The Malta Independent 25 September 2018, Tuesday

Countdown to the beginning of Malta’s Baroque Festival

Tuesday, 9 January 2018, 09:46 Last update: about 10 months ago

The sixth edition of the Valletta International Baroque Festival will run between 13 and 27 January, promising two weeks of gorgeous music spread over 26 events in 14 different locations across Malta.

This event is produced and managed by Teatru Manoel, and is now a must in the local Arts and Culture scene. This year's Festival will feature a number of internationally acclaimed stars from the Baroque music world. Mahan Esfahani, the harpsicord legend, will return this year to delight us with his music together with La Folia Barockorchester, while The Ghislieri choir and consort will be performing two concerts, one in St John's Co- Cathedral, and another at the Mdina Cathedral .

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This year's Festival will venture outside Valletta to other impressive locations such as the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Aula Capitulare in Mdina, Verdala Palace, and The Malta Maritime Museum in Vittoriosa.

The Festival kicks off at Teatru Manoel on 13 January with Vivaldi's The Four Seasons. Shunske Sato on the violin will share the limelight with Concerto Koln, who will stage another performance on the second day of the festival, performing Bach and Italy. Other international guests include Concerto Romano, Scholars and Gentlemen, Collegium Orpheus, Het Collectief and the Abchordis Ensemble.

The Festival will feature music from the Archives of the Cathedral Museum, performed by the Valletta International Baroque Ensemble on 21 January.

This year, VIBE will also perform in the Monteverdi Vespers at the Church of St.Catherine in Żejtun, under the direction of Marco Mencoboni.

Other local performers include guitarist Simon Schembri, and Sandro Zerafa and friends, where Baroque will meet Jazz at the Malta Maritime Museum.

The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Riccardo Bianchi, will perform music by Grieg, Tansman, Gravina and Villa-Lobos.

Messa Due Cori, composed by Maltese priest Benigno Zerafa, will be performed as appropriately fit at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Mdina, where Zerafa served as Maestro di Cappella between 1744 and 1786.

On Sunday 14 January, the Baroque Treasure Hunt will be held at the Studio Theatre, and Baroque Jazz for Children will be held on the 21st January.

For more details and to book visit www.vallettabaroquefestival.com.mt, www.teatrumanoel.com.mt


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