Last Updated 13 | 01 | 2013 at 09:41


If It Ain’t Baroque

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Malta’s very first Valletta International Baroque Festival kicks off on Wednesday 9 January and will run for more than two weeks – finishing on 26 January 2013 with a Grand Ball inside the Teatru Manoel. Kenneth Zammit Tabona tells what’s in store.

“This festival will see some of Europe’s top baroque interpreters celebrating Valletta’s baroque identity across 15 top performances,” says Kenneth Zammit Tabona, the festival’s artistic director.
Performances will be held at a variety of locations including Teatru Manoel, the President’s Palace, St John’s Co-Cathedral and its splendid Oratory, the Jesuits’ Church and at the Church of All Souls. They will be held every evening starting at 7.30pm.
The festival organisers want to promote the beauty of baroque music to as many different people as possible and have dedicated the two Sundays in their programme to free baroque events for the whole family to enjoy.

Baroque Sunday 13 January will include two Toi Toi Baroque Bonanza workshops, at 10.30am and then again at 2.30pm, on the Teatru Manoel’s main stage. These workshops will be led by Rosetta DeBattista and will unveil the beauty of the baroque era through the music of Corelli, Matteis and Simpson. The French ensemble ‘La Sainte Folie Fantastique’ will perform and will take the public (especially children aged 8 to 14) on a baroque journey – looking at the styles of playing and composing. The musicians will be joined by dancers from the School of Performing Arts within the University of Malta.
The Anon Ensemble – a group of musicians led by Michael Laus – will be giving two separate concerts inside the Oratory of St John’s Co-Cathedral at 2pm and 3.30pm.

Baroque Sunday 20 January will see another two Toi Toi Baroque Bonanza sessions held at 10.30am and 2.30pm, this time in the Teatru Manoel Courtyard. Both will feature Simon Abdilla Joslin on cello, Gjorgji Cinsievski on double bass, Daniel Cauchi on percussion and Ramona Zammit Formosa on the harpsichord. The workshops will explore the life and music of Antonio Vivaldi in unconventional and interesting ways, using his sonatas as a backdrop for this interactive experience. Dancers from the School of Performing Arts at the University of Malta will also feature.
Additionally, at 3pm at St John’s Co-Cathedral, Wayne Marshall will give an organ recital of Johann Sebastian Bach’s works.

Entrance to all the performances on both Baroque Sundays is free of charge, however it’s best to reserve a place by contacting the Teatru Manoel’s booking office on or 21 246389.

The full programme is as follows:

Wednesday 9th January
Malta Philharmonic Orchestra   President’s Palace   7.30pm
(This first concert will be in aid of the Malta Community Chest Fund)

Thursday 10th January
Malta Philharmonic Orchestra   President’s Palace   7.30pm

Friday 11th January
ZANAIDA by Opera Fuoco, Paris   Teatru Manoel    7.30pm

Saturday 12th January
La Sainte Folie Fantastique   Church of All Souls   7.30pm

Sunday 13th January
Toi Toi Baroque Bonanza    Teatru Manoel     10.30/2.30
The Goldberg & The Anon Ensembles  Oratory of St John’s Co-Cathedral noon/3.30

Monday 14th January
The King’s Consort    Teatru Manoel    7.30pm

Tuesday 15th January
Jeune Orchestre Atlantique   Teatru Manoel    7.30pm

Wednesday 16th January
Cappella Sanctae Catherinae   Church of All Souls   7.30pm

Thursday 17th January
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment  St John’s Co-Cathedral   7.30pm

Friday 18th January
New Century Baroque    The Jesuits’ Church   7.30pm

Saturday 19th January
Don Juan by Teatru Manoel Players  Teatru Manoel    7.30pm

Sunday 20th January
Toi Toi Baroque Bonanza   Teatru Manoel    10.30/2.30
Wayne Marshall Organ Recital    St John’s Co-Cathedral   3pm
Don Juan by Teatru Manoel Players  Teatru Manoel    7.30pm

Tuesday 22nd January
Malta Philharmonic Orchestra   Teatru Manoel    7.30pm

Wednesday 23rd January
By Combattimento Consort Amsterdam Teatru Manoel    7.30pm

Thursday 24th January
Combattimento Consort Amsterdam  The Jesuits’ Church   7.30pm

Friday 25th January
Les Talens Lyriques    Teatru Manoel    7.30pm

Saturday 26th January
Grand Baroque Ball    Teatru Manoel    9pm

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