7th edition Gaulitana: A Festival of Music programme launch

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7th edition Gaulitana: A Festival of Music programme launchThe Gaulitanus Choir of Gozo has announced the launch of the full programme of the 7th edition of Gaulitana: A Festival of Music. Being held between the 21st March and the 3rd May 2013. The festival features a series of 19 concerts in various venues in Gozo, with one concert also in Malta.

There will be a mix of international and local performers – orchestras, choirs, chamber ensembles and soloists, who will present a diversity of musical styles, from sacred to secular, from serious to light, from chamber to orchestral.

Artistically directed by Gaulitanus Choir founder-director Colin Attard, the festival not only features established performers but also gives adequate space to up-and-coming talent.

Gaulitana continues to further emphasise quest to hold performances in various localities and venues – some of which rarely ever host a concert and relies on the choir’s collaboration with government agencies, local councils, churches, hotels, corporate bodies and local and foreign cultural entities in order to keep fostering musical culture and enjoyment.

The Festival’s sponsors for this 7th edition are: the Malta Arts Fund, The Ministry for Gozo, Verso l’Arte, Istituto Nazionale di Arte Contemporanea, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, the Russian Centre for Science and Culture, the Victoria, Xaghra and Xewkija Local Councils, The Gozo Cultural Office, Michael Grech Financial Services, Bank of Valletta and JDB Digital Printing.

The Festival gets underway on Thursday, the 21st of March at 7,30pm with an organ recital at St. Augustine’s Church in Victoria by British organist Robin Walker.

There will be a Choral-Instrumental Concert held at St. Francis Church, Victoria on Easter Sunday at 8.00pm. This will feature up-and-coming Gozitan violinist Pierre Louis Attard in Bach’s concerto in A Minor as well as Italian soloists Aurora Tirotta (soprano) and Lara Rotili (mezzo-soprano) and the Gaulitanus Choir itself in Vivaldi’s famous Gloria. These will be accompanied by the Gaulitana Festival Chamber Ensemble directed by Colin Attard.

Then in Malta, a vocal-orchestral concert is taking place at St. John’s Co-Cathedral on Friday, the 5th of April at 7.30pm. The concert will feature religious music by Italian contemporary composer Federico Gozzelino and Colin Attard. The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra will be participating for the first-time in the festival. The artists for the concert are Maltese soloists soprano Miriam Cauchi, mezzo-soprano Claire Massa, bass Noel Galea, Italian narrator Amina Contin and again violinist Pierre Louis Attard.

The Festival will then conclude with a formula which has proved to be very successful in the past, with a night at the musical theatre, which is being performed on Friday, the 3rd of May at 8.00pm at the Kempinski Hotel, San Lawrenz.

Semi-staged adaptations of the musicals Annie, Annie Get Your Gun and Carousel will be performed by the Gaulitanus Choir, some of its soloists and British guest soloist Emma Darling. British choir member Terry Shaw, will be in charge of the arrangements and the production while Colin Attard will direct with Stephen Attard on the piano.

An optional buffet will be held following the concert.

Entrance to all concerts, except for one teatime event which includes coffee/tea and cakes, is free. More information can be obtained by contacting the Gaulitanus Choir on 9920 9779, 9925 8592, 2156 0200, info@gaulitanus.com or by visiting the choir’s website www.gaulitanus.com.

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