The Melita Music, Culture & Heritage Foundation will be presenting an evening of chamber music on 26th May at 1900CEST at St. Paul’s Anglican Pro-Cathedral in Independent Square, Valletta.
The concert is being held to raise funds to restore a historic pipe organ, an iconic part of Europe’s musical and cultural heritage and one of the earliest and most important examples of 17th Century organ case by “Father” Bernard Smith, one of the most significant English organ builders of his time. It is one of the last of its period to have survived.
The Organ originates from Chester Cathedral and was shipped to Malta in 1854. There is a strong tradition that while in Chester, it was played by G.F. Handel when on his way to Dublin for the first public performance of “The Messiah”, hence the European dimension.
This concert will feature the Argotti Ensemble, an international group of highly accomplished musicians consisting of Nemanja Ljubinkovic and Maria Conrad on the violin, Karl Mifsud on the viola, Lucie Kucharova on the cello and Jose Garcia Gutierrez on the french horn.
The programme will open with Beethoven’s String Quartet in Bb major, op.18 no.6, one of the later and more demanding string quartets. This will be followed by Mozart’s Horn Quintet in Eb major KV 407, a much-loved light-hearted work which features the ensemble this time with two violas (played by Ljubinkovic) and the addition of the horn. The evening will come to a close with another milestone string quartet, Dvorak’s “American” in F major op. 96.
Tickets for the concert are priced at 15 and 20 euro and are available online at www.malta.com, from Exotique (Valletta, Sliema and Baystreet), Star Tourist in Qawra, Embassy Cinema Complex Valletta and from EPC Computer Centre in Mellieha or at the door. Reservations can also be made on firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 79043333
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