Big Band Adventures celebrating Mnarja Band’s 50th anniversary
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Nadur’s Mnarja Philharmonic Band will be holding its June Annual Symphonic Concert -‘Big Band Adventures. This special edition commemorate the 50th Anniversary since its inception and 25 years under the musical direction of Mro Joseph Grech.
The anniversary event is being organised by the Mnarja Philharmonic Society with the collaboration of the Nadur Local Council and the Ministry for Gozo to mark the feast of St Peter and St Paul – patron saints of Nadur village in Gozo.
During the last 25 years, the Mnarja band has been organising this spectacular concert introducing new repertoire and music arrangements every year. It said that the genre was very innovative to Gozo “and has enticed other local bands to follow suit.”
The Society said that apart from the already vast repertoire of classical pieces that adorned the band’s music archive, it is now enriched with over 280 new music arrangements covering practically all soundtracks from musical theatre, soundtracks from blockbuster films and pop and rock arrangements that had never been performed in the Gozitan band music scenario.
The Mnarja Band said that it has also performed in nearly every village in Gozo through its colourful concerts rather than just military marches.
“This year’s concert includes more musical arrangements never performed on Gozo by local bands,” the Society said, namely: “Africa, Classic Hit Mix No.1, An Operatic Nightmare, Barcelona, Hans Zimmer Movie Milestones, The Best of Abba, Stars of Rock’ N Roll, The Boney M. Megamix, Hermes House Band.”
Also on the night, the Mnarja Band will join forces with local band The Travellers, with their hit song `Semplicita.’
Mnarja Band will be under the direction of its Music Director Mro Joseph Grech and guest singers: Gozitans Christine Camilleri and Ruth Portelli Bezzina and Italian pop singer Francesco Joseph Nicodeme.
Big Band Adventures is taking place at St Peter and St Paul’s Square, Nadur on Wednesday, the 21st of June, starting at 9.00pm.
The general public is invited to attend and entrance is free of charge. A reception will follow.