MUSIC+ Gozo mini-festival of recitals, master classes and much more
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The Classique Foundation is a non-profit cultural organisation in Gozo, with the main objective of promoting culture by organising musical concerts from time to time.
This year it will embark on a new project, with the first edition of a mini-festival entitled MUSIC+ taking place between September and November.
This mini-festival will consist of recitals from local and international artists, master classes in different instruments, workshops for Primary school students and talks, a conference will bring the festival to a close.
MUSIC+ kicks off on Friday, the 28th of September, with a recital by Edlira Shkurti (violin) and Erga Halilaj (piano) from Albania.
Shkurti is a member of the RTSH Orchestra of Tirana, Albania whereas Halilaj, apart from being a member of the RTSH Orchestra, is also a visiting professor at the University of Arts of Tirana.
This is followed by three other recitals: two will be in September, on Saturday, the 29th, featuring up-and-coming Gozitan pianist Francis James Camilleri; and another on Sunday, the 30th featuring Laura Magistrelli (clarinet) and Marina Degl’Innocenti (piano) from Italy – Magistrelli is professor of clarinet at the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi of Milan.
The last one is on Sunday, the 28th of October, which will feature trumpeter Brendan Ball, trumpet player with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, and pianist Elaine Mercieca.
During the latter Ball and Mercieca will give the world premiere of Alan Cassar’s Deconstructed Images. Apart from some of the well-known classics.
All these concerts will feature music by Maltese composers and will be held at the Exhibition Hall, Ministry for Gozo, St Francis Square and start at 7.30pm.
Also on Saturday, the 29th of September, starting at 9.00am, Laura Magistrelli, Edlira Shkurti and Erga Halilaj will give master classes in clarinet, violin, and piano respectively. These will be held at the Gozo Visual and Performing Arts School, Xewkija.
Two workshops intended for selected Primary School children, OPERA 4 KIDS also form part of this mini-festival. These workshops will be conducted by Ms. Sarah Spiteri. These workshops are going to be held on Thursday, the 4th of October.
Then on Friday, the 5th of October, at the Exhibition Hall, Ministry for Gozo, starting at 7.30pm, Dr Abraham Borg will deliver a talk, Opera in Malta: a brief overview.
MUSIC+ will be brought to a close with a conference: The Future of Opera in the Maltese Islands with the participation of representatives from all opera house in the islands.
This conference will be moderated by Dr Paul Xuereb and addressed by Ms. Cecilia Xuereb and internationally renowned soprano Miriam Gauci.
This will be held on Friday, the 9th of November at the Circolo Gozitano, Victoria, starting at 7.30pm. This conference will be held in Maltese and attendance is by registration
All events are free of charge.
MUSIC+ has been supported by the Ministry for Gozo NGO Assistance Scheme, a funding programme for Voluntary Organisations on the Island of Gozo.
For more details and information please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org – 7970 3288 / 9948 7341.
Photographs: From top left – Laura Magistrelli and Marina Degl’Innocenti; Edlira Shkurti; Erga Halilaj and Brendan Ball