The Malta Council for Culture and the Arts (MCCA) has published the Cultural Calendar for March 2012:

 Concerts:

 2 March

Debutants’ Concert

Venue: Sir Temi Zammit Hall, Msida.

Time: 19.30 hrs.

 5 March

Malta Cultural Institute Concert

Venue: Hotel Le Meridien, St Julians.

Time: 19.00 hrs.

21 March

Merħba lir-Rebbiegħa – concert by talented youths from Żabbar, organised by the Żabbar Local Council in collaboration with the Żabbar Civic Centre.

Venue: The Hall, Żabbar Local Council, Żabbar.

Time: 19.00 hrs.

 21 March

A Night of Ethnic Music

by The Carlo Rizzo Trio. Three virtuoso performers and composers, namely

Carlo Rizzo (percussions and voice), Michel Mandel (clarinets and taragot) and Norbert Pignol (accordion), play original pieces by Carlo Rizzo, the internationally reputed Tambourine virtuoso, in music influenced by ethnic jazz with an international flavour.

Venue: Teatru Manoel, Valletta.

Time: 20.00 hrs

 24 March

Akkademia Mużikali – organised by San Pio X Band in collaboration with the Lija Local Council.

Venue: San Pio X Band Club, Lija.

Time: 20.00 hrs – 23.00 hrs.

 24 March

L-Għanja tal-Paċi 

a Cantata with lyrics by Fr Richard Borg and music by Karl Fiorini. The band will be directed by Lino Pirotta. This event is being held on the occasion of the150th anniversary of the Peace Band Club of Naxxar.

Venue: Teatru Manoel, Valletta.

Time: 19.30 hrs

 23 March

The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra world premiere of composer-in-residence Joseph Vella’s Concerto for Piccolo & Orchestra

Soloist Nicola Mazzanti. Concert also features Natascha Chircop and Marco Rivoltini performing 2 concertos for two pianos by Harl McDonald and Malcolm Arnold.

Tickets available from the Manoel Theatre Booking Office or on tel. 21246389, On-line booking: www.teatrumanoel.com.mt , info: bookings@teatrumanoel.com.mt

Venue: Teatru Manoel, Valletta.

Time: 19.30 hrs

 24 – 25 March

Anime Choir Shows

produced by Entertainment Solutions

Venue: Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta.

Time: 19.30 hrs.

 28 March

Concert by the Youth Band within the Banda San Filep

Venue: Każin Banda San Filep, Ħaż-Żebbuġ.

Time: 19.00 h

 

Exhibitions:

 28 March – 6 April

Good Friday Exhibition – organised by Għaqda Każin Banda San Filep.   This exhibition is divided in six sections three of which includes lifesize statutes by Alfred Camilleri Cauchi.

Venue: Għaqda Każin Banda San Filep, Ħaż-Żebbuġ.

Opening Hours: from 9.30 hrs – 12.00 noon and 18.00 hrs – 22.00 hrs (Maundy Thursday 5 April 2012 open till midnight and Good Friday 6 April 2012 open from 9.00 hrs till 13.00 hrs and 15.00 hrs – 22.00 hrs).

 

Feasts and Festivals:

16 – 18 March  

Seħer il-Punent Festival – organised by the Għarb Local Council.   A festival that gathers old and new traditions, food, dance and light.  An exceptional effort is made by this small Gozitan locality which has succeeded in showing the rest of the country its richness in history, heritage and traditions and its ability to organize such an activity.

Venue: Għarb, Gozo.

 20 March

Spring Equinox

Experience the Spring Equinox from Mnajdra Temples. Tickets can be purchased from all Heritage Malta sites/museums for the price of €15 per person and €10 for Heritage Malta members and will include a tour of Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra Temples and access to the Visitor Centre. Limited places are available.  For further information please call 21424231.

 31 March

Freedom Day

A wreath laying ceremony in Vittoriosa Time: 10.00 hrs. Regatta at the Grand Harbour Time: 14.00 hrs.

 

Other Events:

10 March

Iberian dance by Puerto Flamenco

An eclectic flamenco company from the heart of Seville, employing current trends in flamenco full of unrestrained energy, raw emotion and commanding virtuosity.

Venue: Teatru Manoel, Valletta.

Time: 20.00 hrs

 11 March

Opera and Ballet Season – Le Corsaire – Ballet – Live

Venue: Eden Cinemas, St Julians.

Time: 18.00 hrs.

 15 March

Film Screening -“Flower”

Venue: Multi-functional Hall, China Cultural Centre, Melita Street, Valletta.

Time: 18:30 hrs.

 15 – 18 March

Il Trovatore

Opera by Giuseppe Verdi. Following the success of last year’s production of Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor”, the opera will once again be conducted by Damiano Binetti with the participation of Kim Kisun and Antonino Interisano alternating as Manrico, Katarina Vovkova and Liana Sass alternating as Eleonora and Svatopluk Sem as the Conte di Luna. Maltese bass Albert Buttigieg will be taking on the role of Ferrando.   Stage Director: Jana Andelova Pletichova.

Venue: Teatru Manoel, Valletta.

Time: 19.30 hrs

Tickets and information: www.teatrumanoel.com.mt

22 March

Opera and Ballet Season – Romeo & Juliet – Ballet – Live

Venue: Eden Cinemas, St Julians.

Time: 20.15 hrs.

24 March

Nostalgic Film Show on big screen – organised by the Żabbar Local Council in collaboration with the Civic Council, Żabbar.

Venue: The Hall, Żabbar Local Council, Żabbar.

Time: 19.00 hrs.

 

 Recitals:

6 March

An Evening of Chamber Music

presented by Teatru Manoel featuring Gerard Caussé (viola) and Felipe Ribeiro

Pinto (piano).

Programme: works by Hindemith, Beethoven and Franck.

Venue: Teatru Manoel, Valletta.

Time: 20.00 hrs

8 March

Vocal Recital

by participants from soprano Juliette Bisazza’s master classes.

Venue: Sala Isouard, Teatru Manoel, Valletta.

Time: 20.00 hrs

 

Theatre:

2 – 4 March

Theatre performance by MTMC.

Venue: Teatru Manoel, Valletta.

Time: 20.00 hrs

16 – 18 March

Romeo & Juliet Forever – produced by Masquerade and directed by Wesley Ellul.

This is a 90-minute musical piece involving young actors inspired from Romeo & Juliet and the TV show Glee.  Malcolm Galea has been commissioned to write the script which will incorporate many musical numbers.  These will be pop pieces from different eras that will be mixed together. Songs will range from Frank Sinatra to the Beatles to Lady Gaga, all mixed together.  The song lyrics are the original but the songs chosen have lyrics that are appropriate to the scenes. There will be a live band.  A choreographer will work on all the movements/musical pieces.  The cast will be made up of around 20-25 young actors who will be chosen from an open call of auditions.  Wesley Ellul has been commissioned to direct this innovative piece which should make one of Shakespeare’s greatest love stories accessible to a young audience. 

Booking: www.ticketline.com.mt

Venue: St Agatha’s Auditorium, Rabat.

23 – 25, 30 – 31 March, 1 April

Kjaroskur

Playing on the idea that perspectives make the world go round the story follows four normal people struggling with their insecurities, fears and impulses like every Tom, Dick and Harry. It is also a play about being given a second chance at life and how there are usually two paths to choose from when this happens: move on or stay put. But as we all come with baggage, is such a choice that easy? And what happens when too many people are interpreting the same thing and nothing remains objective? Can a choice be that black, or white, or grey?

Dù Theatre is back with this new original piece and first prize winner of the Francis Ebejer Competition 2011. Written by Simone Spiteri this new piece comes after the sell-out success of Appuntamenti, also a Francis Ebejer winning play in 2009. Cast: Peter Galea, Stefan Farrugia, Coryse Borg and Simone Spiteri. Director: Chris Gatt.

Venue: St James Cavalier

Time: 20.00 hrs

March

Oliver Twist

On the 200th Anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens, Teatru Manoel and American Drama Group Europe (ADGE) proudly present TNT Theatre,Britain in an

adaptation of Dickens’ best loved hero, “Oliver Twist”. The play directed by Paul Stebbings, presents the story through Fagin’s eyes. Stebbings production for the Manoel last year One flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest was a hit with audiences. The play will be performed in English.

Venue: Teatru Manoel, Valletta.

Time: 19.30 hrs

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