25th an­niver­sary concert at the Ma­noel Theatre

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Eine Kleine Nacht­musik is the ti­tle of a concert be­ing held to mark the 25th an­niver­sary of Dar il-Kap­tan, the Foun­da­tion for Respite Care Ser­vices, on Mon­day, 28 Novem­ber, at 8pm at the Ma­noel Theatre.

The concert takes its name from one of the three works be­ing per­formed. Apart from this Mozart Ser­e­nade, there is also his Flute and Harp Con­certo K. 299 and Han­del’s Con­certo Grosso Op. 6 No. 11 in A Ma­jor.

The per­form­ers, all mu­si­cians from the Malta Phil­har­monic Orches­tra, will be con­ducted by Adrian But­ter­field with soloists Britt Arend (harp) and Re­becca Hall (flute).

Eine Kleine Nacht­musik is at once well known and mys­te­ri­ous. Ser­e­nades com­posed to be played out­doors, es­pe­cially in sum­mer evenings, would gen­er­ally have been per­formed by ensembles of wind play­ers, which make this com­po­si­tion rather un­usual.

Also un­usual is its length, much shorter than the usual seven or eight move­ments ex­pected of a Ser­e­nade. Mys­tery also sur­rounds the rea­son or in­spi­ra­tion of its com­po­si­tion, as well as the iden­tity of any pos­si­ble pa­tron. Still, the melodies are among the most en­chant­ing of Mozart’s works; ge­nius ly­ing in the sim­plic­ity and el­e­gance in the turn of each whim­si­cal phrase.

Ge­orge Fred­er­ick Han­del’s Con­certo Grosso in A ma­jor, Op 6, No 11, along with his other sim­i­lar concerts, is thought in some cir­cles to be in­spired by the Ital­ian vi­o­lin­ist and com­poser Ar­can­gelo Corelli, whom he met on his many trav­els to Italy.

This con­certo be­gins in French Over­ture style, with its recog­nis­able dot­ted rhyth­mic pat­terns, fol­lowed by sev­eral brief move­ments that con­trast the lyri­cism and vi­tal­ity of this baroque mas­ter.

The flute fea­tured promi­nently in Mozart’s mid­dle pe­riod. It was the fo­cal point of two con­certi and a series of quar­tets for flute and strings. The Con­certo for Flute and Harp, K. 299 was com­posed in the spring of 1778 as part of a com­mis­sion for the Duke of Guines, who was a cel­e­brated flutist and es­tab­lished mem­ber of Parisian so­ci­ety. The Duke and his harpist daugh­ter re­quired a com­po­si­tion which would high­light their skills, with­out be­ing as tax­ing as a com­po­si­tion for pro­fes­sion­als may de­mand.

Oblig­ing his pa­tron, Mozart pro­duced a work of sim­ple, yet sublime el­e­gance, al­low­ing a de­light­ful mix of vir­tu­os­ity and melody. The two in­stru­ments them­selves are matched in terms of their soloist mo­ments and work as in­di­vid­ual voices, as well as paired in duet form.

Adrian But­ter­field is a vi­o­lin­ist, di­rec­tor and con­duc­tor who spe­cialises in per­form­ing mu­sic from 1600-1900 on pe­riod in­stru­ments. He is Mu­si­cal Di­rec­tor of the Til­ford Bach So­ci­ety and As­so­ciate Di­rec­tor of the Lon­don Han­del Festival and reg­u­larly di­rects the Lon­don Han­del Orches­tra and Play­ers. He is also a guest soloist and di­rec­tor in Europe and North Amer­ica with mod­ern and pe­riod ensembles.

Britt Arend, Prin­ci­pal Harpist of the Malta Phil­har­monic Orches­tra since 2008, has per­formed with sev­eral pro­fes­sional or­ches­tras in Bel­gium (Opéra Royal de Wal­lonie and Orchestre Phil­har­monique de Liège), Ger­many (Dres­d­ner Sin­foniker, Ra­dio-Sin­fonie-Orch­ester Frank­furt, Phil­har­monie der Na­tio­nen and Fil­har­monisch Orch­ester Kiel), Italy (Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Ac­cademia di San Gior­gio di Venezia) and Ire­land (RTÉ Concert Orches­tra).

Mal­tese-Canadian flutist Re­becca Hall has been at the fore­front of mu­sic in Malta since mov­ing to the is­land in 1996. She is a muse of the cel­e­brated Canadian com­poser Jack Behrens, whose works for flute were the sub­ject of her Doc­tor­ate of Mu­sic the­sis. In ad­di­tion to her busy per­for­mance sched­ule, Dr Hall lec­tures in flute, baroque mu­sic and women in mu­sic at the Univer­sity of Malta.

For full de­tails on the per­form­ers and to book visit the Ma­noel Theatre web­site http://www.teatru­ma­noel.com.mt/de­fault.asp?m=shows&id =610.

Cat­e­gory: ORIG­I­NAL WORK: BOOKS FOR CHIL­DREN (AGES 8-12)

Irvin Vella In­ves­ti­gatur Virt­wali: il-Każ Man­d­uca by John A. Bonello (Merlin Pub­lish­ers Limited).

Cat­e­gory: TRANS­LA­TION: BOOKS TRANS­LATED INTO MAL­TESE (AGES 8-12)

Il-Leġġenda ta’ San Ġorġ u dDra­gun by Pierre J. Me­jlak (Merlin Pub­lish­ers Limited)

Re­becca Hall Photo: Joe Smith

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