New Year starts in style with concert by the Gaulitanus Choir
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The New Year started in style with a festive concert by the Gaulitanus Choir held at the Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz, Gozo, on Monday.
This 6th edition of A New Year’s Toast opened with the main excerpts from the oratorio The Story of Christmas by American composer Henry Alexander Matthews – which featured the choir and some of its soloists, namely sopranos Stephanie Sultana Portelli, Patricia Buttigieg, Annabelle Zammit, and mezzo-soprano Marthese Borg.
The programme continued with Christmas themed music, as well as non-Chrismassy works. The choir and soprano Stephanie Portelli, also presented a selection from Georges Bizet’s popular opera Carmen.
The Gaulitanus Choir, which was accompanied by its resident pianist Stephen Attard and conducted by artistic-musical director Colin Attard, acknowledged the audience’s applause for the evening by giving an encore: C. Attard’s choral arrangement of Jerry Herman’s – We need a little Christmas.
Photo: Gilbert Haber