Val­letta Baroque Fes­ti­val 2019 launched

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - LIFESTYLE & CULTURE -

The 7th edi­tion of the Val­letta Baroque Fes­ti­val will cover 36 per­for­mances on 18 lo­ca­tions be­tween 11 and 26 Jan­uary 2019. It again will be a show­case of top mu­si­cians on mes­mer­iz­ing baroque lo­ca­tions.

The fes­ti­val will just as last year ven­ture out of Val­letta to other baroque venues in­clud­ing:

Md­ina, the old Siculo-Nor­man cap­i­tal where one can still see the col­umns of Ro­man tem­ples in its foun­da­tions, Birgu (Vit­to­riosa) and Sen­glea (L-Isla) which lie across the Grand Har­bour from Val­letta and form part of what is re­ferred to as The Three Cities; and Ra­bat, Ghaxaq, Qrendi and Ze­j­tun – all boast­ing ex­quis­ite ex­am­ples of Malta’s baroque her­itage.

Pos­si­ble theme of this year’s edi­tion is ‘di­ver­sity’. Baroque mu­sic is not a ‘mu­seum piece’ but is some­thing that is very much alive, there­fore the pro­gramme fea­tures con­certs that look at Baroque in the dif­fer­ent way. Among these high­lights will be Barock ’n Roll on Jan­uary 12, dur­ing which the Matheus Ensem­ble will per­form an amal­gam of baroque and rock mu­sic.

An­other note­wor­thy side­step is Path of Love on Jan­uary 26 which brings Mo­roc­can Oud and Harp­si­chord to­gether.

As in the pre­vi­ous edi­tion there will also be a lot of Bach such as the com­plete cello suites per­formed by Isang En­ders (21 and 22 Jan­uary), the Bran­den­burg Con­cer­tos by Les Pas­sions de L’Ame (26 Jan­uary) and the not-to-be­missed St Matthew Pas­sion at St. John’s Co-Cathe­dral per­formed by the Orches­tra of the Age of En­light­en­ment di­rected by John Butt on 22 Jan­uary.

New this year is that for a lit­tle ex­tra the au­di­ence can min­gle in­for­mally with the per­form­ers whilst hav­ing some­thing to eat and drink af­ter the con­cert. Tick­ets for these events and all other con­certs can be booked on­line at http://val­let­tabaro­que­fes­ti­ or through the box of­fice of Teatru Ma­noel (book­[email protected]­ma­

at St. Catherine Church in Ze­j­tun, per­formed by Coro e Orches­tra Ghis­lieri and Gi­ulio Prandi.

25 Jan­uary

Af­ter Clau­dio Mon­teverdi’s Missa in Illo Tem­pore SV205 at the Par­ish Church of the As­sump­tion in Qrendi, per­formed by Can­tar Lon­tano Ensem­ble.

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