A Celebration of Music in Gozo by the Leone Band in concert
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The annual Leone Band in Concert took place in Victoria at the weekend, which is held as a commemoration of the proclamation of the Dogma of the Assumption, proclaimed by Pope Pius the 12th, on 1st November 1950.
A few days after the proclamation, the Leone Philharmonic Band celebrated the event with a musical concert in Independence Square, a concert which has been held annually ever since.
The musical programme opened with the march dedicated to the Assumption to Our Lady, and continued with pieces from the operas Cavalleria Rusticana, work of Pietro Mascagni, and Pagliacci by Ruggiero Leoncavallo, which were both successfully produced in the Aurora Opera House.
Under the direction of Colin Attard, the band went on to perform the work of composer Giovanni Giummarra Vedi Napoli e poi mori – A gem from the musical archives of the Leone Band written specifically for similar bands. Also, under the direction of assistant conductor Joseph Debrincat, the Leone Band played pieces by James Swearingen Majestia.
The last part of the musical programme was dedicated to the Russian composer Tchaikovsky, with parts of the suite from the renowned ballet Swan Lake and closing off with the Marche Slave.
The Leone Philharmonic Society said that it is, “committed to continue producing such local artistic exhibitions as a means to increase the culture experience of our islands.”