Hora Gloriae Music Meditations and Prayers in Fontana
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The Fontana Parish Church under the newly appointed Parish priest, Rev. Fr. Joseph Bajada is holding a Lenten Concert on Saturday, the 20th of March, starting at 7.00pm. This concert is being held in collaboration with the Fontana Local Council and organised by the Schola Cantorum Jubilate.
Being established in the year 2000, Schola Cantorum Jubilate will this year be celebrating its 10th anniversary. Various concerts and musical events are planned for this year to celebrate together with all those who through these ten years showed their appreciation, offered assistance or collaboration and supported this youth group. Since its foundation, Schola Cantorum Jubilate had the aim of contributing in the local musical scene and at the same time educating the people with regards the sacred liturgy. In fact the sacred polyphony remains the choir’s specialisation. In fact the sacred polyphony remains the choir’s specialisation. They try to make people reach to God through their contemplative singing.
The repertoire includes pieces, mainly a cappella, by Palestrina, Kodály, Bartolucci, Debono and Portelli. The last two composers are young promising composers closely associated to Schola Cantorum Jubilate. The soiree will include a premiere of two pieces written by the Maltese composers. These are ‘Nunc Dimittis’ by Mark Debono and ‘Miserere’ written for a soprano voice and cello by Portelli. The latter will be interpreted by Choir Director and soprano Marouska Attard and Jacob Portelli on the cello. Another solo piece included will be the ‘Pie Jesu’ by Fauré and this will be interpreted by Anita Vella Bondin. Dr. Joseph Camilleri will accompany the soloist and one choral piece on the organ.
However, this concert will not include music only. Manuel Cauchi, a well-known actor in the local scene, will read meditations by a Spanish Father José Miguel Ibánez Langlois from his book ‘Libro de la Pasión’. These meditations, originally written in Spanish in 1986 were translated into Maltese by Rev. Joseph Bajada. This mentioned book was republished several times by Edizioni Ares. It is a poem which narrates the major episodes of the last days of Jesus through an original interpretation of the gospel.
Everyone is invited for this concert and it is free of charge. Visit Fontana church to listen to music, to pray and to meditate in this such sacred period in the liturgical year.