A opera ‘from children to children’ during second edition of MUSIC+

This year, non-profit cultural organisation The Classique Foundation will be presenting the second edition of MUSIC+ between the 27th September and the 1st November 2019.

This edition will feature recitals from local and international artists, master classes in different instruments, workshops for Primary school students and talks, as well as an opera from children to children.

MUSIC+ kicks off on the 27th September with a recital by Anastasiya Petryshak (violin) and Lorenzo Meo (piano) from Ukraine and Italy respectively. On the 28th September it’s time for a vocal recital featuring renowned Italian soprano Rossana Potenza and pianist Leonardo Quadrini.

World premiere of Alan Cassar’s Deconstructed Images

On the 13th October another recital this time by trumpeter Brendan Ball, trumpet player with the Malta Philharmonic, and pianist Elaine Mercieca. During the latter Ball and Mercieca will give the world premiere of Alan Cassar’s Deconstructed Images.

Joanne Camilleri

Maltese pianist Joanne Camilleri will give a piano recital on the 19th October. On the 20th October a recital by world-class clarinetist Corrado Giuffredi and his pianist Roberto Arosio. Up-and-coming Gozitan pianist Daphne Delicata will give a recital on 27th October.

All these recitals will take place at the Exhibition Hall, Ministry for Gozo and start at 7.30 pm. The last recital in the series will take place on the 1st November at St. Francis Church, Victoria and will feature Italian string quartet Quartetto Mediterraneo. The programme includes Joseph Vella’s early work Piccolo Divertimenti, Op.2. The recital also starts at 7.30 pm.

Violin, piano and clarinet master classes

Corrado Giuffredi

MUSIC+ will once again be presenting a number of master classes. On the 28th September, Anastasiya Petryshak and Lorenzo Meo will give master classes in violin (at the Sacred Heart Seminary), and piano (at the Exhibition Hall, Ministry for Gozo). On the 19th October, clarinetist Corrado Giuffredi will give a master class in clarinet at the Gozo VPA School, Xewkija.

All three master classes are full up and will be attended by students from both Malta and Gozo.

Two workshops intended for selected primary school children, in the series ‘Opera 4 Kids’ will once again be part of MUSIC+.

Joseph Debrincat

This year’s workshops, entitled The Magic Flute: A Performance Workshop for Kids will take place on the 2nd October at the Exhibition Hall, Ministry for Gozo. Both workshops will be conducted by Ms. Lorraine Aquilina. Soprano Francesca Aquilina, tenor Charles Vincenti, baritone Louis A. Cassar and pianist Tom Armitage will animate the sessions. All children will be presented with a booklet about Mozart’s opera prepared by the Artistic Director of the festival Joseph Debrincat.

On the 4th October at the Circolo Gozitano at 7.30 pm, Dr Abraham Borg will deliver a talk entitled ‘From Il Trovatore to La Boheme’. This talk will be delivered in English.

An opera from children to children

This year, The Classique Foundation will also present an opera from children to children. Bo-Peep is an opera composed in 1968 by Gozitan composer Joseph Vella (1942-2018).

This production will feature four young soloists, the VPA School Dance Department (choreographer: Christabel Bajada) and the SCJ Children’s Choir (chorus mistress: Marouska Attard). The artistic direction will be by Gordon John Grech and Joseph Debrincat will conduct the Classique Ensemble, made up of international and local musicians. Scenography is by Denis Mompalao.

The opera itself will be previewed by a brief explanation by actors Marion Scarborough and George Camilleri. The event, which will take approximately an hour, will take place on the 31st October at Teatru Giovanni, Xewkija and there will be two performances – one at 10.00 am for children from the Gozo College and Gozo Church schools; and another one at 7.30 pm open to the general public. The event is for 9 yrs+ and reservations are possible via email: musicplusgozo@mail.com.

MUSIC+ is supported by the Ministry for Gozo and visitgozo. All events are free of charge.

More details may be obtained via email: musicplusgozo@gmail.com or tel. nos: 7970 3288 / 9900 6727 / 9948 7341.