Gaulitanus Choir return from concert tour to Assisi and Rome
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The Gaulitanus Choir recently returned from what was its 17th foreign venture abroad – this time in Assisi and Rome, Italy.
The opportunity for this tour followed invitations from Assisi’s Cappella Musicale Basilica Papale di San Francesco and Rome’s Festival di Pasqua respectively.
The choir’s first artistic commitment was in Assisi, with the animation of the Pentecost Vigil Mass at the enchanting and spiritually uplifting Basilica Inferiore di San Francesco.
The group were welcomed at the Basilica Inferiore by Padre Giuseppe Magrino, the renowned musical director of the Cappella Musicale, who was also responsible for the choice of the repertoire for the Mass.
The choir then moved to Rome for its other artistic commitments, which were held at the Basilica dei Santi XII Apostoli in the very heart of Rome.
The choir first animated the Pentecost Sunday Mass and then gave a concert, the Concerto per la Domenica di Pentecoste, which concluded the 22nd edition of the Festival di Pasqua.
The concert was held in aid of Emergenza Sorrisi, the NGO founded some 12 years back by top plastic and maxillo-facial surgeon Dott Fabio Massimo Abenavoli in order to assist afflicted children in the third world. Dott Abenovoli, currently the president of Emergenza Sorrisi, attended the concert accompanied with his wife.The choir said that both Roman ventures ensued from the choir’s collaboration with the founder and artistic director of the Roman festival, Enrico Castiglione, which has been ongoing for a few years culminating in the operatic production put on by the Gozitan choir during its own Gaulitana: A Festival of Music.
For these artistic commitments in Italy, the choir’s very varied repertoire ranged from renaissance polyphony of the Roman school to contemporary works, bridged over by compositions from the classical and romantic eras.
Directed by its founder-director Colin Attard, the Gaulitanus Choir’s principal soloists were sopranos Annabelle Zammit and Stephanie Portelli as well as mezzo-soprano Marthese Borg. Mezzo-soprano Miriam Curmi, tenor Joseph Calleja and bass Jean Noël Attard also shared a few solo lines.
During this concert tour, which was also endorsed by Arts Council Malta as part of the Gaulitanus Choir’s broader programme of international events for the year, the choir also had the opportunity to visit Perugia as well as to enjoy a sightseeing programme in both Assisi and Rome.