The Malta In­ter­na­tional Or­gan Fes­ti­val launches its pro­gramme

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

Un­doubt­edly, one of the largest events dur­ing this time of the year for the lovers of art and clas­si­cal mu­sic, and for those who want to ex­plore it in their lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties, is the Malta In­ter­na­tional Or­gan Fes­ti­val, with 17 con­certs over a span of three weeks by world-renowned mu­si­cians in the cathe­drals, basil­i­cas and churches across the Mal­tese Is­lands. The fes­ti­val brings to­gether world-renowned, top-notch mu­si­cians with some of the great­est mu­sic writ­ten for the king of in­stru­ments, per­formed in tem­ples that show­case some of the Mal­tese Is­lands’ most stun­ning ar­chi­tec­tural and artis­tic her­itage.

The or­gan is one of the most valu­able mu­si­cal in­stru­ments in the world. It works es­pe­cially well with the ex­cel­lent acous­tics of our churches, cre­at­ing an un­for­get­table at­mos­phere. It leaves a great im­pres­sion on lis­ten­ers, en­chant­ing and at­tract­ing mu­si­cal con­nois­seurs from around the world. The fes­ti­val starts on Satur­day 19 Novem­ber with a con­cert by the in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed BBC Proms or­gan­ist and con­duc­tor Wayne Mar­shall, to­gether with bari­tone Joseph Lia, and fin­ishes with a grand fi­nale on 9 De­cem­ber, with ma­jor baroque works for solo or­gan, and or­gan and orches­tra, un­der the di­rec­tion of the highly ac­claimed baroque con­duc­tor and or­gan­ist Elena Sartori.

Other con­certs in­clude an or­gan and clar­inet con­cert at the Fon­tana Par­ish Church, Gozo, a con­cert for vi­o­lin, cello and or­gan at the Bir Mif­tuħ me­dieval chapel, a con­cert for or­gan and pan-pipes by French com­posers, a Strada Stretta Con­cept Con­cert at the Loop Bar, solo or­gan recitals by the Es­to­nian or­gan­ist Piret Aidulo at Ta’ Xbiex Par­ish Church, Joe Caru­ana at Że­j­tun, world stars Chris­tian Sch­mitt and Herib­ert Breuer at St Au­gus­tine Par­ish Church Val­letta and Diego Can­niz­zaro at the Bal­luta Par­ish Church.

The Lithua­nian choir Giesme will give a con­cert at St He­len’s Basil­ica in Birkirkara, while Roberta Bugeja will give her in­ter­pre­ta­tion to Mal­tese Feast Antiphon melodies, and Dion Buha­giar will im­pro­vise on sa­cred themes. The Malta Phil­har­monic Orches­tra Brass en­sem­ble un­der the di­rec­tion of Geoffrey Al­varez will give a pro­gramme of or­gan and brass on 30 Novem­ber at St Paul’s Angli­can Cathe­dral, a con­cert not to be missed.

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