26 October 2013

Malta Philharmonic Orchestra launches 2013-2014 season

MaltaIndependent 21/10/2013: The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra launched the 2013 – 2014 Concert Season at Robert Samut Hall Floriana. The press conference was addressed by the executive chairman of the Orchestra Sigmund Mifsud and the Parliamentary Secretary for Culture and Local Councils  Dr Jose Herrera.

The Orchestra’s upcoming season encompasses over 50 concerts, filled with outstanding personalities, prolific performers and exciting productions. Foremost amongst the orchestra’s productions is the MPO Concert Series, a cycle of four concerts presented in the Baroque surroundings of the Manoel Theatre. Michael Laus, MPO’s resident conductor, directs the orchestra in the inaugural concert, starring Spanish horn player Jose Garcia Gutierrez in Richard Strauss’ beautiful Horn Concerto no 1.

In January the MPO welcomes Greek conductor Michalis Economou and Maltese soprano Miriam Cauchi for an evening of Italian Opera, whereas March sees the return of Composer-in-Residence Joseph Vella conducting the premiere of his latest work for the MPO as well as Bottesini’s Concerto for Double Bass featuring MPO Principal Double Bass Gjorgji Cincievski.

British conductor Peter Stark brings the series to a close in May, with an enticing programme of Brahms’ second Symphony alongside Ginastera’s colourful Concerto for Harp featuring internationally acclaimed harpist Fabrice Pierre. Maltese conductor Brian Schembri features in another two concerts to be held in collaboration with the Manoel Theatre with an eclectic programme of works by Sibelius, Beethoven. Mozart and Schumann, with...read on.