr. by John Iveson): Renaissance Dances for Brass Quintet Joseph Vella: Pezzo per Quintetto d’Ottoni Gabriel Fauré (arr. by Stephen Roberts): Pavane, Op. 50 Georges Bizet (arr. by Peter Franks): Suite from Carmen The MPO brass section is the main protagonist of this uplifting chamber concert. Arranged for quintet by John Iveson, the five Renaissance Dances by Tylman Susato display the delicacy and vibrancy of these instruments. Brilliance and technique shine in Pezzo per Quintetto d’Ottoni by renowned Maltese composer Joseph Vella. The programme comes to a close with Fauré’s graceful Pavane arranged by Stephen Roberts, and Peter Franks’ arrangement Suite from Carmen, featuring some of the best-loved tunes from Bizet’s iconic opera. www.showshappening.com/Malta-Philharmonic-Orchestra/All-About-the-Brass
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MYO Classical Soirée

Malta Philharmonic Orchestra

José García Gutiérrez, Conductor Malta Youth Orchestra Malta Philharmonic Orchestra Franz Schubert: Overture from Rosamunde Albert Garzia: For Peace Camille Saint-Saëns: Danse macabre, Op. 40 Aram Khachaturian: Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia form Spartacus Jacob Abela: Waltz Arturo Márquez: Danzón No. 2 The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra and Malta Youth Orchestra join forces under the direction of José García Gutiérrez. The captivating programme features Schubert’s lyrical entr’acte to Rosamunde, Saint-Saëns’ haunting tone poem Danse Macabre and Khachaturian’s timeless favourite Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia. Maltese contemporary talent is showcased with two premieres, Albert Garzia’s For Peace, and Waltz by emerging composer Jacob Abela. The grand finale is a burst of Caribbean dance music with Márquez’s Danzón No. 2, an exhilarating work brimming with Cuban rhythms and percussion. The malta youth orchestra performing a concert in Valletta
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Edith Cavell

Malta Philharmonic Orchestra

Martina Bartolotti, Soprano Gina Galati, Soprano Jorge Pita Carreras, Tenor Louis Andrew Cassar, Bass Joseph Lia, Baritone Albert Buttigieg, Bass Dario Salvi, Conductor KorMalta Malta Philharmonic Orchestra Paolino Vassallo: Edith Cavell Completed shortly before the composer’s death in 1923 and performed only once in 1927 at the Royal Opera House Valletta, Paolino Vassallo’s three-act opera EDITH CAVELL will be making a return to its birthplace on the occassion of the composer’s 100th anniversary from his death. Built around the historical British nurse Edith Cavell who, together with a Belgian colleague, was executed in Brussels in 1915 for enabling over 200 allied soldiers to escape the German occupation of Belgium and reach neutral Holland, this opera is a prime example of romantic idiom that Vassallo inherited from his teacher Jules Massenet in Paris. In this concert version, soloists Martina Bortolotti, Gina Galati, Jorge Pita Carreras, Louis Andrew Cassar, Joseph Lia and Alber Buttigieg, Kor Malta and the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra will be under the direction of Maestro Dario Salvi who accidently stumbled across a copy of this score in a Norfolk library.
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Enigma Variations

Malta Philharmonic Orchestra

Clara-Jumi Kang, Violin Sergey Smbatyan, Conductor Malta Philharmonic Orchestra Paolino Vassallo: Malta Jean Sibelius: Violin Concerto, Op. 47 Edward Elgar: Enigma Variations, Op. 36 The MPO returns to Valletta for an exciting evening of symphonic music from the Romantic era. Under the direction of Principal Conductor Sergey Smbatyan, the orchestra will be joined by celebrated violinist Clara-Jumi Kang who will be taking the audience on a captivating journey of passion and introspection with one of Jean Sibelius’ masterpieces – the Violin Concerto, Op. 47. Paolino Vassallo’s Malta showcases the talent and creativity of its composer, leaving listeners immersed in the captivating sounds of Malta and the rich cultural heritage of island. Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations – the highlight of the evening is a cherished and enigmatic masterpiece of the orchestral repertoire. From the majestic “Nimrod” to the playful “Dorabella,” the Enigma Variations charm with their rich melodies, evocative harmonies, and masterful orchestration. With its emotional depth and timeless appeal, the Enigma Variations continue to captivate audiences worldwide. Tickets to be released in due course.
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Feel the Magic

Malta Philharmonic Orchestra

Claudia Sasso, Soprano Leonardo Capalbo, Tenor John Galea, Conductor Chorus Urbanus Malta Philharmonic Orchestra Giuseppe Verdi: Overture from La Forza del Destino Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen from The Magic Flute Vincenzo Bellini: Casta Diva from Norma Jacques Offenbach: Les oiseaux dans la charmille from Les contes d’Hoffmann Giacomo Puccini: Nessun Dorma from Turandot Giuseppe Verdi: Va, pensiero from Nabucco Giuseppe Verdi: Brindisi from La Traviata Amilcare Ponchielli: Danza delle Ore from La Gioconda Opera has become part of our popular culture. During this evening, magical opera favourites will take the audience on a fascinating journey through some of the best-known pieces in the operatic world plus sublime choral and orchestral numbers.
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LA TRAVIATA

Gaulitana - A Festival of Music

EKATERINA BAKONOVA, Soprano FRANCESCO MELI, Tenor PIERO TERRANOVA, Baritone GAULITANUS CHOIR MALTA PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA COLIN ATTARD, Conductor ENRICO CASTIGLIONE, Stage Director (Pre-opera talk by Albert G. Storace) La Traviata Bookings: www.teatruaurora.com / +356 79045779

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