Aurora cel­e­brates its 40th with a grand symphonic concert

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

Fresh from its re­sound­ing opera suc­cess of Car­men, the Aurora is set to con­tinue with its 40th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions, this time round with a grand symphonic concert fea­tur­ing the Leone Band, for the 25th year run­ning with Colin At­tard at its helm, on Satur­day, 26 Novem­ber at 8pm.

The open­ing night with a new pro­duc­tion of Bizet’s muchloved Car­men was a stun­ner, and the com­ing one prom­ises to be no less. As an an­nual concert, this Novem­ber concert comes as a rou­tine event, but the 40th an­niver­sary does not come ev­ery year, and thus, the Aurora finds the best jus­ti­fi­ca­tion in walk­ing that ex­tra mile to come up with a night to be remembered.

Rem­i­nisc­ing the var­i­ous pro­duc­tions and pur­poses it has served, the Aurora will see its res­i­dent mu­si­cal body – the Leone Band – per­form excerpts from Mikado, the first op­eretta per­formed at the Aurora, as well as from Bizet’s Car­men – the opera that only Aurora has pro­duced in the last 40 years in Malta and Gozo. Other sig­nif­i­cant mu­sic in the line-up also in­cludes film mu­sic – Mancini’s theme from ‘The Ex­o­dus’, a film that was so pop­u­larly screened in the early days of the Aurora cin­ema.

Leone Band in concert – the grand symphonic concert will be the most im­por­tant event not only for the Leone Band it­self but also for the the­atre estab­lish­ment which will ren­der homage to those vi­sion­ar­ies who with sheer de­ter­mi­na­tion and love for a noble cause suc­ceeded in build­ing this largest opera house on the is­lands. The concert will come to a rous­ing fi­nale with Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Over­ture, just like what hap­pened when Joseph Sam­mut led the Leone Band on the open­ing gala night on 9 Oc­to­ber 1976.

En­trance to the event is free of charge. Seats are gen­er­ally avail­able on a first-come­first-served ba­sis. How­ever, in­ter­ested pa­trons are re­quested to re­serve their pre­ferred seats, with seat­ing to­kens be­ing then col­lected from the door. Book­ings and re­quests may be ef­fected via teatru­au­rora@leone.org.mt, www.teatru­au­rora.com or 7904 5779 (even­ings only).

Doors open at 7.30pm.

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