24 Jun 2017
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Church of St Mary Magdalene


For most people, the term ‘baroque’ immediately brings to mind the architectural, musical, and artistic style that swept across Europe between roughly 1600 and 1750. It is particularly present in Malta when a baroque building boom took place and many of the buildings we see today in Valletta and in many village cores were constructed.

However, although it was born in Europe, baroque was not solely contained to the Old World; it travelled to the New World in the Americas together with the Portuguese and Spanish conquistadores and established itself amongst the Latin colonies. The result was a melding of cultures from opposite ends of the Atlantic creating a unique style: absorbing ancient Aztec and Indios rhythms to Spanish-style polyphony.

As we celebrate the 525th anniversary of Christopher Colombus’ expedition in 1492, the Cappella Sanctae Catharinae have prepared a programme of baroque music that includes pieces by Juana Ines de la Cruz, Hernando Franco, Geronimo Gonzales and Cristobal de Morales – all of which were written or first performed in Latin America. Many of these pieces are rarely performed and Cappella Sanctae Catharinae researched them and revived them for your enjoyment!

Fuego en la Nieve


The concert will take place on Saturday 24th June 2017 at 7.30 pm at the Church of St Mary Magdalene (at the end of Merchants Street in Valletta). The choir will be accompanied on the harpsichord, played by Ms Joanne Camilleri.

The Church of St Mary Magdalene is one of the only surviving parts of the Magdalene convent that was destroyed in WW2 and until recent years, it was used as a warehouse for carnival floats. It was reopened as a church a couple of years ago, and still preserves glorious sculptures in Maltese stone. This is a unique opportunity to see the church, which is slowly being restored back to its former glory with the help of the Dominican community in Valletta. Entrance is free but there will be a retiring collection in aid of the restoration of the Church of St Mary Magdalene.

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