Commencing on the 28th April and rounding up on the 9th May, this year’s International Spring Orchestra Festival boasts twelve concerts held in various venues all over the capital, Valletta; including Pjazza Teatru Rjal, Our Lady of Victories Church, Auberge de Castille, Palazzo Pereira, the National Museum of Archaeology, Robert Samut Hall, and the Mediterranean Conference Centre. As per tradition, all concerts will be free for anyone aged 15 and under.
Commenting about how he established the programme for this year’s edition, Paris-based composer and the International Spring Orchestra’s artistic director Karl Fiorini said, “The idea for this year’s programme revolves around Vienna and its music, and germinated during my many trips there last year. The Festival will feature Viennese composers from different eras, as well as Viennese musicians in a programme that travels back in time to reach its climax with Beethoven’s Ninth ‘Choral’ Symphony on Europe Day, which will be conducted by Brian Schembri, whose Ode to Joy – set to Schiller’s verses – is the official anthem of the European Union.”
This year’s much-anticipated programme will showcase a cast of international stars for the solo parts of Beethoven’s majestic symphony – Soprano Elisabeth Teige, Mezzo Marvic Monreal, Tenor Thomas Mohr and Baritone Franz Hawlata. Moreover, the Maltese choir – prepared by Mro Riccardo Bianchi – will merge with the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir in a gesture that should not be overlooked, since Estonia will be taking the EU Presidency seat right after Malta.
“This edition of the ISO, which marks the beginning of the second decennial in the festival’s life, is an important one for me, as it is a celebration of the music of the composer I most revere, and of Vienna, a city that keeps inspiring me,” Mr Fiorini concludes.
Following every concert, audiences are welcome to meet the organisers and artists for dinner and drinks at Michael’s in Archbishop Street, Valletta.
The ISO Festival is supported by The Ministry for Finance, the 2017 Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU, Arts Council Malta, the ADRC Trust, Malta Enterprise, the Central Bank of Malta, the Ministry for Education and Employment, the Office of the Prime Minister, Griscti Advocates & Associates, and the French Embassy.
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