The Valletta International Baroque Ensemble (VIBE) will be performing a selection of baroque music in a celebration in honour of St Cecilia. The Patron Saint of Music will be commemorated on 22nd November, her feast day. This year the historical 15th century St. Dominic’s Church in Rabat, adjacent to St. Dominic’s Convent, will echo with works by German composers.
Due to the fame of Handel’s tribute to St Cecilia, VIBE decided to create a concert focusing on the unmistakable characteristics of German music: structurally impregnable, virile yet expressive, and infinitely lyrical without over-decoration or saccharine. This is why German music is thought to be music in its purest form.
The earliest recorded celebrations for St Cecilia’s day date back to the 17th century. The festivities were entitled ‘Musick Feasts’ and comprised of some days dedicated to musical performances culminating in a choral service on the day dedicated to St Cecilia, the 22nd of November with an anthem specially commissioned works by the foremost composers of the time.
VIBE’s concert will include Handel’s Sinfonia in Bb major and Sei cara, sei bella from ‘Cecilia, volgi uno sguardo’ HWV 89, Biber’s Balletti Lamentabili ? 4, Bach’s Harpsichord concerto in A BWV 1055 and Telemann’s Concerto 3 violins TWV53_F1. The performers at this concert are Malta’s leading baroque musicians: Nadia Debono and Marcelline Agius (violin), Sarah Spiteri (violin/viola), Jacob Portelli (cello), Joanne Camilleri (harpsichord/organ) and soprano Gillian Zammit, among others.
The concert starts at 8pm. Tickets are €20 and can be purchased from www.teatrumanoel.com.mt, by phone 2124 6389 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Discounts for senior citizens and full-time students are available.