New season for the MPO

The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra has launched its 2020/2021 concert season, embodying the orchestra’s endeavour to diversify its music-making through its online programme. Three productions will be released in seven days streamed from some of the most poignant locations on the island.

Ħaġar Qim and Rebbieħa, held in collaboration with the Office of the Principal Permanent Secretary and Heritage Malta, form part of the celebrations marking Public Service Week. Performed at the Neolithic Temples of Ħaġar Qim, Joseph Vella’s ballet suite is performed by MPO Principal players Rebecca Hall (flute), John McDonough (oboe) and Daniel Cauchi (percussion) featuring dancer Moritz Zavan Stoeckle.

Vella’s popular symphonic poem Rebbieħa, defined by the New York Classical Review as “a dramatic overture with energy, imagination and an individual voice” positioning the composer “somewhere between Ralph Vaughan Williams and Shostakovich” shall be recorded by the MPO at Fort St Elmo under the baton of Kevin Abela. Both productions shall be streamed on TVM on the 18th and 25th September respectively at 9.00 pm.

This year’s Il-Kunċert tal-Indipendenza adopts an online format, presenting a unique interdisciplinary production artistically directed by Ruben Zahra featuring the MPO and violinist Stefan Calleja performing under the baton of resident conductor Michael Laus. Produced in collaboration with Festivals Malta under the distinguished patronage of the President of the Republic of Malta, the concert will air on the 21st September at 7.00 pm on TVM.