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Guide to the International Spring Orchestra Festival, Valletta

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April – May,  2018

The 10th edition of the lauded International Spring Orchestra Festival kicks off on Friday 1st April 2016, raising up the curtain on nine days of high-quality classical music performances featuring both accliamed international and local artists. This year’s line-up includes names such as conductor Brian Schembri and soprano Claire Debono, French pianist Jean Dubé, German conductor Hans-Peter Hoffman and South Korean violinist Minha Park. Fifteen concerts in all, featuring soloists, chamber ensembles and orchestras playing pieces ranging from the classical repertoire to more eclectic 20th and 21st century works by past and contemporary masters, will be offered at the Manoel Theatre, the National Museum of Archeology, San Anton Palace, St James Centre for Creativity, Pjazza Teatru Rjal, Palazzo Pereira and the Mediterranean Conference Centre. The Festival’s opening concert, to be held at the Manoel Theatre will present an exciting programme featuring the world-touring European Union Chamber Orchestra. The Manoel Theatre will host the winner of the renowned Liszt competition, Jean Dubé, on Sunday 3rd April as he presents a piano recital featuring works by Bach/Busoni, Schumann, Blumenfeld, Liszt, Cras, Rautavaara, and Visvikis. Another piano recital will be performed by 14-year old Maltese international first-prize winner Laetitia Amodio on Tuesday 5th April at the San Anton Presidential Palace, featuring works by  Beethoven, Liszt, and Debussy. The International Spring Orchestra Festival wraps up with a bang, on Saturday 9 April, featuring the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of its principal conductor Brian Schembri, pianist Lucia Micallef, soprano Claire Debono and the New Choral Singers performing Ludwig Van Beethoven Symphony no1 & Choral Fantasy op.80, as well as Karl Fiorini’s ‘of gods and dogs’.

For full information, visit the International Spring Orchestra Festival website.

Brian Schemberi
Brian Schemberi
Auris
Auris