VIAF closes with Malta Philharmonic Orchestra concert
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This is the 16th edition of the Victoria International Arts Festival, Malta’s longest-running Festival of its kind and when it closes will have comprised of no fewer than 33 concerts which included the participation of musicians from 16 different countries world-wide, from nearby Sicily to far-flung Korea.
The closing choral/orchestral concert of the Festival, by the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra will see the premiere of Joseph Vella’s, the Festival’s Artistic Director, The Hyland Mass, which is a setting of the Liturgical Mass with a difference…. For this, the Laudate Pueri Choir, the resident Choir at St George’s Basilica, Victoria, will be taking part.
Apart from this work, the female choir (SSAA) within the Laudate Pueri will also be performing Verdi’s beautiful Laudi alla Vergine Madre, from the composer’s Quattro Pezzi Sacri, this year being the 200th anniversary of the opera composer’s birth.
The closing concert of the Festival is taking place on Monday, the 15th of July at St George’s Basilica, Victoria, starting at 8.00pm and the programme will be as follows:
G Verdi – Laudi alla Vergine Maria (SSAA) from Quattro Pezzi Sacri
J Vella – Lament for Strings – to the victims of 9/11 op 103
The ‘Hyland’ Mass – A Prayer for Unity in Diversity op 130
Fanfare and Anthem for Peace op 134.
Nathan Schembri Rodgers (treble)
Gillian Zammit (soprano)
Claire Massa (alto)
Cliff Zammit Stevens (tenor)
Nicholas Warden (bass)
Laudate Pueri Choir (director: George J. Frendo)
MALTA PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
Leader: Marcelline Agius
Conductor: JOSEPH VELLA