Leone Band: 19th & 20th century classics across the globe

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Leone Band in concert: 19th and 20th century classics across the globeThe Leone Band of Victoria, Gozo is holding its annual symphonic concert at the Teatru tal-Opra Aurora on Sunday, the 14th of November 2010. Colin Attard will lead a 90-piece band through some of the most remarkable 19th and 20th century classics from a span that reaches from Russia to as far as the United States, on the other side of the globe.

French and American music to open in succession

In a continuous effort to explore different genres and styles, this year the band opted for a concert of classical music with a strong popular appeal. This year’s concert opens with the pompous Toccata for Band composed in the 1950’s by American composer Frank William Erickson. A 9-movement suite from Georges Bizet’s Carmen follows, in line with the Leone band’s custom to perform selections from the theatre’s recently produced opera.

The Romantics: Love tales from Italy and Russia

Another attractive opera number is the intermezzo from Pietro Mascagni’s L’Amico Fritz, which shall be directed by assistant conductor Josef Debrincat. The romantics will be rounded up by a 3-movement suite from Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s The Swan Lake, one of the most loved musical love stories from the East.

The 20th century’s star-celebrated masters: Ennio Morricone and George Gershwin

Onwards in time and era into the 20th century, the concert will also feature A Morricone Portrait – a medley of the star-celebrated film music maker Ennio Morricone. Finally, as American and French music are planned to open the concert in succession, they will fuse into one big musical number towards the end as the band performs the much awaited An American in Paris, by George Gershwin. The Leone is taking pride in performing such a high-calibre 20th century piece which it anticipates will create the fitting crescendo just like last year’s notable premiere of Shostakovich’s 6-movement Jazz Suite No. 2. The American in Paris, with its combination of the classical idiom with blues and jazz, as well as with its extensive use of percussion to mock street noises, has become one of the most popular excerpts in the standard repertoire of the major European and American concert halls.

Event details

Leone Band in concert is a not-to-be-missed musical event, at the Teatru tal-Opra Aurora in Gozo, to be held on Sunday, the 14th of November 2010 starting at 7.30pm. Entrance is free, seats are on first-come-first-served basis and doors are open at 7pm.

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