Leonard Bernstein commemoration – Gaulitana: A Festival of Music

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Leonard Bernstein commemoration week - Gaulitana: A Festival of MusicThis year’s edition of Gaulitanus: A Festival of Music is commemorating the birth centenary of Leonard Berstein.

The Festival said that there are a number of events to mark the eminent American composer, conductor, pianist and pedagogue.

Artist-in-Residence Alexander Frey is returning yet again to Gaulitana. The American performer enjoyed a close working relationship with Bernstein, the latter defining him as a “wonderful spirit.”

His renditions of the master’s works have received great critical acclaim. He has just recorded the complete Bernstein piano works for his latest CD release – Big Americana Box.

On Tuesday, the 10th of April, Frey will be joined by Maltese choreographer and YADA founder Felix Busuttil in a discussion on Bernstein’s life and works..

Then on the Wednesday, Frey will perform a solo recital interpreting the complete piano works of Leonard Bernstein at the Ministry for Gozo Hall, Victoria.

Gaulitana said that it “is immensely proud” that the programme will feature the European premiere of Valse Gaea, composed in 1967 and world premiered by Frey in 2017 in Florida.

The commemorations will conclude on Friday, the 13th, with an organ recital by Frey on the recently installed instrument at the Xewkija Parish Church.

Whilst interpreting around works, including Vivaldi’s Concerto for Cello and Continuo with collaborative artist Desirée Quintano, the A-i-R will perform his organ transcription of Bernstein’s enigmatic Symphonic Dances from West Side Story.

The Festival said that the USA Embassy in Malta is the main supporter of Alexander Frey’s residency during Gaulitana.

Tue 10/4 LEONARD BERNSTEIN – TALK re u series

7.30pm: ALEXANDER FREY A-i-R FELIX BUSUTTIL Choreographer – USA/Malta at the University of Malta Gozo Campus, Xewkija.

Wed 11/4 BERNSTEIN’S COMPLETE PIANO WORKS

7.30pm: ALEXANDER FREY Piano – USA at the Ministry for Gozo Hall, Victoria.

Fri 13/4 SYMPHONIC ORGAN

7.30pm: ALEXANDER FREY Organ DESIRÉE QUINTANO Violincello – USA/Malta at the Rotunda Church, Xewkija.

To keep up to date with events for this year’s festival please visit www.gaulitanus.com

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