THE VALLETTA INTERNATIONAL BAROQUE FESTIVAL 2016
Two weeks of gorgeous music will comprise the fourth edition of the Valletta International Baroque Festival, which runs from the 16th to the 30th January, and includes 25 events over 15 days in 9 different venues in Valletta.
Produced and managed by Teatru Manoel, the Festival has leapt from strength to strength since its inception in 2013, and now attracts a strong local support and an international audience which is happy to spend a week or two in the inimitable atmosphere of Valletta, our tiny but impressive capital city.
An international audience is attracted by a commensurately internationally recognised galaxy of star performers – household names within the baroque world and outside as well. Jordi Savall and Philippe Herreweghe, not to mention harpsichord wizard Mahan Esfahani, are stars of great repute who have delighted audiences for decades with their interpretations of the baroque idiom.
This festival, like those previous to it, incorporates an eclectic variety of music, including pianistic transcriptions and 20th century orchestral music inspired by the baroque, with Respighi and Stravinsky being cases in point.
Two requiems, one by Bonaventura Rubino and the other by Niccolo Jommelli, have strong Maltese connections since the manuscript of the former was found in the Cathedral Museum Archive at Mdina. while that of the Neapolitan Jommelli incorporates responses by Maltese composers who have been researched by Ghislieri Musica in the same archive.
Local performers include Joanne Camilleri, the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra and VIBE (Valletta International Baroque Ensemble), which is the resident ensemble of the Festival and will be performing in two concerts on the 23rd and 26th January.
The festival also has events specifically designed for children, including a treasure hunt around the theatre. Once all the concerts are over, the festival will end with the very popular Baroque Festival Ball, where the Manoel is transformed into a ballroom and everyone has the opportunity to dress up and dance to music provided by a string quartet and band.
For more details and booking, visit the Valletta Baroque Festival website.